Hello from Utah, home of gravel in Spring, Chip and Seal Road Paving! And don't forget sand, crap, and whatever in Winter!:sterb:
When I bought my Redfire GT last June, I knew what the score was. Prior to the purchase, I was going to buy a Lotus Elise. It is so low to the ground, it is mandatory that you opt for the Starshield Clear Bra Option (3M).
Being anal about paint finishes and detailing (it's a hobby) all that is said above is true. So here's the truth:
1. Don't ride on highways, long distance on foreign roads, or in other words, roll the streets in your hometown staying away from loose gravel roads, SUVs, trucks, or large tire vehicles and flatbeds with dirt. If you are going on a long distance trip on a highway:
2. Do buy the Ford OEM Mustang Bra, providing you wash, and wax the tar out of the vehicle...absolutely no debris...before you put on the bra. Go the distance in sunshiney weather. If it's rainy, get to your destination and remove the bra! For gosh sakes, don't drive a wet bra, then leave it on for the hot,baked sun to cause moisture and humidity to screw up the paint.
After every bra use, remove and vacuum/lint roller all the grit that is caught in the flannel backing. If you don't, the wind and vibration will cause the bra to act like sandpaper. That is why bras get a bad rap...use them for bare minimal use, and maintain them. It's a pain. I know, but what do you rather want? ( the same analogy applies to parking...STAY AWAY FROM EVERYONE and walk a football field distance from others.)
3. Clear bra IS more hassle and cost than what it's worth. Rock chips dent it as well, and it is made to last only about 5 years before you replace it. ( as a daily driver, it could be less ). If you only use it on the weekends, like I do, Clear Bra will last a LOT LONGER, with attention to cleaning. But then you get the obvious thin outlines at closer than 7 feet away, especially on dark colored cars...so what's the point.
4. Think of your car as a show car always. Heading head long into wind and behind vehicles, things will get kicked up at you. Keep a multi-layered wax finish, and use the bra sparingly. You'll be okay.
Bob in Utah
05' Redfire GT, 5spd, red leather, IUP, Shaker 500, Theft...ah heck, it's loaded!