How to avoid Stone Chips?

How to avoid Stone Chips?

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Alex_225

4,660 posts

173 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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You can by bonnet or bumper bras, they look a bit like a gimp mask for a car but they work.

Alternatively you can have the front wrapped in protective film although it's not cheap.

There's no way of avoiding them if you're using the car, plain and simple. Just today I was driving to a clients site and had left plenty of space between me and the car in front. Heard a loud crack noise and a stone has flung up and cracked my windscreen. I believe it'll be easy enough to repair but bloody annoying nonetheless!

mwstewart

6,443 posts

160 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Maintain a good distance from the car in front. The rest are inevitable.

essexstu

341 posts

90 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Get a life?

MrBarry123

5,728 posts

93 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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mwstewart said:
Maintain a good distance from the car in front. The rest are inevitable.
This.

Efforts to avoid stone chips are in the same vein as trying to prevent tyre wear i.e. the only way to succeed is not to drive the car.

mark.c

1,089 posts

152 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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Welshbeef said:
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.
You're right, what was I thinking... smile

WJNB

2,637 posts

133 months

Friday 10th June 2016
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I empathise yet apply some acceptance to an inevitable. The advice to keep your distance is obvious & sensible. Upon encountering a re-surfaced stretch of road with those awful loose chippings flying everywhere & NOBODY adhering to the suggested 20mph limit if I have the time & know the area I have been known to do a U turn & find another route.
On a regular basis & with a VERY fine artiste brush & if necessary a magnifier attachment to my spectacles I touch in the chips, sometimes with several layers of paint to make a smooth a finish as possible. Beat that for analality?
Sometimes what I think is a chip is no more than a squashed insect.
IF I keep a car long enough & IF the chips are bad & IF it worries me than a localised re-spray is the answer. Modern-day paint technology means a decent match is possible & given the smallish area it don't break the bank.



LDN

8,262 posts

175 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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Alex_225 said:
Alternatively you can have the front wrapped in protective film although it's not cheap.
How much, typically? I've seen vastly different amounts quoted for the film and then I have heard success AND horror stories with regard the removal of the film... any dead cert solutions?

dme123

8,356 posts

161 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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LotusOmega375D said:
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.
hehe

Stonechips are one of those inevitable things I struggle to give a st about, like wrinkles, grey hair, and the tide coming in. If you follow a reasonable distance behind you've done all you can, and even the tts in newly surfaced places throwing stones over your car are best treated as a force of nature and no energy expended fussing about such things.

Edited by dme123 on Saturday 18th June 19:15

LDN

8,262 posts

175 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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As well; I've been told that this stuff is good... http://gen-3glasscoat.com/

Anyone tried it?

Ali_T

3,378 posts

229 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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mwstewart said:
Maintain a good distance from the car in front. The rest are inevitable.
Most chips I have are on the offside front bumper and side. They're coming from opposite carriageway on my commute on A roads is the only reasonable conclusion I cam reach.

g7jtk

1,597 posts

126 months

Sunday 19th June 2016
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Get the car wrapped in clear vinyl

robinessex

9,566 posts

153 months

Sunday 19th June 2016
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I've found never exceeding 100mph helps! Amazing how many secondhand cars for sale on dealers forcourts without any stone chips though!!

Blib

38,575 posts

169 months

Sunday 19th June 2016
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Never had a stone chip on the front of my car. I reverse everywhere.

Ozzie Osmond

21,189 posts

218 months

Sunday 19th June 2016
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Blib said:
Never had a stone chip on the front of my car. I reverse everywhere.
Some people favour a clay bar.