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Thread: bumper protection

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    bumper protection

    with much driving & parking in several cities, I need something to protect against scratches and chips. The aftermarket seemingly offers three options: black rubber/foam skirts that hang from two straps secured inside the vehicle which must be dropped and secured from/for transit, hideous black ribbed adhesive strips as on taxis, and a clear plastic film strip applied on top of the bumper. AGO seems to offer only the latter, but with no reviews. Who here has experience with any of these? I'm game for using a sealant, but doubt it would prevent paint damage. All comments will be considered. Thanks.

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    Re: bumper protection

    Went to ny and saw those hideous looking bumper barriers on a whole lotta cars,I was like what the heck is that.so getting back to your question you live in a city with careless people and a parking nightmare.sealant will do squat maybe invest in one of those rubber things good luck.

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    Re: bumper protection

    XPel's Ultimate Paint Protection Film (PPF).


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    Re: bumper protection

    Clear bras will help but if a vehicle bumps you beyond a light tap it will cause the film to year or wrinkle. I love mine and have used them for nearly 20yrs but they will get damaged in an accident or in NYC type parking situations

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    Re: bumper protection

    Or just buy a junker for a commuter car if you can,and leave your main ride somewhere safe.

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    Re: bumper protection

    Sadly, my junker's no longer an option - long story with bad ending. After much scrutiny on the forums & interweb, I'll have the bumpers custom fit with clear film applied by the best local tint shop (expensive prophylactics), then fold down the ugly black rubber mat for parking. Car ownership in a city comes with its own numerous micro-aggressions, daily hassles and added costs. The shop offers .065 and .080 mm film thickness. Which do you suspect would be best? Many thanks for the input.

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    Re: bumper protection

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    The shop offers .065 and .080 mm film thickness. Which do you suspect would be best? Many thanks for the input.
    Most all of the top of the line films from 3M, Xpel, Premium Shield, etc. are all very good. Each has their marketing hype around various things like self healing, stain resistance, etc. but I've had them all and honestly, the good ones are like good polishes; they are all very good. I went with Premium Shield's Elite Series as it has excellent clarity and a lifetime warranty. It's clear enough that I have it on my headlights and it's 100% invisible unless you pop the hood and look for an edge. It's also a little more exclusive in terms of installers. My guy has experience with all of them and has been doing my cars for 20yrs. All custom cuts with rolled edges, thus little to no edges. Key is to find a great installer that warranties their work. My guy covers his labor too.
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    Re: bumper protection

    its best to put those clear bras on when the car is new. Wish the dealership would have offered me this option in 2012 :-(

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