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    I wish I'd done something like this for the headtube on one of my bikes, where the brake cables eventually made a wear pattern in the paint.

    In fact I just saw a commercial for a 3M spray on film for cars called Paint Defender. Anyone used this? It's supposed to be removable, to be reapplied on an annual basis...
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    You can get enough to do all of your bikes for your entire lifetime for $6 less here on amazon.com: Amazon.com: 3M Clear Bra Paint Protection Bulk Film Roll 6-by-48-inches: Automotive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    Can't they come up with more interesting names ?? Or is it like software. ... You get version 5, then you download a 5.2 update ?
    You can't blame Trek. Specy have trademarked the entire English dictionary and are starting on other languages.

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    Thanks XPEL-that looks great. I will call and order tomorrow. Thank you!
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    I have a feeling this is going to end up like this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by danmc View Post
    What if the bra paint protector gets scratched? Is there a bra paint protector protector?
    That's like dividing by zero. Scary things may happen.

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    thanks
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    I have been using the automotive grade 3m paint protection for about 8 years. It turns yellow after a few years due to exposure. Peel it off and replace it with new. It is almost invisible. Great stuff.

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    While the 3M clear bra works well on the front end of my car, I can only see it as useful for certain parts of the bike such as chain stay and behind the chainring to prevent damage incase the chain falls.Maybe the top bar if you use a chain for daily commuting.
    Your bike reflects your attitude and your personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelCan View Post
    Until a bad batch gets through quality control with indentations in the film and someone purports those dimples lowers CdA
    But would it be worth the weight penalty on climbing rides? Oh, the hand wringing!
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    I've used BONK over the years.

    I haven't been to their site in years and they've definitely upgraded their product line. I've used it on my drive-side chainstay and underneath my down tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
    I've used it on my drive-side chainstay and underneath my down tube.
    These are probably the only two part of the bike that you'll need to cover. Then maybe some small patches where the cables may rub against the frame.

    I've seen paint chips from hard hits on the down tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I <3 Robots View Post
    These are probably the only two part of the bike that you'll need to cover. Then maybe some small patches where the cables may rub against the frame.
    All of my bikes have come with the DS chain stay already protected. If you're going to do go through the hassle I would add:

    -Rear section of the seat tube
    -Where the tire could rub the inside of the chain stay when removing/replacing the rear wheel.
    -The top of the top tube wouldn't be a bad idea since I've scratched that area with my clipless pedals getting on/off the bike.
    -Where speed/cadence sensor zip ties to the fork or chain stay.

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