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3M Hood Protector

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by needataco, May 14, 2008.

  1. May 14, 2008 at 2:09 PM
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    needataco

    needataco [OP] Active Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm picking up my 08 Tacoma this Saturday and my salesman (who is also a good friend) asked if I wanted the 3M Hood Protector installed. He said he thought he could get it for me for $199 installed. Since it's a black truck he said that I wouldn't notice it much and it would be good to prevent rock chips.

    Do you guys think it's worth it?
     
  2. May 14, 2008 at 6:28 PM
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    4x4x4trd

    4x4x4trd My other ride weighs 200 tons

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    Good friends had it on a black Camery and a few months later it looked terrible and they couldn't wait to take it off. His sister is the sales manager at the dealership so he got it cheap but still had to pay to have it removed again in about six months time.

    That's the only one I know of.
     
  3. May 14, 2008 at 7:49 PM
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    ChrisDeSoup

    ChrisDeSoup Come on, Touch it......

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    Just get a deflector (not TRD). I just don't know if I would like a layer if thick tape on my hood. but if you get it post some pic's, maybe I'll change my mind.
     
  4. May 14, 2008 at 8:02 PM
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    tex

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    I have seen it on a friends Lexus. I never noticed it till I was helping him wash his car one day. It was a dark grey IS 300. I has been on there for a few years now and still looks the same.
     
  5. May 14, 2008 at 8:46 PM
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    zmtnbik

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    I have it on my front bumper and lower portion of the fenders. I did not get it on my hood, due to the bug deflector I have.
    On a black truck you will probably notice it more than any other color. My truck is silver and you can barely notice it. To make it less noticeable on a black truck, make sure you clean up any wax along the edges of the 3m protector. If you don't wax your truck non-issue.
     
  6. May 17, 2008 at 7:33 PM
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    adamceckhardt

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    I used to sell this product, and still would if I still worked at the same place.

    It is an AWESOME product, hands down. I will not buy a new vehicle without putting it on.

    The darker the color, the more noticable MISTAKES will be. It is a difficult product to install- much harder than it looks (if you manage to watch someone do it without getting told to go away). If you get a veteran installer, you'll hardly notice it.

    Might be a little late with my chime-in... but I think you oughta go for it. Worst case scenario- you can take it off without damaging paint (and you CAN take it off yourself- PM me if you have questions)
     
  7. May 17, 2008 at 7:45 PM
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    Anthony

    Anthony San Antonio Detailer :)

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    me personally, im not a fan of that stuff. i can live with rock chips.
     
  8. May 18, 2008 at 4:40 PM
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    TRD Larry

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    I have it on the complete front of my black o8, best investment I made.My prior truck was black and I do alot of interstate driving and the front of the truck was all chipped up. I even had it repainted. When I got my new truck I said that was the first mod I'm doing. Cost me $392 out the door. I have upper and lower bumpers, hood, grille, and and bothe front fender flares. The installer was good and it you clean the wax off around the edges you can't tell its there.
     
  9. May 18, 2008 at 6:00 PM
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    adamceckhardt

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    One thing I've noticed is that you all seem to be getting the product pretty cheap. In montana, we sell the hood kits for $349 and the hood and bumper kits for $699.

    If you're getting the 3M brand stuff installed properly for less than that, you'd be crazy not to get it.
     
  10. May 18, 2008 at 6:27 PM
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  11. May 18, 2008 at 6:37 PM
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    needataco

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    Thanks for your help guys. I decided not to go with the 3M stuff. It's a truck and it's going to get rock chips, no big deal.
     
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