Why the hood protector clear tape is not more popular?

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 11:08 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why the hood protector clear tape is not more popular?


It seems like the clear adhesive tapes (made especially for this
purpose by companies like 3M) are the best way to protect against
paint chips around the front hood area. The vinyl masks are not
practical and the plastic visors are only for trucks.

According to the sources the clear tape is effective in
protecting against the paint chips. Reportedly, the tapes
do not affect the paint warranty. So the question is why the
protective tapes are not more popular.

Many Toyota dealerships heard about such tapes and had no negative
comments about them. However, none carried
the tapes in their parts shop. Their repair or body shops never
installed such tapes. One local company that tints the car windows
says it installs the tapes but so far the main interest was from
owners of race cars.

Am I missing here? The vast majority of paint chips
occur on the front hood and they are ugly. But, a tape to cover
front hood and surrounding areas is only about $100.





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Old 27 Sep 2003, 01:00 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Im sure the tape will yellow, then the fear of removing it and the
paint.

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 02:50 pm   #3 (permalink)
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>Am I missing here? The vast majority of paint chips
>occur on the front hood and they are ugly. But, a tape to cover
>front hood and surrounding areas is only about $100.
>
>



In Colorado Springs, the Mercedes Benz dealer has the front end of
their cars done as soon as they come off the truck.

I had my Audi A4 done in 2001 and have been very happy with it;
however, it was significantly more than $100. If memory serves, it
was closer to $300.

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 03:31 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 19:50:59 GMT, Curtis Newton
<cnewton@remove-me.akamail.com> wrote:

>>
>>Am I missing here? The vast majority of paint chips
>>occur on the front hood and they are ugly. But, a tape to cover
>>front hood and surrounding areas is only about $100.
>>
>>

>
>
>In Colorado Springs, the Mercedes Benz dealer has the front end of
>their cars done as soon as they come off the truck.
>


Do they actually sell them taped to the customers or is it only
until the sale? Do they recommend to customers to keep the
tape on?

>I had my Audi A4 done in 2001 and have been very happy with it;
>however, it was significantly more than $100. If memory serves, it
>was closer to $300.
>


toyota-parts.com quoted me $142.81 for a kit with pieces custom
cut for a new Camry. It is supposed be the best tape made by 3M.



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Old 27 Sep 2003, 03:56 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 13:00:31 -0500 (CDT), ransley@webtv.net (mark
Ransley) wrote:

>Im sure the tape will yellow, then the fear of removing it and the
>paint.
>


This is a specially-designed tape that will not yellow. That is why
it costs over $100 for a few small pieces to cover front hood area.
There are kits with pieces custom cut for specific car models.

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 05:33 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Best tape made by 3M? I thought they only make one type?

For my 2002 Camry, to get the front facia, hood and side mirrors done, it
costs about $300 to $400 CAD from Trimline. Not cheap. Also, a person like
myself who likes to wax the car 2 to 3 times a year, the tape becomes a
problem since the wax job and the paint under the tape will show 2 different
shades. The tape also needs to be replaced every 3 years as well.


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> On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 19:50:59 GMT, Curtis Newton
> <cnewton@remove-me.akamail.com> wrote:
>
> >>
> >>Am I missing here? The vast majority of paint chips
> >>occur on the front hood and they are ugly. But, a tape to cover
> >>front hood and surrounding areas is only about $100.
> >>
> >>

> >
> >
> >In Colorado Springs, the Mercedes Benz dealer has the front end of
> >their cars done as soon as they come off the truck.
> >

>
> Do they actually sell them taped to the customers or is it only
> until the sale? Do they recommend to customers to keep the
> tape on?
>
> >I had my Audi A4 done in 2001 and have been very happy with it;
> >however, it was significantly more than $100. If memory serves, it
> >was closer to $300.
> >

>
> toyota-parts.com quoted me $142.81 for a kit with pieces custom
> cut for a new Camry. It is supposed be the best tape made by 3M.
>
>
>



