3M Paint Defender

Particularly OCD about your car’s appearance, details included? We were too, before we realized it was nearly impossible to make everything look perfect (and that outsourcing the job, in the form of detailing, doesn’t come cheap). Fortunately, 3M’s Paint Defender adds another useful weapon to our paint protecting arsenal. Unlike traditional and expensive paint protection processes, 3M’s solution is inexpensive and DIY-friendly: just mask around the area to be protected, wax it, then spray Paint Defender over it. After a few hours, the spray solidifiers into a sort of film that lasts – and protects your paint – for up to a year, at which point it can be peeled off and reapplied as needed.

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