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Old 05-02-2018, 12:52 PM   #1
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Anyone using 3M paint protectant on the front of their 5.0TA? Looking for a way to keep from chipping our new Escape. Any pros or cons would be helpful.
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Old 05-02-2018, 01:22 PM   #2
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Anyone using 3M paint protectant on the front of their 5.0TA? Looking for a way to keep from chipping our new Escape. Any pros or cons would be helpful.
Should really help . When we purchased our new Subaru, they had installed near the bottom rear the 3 m tape to help with dirt and debris destroying the body and paint . Pat
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Old 05-02-2018, 01:59 PM   #3
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One of the first things we did when we got the trailer was to jack it up, pull the wheels, and apply the clear 3M film to the insides of all 4 wheel wells - inside of each arch all the way from front to back - as well as the part of the trailer behind the wheel wells that would be in the line of fire for rocks being thrown up. After 2-1/2 years and 8,500 miles we have had no issues with peeling or discoloration or anything. We used the isopropyl and water mix and the special squeegee. You might want to look at a few how-to videos on YouTube.

Since we did it right after we picked up the trailer, I made sure that there would be no issues with using the isopropyl on the fresh gel coat.

Per ETI: "There is no problem with using isopropyl on your gel coat, so go ahead with the rock guard protectant."
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Never thought of doing the wells. Found 3M at amazon in one foot and two foot wide. What did you use? Did you put it on front of trailer?
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Never thought of doing the wells. Found 3M at amazon in one foot and two foot wide. What did you use? Did you put it on front of trailer?
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I used some 6" wide that was available at that time, but it's just about the width of the tire treads so it just barely provides enough side-to-side coverage. If rocks or whatever deflect to the side a little then the unprotected gel coat would get hit. I was hoping to find some that was 9" or 10" wide, but was in a hurry before our first trip so just applied the 6" wide material and hit the road. I'm planning to get some wider material and apply it over the top of the 6" that's already on there, giving it double thickness for the tire tread area and single thickness to the sides.

I have a box on the tongue with maximum coverage mud/stone flaps that hang down below and stick out to the sides that protects the front, so didn't need to apply it there. I think that the film would work well on the front of the trailer if there is no storage box there - better than the vinyl snap-on protectors that come with the trailer. With a 5.0TA you should be able to cover as much of the front as you want.

If you do it, use special squeegee. It has just the right stiffness for good pressure and chasing out the bubbles.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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You can find installers via 3m's site if you don't want to try it yourself.
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Forum members talked about protecting wheel wells by spraying them with the stuff used on truck beds, back in 2009. I said I'd wait until I had chips and then cover them with the spray.
I saw no need to spray the wheel wells then, and I have no need to do it now.
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Thanks to all for responding. All great ideas.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:17 PM   #9
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Anyone using 3M paint protectant on the front of their 5.0TA? Looking for a way to keep from chipping our new Escape. Any pros or cons would be helpful.
You might want to check out XPEL Ultimate Plus paint protection film. I had it applied to my brand new truck prior to taking delivery. It covers the entire front end like a cap extending back over the hood and down the sides of the front end.

I will have it applied to the front end of my 5.0TA when I get it home.

Very happy with the install and product. Here is link to product website if you want to read up on it.

XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS - XPEL Technologies Corporation
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3M Protective Film Elastomeric Tape

Just an info bit: The original protective film tapes from 3M were developed to protect the leading edges of helicopter blades from damage during deployment in Viet Nam. Very tough stuff, although back then clarity for appearance sake was not important. I was able to use their toughness as a basis for a two US patents!
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