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I am just talking Paint Protection - not the 3-in-1 package for paint+rust+scotchguard.

Is it worth the money?

Does it REALLY hold up over the years?

Does it REALLY eliminate waxing?

Is there a particular brand or method that is best?

Your thoughts are appreciated!
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by PD55:
I am just talking Paint Protection - not the 3-in-1 package for paint+rust+scotchguard.

Is it worth the money?

Does it REALLY hold up over the years?

Does it REALLY eliminate waxing?

Is there a particular brand or method that is best?

Your thoughts are appreciated!
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Hi PD55,

IMO, the answers to your questions are:

No!

No! At least some of these products will require you to reapply somewhere along the way.

No! Not if you want it to continue to bead water. Some friends of mine bought this stuff years ago that was supposed to protect the paint from UV, etc. Their car quit beading water about 4 months into it's life. The option then was to either reapply the paint sealent or wax the car. They just started waxing again.

A particular brand? Since I have never seen positive proof that paint sealents do anything at all for the long term health of the cars finish and thus have never looked further, I wouldn't know.


Good Luck & Drive Safe,
Steve


[This message has been edited by Intrepid175 (edited 08-28-2001).]
 

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I have not had any experience with Paint Protection and I suspect that is because I have not found a product worth trying. I live in the southwest and if there were a product that really worked, I'm sure we would have heard about it by now.

All Honda's (and other makes) come with clear coat sprayed at the factory. Clear coat is designed to protect the paint. A good wax job twice a year is all you need.

Just make sure you compare the "benefits" of any paint protection against the standard warranty (isn't it 7 years on paint? and 5 years on rust). If the protectant doesn't last that long (at least), you're getting a Slick Willy deal.
 

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PD55 -

Save the money, and invest a bit of time in paint care. I've had cars with and without paint protection. I'll never pay for it again.

- Darell

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Paint protectant like Diamond Kote requires reapplying every 5 years or so. If you do not reapply, it will leave a haze on top of your paint job and no amount of waxing can eliminate it. I did some research on the internet on this topic and on rust protection. Basically, it says that car manufacturers these days have done so much to protect their car from UV and rust that it is not necessary to spend money on aftermarket products. For example, undercoating is not necessary because manufacturers use a dipping technique to coat their underside panels and thus permanently seal their parts. Other research found that improperly applied undercoating actually does more harm than good on the car. So, save your money and even if you are going to get it done. Don't get it done through the dealer. All they do is drive your car to the same guys who are doing the paint protection job and charge a high margin for it.

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