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    Established Member Two Rings
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    Best solution (vinyl and type) for front bumper and partial hood?

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    I want to prevent any future minor dings, tar, etc from damaging paint and body. How far up the hood and what is the best clear vinyl for this? LAMIN-X makes a kit with a bunch of different cutouts for specific models, is that a good option or do I ask for specific material at a local vinyl shop?
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    Senior Member Four Rings whiped's Avatar
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    Have a shop do it.

    I'd do full bumper, full hood, mirror caps and the flat area behind your trunk.
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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    ^ What Whiped said. The half hood approach leaves a line that you probably won’t be happy with. Also, while there shouldn’t be any discoloration, if there is over time, the line will make any color variation obvious. I did as recommended above + both front quarter panels. I had a pro shop do it and ensured that the product had a warranty.

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    Active Member One Ring
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    I also have full hood, bumper, and mirrors. Xpel and Suntek are quality brands. Look at their sites for qualified installers.

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    Established Member Two Rings audigsr's Avatar
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    As others have said, I'd go professional clear bra/paint protection. Currently have 3M Scotchgard Pro on full hood, headlights, bumper, fender, door handle jams, etc. Film is self healing as well, which is a plus. I had Xpel Ultimate in the past, I believe Scotchgard Pro is the best you can get nowadays (10 year warranty too).

    Also, you probably would want to do a full detail (clay, polish, wax) prior to getting it installed.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings Dr GP's Avatar
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    I would also do behind the wheel wells, an area that gets chipped up from small road stones


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