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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-06-2017, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Factory Starshield no longer available?

My body shop cannot find the factory Starshield for the front clam. Does anyone know if this has been discontinued? If so, any ideas on an alternate source? (2005 Elise)
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-06-2017, 10:51 AM
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It's not difficult to get paint protection film cut for the specific part of your Lotus that you're trying to cover. The patterns are out there and I think that most shops that do PPF can access them. You can also buy it cut to order and apply it yourself (though it can be very tricky to do correctly if you're not experienced--ask me ;-)).

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Here's one supplier: British Racing Group- Online Webstore

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The factory star shield is not as good as it could be, leaving the sections either side of the grill opening exposed. A film installer can make a custom one with better coverage
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Factory Starshield no longer available?

Keith at Chuforia is a damn good guy. I highly recommend him. (Enough that I took my wifeís BMW to him when we bought it.) heís in Georgia, Iím in Texas.
http://www.chuforiagraffix.com/index...tegory&path=62

Well thatís he same link as jds posted above. So consider this a +1


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The factory starshield was nice, but film technology has moved on significantly in the last 10 years. Today, go with a newer film, custom cut. Not only will any seams be less visible, but the film itself will have better clarity.

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Agreed. My installer uses XPEL and it looks great.

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Thank you for the replies guys...I was not sure about the state of the technology. I think the Starshield is pretty high quality, but if the aftermarket products are even better, then I have no worries. Was trying to keep everything exactly factory original, but I guess this is not a huge deal.

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Oh, and great link to the patterns jds62f...that will probably come in handy!!!
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Starshield was manufactured by 3M...and it's junk. Technology has passed that crap by. XPel is all you need, end of story. 10-year warranty, self healing, no yellowing, easier on, easier off, just better in every way.

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Yes, avoid Starshield. There's no nano coating so it yellows with ease. Below is a yellow clump from my car only 4 years after the factory installed it. Xpel does have the Elise mold.
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