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For Those with Fiberglass Hoods...

Hi guys,

How are your fiberglass hoods holding up to the everyday, driving environment? I guess I'm trying to ask if the gel coat/finish/paint used in today's fiberglass hoods are tough enough to withstand getting rock chips as compared to the OEM hoods?

Back in the day, I drove an import that had a premium fiberglass body kit...within months, the front was scarred from so many rock chips (compared to the OEM bumper), and I had to repaint the front every 2 years to maintain a fresh look.

Do your fiberglass hoods still look good...say after 1-2 years?


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it hasn't changed that much....IMHO I recommend using a clear vinyl applique (such as clear bra by 3M...others make similar products).


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I cant speak for any S197's since I ran the stock hood on my 07 Cali Special and on my 11 GT, but I can talk from alot of fox body experiences. I never had any problems with any of my Cervini's hoods after they were painted. I mean your always going to run the risk of getting rock chips and stuff, and that does and will happen, but nothing out of the ordinary. I wouldnt say its any worse then the stock hoods are. Although if you do get a fiberglass hood, make sure its of good quality/fit/finish like a Cervini's and not an ABC Exclusive or anything like that. Those hoods are crap. Had some friends pick them up at the World Ford Challenge when it was still around and they are horrible.

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I've got an ABC Exclusive hood on my car and the fit and finish is terrific. Just wised I could say that about the Cervini's stalker front bumper cover I bought directly from Cervini's

The painter/body man who prepped the ABC Exclusive hood for paint said it was one of the easiest fiberglass hoods he's had to prep in years, I took his word for it since he's been painting and doing body work for 45 years.

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i have a fiberglass hood on my 95 i love the way it looks but after several years now of opening and closing the paint is starting to crack in certain areas :/ but its really only visible like up close .. it wouldnt stop me from buying another one though

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I have the Cervini kit and the fit is excellent but for an 06 that just hit 10 thousand miles the other day it has way to many chips on hood and front. So from my experience I would say they don't hold up as well as normal equipment.

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I have the Cervini kit and the fit is excellent but for an 06 that just hit 10 thousand miles the other day it has way to many chips on hood and front. So from my experience I would say they don't hold up as well as normal equipment.
man...I'll prolly end up w/a fiberglass hood someday, but this news sucks since I baby my Stang so much...

I wonder if a carbon fiber hood will chip as easy?

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man...I'll prolly end up w/a fiberglass hood someday, but this news sucks since I baby my Stang so much...

I wonder if a carbon fiber hood will chip as easy?
Not sure on the carbon fiber haven't had any experience with them. I will say that even with the chips I would do it again.

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