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Old 27 Sep 2003, 06:15 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 18:33:50 -0400, "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com>
wrote:

>Best tape made by 3M? I thought they only make one type?
>
>For my 2002 Camry, to get the front facia, hood and side mirrors done, it
>costs about $300 to $400 CAD from Trimline. Not cheap. Also, a person like
>myself who likes to wax the car 2 to 3 times a year, the tape becomes a
>problem since the wax job and the paint under the tape will show 2 different
>shades. The tape also needs to be replaced every 3 years as well.
>
>


The point is what is the most competitive price for the same best
product. If somebody pays more then it is beyond the point.
I gave you real quote from real mailorder house selling Toyota parts.
Installation is extra. But as far as I know, it is very easy to
install, you just apply the tape.

From your own experience, is the tape effective? Did you see
any paint defects underneath the tape, caused by hitting
rocks or paint discoloration? Is the difference in shade between
the taped hood and the untaped hood significant for a well-cared
car? Did you try to replace the tape after 3 years?
Was the color beneath the tape changed in any way?



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>news:3f75f39b.180135093@news2.news.adelphia.net.. .
>> On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 19:50:59 GMT, Curtis Newton
>> <cnewton@remove-me.akamail.com> wrote:
>>
>> >>
>> >>Am I missing here? The vast majority of paint chips
>> >>occur on the front hood and they are ugly. But, a tape to cover
>> >>front hood and surrounding areas is only about $100.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>> >In Colorado Springs, the Mercedes Benz dealer has the front end of
>> >their cars done as soon as they come off the truck.
>> >

>>
>> Do they actually sell them taped to the customers or is it only
>> until the sale? Do they recommend to customers to keep the
>> tape on?
>>
>> >I had my Audi A4 done in 2001 and have been very happy with it;
>> >however, it was significantly more than $100. If memory serves, it
>> >was closer to $300.
>> >

>>
>> toyota-parts.com quoted me $142.81 for a kit with pieces custom
>> cut for a new Camry. It is supposed be the best tape made by 3M.
>>
>>
>>

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 07:43 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 18:33:50 -0400, "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com>
wrote:

>Best tape made by 3M? I thought they only make one type?
>
>For my 2002 Camry, to get the front facia, hood and side mirrors done, it
>costs about $300 to $400 CAD from Trimline. Not cheap. Also, a person like
>myself who likes to wax the car 2 to 3 times a year, the tape becomes a
>problem since the wax job and the paint under the tape will show 2 different
>shades. The tape also needs to be replaced every 3 years as well.
>



We must be talking about different products....on my A4, a lifetime
warranty is offered on the "front-end clear bra". This is warranted
through the dealership (i.e., won't yellow, chip, etc).

The guy that installed ours would not install the products made by 3M.
He said they were not up to the quality of other brands. If I get a
chance, I will look at the warranty and let you know what brand (and
price) I got for mine.

I got mine through the dealership for a few reasons, the primary
being, it seems like a lot of the "window tint" places go out of
business, so a lifetime warranty doesn't mean much. Mine is actually
warranted through the Audi dealer, even though they had a window tint
specialist install it.

Regarding the MB dealership, when we were looking, every car on the
lot had the front-end clear bra installed. I am sure you could
negotiate the price a bit, but other than that, they all had them. I
am not sure if they are still doing this, but it was this way when I
got my A4 in 2001.


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Old 27 Sep 2003, 08:03 pm   #9 (permalink)
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My Sister had " The Tape " on her 95 Camry , Yes it Yellowed ,
yes it was noticible, after it was buffed, Plastic is Plastic,
it yellows or cars would be covered with it......3Ms original intent.
But it cant be buffed. When its crap its Crap, its crap........ a
3M Scam. It is soft plastic...... and soft plasic doesnt buff
out..... Go figure, Soft plastic is a cover

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 11:39 pm   #10 (permalink)
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"mark Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> Im sure the tape will yellow, then the fear of removing it and the
> paint.


Bullshit. Mine was done 4 1/2 years ago and has NOT yellowed.

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