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3M Paint Defender and kit

  • Available at: Canadian Tire, Amazon.ca
  • Price: $45 for one can of spray, nozzle and application kit

New cars always come with options for add-ons, such as rust and paint protection. For some, the extras are too costly. 3M has come up with a do-it-yourself product that may not be as perfect as what is applied in the shop but if you take your time and follow the directions, Paint Defender will do the job at a fraction of the cost.

Paint Defender is an invisible spray film that adds a protective layer where your paint takes a beating, like the bumpers or hood. The product is said to last about a year and, at that time, you peel it off like a piece of tape.

I bought the spray, application kit and the comfy grip spray trigger and applied it a few weeks ago. Instantly, I learned something valuable: I should have started on the bumper. Starting on the front of the hood had me learn on the fly how to spray in the right sweeping motions.

By morning, the white film had dried clear and only I know where I goofed up. As for how well it works – I'll know in the spring. However, for what I paid, it was worth the experiment.

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