Gravel most “fires” the front bumper and hood. Consequently, it is these elements that must be protected first. The solution that comes to mind at once is a variety of protective films. But they are expensive. Require a work skill and clean room. You can turn to professionals, but they also need to pay.
A variety of “fly swathes”, that is, peaks on the edge of the hood, not only are they related to non-standard equipment, they are also capable of spoiling the paint more than chipped – after all, sand is accumulated under them, acting as an abrasive. The aesthetics of such “ornaments” is also doubtful.
It is better to use modern means. For example, “Liquid cover” from the company “Astrokhim”. It is designed for temporary protection of the body, as well as other elements of the car from chips and scratches. It can be useful for driving, on long trips, for driving off-road, for gravel roads, for the preservation of car parts. A 500 ml bank costs about 500 rubles.
We tried the novelty on the editorial Lada Vesta. It is already full of small “scars”. But we do not want to see the new ones.
To apply the “Liquid cover”, you need to thoroughly wash and dry the car, stock up the degreaser, a clean cloth, a new soft brush (at least 50 mm wide). Banks are sufficient for an area of up to one and a half square meters when applied in three layers. The layers should be dried for 20 minutes.
You can work on the street, but only in windless weather, at a temperature of + 15 ° C to + 25 ° C, and not under direct sunlight.
It is necessary to degrease the body, trying to remove all contamination. The composition is viscous, it needs to be applied quickly, collecting less. To make the cover look neater, the direction of the layers is better to alternate: “paint” the hood along, then across and again along. If the composition falls on the headlights or grille, it’s not scary: it’s easy to remove streaks when the “Liquid Pouch” hardens.
If you separate the treated area from the untreated paint tape, take it as a conventional boundary, apply the composition to the scotch tape, and not onto it. Otherwise, when you remove the tape, the edge of the film will rise.
A thick elastic film on the hood will not break any gravel. Do not touch this coating and flexible branches. It does not suffer from washing under pressure. If desired, it is easy to remove, picking up the edge and rolling up.
Of course, a long ride with the “liquid cover” on the hood will not be. But if you go by car on a trip, such protection clearly does not hurt.