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Post by Wyldie85 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:36 am

Thanks for the post daveking350z. That’s a nice looking Z4 you have there!
I’ve touched in the two stone chips and had PPF put on the bonnet, wings and front bumper. That will hopefully help.
Now things have lifted a little here, I’m hoping to head to Germany in mine later this year and can relax a little knowing it has that protection.

Mid flaps may well be a worthy option, if you can find some that fit. They aren’t the most pleasing aesthetically, but if it solves the issue then got to be worth a try. :thumbsup:
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Post by Robsterrob » Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:37 am

Just a bump on this....I am finding I'm getting stone chips on the inside of wheel arches (where the red paint meets the black plastic) and some road rash along the side of the car at the rear of the arches.

I plan to tocuh in the full thickness chips on the wheel arches and machine polish the road rash, and then apply PPF to the areas affected, but a decent looking (say carbon?) mud flap would stop the problem dead. Has anyone found any?

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Post by tomscott » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:11 am

Half the problem is the fact the roads are disintegrating and its a low sports car.

Mines done 70k and needs the bumper, bonnet and wings doing. Ive just got aero skirts and they will need doing to so half the car really :rofl:

Then you respray and another chip will appear :headbang:

Also depends on the car I loved my silver grey M coupe because it showed almost nothing, couldn't even seen swirl marks and was so easy to look after.

Imola is a nightmare and especially the paint being so hard getting old swirls out is quite a task.

Imola is gorgeous tho.... its just something that we have to put up with. Honestly PPF is wonderful but as my M is probably worth 14-15k it will cost 10-20% of its value to have it done and just doesn't make sense.

Also not sure if the cars better off with original paint and chips or resprayed and not original paint...
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Post by Robsterrob » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:27 am

I was only going to have PPF installed in the areas behind the wheel arches that are affected - I’ve had this done on previous cars, and it’s hardly noticeable. But quality looking flaps would really help...

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Post by Wyldie85 » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:49 am

I had PPF on the bonnet, front bumper, the wings until the door creases and the mirror caps.
Seems to be working well so far.
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Post by daveking350z » Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:06 pm

I just checked again, for good mud flaps that would look good on our red 2020 Z4 M40i (Looks just like yours, Wyldie85). Her's a response I got,

"Hi Dave, thank you for your interest - unfortunately, BMW does not currently offer a set of mud flaps for your 2020 Z4 M40i.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Thank you,

Jason Reighard
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getBMWparts.com "
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Post by Sludgepump » Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:49 am

Not able to offer any help on this I'm afraid.
It must be a paint issue.
My E85 hasn't got any stone chips anywhere on the car and it's done 70K. I would be interested in the experience of
other E85 owners.
My old Chimaera on the other hand, used to attract stonechips like flies.
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Post by Robsterrob » Sat Feb 27, 2021 4:30 pm

I found these online https://performancem.co.uk/choose-your- ... ps-m2-f87/

They don’t make them for our Z4’s, but I am talking to a carbon fabricator about making some - anyone else interested?

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Post by ori » Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:11 pm

They look good.

Is it just me or are the roads getting much worse. Literally everyone I go there is road works and loads of stones. Seems like the roads are just disintegrating.

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Post by BeeEmm » Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:48 pm

Years ago I had a Lexus that was peppered with stone chips all over the front lower spoiler and bonnet. Since then I have had paint protection film (PPF) on my last 6 new cars and all have avoided damage. Plenty of stone hits, but no damage. Average cost of full frontal PPF up to door mirrors is £1000. Money well spent as far as I am concerned. I drive it as I like without worry and still have a car that looks as good as new at any time. Car 7 due for PPF on 15 April.
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Post by G29Z4 » Sat Mar 13, 2021 3:22 pm

Hi,
After 2000 miles stone chips starting to pepper the lowest part of the bumper/spoiler
Then at 2300miles a one 1cm across chip appeared at the very lowest point....quite a chunk out.
ChipsAway did a fantastic job; not cheap but looks perfect again.
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Post by Zed Baron » Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:38 pm

Robsterrob wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:37 am Just a bump on this....I am finding I'm getting stone chips on the inside of wheel arches (where the red paint meets the black plastic) and some road rash along the side of the car at the rear of the arches.
The leading edge of the sills on my E89 use to get hit my micro stone chips, so I got some heavy duty grip tape and cut to size to protect them
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Post by Wyldie85 » Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:46 pm

Good idea Zed Baron. That doesn’t look out of place and certainly does the job.

I feel your pain G29Z4. What a pain having to have such a chunk in so few miles. Having looked at the front again, the sport and m sport bumpers and spoilers are a real area that will attract chips. They’re almost like a snow plough or cow catcher type design. UK roads are so rubbish and I’ve noticed a real deterioration around here of late in any case.
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Post by Robsterrob » Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:45 pm

I was getting increasingly frustrated at finding more stone chips in the wheel arches, and having a custom set of guards made was cost prohibitive, however, I had a flash of inspiration, and had a look to see if anything similar was available for a Toyota Supra - and there was!

They needed a slight modification - one fixing hole was in the wrong place at the front, so a simple drill was all that was required, and I had to reduce the height of the spacers on the rear.

I think they look OK.
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Post by daveking350z » Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:26 pm

They look great, well done, that's what I need. Thanks!

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