How to avoid Stone Chips?

How to avoid Stone Chips?

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GrizzlyBear

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722 posts

77 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Stone chips annoy me. I am normally a very calm person, but since I tend to keep cars for years I know it is going to be there staring back at me when I wash the car.

I normally leave quite a large gap between myself and the vehicle in front to minimise stone chipping (2 stone chips in 25K miles - both caused by stones flicked by people diving into the gap).

So how can I minimise stone ships?

I have seen bonnet bras, but I can't help but thinking if some grit gets under the material, it will scratch the bonnet so defeat the point.

So how to you minimise stone chips please?

aspirated

2,533 posts

88 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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scene tape innit

GrizzlyBear

Original Poster:

722 posts

77 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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aspirated said:


scene tape innit
I see... the best way to keep the look of clean, freshly polished paint is to cover it in insulation tape.

Now let me think - Options:
1. shoot
2. vomit
3. getmecoat

Can't decide

Thanks for the suggestion, but I think that needs some work...

Palmball

1,162 posts

116 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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You can't realistically avoid stone chips, as there will always be factors outside your control (for instance, debris flicked up some distance away can still cause damage).

If you want to almost guarantee you don't get chips then invest getting your front end covered with paint protection film. But then this has other downsides like the fact that, despite being almost invisible, it's not totally invisible so you will always be able to tell it's on the car. But at least your paint won't get damaged,

Evanivitch

4,206 posts

64 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Why?

Just accept that it will happen. Sounds like you already take reasonable measures to reduce the likelihood, but the reality is it will continue to happen unless you go to a complete barrier method.

Just budget for a respray if it bothers you that much.
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shake n bake

2,065 posts

149 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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It's just a car, drive it. If you're that worried about it, wrap it up in cotton wool and lock it in a garage forever more.
The front of mine looks like it's been shot at with a rock salt cartridge but I know I had fun getting them and a few quid puts it right again.

mark.c

1,052 posts

122 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Two options really, don't drive the car or have some kind of film applied. I have film on the front of my CSL and no chips so far. However, you can see its fitted and it's nearly as expensive as a repaint.

JasperT

186 posts

38 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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aspirated said:


scene tape innit
Those wheels should never be seen unless attached to a Lancia Delta....
wheels like that look cloud9 on an Integrale but yuck on a golf...

Edited by JasperT on Saturday 11th June 00:46

Welshbeef

36,721 posts

140 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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mark.c said:
Two options really, don't drive the car or have some kind of film applied. I have film on the front of my CSL and no chips so far. However, you can see its fitted and it's nearly as expensive as a repaint.
Haha

What will be will be it is just a car at the end of the day even if it's a DB4 or whatever.

PanzerCommander

5,024 posts

160 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Just think of them as battle scars smile

fatboy b

8,145 posts

158 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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GrizzlyBear said:
Stone chips annoy me. I am normally a very calm person, but since I tend to keep cars for years I know it is going to be there staring back at me when I wash the car.

I normally leave quite a large gap between myself and the vehicle in front to minimise stone chipping (2 stone chips in 25K miles - both caused by stones flicked by people diving into the gap).

So how can I minimise stone ships?

I have seen bonnet bras, but I can't help but thinking if some grit gets under the material, it will scratch the bonnet so defeat the point.

So how to you minimise stone chips please?
The closer you drive to the car in front, the more chance you have of getting stone chips (other than the stray one if you're overtaking). That's why Audis & BMWs tend to fair worst with them biggrin

so called

7,189 posts

151 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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mark.c said:
Two options really, don't drive the car or have some kind of film applied. I have film on the front of my CSL and no chips so far. However, you can see its fitted and it's nearly as expensive as a repaint.
And heard horror stories when you try to remove the film.

so called

7,189 posts

151 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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fatboy b said:
The closer you drive to the car in front, the more chance you have of getting stone chips (other than the stray one if you're overtaking). That's why Audis & BMWs tend to fair worst with them biggrin
Yes but if your close enough, the stones fly right over and hit the car behind you wink

Howard-

3,947 posts

144 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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I am the most obsessively boring anally retentive person in the world when it comes to keeping my car clean, and protecting it from the cretins that dilute our gene pool when out and about. I'll happily spend an hour waxing my wheels or restoring the tiny little bits of barely-noticeable black plastic trim or Autosol'ing my exhaust tips, or something equally pointless.

And yet strangely enough stone chips don't bother me. I know they cannot be helped if you actually drive your car, and they aren't really noticeable once you stand back. So I don't worry about them.

Any kind of "bra" just looks silly.

LotusOmega375D

4,225 posts

95 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Good drivers don't have a problem with stone chips. They are able to spot them being thrown up by the car in front and take the necessary avoiding action.

MRobbins1987

487 posts

72 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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shandyboy

452 posts

96 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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I think it's just one of nature's unwritten laws - the more unblemished your paint is, the more stone chips will be attracted towards it by strange forces.

I think you have to resign to the fact that they will happen no matter what - they're a fact of driving and you can only minimise the chances but you still might suffer them. Budget in for a front respray / chips-away type service every couple of years and that should keep your car looking fresh without having to resort to anything as downright bizarre as a bonnet-bra.

It's road-chip season around here at the moment, where the council put a layer of very sharp small stones over all the roads and let cars travelling on them do the required work of either pressing them in or cleaning the road of excess stones by having them scatter everywhere...

ahenners

242 posts

68 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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fatboy b said:
The closer you drive to the car in front, the more chance you have of getting stone chips (other than the stray one if you're overtaking). That's why Audis & BMWs tend to fair worst with them biggrin
Brilliant smile

Charles Sweeney

57 posts

37 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Buy a train ticket?

Samjeev

479 posts

63 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Keep the car in a vault underground