3M Protective layer / Luxcare

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  1. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I'm looking at getting a protective coating for my car, I'm looking at 3M Scotchgard but the dealer offers something called Luxcare. I've looked around on the net and haven't found any real information on this product. Do any of you have suggestions for paint protection?
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    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Not crashing into things.
  3. Dustin

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    I can tell you that a few years of year-round driving that 3M stuff will start to look like shit but it will definitely protect your paint.
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    It's not for crashing into things, it for protection against rocks and bugs.
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Invisibra. Friend has it on his Gallardo and you can't even tell.
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    Film will protect from rock chips very well, and when you remove the film (or re-film) years later, the paint should be very nice under the front bumper / hood etc.

    One of our partner shops does clear wraps on mostly exotic cars. They use Ventureshield. It appears to be really good compared to some brands. But they also spend MANY hours working on a car. They wrapped our GT3RS' front half about 14,000 miles ago and the film still looks great - you can't even tell it's there. But the car is garaged regularly and detailed often by a guy that specializes in washing/detailing cars with clear film.

    I think the 3M is noticeably thicker (??), I know it discolors faster in sun/heat, but it's supposedly stronger (to prevent rock chips etc.)

    The installation is probably the most important thing. A badly wrapped car looks awful and it will peel or have bubbles. Take a look at some of their cars. Look for cuts in the film at edges (near lights, edges of body panels etc.). Also pay close attention to the way the film has discolored over the years versus the paint.

    Too much sunlight will kill any film, so if you don't have a garage or at least a covered parking area be aware of that. If the price sounds fair it's a good investment on a NEW car. I wouldn't put film on too used of a car, unless it's low mileage/great shape. There's no reason to protect an already-hammered bumper.


    If you have your car wrapped, have the place instruct you on cleaning it. It will scratch much easier than paint if you run it through a car wash or you're not careful etc.
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    The car has minor dings but still looks great. I'm kind of reconsidering this because I may do some modifications to the car and that would require repainting to look right. We'll see how much money I have in Miami.
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    If it's the clear plastic film they put on the front of the car tell them to fuck off. It's expensive and ugly. It sounds like a good idea but it's awful in my opinion.