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Old 09-02-2003, 11:03 PM   #1
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FYI - For anyone interested

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...&threadid=2350

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Old 09-02-2003, 11:41 PM   #2
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Where is it? Was it easy? Where could I get it?
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Old 09-02-2003, 11:48 PM   #3
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Click the link above my son and all questions will be answered
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Old 09-03-2003, 07:26 AM   #4
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I just get the pic. Is it on your site?
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:09 AM   #5
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I am indeed a bonehead, fixed link...

can you ever forgive me?

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Old 09-03-2003, 09:23 AM   #6
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Peaty, you did a nice job even if it's not your kind of skinned-knuckle project. I did my headlights and fogs with the thick 3M stuff a couple of years ago. It's worked well and allowed me to take those plastic grilles off my fogs, which makes them easier to clean. I wish I'd had my whole front end done as well since the hood of my car looks sandblasted . Lesson learned for the next time.

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Old 09-03-2003, 09:28 AM   #7
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I did the headlamp and fog protectors too:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...&threadid=2191

Good stuff and a heck of a lot easier to do to

That stuff is super thick too:

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Old 09-03-2003, 02:50 PM   #8
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So, my question is what happens several years from now. Does the stuff fade or keep the paint from fading (or fading at a different rate) like decals often do?
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Old 09-03-2003, 10:20 PM   #9
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Does the stuff fade or keep the paint from fading (or fading at a different rate) like decals often do?
The product has a clear coat on it just like your vehicle has. The film will fade at the same rate as your normal paint will so there will be no paint fade or discoloration at all.

Hope that helps you out.

Nice Job Peaty!!
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Old 09-04-2003, 01:23 AM   #10
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Peaty,

Great job on the installation and documentation! Thanks always for sharing so much info.

That's something I'd like to look into doing when I replace my current Forester. The hood edge is pitted from rocks from it's 5 years of service with me.

Would you post an update pic, say one month from now to show how the film looks after the bubbles dry out?

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Old 09-04-2003, 01:25 AM   #11
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I'll update the page, I was just looking at it a min ago and most all are gone now. We had a few warm sunny days here and that seemed to do the trick.
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Old 09-04-2003, 11:13 AM   #12
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Would you post an update pic, say one month from now to show how the film looks after the bubbles dry out?
Just to add data on the issue of bubbles..

I installed the 3M on my GD impreza and my SG forester. The 3M has been there for at least 2 years on the GD, and about 1 year on the SG. The bubbles that had no air trapped in it (i.e. just the alcohol/water solution) and is not too big either dissapears or stays the same size. Bubbles of air stay the same size; I haven't seen any of the small air bubbles expand, unlike a bad tint job where small bubbles can grow in time. Then again, I've only had the 3M for about 2 years, not 5 years or more.

There's also the cloud/haze look when some alcohol/water solution is trapped; but mostly visible on the headlight/fog lens 3M sheet. Those dissapear very quickly, and never come back.

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Old 09-04-2003, 10:11 PM   #13
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You installed a small one. I did this one:

http://www.invinca-shield.com/asp/genkit.asp?kit=4226

The deluxe kit including the mirrors and a pillars. It was okay except the corner pieces around the fogs. One went on awful the other was fine after I presectioned it. Curves and creases are a bitch.
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Old 09-04-2003, 11:47 PM   #14
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I only wanted the small kit myself. I wasn't sure how well I could do on the install. I didn't want to spend a ton of money and end up having it turn out really bad. According to the link you posted the A pillars are an additional $74 on top of the $354. The RockBlocker kit that covers the same area minus the A-pillars is $182 and covers the hood scoop on the XT. The A-pillars are an additional $35. Not to mention all the relief cuts that are in that kit.
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Old 09-05-2003, 01:41 AM   #15
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From what I saw the Stongard was $404

http://www.stongard.com/images/patterns/070021.gif
http://www.autocater.com/sell/catalo...cA&branch=2320

I decided on the other because it it has more but smaller pieces and infact the slits are about the only way to wrap around the corners. It also does cover around the sides of the air dam and more coverage around the lights. I paid a bit over $400 shipped. It installed in 2 hours x 2 days X 2 people. To get the bottom corners right I wound up sectioning them.

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Old 09-05-2003, 10:38 AM   #16
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From what I saw the Stongard was $404
Just an FYI.

The only difference between the Forester and the Forester XT is the hood scoop Subaru took from the WRX. Other than they are the same so the price drops if you so chose so.

I ma glad to hear that you got some protection for all those rocks and other flying debris on the road and that you were able to do it yourself. It appears to me that the Invinca-shield kit is much easier to install from all the relief cuts. Sometimes though that can make things trickier for a beginner.

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It appears to me that the Invinca-shield kit is much easier to install from all the relief cuts. Sometimes though that can make things trickier for a beginner.
Unless the relief cuts are really complicated looking, I felt that they made the install easier in the sense that you don't really have to be really good at stretching and squeegeeing excess material to fit contours. Some of the pieces I cut from a blank sheet had relief cuts just to do that. In retrospect, the final finish would've looked much better without; but then it would be hard as a beginner non-professional installer to do so, imho. But I do agree that from the point of view of peeling the backing and making sure the sheet doesn't stick with one another/fold, having more relief cuts would make life harder for a beginner.

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Old 09-14-2003, 10:25 PM   #18
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Would you post an update pic, say one month from now to show how the film looks after the bubbles dry out?

Ken
True to my word, here is an updated pic from today. I added it to my install page. I just waxed the hood including the material. You can see some lint on the car but most all the bubbles and white dots are gone.

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Old 09-14-2003, 10:35 PM   #19
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Looking good Peaty.

I have put together and installation page for the Subaru's that should up soon on the new site.

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Both the lamp and paint protection have been on for a little while now. I've been through quite a few storms and been pelted with cinders and lots of other stuff. So far it's been holding up nicely. It was so filthy I had to give it a bath today.

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