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Old 12-20-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default Hello, Chip. Chip, meet hood. Hood, meet chip.

After a little reading, it sounds like I'm not the first to feel this pain, and won't be the last. Small chip on the leading edge of the hood on my not-even-six-month-old OBS. It had to happen eventually, I guess....

It looks like it's down to bare metal, and it's ... less than pencil-eraser sized, so I think I'll be ordering from paintscratch.com first thing tomorrow. Couple of questions....

First, I think this is a good excuse to go ahead and get a clear bra...should I wait the 30 days til this is good and cured before applying that?

Second, I live where it's snowy and salty. I was thinking about spraying the spot with wd-40 (to remove any trace of water) then covering it with packing tape or something to protect it until my paint arrives. Good idea or bad?
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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or just keep it waxed and dont worry about a couple of rock chips because it's a car that is driven...just get the hood & bumper resprayed every 3-4 years

clear bras look terrible after a winter imo...they recommend replacing them once a year because the edges lift and trap dirt, but they will tell you they last 7-10 years
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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that's not true. I'm working on installing clear bra's and I'm doing the whole front bumper, hood and fenders. Not just stopping part way up....
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:27 PM   #4
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that's not true. I'm working on installing clear bra's and I'm doing the whole front bumper, hood and fenders. Not just stopping part way up....

i would love to believe you, i'd have it myself but i have never seen one look good after being on the car for any amount of time...the vinyl scratches easier than paint so it looks dull and while i commend you for covering the entire fender and hood...that still leaves all of the contours of the bumper cover.

I could be completely mistaken as i am no authority on the subject but the few experiences and places i have spoken with say it is impossible since it is a thicker material unlike the vinyl wrap material and without the utmost care the edges will lift
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:02 PM   #5
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or just keep it waxed and dont worry about a couple of rock chips because it's a car that is driven...just get the hood & bumper resprayed every 3-4 years

clear bras look terrible after a winter imo...they recommend replacing them once a year because the edges lift and trap dirt, but they will tell you they last 7-10 years
Resprayed? That's a lot of money. Between respraying and clear bra, I'd say the cost overall would be pretty similar. Touch up paint ftw
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:42 PM   #6
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respray bumper cover and hood...$500 or clear bra that is 300-500 depending on how good the installer is

btw...all custom clear bras are cut on the car, as in razor blade-to-hood

it's 6 of one or half dozen of another
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:29 PM   #7
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My clear bra is 5-6 years old and looks great =)

You can barely even see it. I have full bumper coverage, half hood and down the side of fenders, top of the hood scoop, side mirrors, headlights, and foglights. Company is Modern Armor.

can't see it at all in 1st pic.



in this pic you can see it on the driver's side of the hood barely.

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p.s. my car hasn't been waxed for 4 months so don't judge me! haha.

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:59 PM   #8
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looks pretty good for not being waxed that long
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:05 PM   #9
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what the hell is a clear bra????
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:43 AM   #10
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Vinyl wrap of the front end, sometimes the sides to help protect your car's paint from rocks and bugs and other debris that ruin the paint. A clear version of those silly black mask things, also called a bra.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:19 PM   #11
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respray bumper cover and hood...$500 or clear bra that is 300-500 depending on how good the installer is

btw...all custom clear bras are cut on the car, as in razor blade-to-hood

it's 6 of one or half dozen of another

Is that out the door price, if so where. Def not subaru dealer
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:33 PM   #12
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+1 for the clear bra. i just got the 3M Paint Protection Film on my 2010 WRX because i was so sick of the chips already. Its been on for about 3 weeks and i can HONESTLY say that i am satisfied with it. It is barely visible and it saves your paint from all road rash!!! And my clear bra was not cut on the car at all. it is cut on a machine for the EXACT fit of your car.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:09 PM   #13
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Second, I live where it's snowy and salty. I was thinking about spraying the spot with wd-40 (to remove any trace of water) then covering it with packing tape or something to protect it until my paint arrives. Good idea or bad?
Just my personal opinion... but I wouldn't recommend lubing up with WD-40. Just leave it till the paint arrives. When you are ready to paint, clean the area with windex.
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