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I'm thinking of having a Ventureshield protective film kit applied to my 159. The idea being to protect the lovely shiny paintwork from chips and scratches.

Anyone had any experience of using this type of system?
 

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Taping Mouhrinio to the front with gaffer tape would be far more effective ! MUCH more amusing too !!!!

Well, he WILL be looking for a new job after tomorrow won't he !


back on subject, Ventureshield is supposed to be excellent. Pal of mine had iton his 550. Couldn't even notice it unless it's pointed out.

Top stuff. bit £££££££ tho.
 

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I think this stuff looks crap - I always notice it on ferarri's and Lambo's etc. Just looks like what it is, a bit of clear film stuck on! Not sure on this make but some Tend to go yellowy or milky after a while.

A bit like buying a nice setee and covering it with a clear plastic sheet - A favourite of the Americans!
 

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Apparently it has a 'lifetime' guarantee for remaining optically clear and can be removed when necessary.
Obviously I would confirm the exact details of the warranty before having it done...
My concern is mainly about how noticeable the film is once applied. My car's black so that might make the film stand out less. It's the same stuff that the 159 has on the front of the rear wheel arch. My wife's Rav4 also has it on the vulnerable points and the edge does seem to show a slight darker line. But then her car is silver....
 

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ask them to fit a demo piece. If they really are as confident of their product they shouldn't object to it.

I would stongly advise AGAINST trying to fit it yerself or it's going to look like those DIY window tints you see.
 

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It's the same stuff that the 159 has on the front of the rear wheel arch. My wife's Rav4 also has it on the vulnerable points and the edge does seem to show a slight darker line. But then her car is silver....
My 159 is silver and I hate the plastic on the rear arch. Can't really see the point of it. I could understand it on the front of the bonnet or grill which has a couple of nasty chips on it already but down on the back arch is stupid and pointless.
Plus when the car gets dirty at this time of year it really stands out.
 

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IF YOU HAVE A 159 OR BRERA GET IT DONE NOW!

Mine is 13,000 miles old and the front bumper and the first 2 feet on the bonnet is an utter mess with chips, get it done guys.

The rear arch protectors do a great job, but unfortunately the arches and door are peppered for another 6 inches above.

My 159 has them missing on one side and they were a mess within 5000 miles, they were fitted at 7000.

No polish will stop this, my car has umpteen coats of Zaino on it and that is the hardest polish known to man!

Its too late to do mine, the front needs repainted.
 
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Interesting. I've not heard of this. I was planning on getting a liquid protection (GardX) applied to my wife's BMW, but after reading an excellent article in the recent Alfa Owners' Club mag on how to really deep clean and polish your paintwork like the pros, I plan to do that rather (on my wife's car and my GTA) than put an artificial protection on the paint.

If you 're going to try Ventureshield, just make sure you see an example first.

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My 159 is silver and I hate the plastic on the rear arch. Can't really see the point of it. I could understand it on the front of the bonnet or grill which has a couple of nasty chips on it already but down on the back arch is stupid and pointless.
Plus when the car gets dirty at this time of year it really stands out.
Apparently the rear arches chipped like crazy when the 159's first came out - especially the dark blue ones
 

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I have been thinking of doing the same with my coming Spider. But I don't think any of them do Alfa 159, Brera or the New Spider..... Even asked for a quote a few places - just with the replay sorry - we don't do that model......
 
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Never heard of this plastic film stuff. Is it meant to stay on for good then? Surely when the paint fades over time the difference will be noticeable.Then if you do take off,won't you get the same effect as a van thats been signwritten?
 

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First looked at a smart 147 on a forecourt. Guy said " No chips on the front of this." I thought no because it's been blown over with colour in the paint shop. Plastic film though? Paint off/More paint on. Get away with a Badger air brush at low level, bonnet's a different cup of tea.Difficult without spraying the whole, after flatting.
 

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I recently spoke to a Porsche specialist about this film stuff to put over the lower bonnet areas and apparently you can usually see it once it's on as it only goes half way up.

Also as it only protects the paint, the film itself can get damaged and torn by stones and then you can get water under it and it will start to lift.

His suggestion was to put a few good layers of wax on and that will go a good way to making the surface "non-stick" so stones are more likely to go straight over :rolleyes:
 

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A fella I knew had some film (different brand?) on his Elise. It went yellowish after a while, so it did make the car look odd.

Also, as has been said, it gets damaged too, so the car still looks tatty.

Rear wheel arches usually get nuked by the front wheels, so you fellas want some mud flaps :D

I've given up worrying about stone chips... just budget for a respray if you're going to keep the fella any long period of time.


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IF YOU HAVE A 159 OR BRERA GET IT DONE NOW!

Mine is 13,000 miles old and the front bumper and the first 2 feet on the bonnet is an utter mess with chips, get it done guys.

The rear arch protectors do a great job, but unfortunately the arches and door are peppered for another 6 inches above.

My 159 has them missing on one side and they were a mess within 5000 miles, they were fitted at 7000.

No polish will stop this, my car has umpteen coats of Zaino on it and that is the hardest polish known to man!

Its too late to do mine, the front needs repainted.


I would echo this also.

My 159 is also peppered with small stone/grit chips from the winter salting of the roads.

Really wish I had done this straight away too.

Think it'll need a re-paint after 20k miles. :cry:
 

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I have seen good and poor examples of this type of treatment. I suspect the biggest difference is in the professional prep and application. It is not entirely invisible and care would be needed when waxing and polishing to avoid a build up which would only serve to highlight the plastic.

I remember watching a QVC item on paint polish where the guy said their polish would also protect against stone chips. It would be a lovely idea, the only flaw in the argument being it has no basis in reality.
 

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Agreed lowej. Try it and see? I just touch in the small bonnet chips,fine short haired sable, not invisible, better than chips and rust though. Gently locally blow-in with an air brush the verticals, which is pretty invisible.
 

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Ventureshield got back to me and told me that they now got templates for 159, Brera and the new Spider.
 
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