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Old 05-16-2001, 01:34 AM   #1
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Question Exterior Paint Protection: good or not?

Question for y'all... when you bought your cars, did the dealer try to sell you this Exterior Paint Protection stuff? It's some kind of Teflon coating. Supposedly, it protects your paint from wear due weather, bird dump, tree sap, etc. Comes with a five year warranty covering pretty much everything that would cause the paint to fade or blemish but doesn't cover chips, scratches, or dings. It sounds ok to me, but I was hoping someone here would have first-hand experience.

I've also seen several people on this board call into question the paint quality on new Subaru's. Do you think this stuff would help?
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:41 AM   #2
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Anything would probably be better then nothing. Do a search in Non-Tech. There was a link under one of the topics that led to a 3M product that was pretty neat. The WRX paint chips VERY easy.
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Old 05-16-2001, 04:05 AM   #3
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Come on guys, this is one of the oldest "tricks" in the book for car salesmen. It is in reality nothing more than the stuff you could buy at Walmart and apply yourself. A huge waste of money. It amazes me that people still fall for all of these last minute add-ons that the salesmen try to sell you.
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Old 05-16-2001, 05:17 AM   #4
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agree with harry dog, the paint protection is nothing more than a polymer or acrylic sealant.. you can buy a bottle for less than $20 (and lasts for years) and apply it your self..it's just like a wax...

in fact, I always apply couple coats of acrylic sealant (klasse) every 4 months on my car...
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Old 05-16-2001, 06:15 AM   #5
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Don't buy it Ekonizer,
The dealer is selling you snake oil...which will just chip, scratch and flake off along with the 1/2 coats of paint and clear coat anyway.

DO look into the 3M clear bra though. I wish I had bought that when my car was new. Now it's a year old and looks like some took to the front end with a rusty bike chain.

Clear bra good. Dealer bad.

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Old 05-16-2001, 09:14 AM   #6
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I hear you guys on the "snake oil" dealer tricks. Believe me, that's the first thing that went through my mind. But the fact that it comes with a five year written warranty is making me think that there may actually be something to this...

Anyone with first hand experience with this stuff?
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Old 05-16-2001, 09:22 AM   #7
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"well ya know, they put that Tru-Coat on at the factory"

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Old 05-16-2001, 09:59 AM   #8
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Yakker,
Can you tell me more about the 3M clear bra? Thanks.

-Bryan

Clear bra? I think a clear bikini top would be much better.
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