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Durability of wraps

Looking for any input on wraps. Planning custom graphics on front clam. I could have airbrushed or printed on a wrap. Never had any experience with wraps and how they hold up. Stone chips seems to be biggest worry I have

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A wrap is still vinyl which is not as thick as a protective clear wrap. If you are going to track your car, which I believe you are, you are going to want to put a protective film on the car. Besides the front of the car, you want to put some in front of and along the bottom trailing edge of the rear wheel arch.

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I've put about 4000 miles on my car since I had the wrap installed and I don't have any stone damage.
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Just don't do it on a white car. I've had two white cars that have yellowed from Vinyl Wrap. You need to keep it out of the Sun or it will stain paint. Even 3m good quality films.
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My experience is nothing has worked for me at the track.

My car came with Starshield it got peppered up very fast at the track after about twenty track days.

I resprayed the car, had Xpel which is 8 mil applied then had Oracal 4mil wrap applied over the Xpel (the wrap was primarily done for style). This was only marginally better but not worth the money.

The bottom line is a rock flying at 100 mhp can do some damage and it's hard to prevent.

My primary concern is the headlights as they are so expensive, I have covers to apply over them for track days.

I have even thought about having a thick fabric bra made.
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Just don't do it on a white car. I've had two white cars that have yellowed from Vinyl Wrap. You need to keep it out of the Sun or it will stain paint. Even 3m good quality films.
I’m in upstate NY we don’t get a lot of sun lol

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