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Old 01-11-2019, 02:39 PM
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Do you obsess over stone chips? Do you accept them as a price to pay for the privilege of owning a vette? Do you take reasonable precautions to avoid stone chips? How much do or did stone chips decrease the value of your vette?

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I have a clear bra so no. I don't worry about chips
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Do you obsess over stone chips? Do you accept them as a price o pay for the privilege of owning a vette? Do you take reasonable precautions to avoid stone chips? Do stone chips decrease thevalue vette?
No, I don't obsess over getting stone chips but certainly don't want any. And I haven't and will not spend $2000>$3000 to cover car with film. I can fix A LOT of damage for that. I have a GS with the factory skirts and added GM front and rear splash guards.
I don't have any stone chips yet but I attribute that to driving with good old fashion common sense as much as anything.
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I have PPF and not a care in the world about stone chips.
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17,000+ miles. I had 2 tiny chips that were easily fixable with an Arctic White paint pen for $14.00.

While the clear film does protect against rock chips, it looks like *** when it fades.

And if the clear film gets damaged, will one replace it costing more money or look at the damaged clear film?

Paint pen works fine.
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I worry about getting chips. But I'm not gonna pay for ppf when I know I won't keep the car forever.

I just try to stay far behind people when on the highway and I'll use Dr Colorchip to fix the ones that are inevitable.
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The new generation of PPF does not fade or yellow and comes with a 10 yr warranty. You must be thinking of the old 3M stuff from the mid 2000's.
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I keep her cleaned off and waxed good. Sure it gets a few every now and then but it gives it character. Not going to last for ever. If you are ocd stay away from black thats why i drive torch red now. Also novisterch works pretty good at keeping nicks away for 100 dollars. I just personally cant see spending 2500.00 for xpel.
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17,000+ miles. I had 2 tiny chips that were easily fixable with an Arctic White paint pen for $14.00.

While the clear film does protect against rock chips, it looks like *** when it fades.

And if the clear film gets damaged, will one replace it costing more money or look at the damaged clear film?

Paint pen works fine.
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The new generation of PPF does not fade or yellow and comes with a 10 yr warranty. You must be thinking of the old 3M stuff from the mid 2000's.
Yup...never been a problem with Xpel

(not to mention NO SWIRL MARKS!!!)

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The first stone chip was the result of an airborne stone hitting the center of the hood about a foot in front of the windshield. The installed bra and most of the areas protected by film didn't and couldn't prevent this occurrence. Touchup paint greatly helped, as does my opinion these things will happen, especially when most of my driving is done in excess of 70 mph. C'est la vie!
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The installed bra and most of the areas protected by film didn't and couldn't prevent this occurrence.
It would if you have the entire hood done (as many of us have)

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Then it would have hit the roof.
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Yes I do care about stone chips, Xpel is the answer
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Can someone with PPF installed on their car do us folks who are on the fence about installing PPF? Can you go out to you vehicle and pick up a few stones about 2-3 inches wide. Throw the stones as hard as you can at your hood/front fascia. I have estimated you will be able to toss the stones about 60 MPH (unless you are a professional ball player). The purpose in doing this test would be to illustrate how well PPF will protect your vehicle against normal road conditions and taking a hit from a gravel truck driving at 60 MPH spewing gravel off the back of their truck like those I see so often on the Interstates. This test would be very beneficial to us as it would demostrate how effective PPF really is. Please post some close-up pics. Thanks in advance.

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Spend $160 and get yourself a NoviStretch bra and you will never have an issue with chipped paint on your front bumper - its the quickest and cheapest solution:

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I do care about rock chips, I have a fit if I find one and then immediately all my time is spent trying to fix it 🤔.
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Originally Posted by Mayor111 View Post
Spend $160 and get yourself a NoviStretch bra and you will never have an issue with chipped paint on your front bumper - its the quickest and cheapest solution:

https://www.amazon.com/Corvette-Stin...ds=novistretch
Can't use your camera. I have one.
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The PPF costs and sketchy warranties are the issue with me. If they're so great in performance, why not a lifetime guarantee? 10 years isn't of value to me for the 💲💲💲. Far better value to pay for paint touching up than the several thou$ands in lost opportunity value on a sketchy product.
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I'm in for this too:

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Can someone with PPF installed on their car do us folks who are on the fence about installing PPF? Can you go out to you vehicle and pick up a few stones about 2-3 inches wide. Throw the stones as hard as you can at your hood/front fascia. I have estimated you will be able to toss the stones about 60 MPH (unless you are a professional ball player). The purpose in doing this test would be to illustrate how well PPF will protect your vehicle against normal road conditions and taking a hit from a gravel truck driving at 60 MPH spewing gravel off the back of their truck like those I see so often on the Interstates. This test would be very beneficial to us as it would demostrate how effective PPF really is. Please post some close-up pics. Thanks in advance.
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First of all, most road debris is not "2-3 inches wide". VERY little would protect against that.

Secondly, if you're following a truck doing 60 MPH and you're also going 60 MPH, the relative velocity between you and any debis falling off that truck is SUBSTANTIALLY less than 60 MPH (*MAYBE* 10 to 15 MPH)

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