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My truck will be going to get the flaking paint warrantied on the passenger side in a few weeks. I've been trying to decide what my best option to protect the paint on the lower portion of the doors/low part of bed would be. At first, i was going to do chip guard tape, but am weary of how well it will last in the sun and i'm worried about air bubbles. My second thought was clear chip guard paint. I would have it done like the factory on the rocker panels, but brought up to the lower body line on the doors. Has anyone had good luck with this? I have-12 offset wheels, with no flares or steps because i really hate the look of flares and steps and love the poke. I'm basically looking for opinions and experience with ways to prevent paint chips on the rockers, doors, and front of bed. I daily drive my truck and do a large amount of back road driving. Thanks for the input.

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I have had no problems with chip guard paint clear top coat. Been using it for years on several vehicles I painted. I prefer using the clear over the base coat when repainting a vehicle then clearing over the chip guard. You can also buy the one that goes under the color coat. Clearing over it makes it easier to wax and never dulls.

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I wouldn't use 3M Paint Defender, it's too thin to protect that area and it's semi-permanent in nature. If you had the money, have spray-on bedliner in the color of the truck applied. A cheaper alternative (and if you don't mind black) is applying rubberized undercoating which has a tough yet flexible finish. Rocks and debris would bounce off instead of taking a chunk out of the coating. Use at least 2 cans per side since the total area is quite large (assuming the truck has a double or a crew cab), 3 might be better.

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I like this but these pre-cut ones seem to only be for crew cabs and i have a double cab.

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i went to the local vinyl shop and got all 4 rockers done inside where you could drag your feet getting in and out. he said they use it alot on bed sides and doors. he applied it wet and squeegied it out. no air bubbles and you have to look close to see it. best thing i did so far lol

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i went to the local vinyl shop and got all 4 rockers done inside where you could drag your feet getting in and out. he said they use it alot on bed sides and doors. he applied it wet and squeegied it out. no air bubbles and you have to look close to see it. best thing i did so far lol

Thanks. That's what i'm leaning towards the most right now

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I have seen a few trucks with color matched bed liner paint on the sides, I was skeptical at first but once seeing it up close it was pretty nice. Still not something I would do, but thats just me.

I want something to protect a decent part of the lower body. I don't think bedliner would match well at all. Also think I'd have a hard time keeping it from staining
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