I searched through the threads and didn't quite find any good answers on this subject and curious what other's have done.
So my concern is the following:
- Paint chips on the front bumper and hood area, such as a newly paved road that cars kick up
- Scrapes on the front bottom leading edge of the nose and bottom sides of the bumper cowl
So out of nowhere they paved a portion of a commute route I take and CalTrans didn't do a good job cleaning up all the rocks and road pebbles. Even though I followed very far behind the rocks that were kicked up from the car ahead of me managed to pelt the front of the roadster. I only saw two small chips in the paint which makes me a little sour but there's nothing I can do about that. What's the best solution for protecting the front bumper, hood, and fenders from being damaged? My friend's Fisker had the Clear Armor placed over the front which protects it but has a funky line that can be seen running across the hood. The other part is to just touch it up by hand every now and then.
The other level of awareness is how low the roadster's front end is. I'm very conscious with granny'ing it over bumps and through dips but last light I granny'd it across a dip (Pulling out from a driveway to a road) and felt the front lightly graze the road. I checked to see what grazed and it appeared possibly to the the lower front right side of the cowl (part directly in front of the fender). Nothing that a little touchup paint can't fix and I rather have a slow graze to make me aware of this and try to remedy it. So one part was I had a passenger in the car and making a right turn. I'm sure the roadster dipped a little more than with just me. It also appears the previous owner did the same for that I see a matching graze on the other side of the roadster as well. I may not have done any of this too for that I may have already been scratched before I had the car. Interesting how when you analyze things your eyes open up wider. Anyways I think this would be a good place to put the 3M paint armor or some sort of Tape Protection. Possibly little hard plastic sticky bumpers that will scrape instead of the paint.
Has anyone come across these minor cosmetic issues and have any ideas? I really want to protect the roadster as much as I possibly can, its my baby and feels like I have a commitment to do so when becoming a new owner.