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Paint protection - Advice

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Collecting new car in a couple of months, and was thinking if there is anything I should consider doing to protect its paint. I think the stealer offers something with AutoGlym, but not sure if and what to do about it. Any suggestions?:confused:

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I recently cleaned the carpets of this company in Peterborough: http://www.paintshield.co.uk/

It's a film and it's amazing stuff. McLaren think it's good enough for their MP4 as they send them there direct. Mainly private owners though going themselves.

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Either a film or a decent detailer to apply GTechniq products.

The new AG lifeshine is MUCH better than the old stuff but you'll be sealing in a poorly prepped surface in the first place. Better to get it corrected and polished and then sealed. A decent detailer will do all this for the same rough cost as the dealer will want for launching some YTS kid with a broom in the direction of your car.

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Find you dearest GTechniq centre +++ Here's a thead that I posted up about it: http://www.tyresmoke.net/forum/general-cars/136654-new-car-care.html#post1616467

Whatever you do, DON'T let the dealership do it!

Thanks Andy_Bangle. Called GTechniq and they told me to get in touch with SL Restoration which are supposed to be excellent. Nick from SL Restoration quoted me £480 to work on paint, glass and wheel face. They estimate it to be an 8 hour job. Looking at the pictures on their website, they seem to have amazing facilities.

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I recently cleaned the carpets of this company in Peterborough: Paint Protection Film

It's a film and it's amazing stuff. McLaren think it's good enough for their MP4 as they send them there direct. Mainly private owners though going themselves.

Interesting option Paintshiled as well...

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My worry with PPF is what happens in a few years when you want to remove it or you have a repair? Also, the film does dull over time due to contaminants and needs careful restoring, last thing you want is some grease monkey washing it with a gritty sponge or drying it with a blade. At least with surface coatings or wax you can clay or polish out any marks.

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Nick from SL Restoration quoted me £480 to work on paint, glass and wheel face. They estimate it to be an 8 hour job.

When I first saw the £480 I thought it was a lot, but thinking about AG lifeshine is sold by stealers at £250-300 and is applied in 2-3 hours by their resident car washer. Also, you can buy the contents of the AG Lifeshine kit on eBay for £20 which I think says a lot about what you're sticking on your 50k car. Therefore, £480 doesn't seem to bad to have a proper job done.

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Plus the £480 will include decent surface prep to start with rather than destruction at the dealers.

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My worry with PPF is what happens in a few years when you want to remove it or you have a repair? Also, the film does dull over time due to contaminants and needs careful restoring, last thing you want is some grease monkey washing it with a gritty sponge or drying it with a blade. At least with surface coatings or wax you can clay or polish out any marks.

I saw a Ferrari having an old film taken off. They heated it up and peeled it off. It hadn't discoloured either. The film heals itself if it's hit by an object so it's very tough. Are you really going to let anyone clean your car with a blade/gritty sponge? The advantage with the film is zero stone chips. Which is a major plus.

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Hi there, just so you dont think Im trying pull a fast one I work for TRIBOS coatings.

I noticed your thread and I thought would reply. Im not going to bad mouth any of the other products mentioned above but I would certainly consider using TRIBOS, we were originally developed for use on superyachts and on planes, we have taken that same product into the automotive industry where we have been growing for the last few years. why not check out our website Tribos Coatings - Protective Paint Coatings, Protective Film, Surface Paint Protection

I wont bore you with more sales spiel but feel free to ask any questions.

Just in reference to Andy's comment about not getting the dealership to apply it I would just add that with all paint protection treatments, application is key. In independent test by Nissan our product outlasted 26 competitor products but if its not applied properly and the surfaces are not prepared correctly any coating will not perform properly.

Hope this helps

Best

Jody :cool:

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