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Pontiac Grand Prix, Audio, Interior, Sedan
#26 of 45 Re: bug free? [rmozol]
Jul 28, 2006 (3:11 am)
thanks for the heads up on the bug advice!
#27 of 45 Re: bug free? [rmozol]
Jul 28, 2006 (6:26 pm)
Check out Bug Blocker at www.diamondite.com
It is a liquid you apply like a wax, and leave it on. It is practically clear (does show a little). But it protects the front end from bugs and chips. I have used it a couple of times. Can't really say if it is effective to prevent chipping(so far we don't have any), but I find the bugs practically rinse off. I'm heading out on a family excursion next week and plan to use it. (We'll be driving several thousand miles in the VUE)
So, I'll be able to report how it works with extended hwy driving.
#28 of 45 Re: bug free? [rmozol]
Jul 29, 2006 (5:19 am)
be very careful of the clear carpet protector stuff you mentioned...I use that all the time when painting inside my house. little pricey at $9 for 3x50' roll, but protecting against paint spills is priceless...especially on carpet.
however, it's some extremely strong stuff. If you had a chip in the paint, it could easily pull off a layer.
perhaps you've done it on the car before, but for me, I'll use blue masking tape like when I go to the track.
#29 of 45 Re: bug free? [hduck1]
Jul 29, 2006 (5:24 am)
if you're looking for the 3M clear bra material, you can just do google. key there isn't the material, it's finding a good installer. I have a friend in Dayton who has done like 5 of my past cars and a number of my friends.
I completely recommend the 3M stuff on all but white. white tends to show the color shift, but everthing else is great. Metallic paints are best.
email me if you have any questions. I have plenty of experience and photos if you would like more info. expect about $500 for a complete install. I did my mirrors and rockers too.
#30 of 45 Re: bug free? [tlauro]
Jul 29, 2006 (8:32 am)
Yeah I've had great expereince with the bra on the white GTPs. Rock digs on mirrors and a couple up the hood. The front is still showroom quality. Never had any paint fade issues on either car (or even the Taurus SHO I had prior to the GTPs). Ill check into the 3M material. It sounds interesting.
#31 of 45 Re: bug free? [hduck1]
Jul 29, 2006 (9:02 am)
The research on the 3M material is really interesting. I have a message in to an approved local applicator and will find out the details next week.
#32 of 45 Re: bug free? [hduck1]
Jul 29, 2006 (3:36 pm)
I used the 3M kit on our 2001 Denali and was very satisfied. There is a edge/line with the film across the hood. It didn't really show because the D was dark green metallic and lines were quite square compared to the GXP. On white it might show a line and or have some dirt lodge at the edge(?).
I was thinking about doing my GXP and googled a while back and found this. Because of the long slope of the hood on the GXP I decided against it...
#33 of 45 Re: bug free? [ocmike3]
Jul 30, 2006 (7:02 am)
I don't think it would be too bad on the hood of the GXP. I have some shots on my Last Honda Accord that I purposely took to make it show up and even in real life, the line wasn't noticable enough to make someone say ewhh....or anything. They often times asked what it was and rubbed it though
Your call though....here is one of the shots...
Overall though unless the lighting was right, you wouldn't notice it...especially on the front bumper...
#34 of 45 Re: bug free? questions/questions!
Jul 30, 2006 (12:33 pm)
How does the line from the mask do when the car is dirty? Does dirt ever get trapped in that line across the hood, or is a complete seal? Have you had it on for a long time? Have you noticed any yellowing or extreme color shift?
Sorry to make you out to be the Shell Answer Man, but the concept intrigues more and more.
#35 of 45 Re: bug free? questions/questions! [hduck1]
Jul 31, 2006 (4:26 am)
I read once somewhere that a good "remedy" to keeping bugs off the front of a car when going on long trips is to use COOKING SPRAY, like PAM, etc. Put a good coat on the front, and bugs wont be able to stick. Supposedly just easily washes off when you want it to also. Ive never tried it though, as I dont really take long distance trips.