One solution, of course, is to never drive the car, but this is not practical.
After doing some research, I believe there are four solutions:
1) Do nothing. That is, just have the bumper and front lip spoiler repainted every other year or so, whenever the damage becomes an eyesore.
2) Application of 3M Scotchguard Paint Protection clear film.
|This would actually be the best solution...|
I actually tried doing this myself before with limited success (the headlights came out great):
|Using tracing paper to create patterns for the 3M film|
|During application: before squeegeeing the liquid out|
3) Application of 3M Paint Defender Spray Film (I have no experience with this, but hope to try it out in the near future)
|Check back as I experiment with this in the near future!|
4) Application of Road Warrior Plus
|This is the basic kit - the liquid in a quart bottle, plus application tools.|
Ingenious in concept, but a) is it really that easy, b) does it look ok when dry, and c) does it work?
So I got to work. First, as many reviewers remarked, this stuff DOES smell, and have the same consistency, as Elmer's glue.
|Ok this roller is cute, but will it do the job?|
|I seems to go on very thick.....|
|But after you start spreading it out with the roller....|
|You end up with a very thin coat of spackled Elmer's glue-like stuff|
Here is what it looks like, in daylight after it is dry.
|Can't really tell from this distance...|
|But close up, you can see the orange peel effect quite clearly|
I had actually done this right before my visit to Do-Luck and Nissan Prince on the 30th, and both Ito-san and Koyama-san thought I had subjected my car to the worst ever repaint...before I explained that it was a roller applied film...
Now to test it...seems almost too good to be true if it can actually provide significant protection. Yes I've driven to Shinagawa and back, but I think we need a longer trip. Stay tuned....