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aviator
08-02-2004, 11:50 AM
Those ever present road stones.

I've read other threads talking about owners receiving damage to the lower grill due to road stones and debris. However in this thread, I'm mostly concerned about paint and Headlight damage.

I've heard about a product manufactured by 3M which is a thin clear adhesive poly that is installed as a covering for "high risk" surfaces. Apparently it is resilient and prevents damage to painted surfaces, and headlights. It's like a clear "bra".

It is marketed under several brandnames, but the one I've heard mostly about in my locale is Invisishield. Inof at - http://www.sysmatrix.net/~bum/products.htm

Have any of you ever used this product? I'm mostly concerned with yellowing and adherence. Also does it damage the painted surface over time? :confused

aviator

Eyedoc
08-03-2004, 05:49 AM
Someone posted a message about this some time back. It soudned as if he put it on the entire hood. The comment was you could not tell it was there, unless you looked hard or comparted the reflection to another part of the body.

I do not recall what the title of the thread was, sorry.

aviator
08-05-2004, 12:11 PM
Thanks Eyedoc.

I am going to have it installed in a couple of weeks. I will post a report on how it works.

aviator

abcd
08-27-2004, 01:41 AM
Those ever present road stones.

I've read other threads talking about owners receiving damage to the lower grill due to road stones and debris. However in this thread, I'm mostly concerned about paint and Headlight damage.

I've heard about a product manufactured by 3M which is a thin clear adhesive poly that is installed as a covering for "high risk" surfaces. Apparently it is resilient and prevents damage to painted surfaces, and headlights. It's like a clear "bra".

It is marketed under several brandnames, but the one I've heard mostly about in my locale is Invisishield. Inof at - http://www.sysmatrix.net/~bum/products.htm

Have any of you ever used this product? I'm mostly concerned with yellowing and adherence. Also does it damage the painted surface over time? :confused

aviator
:seeya It is called X-Pel a film that you have professionaly installed onto your car. :thumbs

aviator
09-01-2004, 10:41 AM
I had it installed two weeks, and it is virtually invisible. I was advised to wax right on top of it, which I did.

Low and behold, it's Love Bug time in Kingwood and surrounding environs. Called Mayflies in some parts of the country, they arise from the ground by the bejillions, only to mate and become plastered on the front ends of all moving vehicles and aircraft. And their guts set up like iron moments after deposition.

Out with the garden hose, and Hussah!! Bug guts wash right off with no required elbow grease. Rinse and they're off! Amazing. :)

Here is the downside of Invisishield, however. Before waxing, you really need to mask off the edges with scotch or masking tape. I didn't. Mistake. :cry Without masking, wax builds up on the edges turning a formerly invisible seam into nearly flourescently conspicuous. I finally got it all off, but I wont make that mistake again.

BUDSVET
09-01-2004, 11:13 AM
I posted on this item about april of this year after I installed it on my XLR. I have installed it on my SSR, my 98 pace car and my Honda Hybird. I have had excellant results with it. no rock chips in over 25,000 miles on three cars. I have driven down into mexico over back roads, over the mountains and behind trucks. I just completed a 12,000 trip around the states in my XLR and no chips. great stuff. I went to a three day school in San Antonio last sept. to learn how to install the X-pel. it is quite difficult on some cars. I would advise to get it done by some one who has done it a few times. Xpel does not have it in the computer yet, therefore it has to be made by hand and should have a paper pattern made first. Most installers will try to rape you because you have a high dollar car. there is a guy in clarksburg WV who can do an excellant job for about $300.00. I have it on the front bumper which is the most difficult, headlights, fog lights, front part of hood and the radar platics cover. also on the wheel wells and the back of the rear view mirrors. it is well worth the price. takes about four hours to complete.......