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A friend of mine was talking about a guy he works with that got his car "teflon coated". He said that it was good for 5 years or something and that the coating protected the car from scratches, UV, etc... He also said it cost around $1000. Does anyone know about this? Is it worth it?
 

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Sounds like BS. Just like when wax companies say they have teflon in their wax. How would they get it to stick. It is not easy getting it to stick to frying pans and that is bare metal. Getting it to stick to a painted surface I think is impossible.
 

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Apart from wrapping the car in a tarp and vacuum sealing it in a lead room, what is the best way to protect the paint and keep the car looking great?
 

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Only drive it when the roads are clean.

Seriously, wax will help with rain spots, paint fading, bird poo, and the occaisional squashed bug, but no paste is going to protect against rock chips. The 3M clear bras are decent for preventing front end rock chips, but they only protect so far. Short of an SUV rock guard, mud flaps, or moster truck wheels, I don't think you can do much to prevent rock chips.

How you drive has a big effect. Always leave at least 3 car lengths between you and the car in front of you. Don't spend a lot of time in the far right or left lane, where shoulder dirt gets pulled up more often. Never follow semis, dump trucks, especially open back hoppers. And avoid dirt roads.

I may not be the best person to give advice on this subject, though, since I plan to drive mine like I stole it.
 

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Depends how much you want to put into the appearance of your car.

Meguiars makes some great waxing systems. Use a clay bar every other month or so to get everything out of the paint. Personally, I'll be ordering some Zainos when the STi is coming home.

Other than that, I'd say the single best thing you can do for the appearance of your car is park it way out at the back of the lot, away from the old ladies and otherwise car ignorant people.
 

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VV said:
The 3M clear bras are decent for preventing front end rock chips, but they only protect so far.
I dunno, I've had a 3M bra on a portion of my front end for about a year and a half now, and it's been amazing. I can compare it to the parts of the front end that didn't get the mask, and the difference is incredible.

I'll have that stuff all over the STi.

People make comments about being able to see the bra. Yeah...you can see a nasty black one too....as well as nasty rock chips. Take your pick...look at the perfect paint through a little plastic, watch a nasty black bra rub your paint off, or just look at all the chips.
 

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3M scotchguard.. I seen them on M3s, .. Protects from chirps, etc.. clear coat up front..

silent B0b said:
A friend of mine was talking about a guy he works with that got his car "teflon coated". He said that it was good for 5 years or something and that the coating protected the car from scratches, UV, etc... He also said it cost around $1000. Does anyone know about this? Is it worth it?
 

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I am hoping I can have it set up to be able to pick up my new STi and drive right to some place to get the stone guard put on, especially with Subaru's thin paint. The front of my cars now look like shat with all the driving I do on the expressways and all the construction in Chicago. Another reason no black STi for me.
 

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I am hoping I can have it set up to be able to pick up my new STi and drive right to some place to get the stone guard put on, especially with Subaru's thin paint. The front of my cars now look like shat with all the driving I do on the expressways and all the construction in Chicago. Another reason no black STi for me.
Honestly if my STI gets dinged up real bad i'll just use it as a reason to get it repainted in my favorite car color on the planet. 2002 BMW M5 LeMans Blue Metallic! I pitch a tent every time i see an M5 in that color. :oops: I can't explain it.
 
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