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Paint durabilty question

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I have a 2008 Mercury Sable and a 2016 Edge.  Both are driven under the same conditions, mostly city and occasional highway roadtrips.  The paint on the Mercury still looks brand new while the paint on the Edge is showing wear and tear.  Mostly lots of paint chips on the front of the hood and the front bumper.  While the Mercury has a couple the Edge has literally dozens.  Both have been washed and waxed in the same manner and time frame.  Has something changed in the paint quality over the years?

 

Yes I know I could have gotten the plastic wrap on the front of the hood and the bumper to prevent these and there are ceramic coatings that may have helped but I'm curious as to what is the difference in 2008 paint and 2016 paint. 

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I had the front clear cover on our Flex.  It did nothing to stop rock chips the rocks went right through it. All it did was stop bug guts from damaging the paint. Did not buy it for new Edge. I know this does not actually answer your question. Our less than a month old already has small rock chips on front and several small ones on the windshield. Our car supposedly had ceramic coating by dealer.

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14 hours ago, dajo2012 said:

 Our less than a month old already has small rock chips on front and several small ones on the windshield. Our car supposedly had ceramic coating by dealer.

 

The paint does seem to chip easily.  If I were to get a new car I would definitely invest in a clear bra for the front bumper and front of the hood.  My sister and her husband recently purchased a new Kia Telluride and had one put on it after seeing the damage to my Edge.  Cost them around $600.

 

http://www.invisiblemask.com/shield.html

 

 

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Paint protection film is another solution. You just need to fix the paint defects first before applying PPF.

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