ISONSX said:My 95 was sealed with this stuff all over it - the nose, nearly the entire hood, the fenders, headlight covers, windshield posts,, strip across the top of my windshiled between the glass and my removalbe top, mirrors. It is in the shop right now having all of this removed except the protective covering on the nose. The shop said mine looked like it hadn't been on there that long (2-3 years) and it was "current technology" film whatever that is.
They told me that it would be over $1,000 to put on the amount of film that my car had on it but by far the most expensive and time consuming piece of this is the nose film due to the curvature and detail.
My impressions of protective paint film for my car are / were, in this order 1) I hate it, 2) Oh, that will really protect the paint, that's good, 3) I hate it since I can see the edge lines and the "grain" in the film a bit especially on my dark color 4) This sure will protect the car's paint, and finally 5) who am I saving the paint for?
In the end, it's like putting a plastic cover over your couch. Yeah, the couch will look like new when you take it off but do you really want to sit on plastic?
The shop tried to convince me to leave it on, saying "when you are ready to sell the car, you can pull it off and it will look like new". Well,
if you car gets rock chips in the nose, you can have it re-sprayed right before you sell it for $500 or so and that will be less than or equal to the cost of the film plus you get to look at a clean finish. I would suggest using a Speed Lingerie front mask that is color-coded to your paint finish during long highway trips and go naked everywhere else.
ISONSX said:When a fellow NSX owner asked me "who are you saving the paint for?" I thought for a minute and thought to myself that I want to enjoy every aspect of this car. Then when someone who works for me asked "Do you have plastic on your couch at home?" That did it for me.