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What have other insight owners done to protect the paint on your car? Especially protection from bugs and rock chips on the front bumper and hood?


I'm looking at options including a clear bra and ceramic coatings. My biggest concern is that these are expensive!


Any suggestions on what may have worked for you?
 

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My car is white so I'm not too concerned about dings and stuff since it won't likely show. I just use a spray on ceramic wax. Turtle wax makes a decent product. I've been happy with the results thus far. Basically just use it every was. Few sprays when drying each panel and it's done. Super easy. Beads water like crazy.
 

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What have other insight owners done to protect the paint on your car? Especially protection from bugs and rock chips on the front bumper and hood?
Here are some threads to check out on topic:
- Finish Care (incl ceramic/wax examples) - https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/313-exterior/2422-exterior-finish-care.html
- Vinyl Wrap - https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/313-exterior/3380-vinyl-wrap-exterior-paint.html
- Glasscoat - https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/313-exterior/3246-glasscoat.html
 

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What have other insight owners done to protect the paint on your car? Especially protection from bugs and rock chips on the front bumper and hood?


I'm looking at options including a clear bra and ceramic coatings. My biggest concern is that these are expensive!


Any suggestions on what may have worked for you?
A clear bra will protect from rock chips(to a certain point) and bugs. For me, the Insight is still a Honda so I didn't see it as worthy of splurging on clear bra and ceramic coating. :rolleyes: I do clay bar, polish, and apply ceramic spray sealant in the Spring and Fall.

My car is white so I'm not too concerned about dings and stuff since it won't likely show. I just use a spray on ceramic wax. Turtle wax makes a decent product. I've been happy with the results thus far. Basically just use it every was. Few sprays when drying each panel and it's done. Super easy. Beads water like crazy.
I have been testing the new Turtle Wax Hybrid Ceramic Spray and it does bead water really well. :D
 

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What have other insight owners done to protect the paint on your car? Especially protection from bugs and rock chips on the front bumper and hood?


I'm looking at options including a clear bra and ceramic coatings. My biggest concern is that these are expensive!


Any suggestions on what may have worked for you?
I did full hood clear bra on my Highlander and no chips in almost 10 years. Other cars seem to get them within a year or two. I did the Insight as well, and I'm fairly certain it protected from a hit that would have left a noticeable chip. Sadly, the film did lift leaving tiny bubbles where it was hit so I had it replaced, adding to the high cost. Worth it? Maybe. Depends on your tolerance for blemishes and swirl marks, if you keep it in a garage, if you live in a salt/ice region, etc.

https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/313-exterior/2470-fit-finish-3.html

Also trying IGL Ecocoat ceramic. Seems to be long lasting, but can't say it's any better than a good synthetic wax. No chip protection, of course.
 

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I did full hood clear bra on my Highlander and no chips in almost 10 years. Other cars seem to get them within a year or two. I did the Insight as well, and I'm fairly certain it protected from a hit that would have left a noticeable chip. Sadly, the film did lift leaving tiny bubbles where it was hit so I had it replaced, adding to the high cost. Worth it? Maybe. Depends on your tolerance for blemishes and swirl marks, if you keep it in a garage, if you live in a salt/ice region, etc.

https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/313-exterior/2470-fit-finish-3.html

Also trying IGL Ecocoat ceramic. Seems to be long lasting, but can't say it's any better than a good synthetic wax. No chip protection, of course.
What brand of film did you use? Did you cover your full hood?
 

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What brand of film did you use? Did you cover your full hood?
Looks like it was PPF brand, full hood coverage - which @safedad applied to the Insight and also used with success on prior cars. Some descriptions and pictures are in the "Fit & Finish" thread referenced above:

- PPF wrap on Insight - https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/16568-post25.html
- Wrap maintenance - https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/16582-post27.html
- Removal/reinstall - https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/21018-post28.html
 

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What brand of film did you use? Did you cover your full hood?
Suntek Ultra. So far it seems fine but I've only had it ~6 months. My Highlander had Avery Nano Fusion film which I gather is not well liked anymore by installers. There is some more info on the page I linked.
 

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I'm now more concerned about the windshield...just had a huge rock hit my windshield tonight and cause a minor little speck in the windshield. Too small to splinter but just enough to know its there. Ugh...
 

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I put a 3M clearbra on the front bumper and headlights. Probably excessive, as it's still a sub-30k car.
It’s not so much the price of the car as it is how much pride you take in it, and, that we want to take care of it. Also, that’s still a lot of money and there is nothing wrong in keeping it looking new as long as possible.

I’m also ocd about rock chips. Now we can drive down the highway with a little less anxiety.
 

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I'm now more concerned about the windshield...just had a huge rock hit my windshield tonight and cause a minor little speck in the windshield. Too small to splinter but just enough to know its there. Ugh...
Where is the chip on the windshield? As long as it's far away from the HondaSense technology, it should be easy to fill up yourself or have someone else do it.
 
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