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      01-28-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Highway front of car issues

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I do some highway driving every week as I take the car on a round trip 260 mls drive, now I noticed some scratches and paint chips on the front bumper and front of the hood how do u guys deal with this or it's something I have to live with I guess..
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i would suggest a clear bra ASAP
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Clear bra.
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Many pple say clear bras have issues that appear in few yrs such as discoloration and edge breaks. How about the leather ones? I called BMW and they don't have them any more. I'm looking for something to put on for the trip and take off after I arrive.
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i have this problem with my car also people backing into my car when parallel parking which leaves marks on ur bumper especially if you have an AW. anyways you can alway respray it and clear bra it after.
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Thing with the clear bra that it gets scratched too
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if you already have some damage, getting clear bra now is useless.
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Someone mentioned painters tape for the trip
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I do some highway driving every week as I take the car on a round trip 260 mls drive, now I noticed some scratches and paint chips on the front bumper and front of the hood how do u guys deal with this or it's something I have to live with I guess..
It's called Paintshield 5720. Apply with paint roller of choice, pressure wash off when you're done with your road trip. It can look pretty decent (like frozen paint) if you apply with patience, but it's transparent nonetheless.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...intsheild+5720

Read down the thread for folks who tried it with their Porsche GT cars etc. Optherion on the forum can give you more advice.

One more thing, hopefully you're not semi-tailing people on the highway either or close behind other big trucks and cars for extended periods of time. This is the number one way to get chips and debris on the car.
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Many pple say clear bras have issues that appear in few yrs such as discoloration and edge breaks. How about the leather ones? I called BMW and they don't have them any more. I'm looking for something to put on for the trip and take off after I arrive.
This is old info. Good clear bras don't discolor. Leather ones are old school and are guaranteed to show a big line if left on long enough. If it's indeed just for a short trip, you could use painter's tape. The protection that the clear bra offers is tremendous.
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Cheers M3 owners

I do some highway driving every week as I take the car on a round trip 260 mls drive, now I noticed some scratches and paint chips on the front bumper and front of the hood how do u guys deal with this or it's something I have to live with I guess..
It's called Paintshield 5720. Apply with paint roller of choice, pressure wash off when you're done with your road trip. It can look pretty decent (like frozen paint) if you apply with patience, but it's transparent nonetheless.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...intsheild+5720

Read down the thread for folks who tried it with their Porsche GT cars etc. Optherion on the forum can give you more advice.

One more thing, hopefully you're not semi-tailing people on the highway either or close behind other big trucks and cars for extended periods of time. This is the number one way to get chips and debris on the car.
That looks good. Does it leave any effects ob the paint. Any idea where to buy it from.
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if you already have some damage, getting clear bra now is useless.
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Someone mentioned painters tape for the trip
This is what I do when taking a highway trip. It takes a 20 minutes or so to put on, and people may look at you funny, but it does the job pretty well...
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I second the painters tape. I picked my car up in Texas and drove it to IL with tape on carbon roof and mirrors. The rest of my car has clear bra so just put it in areas that were exposed. Works like a champ and takes no time to apply. It's also very cheap!
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That looks good. Does it leave any effects ob the paint. Any idea where to buy it from.
No effects whatsoever. Read the thread link I posted for more information etc.
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I have had 3M clear bra on the front bumper, entire hood and fenders. So far no issues.
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A clear bra would have been the option BEFORE you got the chips and nicks.
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Don't drive your car - ever.
Not such a bad idea... drive it only in pebble free zones.
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I have yet to encounter that environment. My hood looks like the surface of the moon.
Seen threads of your car..with that blower /rear end gearing..the acceleration might have actually launched you to the moon

I say once you get a few chips, you might as well live with it and just go for a respray when it gets really bad..
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chips and scratch fix

I've had great results with Dr. ColorChip and they match BMW paint pretty well.

This stuff doesn't work very well on an edge, but almost non detectable on a flat or slightly curved surface like your hood and bumper.

Results will vary by how well you comply with recommended procedure.
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Dr. ColorChip????? really now..lol
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Dr. ColorChip????? really now..lol
What's so funny? I have also used it very successfully on my SSII.
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I went with clear bra on my car. I've heard some crazy bangs on my windshield and could only imagine all those things hitting my bumper. No scratches yet and none of that yellow color
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