to protect or not

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  1. 392

    392 Silver Member

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    just curious, how many HC owners are cquartz, or other form of paint coating their cars, or prefer to just wax.....thanks all
     
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    MuscleGarageLA SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    OP: great thread you might also want to add clear bra (ppf) as another option. Maybe if you also include a vote it will give us some more perspective of what others are doing. Just a suggestion, but again great thread. Cheers.
     
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    I got a paint sealant called menzerna, that's what the guy had said it would be good, put on seems okay, also xpel ultimate, hood, front fenders, front bumper, a pillars, rock guard,
     
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    Wax!

    Old school
     
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    Whole car wrapped in Xpel. Xpel Stealth on matte black hood and mirrors.
     
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    nice everyone, keep it coming....
     
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    I'm very rural....I have to run with a car bra just to keep the bugs out of the grill at night.... don't have much choice....unless I want to spend hours trying to get the bugs out of the intercooler.....& they are huge....lol
     
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    I have just used wax so far. Recently sprayed some Rain-X bug shield on the hood and bumper - supposedly the bugs stick to that and come off more easily. After a road trip (and a lot of bugs) I sprayed Turtle Wax bug remover, rubbed gently as directed and then rinsed. The bugs came off fairly nicely.

    I have a related question - since the clear bras are rather expensive, is there a regular bra (vinyl) available that I can put on (I know, it's sacrilege) just for protection during a road trip? Thanks!
     
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    Should suffice for a road and even beyond:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006...2c57ba0233070_S&pc_redir=T1&tag=dradisplay-20

    Amazon.com: 3M Scotchgard Clear Bra Paint Protection Bulk Film 6-by-60-inches: Automotive

    *3M Paint Defender Spray Film - AutoZone.com
    *(This is very popular on several forums especially for long road trips)
     
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    I wax mine. I do the front often because of bugs...I do not drive it much since I work from home.
     
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    MattG Gold Member Hellcat Car Club

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    I used XPel on my Charger. After a trip I had bugs so big in the lower grill they could not fit into the openings!
    A Little detail spray and the junk came off of the front of the car without much effort.

    Matt
     
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    me? I wax. I also have the paint protection film installed rather sloppily on the nose (Because I tailgate) and between the back of the front wheels to the rear bumper about 24" wide to protect from rock chips (a lesson learned on my 2010 PCP RT that got rock chipped to hell because the tires threw every rock it found into the lower door panels).
     
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    Clear Bra/PPF/Xpel: This will protect against impact from rock chips and small things coming up to hit the vehicle. It is also self healing, so small scratches and marring will heal.

    Paint Coatings: CQuartz Finest/Modesta/ETC. These are super sacrificial layers to protect your paint from staining, chemicals, bird bombs and makes the cleaning and maintenance of your vehicle much easier due to the high hydrophobic properties of the coatings. These coatings are measurably thicker than a coat of wax. The nature of the coatings also protect the paint from oxidation.

    Wax/Sealant: Nothing wrong with these, but you will need to apply numerous times throughout the year. Waxes are organic in nature, so they do not protect the paint against oxidation. They do look great, but as stated earlier, you have to keep applying during the year.

    My personal thoughts: If I were buying a new car and wanted to protect it for the future, I would polish the paint to perfect it,then wrap high impact areas with PPF. Then I would coat the whole car with one of the high end pro level coatings, coat the wheels, windows and any trim as well. Then I would enjoy the car knowing I had done the most I could to keep it looking brand new.

    HUMP
     
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    For you guys wearing a bra isn't that a little embarresing? Take Kramer or Frank Castansa's advice and get a mansierre or a Bro.
     
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    clear bra doesnt keep out all the bugs driving at night on country roads....I've seen 2 other cats around by me doing the same....so no, Im not embarrased...besides I can't see it from behind the wheel....& everyone else only see's my tail lites....ha ha
     

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