So I got my first rock chip on my front bumper (sport package)

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Went to a trip to Charlotte NC saturday and when I washed it yesterday, notice a nice big new rock chip :mad: What's the best way to fix that? I don't want a rust spot to develop. Also what is the best way to protect against future chips that come inherently with having a painted instead of chrome bumper. I was looking at the 3M clear shield but that seems like a pain to install. I called my local window tint place but they don't do that. Is the clear spray on stuff any good? My buddy said he didn't think it was.

Thank you in advance for any input.

CE
 
Dr Colorchip. If you have just one chip it's a bit of overkill, but if you don't end up covering the front end with PPF it will be of use moving forward.

If its just your bumper you're worried about I'm honestly not sure if I would bother with PPF. The guys who install that stuff have decided they need to live in the same neighborhoods as doctors, corporate attorneys, and CEO's, and so the pricing has gone a bit haywire as compared to just a simple bumper respray. The full front wrap changes the algebra a bit on PPF though as it's not cool to have respray and blend body panels unless you absolutely have to, so the PPF prevents that with regards to road rash. May be worth it, YMMV.
 
Ugh...Just found the first one on my truck too. Without having done the whole truck in PPF it's in a spot that wouldn't have been covered anyway. I'm gonna have to start accepting the reality of this Anitmatter Blue situation. :cautious:
 
It is heartbreaking. That's the main reason I went with the chrome package on my KR. My F150 Lariat has painted bumpers and that's the first thing to start rusting. It got so bad so fast I decided the best route was to buy new bumper skins and have them painted to match. Never bothered, mostly because of the price, but also because other areas started to rust over the past couple years and I decided to start planning for the next truck. The Tremor will be getting PPF on key areas shortly after arrival.
 
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Unfortunately that's the price of interstate driving. My current truck windshield has so much pitting on it from sand and debris impact that you can feel it. Of course the entire front of the truck is just as bad. I drive about 80% interstate miles. When the dump truck says "stay 200' back" they mean it. Unfortunately the debris is left all over the roads and picked up by the the tires right in front of you.
 
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Definitely going to Xpel my painted bumpers as well as most of the truck. It's worth it to keep my blood pressure down. Getting a hood deflector so will ceramic the hood and roof to save $$$.
 
So the sign shop wanted $920 to wrap the bumper and front edge of the hood with the PPF. I guess that is worth it to help my blood pressure stay low.
 
If you've done any vinyl yourself in the past, you can buy pre-cut PPF for the bumper and front edge of the hood for probably a third of that. Lamin-X is pretty reasonable, I've also seen 3M PPF pre-cut pieces online
 
I saw where he was ordering the pre cut kits from. well the price anyway. didn't see the brand. he said his install fees was $150 for each. So I guess that's $600ish for the precut vinyl kits. the bumper kit I saw had a price of $400. That is list, I'm sure he gets a discount. He's a little local shop that takes pride in the community, so I trust him. I will do my part for the economy and pass my stimulus on for some toy puller upgrades :cool:
 
Here’s a suggestion for front bumper protection. Some may not like this idea but at least it matches pretty well with stock Tremor wheels & running boards if you have them.
I had my front Bumper Sprayed with Line-X, and I swapped my front grill to an XL grill. This is the end result and I don’t have to worry about any road rash anymore.

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Now, keep in mind I like more of a utilitarian look, and Im not into a really shiny clean looking truck. So this style fits me perfectly, but the Line-X premium has a nice finish to it. And I did do Front & Rear bumpers.
 
Went to a trip to Charlotte NC saturday and when I washed it yesterday, notice a nice big new rock chip :mad: What's the best way to fix that? I don't want a rust spot to develop. Also what is the best way to protect against future chips that come inherently with having a painted instead of chrome bumper. I was looking at the 3M clear shield but that seems like a pain to install. I called my local window tint place but they don't do that. Is the clear spray on stuff any good? My buddy said he didn't think it was.

Thank you in advance for any input.

CE
I’m just gonna run ceramic coating, I’ve had PPF fail and tear also looks awful. Not to mention body shops around here can repaint the bumper for the same money as ppf. I’d use some touch up paint. When mine get chipped bad enough I’ll do a colormatch linex
 
Did color match linex on my f150
 

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automotivetouchup.com I ordered a color matched antimatter blue paint pen and a clear coat pen to apply when paint has dried. It wont be here for another week so I can't comment on how well it works but I was out the door $25 including shipping. They say it takes longer to receive because they factory match the paint for each order. We'll see. Anyway, I'm not wrapping so this pen should come in handy for a while to come. I just hope it stores well and doesn't dry out after your first use.
 
After our first road trip in my new 17' Platinum the Front Bumper was hammered with stone chips. Tampa to Huston and Back. 1 chip or a dozen, still cost $700 to repaint. That was disappointing. For that reason, Chrome is my choice. If it does chip, I can't see them.
 

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I have about a six so far on my 20 with 16k on the clock. The biggest one the size of a dime. Not too happy with how easily it chips
 
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