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the other day i was cleaning my crv and noticed a nice chip on the tippy tip of my 2017 crv. any recommendations on bra or clear protection.
 

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3M or X-pel paint protection film, shop around for an installer with good reviews and reasonable pricing.
 

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This is my biggest issue with those PPF products, they crack and age horribly and very likely damage paint upon removal 5 years later. I have been looking for a nosemask without any luck. It's unfortunate Honda chose not to offer one for this car.

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I have had paint-protection film on two cars for seven years. No peeling, fading or cracking. The quote I received for the CR-V was $750. I purchased a Coverking nose mask from CarID, but the one they sent me was for a 2015-2016 model. Coverking swore it was the right item, in spite of the photos I sent.
 

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I have had paint-protection film on two cars for seven years. No peeling, fading or cracking. The quote I received for the CR-V was $750. I purchased a Coverking nose mask from CarID, but the one they sent me was for a 2015-2016 model. Coverking swore it was the right item, in spite of the photos I sent.
But what about removal? And the residue on the paint and so on. I guess I'm doubloons that something sticking on the paint for so long won't cause permanent damage or marking of some kind on the paint.
 

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But what about removal? And the residue on the paint and so on. I guess I'm doubloons that something sticking on the paint for so long won't cause permanent damage or marking of some kind on the paint.
I hear you.

Just an anecdote, though: I had 3M film installed on my 2005 Honda Accord and it remained on the car until I traded it in a few months ago. Over 10 years with no peeling, discoloration, or surface defects.

I am considering getting Xpel Ultimate on my CR-V. I'm not worried about removal: I never plan to remove it. It is a significant cost though ($400-$1000) and you can buy a lot of touch-up paint with that kind of money!
 

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I had xpel on a 00 4Runner and sold the car in 2014. The xpel was cracked into many pieces and wanted to remove it prior to selling the car. Used a blow drier and plastic razors to remove it. Took several days. It was visible that the clear coat had worn differently under the xpel. After that I had sworn the stuff off.
 

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I had xpel on a 00 4Runner and sold the car in 2014. The xpel was cracked into many pieces and wanted to remove it prior to selling the car. Used a blow drier and plastic razors to remove it. Took several days. It was visible that the clear coat had worn differently under the xpel. After that I had sworn the stuff off.
That's what the photo I shared looks like. Impossible to remove.
 

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Not all PPF films are equal. There were some terrible films on the market 10 years ago, some would yellow, crack, or stain from bugs or bird droppings. I've always used the 3M brand which never had those issues, X-PEL is also very good. If you had PPF in the past and had problems, it was most likely one of those brands that aren't even around anymore. 3M and X-PEL continue to improve their films. I started using PPF on my cars 15 years ago when PPF was just starting to get popular, there was much to be learned by the film companies, today the films come with lifetime warranties against peeling, yellowing, cracking and staining. Those issues are a thing of the past.

garoto, what brand was the film in the picture on your Element? I bet it's one of the brands that are no longer on the market. I've removed PPF from my S2000 on various occasions, it's never caused an issue with the clear coat. If anything, the clear coat is new looking without any micro-abrasion, when compared to the rest of the hood where there was no PPF.
 

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I had the 3M product on a Tundra that I once owned and the stuff looked the same 7 years later when I traded it in. Not fade or discoloration at all. It actually saved my hood from a monster rock. It was gouged and I had to have a pdr guy remove the ding and have the product reapplied to the hood. Paint underneath still was perfect with the product removed. Had it on the front edge of my hood, fenders, headlights, and back side of mirrors.
 

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I think it's absolutely ridiculous to charge that kind of money to apply a film to a hood (and mirrors, etc.). Of course that statement is an oversimplification of the whole thing, but c'mon, really? I want some kind of protection but I refuse to pay that kind of money for something like this. Guess I'll just keep a good supply of paint touch up pens and other detailing products on hand.
 

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I think it's absolutely ridiculous to charge that kind of money to apply a film to a hood (and mirrors, etc.). Of course that statement is an oversimplification of the whole thing, but c'mon, really? I want some kind of protection but I refuse to pay that kind of money for something like this. Guess I'll just keep a good supply of paint touch up pens and other detailing products on hand.
You could try doing it yourself. Kits aren't too expensive.
$140 for this partial hood kit.
Black Red Text Darkness Light
https://carprotectionpros.com/paint-protection-kits/honda/cr-v/all-trim-levels-46/2017-44

They also have a full hood so won't see any lines
 

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mine that cracked was the xpel brand. Also the headlight protectors hazed. There isn't much that will stand up to the power of the Hawaiian sun! Tint on average last 10 years and paint 10 or less here.
 

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Not all PPF films are equal. There were some terrible films on the market 10 years ago, some would yellow, crack, or stain from bugs or bird droppings. I've always used the 3M brand which never had those issues, X-PEL is also very good. If you had PPF in the past and had problems, it was most likely one of those brands that aren't even around anymore. 3M and X-PEL continue to improve their films. I started using PPF on my cars 15 years ago when PPF was just starting to get popular, there was much to be learned by the film companies, today the films come with lifetime warranties against peeling, yellowing, cracking and staining. Those issues are a thing of the past.

garoto, what brand was the film in the picture on your Element? I bet it's one of the brands that are no longer on the market. I've removed PPF from my S2000 on various occasions, it's never caused an issue with the clear coat. If anything, the clear coat is new looking without any micro-abrasion, when compared to the rest of the hood where there was no PPF.
The element wasn't my car. It's a car that I always see parked but don't know who the owner is.

I have never installed PPF because I hate counter productive stuff. However, I understand that people's experiences will vary. Weather, garage, car washes and waxes, rain and a bunch of other things will have an impact on the longevity of the film.

On my 06 Si I have a PPF (unknown brand) only on my Genuine Honda Red "H" badge on the front grille. I installed it myself with curves and all. It was a perfect install and I've had it for 7 years and it's not yellowed at all and when I touch it with my nail I can tell it's still "rubbery" and not hardened. I expect that upon removal it will be easy. But if it's hard to remove I don't have to worry about clear coat getting damaged.

I guess my biggest issue is fear of damaging the beautiful paintwork on the car. Once damaged no amount of quality repainting will ever restore it.

I WANT to protect my hood and bumper pretty badly, but I don't know what to do it with. So whenever I take long road trips I've been using painters tape. It's a pain and hideous, but I'm hoping Honda or someone release a nosemask.
 

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I just keep it coated with a good sealant wax and bugs have always seemed to come off easier when washing. The cost of those protective films installed are ridiculous. 30 rock chips 5 years down the road will not reduce the value of your car by $750!
 
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