Brand new 2015 SHO. What is the best way to protect the paint on my new Ride

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  1. rippedrubber

    rippedrubber SHO Member

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    I just sold my 2010 SHO. Picking up my 2015 SHO, ruby Red Saturday. I tend to be very picky about the way my car looks. I need to know what is the best way to protect the paint on a brand new car?
     
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    Common sense stuff. Keep it waxed, out of the sun, away from road salt, tar and bird crap.
     
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    Depends. How far do you want to go to protect, and how much time do you want to invest in routine upkeep? If you want to DIY, luigi's suggestion above (tried and true) works very well. If you want to really protect the paint, if you can budget it in, I recommend getting a coating professionally done. The best coatings today are CQuartz Finest and Opticoat/Optiguard offerings, based on looks and longevity. They add depth to the paint so if anything is getting damaged, it will be the coating and not the paint. Easy to wash off crap too, so a weekly wash becomes much much easier. Or you can go for a middle-of-the-road solution. You can find waxes and coatings that you can apply yourself. Examples are Collinite 845 and Sonax Polymer Net Shield (or PNS for short). Adam's offers a whole line of products for the DIYer, and they have many, many devotees :) Duragloss is another brand with quality products.

    Regardless, if doing yourself, start with high quality materials, such as high GSM microfiber cloths. A powerwasher and vac/blow device are also VERY handy in the long run.

    1. Choose a good day to work on your car if performing the pre-clay steps outdoors
    2. Loosen iron dust (very common paint pollutant) with a product like CarPro IronX
    3. Dissolve organic contaminants with products like TarX or Tarminator
    4. Use the 2 or even 3 bucket method (youtube has some good videos & pointers) to do the wash. You are not in CA, so hopefully you don't have water restrictions.
    5. Clay bar the car thoroughly, either with a real clay bar or a synthetic substitute (shaped like sponges, easy to use). Don't drop clay bars, decreases their useful life.
    6. Inspect the paint under an intense light (either halogen or LED)
    7. If the imperfections (yes there can be even from factory, and certainly orange peel) are minor, use a 1 step polishing pass to improve the paint (polish such as Meguiar's 205 works well). If you have never polished paint before, it's best to start with a random orbit device such as a Porter Cable 7424xp or one of the new Griot's Garage offerings.
    8. Wipe the paint afterwards with IPA (isopropyl alcohol)
    9. Apply the protectant of choice following mfr directions. Let cure.
    10. Step back and admire :)

    Join autogeek / autopia / Live2Detail forums to get ideas and ask questions. Reading product reviews helps a lot. DetailedImage (a vendor) has nice blogs that will help you along.

    Don't forget to protect the wheels, wheelwells, and engine bay. Products like CQF & Opticoat make it easy to wash off brake dust & other contaminants.
     
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    I have learned to spread a tarp under me when I clay bar, I spill and drop things.
    BDP Mike got the clear Bra I believe.
     
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    Mike's gotten so much done to his SHO, it's no longer a Ford product by %age! Dunno if a CB is one of the upgrades tho ...
     
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    I did have 3M Clear Bra Paint Protection Film professionally installed on my entire front end, as well as all of my custom painted lower rockers.

    I am happy to report, that's it's been holding up better than expected thus far.

    And although my mod list is quite extensive, a CB Radio is NOT included on my list. Lol
     
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    Curious, how much did the clear bra cost?

    I keep forgetting about this.


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