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New to Lotus world, how important is it to buy a car with Star Shield is it really in the " have to have " catagory or the " nice to have " one ?

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in my opinion, have to have
this thing eats rocks like no other, fiberglass is white and shows easily behind paint
 

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Definitely get it. After a year of ownership, I've noticed all the places where Starshield protected the paint from rock chips...
 

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It depends on how much you are going to drive it. If it's 4K-5K/yr and you want to keep the car "perfect", the SS is probably worth the extra $1K. If you're driving almost every day on urban freeways for 20K/yr like me, the car's going to get nicked and scrateched regardless wheather it has Star Shield or not. In this case, save the money and apply it toward a respray on the car's 5th birthday.
 

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torro, welcome to ET

as with most online fora, you'll find that most, if not all of your questions have already been asked... many, many, many times.

here are a couple from the past twelve months, or so:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50189
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40298
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36508
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33254
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25526

if you want to look for more (there are dozens) try an advanced search, use "star*" in a titles only search. there will be lots of starshield threads mixed in the results.
 

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torro, welcome to ET

as with most online fora, you'll find that most, if not all of your questions have already been asked... many, many, many times.

here are a couple from the past twelve months, or so:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50189
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40298
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36508
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33254
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25526

if you want to look for more (there are dozens) try an advanced search, use "star*" in a titles only search. there will be lots of starshield threads mixed in the results.
Oh wow. Ace10 is taking a new approach to the "search" method. :nanner:
 

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Ehh, you could just get a new front clam every year or two. :shrug:
 

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Torro,

Starshield isn't very important, however, protective film is very important. 4 out of 5 of my other cars all have a very thick 3M applied to them. The films have been incredible and very durable. The Starshield isn't half as good as the thick 3M stuff.

If I could buy a Lotus without starshield, I would do that personally, and have a 3M installer do the parts on the car wrapped in protective film as you choose. However, I didn't have the opportunity, and my car came with StarShield. Once it is done (they are weak and take a beating), I will have the car done with 3M high quality stuff.

Sad thing is Lotus charges you 1K for the Starshield, and doesn't even put it on the headlights/turn signals.

Stay away from star shield, and get something better.
 

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Torro,

Starshield isn't very important, however, protective film is very important. 4 out of 5 of my other cars all have a very thick 3M applied to them. The films have been incredible and very durable. The Starshield isn't half as good as the thick 3M stuff.

If I could buy a Lotus without starshield, I would do that personally, and have a 3M installer do the parts on the car wrapped in protective film as you choose. However, I didn't have the opportunity, and my car came with StarShield. Once it is done (they are weak and take a beating), I will have the car done with 3M high quality stuff.

Sad thing is Lotus charges you 1K for the Starshield, and doesn't even put it on the headlights/turn signals.

Stay away from star shield, and get something better.
+1 The 3M stuff (stops:D) rocks. Although, in the Lotus vernacular, pretty much everyone refers to the stuff as Starshield, not unlike Kleenex when it comes to tissues or Band-Aid with bandages.
 

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It's not important to get the car with it. But it's important to get some kind of PPF on the car very quickly. Quality varies a lot. I stock the best. Beware of cheaper films like venture shield or uncoated films. If someone sells film at a rock bottom price, guess what- there is a reason for it. Even 3M makes uncoated films. Buy from someone reputable. My front clam was replaced and the body shop put venture on . One year later it looks way worse than my product I put on the rockers and behind the rear wheels 3 years ago, and I need to replace it with my stuff soon. I just hope the paint was prepped right when they sprayed the new clam. The venture film on the front hazes up and needs to be buffed with novus plastic polish, but it still doesn't make it look great. Also it is noticabally darker now (I would imagine yellowed, but who can see yellow on an orange car?) PPF is made to be sacrificial, disposable, and replaced. The rockers really should be done every year or two if you drive the car much, but that's what it is made for- it did it's job.
 

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MUST HAVE - have it and drive every day for 3 years in traffic, KY backroads, etc. Front end looks nearly new with maybe 4 noticeable nicks. Anybody seeing my car thinks it's brand new. It's garaged and washed regularly, only waxed once in 3 years. The two removable access panels above the radiator without the starshield have many, many small sand-type impact craters that show white but NONE of this on the Starshield. I would never consider this car without it IMHO
 

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I agree it's a must have. I bought my car a little over a year ago with 2k easy miles on it, but with no SS. The previous owner didn't like the look of SS and had heard of bad experiences with early applications on some of the first Elises that came over. I had it put on by 3k miles, as I started seeing a few tiny stone chips in the nose/rockers. I had it applied by the guy the dealer uses and it turned out fine. Most cars do have it, so carefully inspect those that don't.
 
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