In Reply to: Re bra: One more ? Does hood line bother you? posted by ED scuba on January 12, 2000 at 19:07:55:
I went with StonGard (http://www.stongard.com/sgcontent/default.asp) because it has less pieces, therefore less lines where the material ends, than X-pel. I had even ordered an X-pel kit, but sent it back after comparing it to the StonGard package. StonGard costs quite a bit more, but the difference was worth it to me.
Have only had mine on since July '99 and so far, no complaints. Like you, I was apprehensive about sticking this stuff on my brand new "///M coupe", having purchased it in May. But, it's my daily driver and I knew it was going to see some pretty nasty weather (windy, rainy, and some snow) here in the Seattle area come fall and winter. So far, it's done its job, the front of my Coupe being virgin so far in 7600 miles of use. It has done what it's designed to do ... prevent chips and nicks.
Now about the "line" ... Yes, it does exist where the material ends. At first I thought "No way can I live with that!" But considering the alternative, I decided to give it a try ... and after six months of use, glad I did. I have a Titanium Silver Coupe, and you gotta really look twice to see the "line". Get a couple feet away and you don't even notice it. Not sure if it is more noticable on light or dark colors.
Bubbles and yellowing? None on mine, but I had "Mr StonGard" himself (Tim Heikell) install it; nicely done. And since I haven't had it long enough for any yellowing to appear, can't tell ya if it will.
In the looooooong run, especially if your car will be a daily driver, I feel it's a practical addition to keep our Z3's lQQkin' GOOD! I recomment the StonGard product highly. FYI
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