Originally Posted by PTmobile
Interesting you say that. I started installing film in California... and worked there for almost 9 years. Its the largest market in the country with Denver being a close second. Reason being is there are a lot of nice cars there and people tend to take care of them. I know the roads all to well and there are rocks on the pavement just as anywhere else. By doing a quick search you will quickly find a lot of people in California complaining of rock chips... at least people that do not have paint protection film on. The other factor to consider is Japan has the strictest environmental laws in the world thus the paint is really soft on Japanese cars. I have always been amazed at how many Lexus vehicles I see with chipped up paint. Could be why Lexus/Toyota/Scion contract companies to install film on a lot of their vehicles once they come into port. Like I said feel free to post some new pics after a few months of driving and use of the trunk.
I've been living in California for 27 years and driving for 15 years now. I've had 6 vehicles (none of them had your nine years of film) and they've only had front bumper chips from debris. A small and consciously inevitable price to pay to keep the integrity of the vehicles design intact. You were here providing 9 years of literally band-aids vs solutions. Solutions foster growth, fixes only prolong your assured fall.
I'm sure a lot of people complain about rock chips in California. Hell...they probably complain about rock chips in a lot of cites around the US. Have you ran into people who rave ecstatically about rock chips?? I haven't so I'm not sure where you were going with that comment....
Did you live in socal? We may not have money to keep our public schools open but we have enough to make sure our roads are pristine. In orange county it seems like they are always closing roads to repave them. Much of these roads are repaved by gentleman who have trades in other areas such as protective film installation. A trade obviously not worth pursuing in California. It leads to supplemental professions to make ends meet or worse...leaving the state because they can't afford it here. Where do you live again?
The fact that you are defending a debate that a 2X6inch strip of film on a rear door will protect my car from rock chips is ludicrous. As if that portion alone is a blackhole for rocks. And as for the top of the rear bumper...buy your groceries in small, easy to lift episodes. I recommend P90x to start your journey to some clearly needed upper body strength. I'd start with the 5lb bells and work my way up.
See...that's what advice sounds like. Not..."we'll see what happens when he gets rock chips". I'm paraphrasing your initial comment and I apologize for that. Maybe you'll be able to add something positive to this forum next time instead of making a backhanded remark, which I can only imagine was a projection of one's jealousy?
I hope you have less rock chip problems in the future. Have a good one.