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Old 07-25-2009, 05:12 PM
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Does anybody experience rock chips on paint in the front bumper and hood? My 08 C300 is only at 17,000 miles and I have plenty. Is the paint that easily chipped or the freeway I ride on has bad road condition?
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:41 PM
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Modern paints tend to chip a bit easier than the older, HAZMAT laden paints and every forum has a similar question.

Rock chips are a fact of life, but you can minimize the probability of damage:

Don't tailgate
Slow down in areas where you know there is lots of gravel and leave lots of room to the car in front
Don't drive behind 18 wheelers or gravel trucks
Get a clear bra - before your hood gets chipped

You'll still end up with a stray chip or two, but my R32 with 32k miles had one chip when I sold it - while all the other R32 owners were moaning about how badly the paint chips...
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Originally Posted by Devastator187 View Post
1. Does anybody experience rock chips on paint in the front bumper and hood? My 08 C300 is only at 17,000 miles and I have plenty.

2. Is the paint that easily chipped or the freeway I ride on has bad road condition?
1. Yes.
2. Yes.

Solutions? Wear a bra -- er, put one on your car. The clear plastic ones probably should be installed by a shop, but the padded vinyl ones you can do. Take the vinyl off regularly and inspect. Don't let it dry on the car. Some dealers offer 'insurance' against stone chips and door dings - don't know if you can get it after the fact. I see ads from Dr.ColorChip - if it works as advertised, it's a great solution. However ...
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you need this - www.premiermobilegroup.com

I don't have any chips because of it
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I've got my front lights covered with Llumar clear protective film.
They offered also to cover the hood, front bumper and back of the mirrors.(was bit expensive together with windows tint).
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yup, same here. black car. bumper looks like a mess after 36.000k..
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Found this source - E500 DIY Kit for less than $120. YMMV

http://www.nextlevelride.com/
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I highly dislike normal bras, you want to keep your car looking great so you install a stupid looking bra to help save the paint, in the mean time it will protect the paint from the sun and cause minor rubbing so when you do remove it down the road it will show.

Hands down the best beat is a clear bra.

What do I do?

I always avoid being any where near the back side of any trailers or trucks.
I also keep extra distance from any car/truck when its raining or wet that is when most rock chips happen

My go to tools?

touch up paint
sandpaper
polishing compounds
good wax

A little know how goes a long way in keeping a car great looking.
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39,000 miles and one small chip. I have a clear bra on order - fix the chip, install the bra and hope for the best.
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39,000 miles and one small chip. I have a clear bra on order - fix the chip, install the bra and hope for the best.
Do you spend any time on any major 2+ lane roads?

I just past the 6K mile mark and my hood (way out of the clear bra range) has at least 5 spots I've touched up. Not chips, but knicks/marks.
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Do you spend any time on any major 2+ lane roads?

I just past the 6K mile mark and my hood (way out of the clear bra range) has at least 5 spots I've touched up. Not chips, but knicks/marks.
Most of my driving is local, with a few excursions onto the Alligator Alley (desolate) and I-95 (miserable). Florida requires sand and gravel trucks to use a cover, but they tend to be in bad shape. Years of riding a bike taught me to avoid those trucks like the plague.

Your point is on target. I think one's driving environment makes a big difference, and of course, some of it is just luck of the draw.
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Do you spend any time on any major 2+ lane roads?

I just past the 6K mile mark and my hood (way out of the clear bra range) has at least 5 spots I've touched up. Not chips, but knicks/marks.
I had that too, and had a clear bra on the car. Now I'm a believer in doing the whole hood with the clear bra material.

To fix it, I went to a dealer's back lot (S.A.'s advice) and had the guy who takes care of the dents and scrapes work on the car. Cost was minor, much better job than I could have done with touch-up paint.
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^^^ whole hood's the way to go. Avoid that ugly line that runs across the center that will eventually catch dust and show.
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I had that too, and had a clear bra on the car. Now I'm a believer in doing the whole hood with the clear bra material.

To fix it, I went to a dealer's back lot (S.A.'s advice) and had the guy who takes care of the dents and scrapes work on the car. Cost was minor, much better job than I could have done with touch-up paint.
Whole hood. That seems like a good idea.
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