Paint Protection Film (ie Clear Bra) needed?

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Curious if folks feel there is a need for paint protection film on these vehicles. I know folks have it, but to the ones who don't how is the paint holding up? I am leaning toward putting it on at least the door hinges. I am also thinking about the leading edge of the fenders and hood. I have been told that the painted plastic holds up pretty well because it gives more than steel. I have a 4xe Sahara and although the OE step boards probably protect the hinges from rocks, I replaced them with some rock rails from a Rubicon. If I don't need it I will forgo it, but wanted to hear peoples thoughts.

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I’d recommend doing it on grille and hood. If you do a lot of offroading, LLumar makes a thicker film for extra protection.
 

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I regretfully didn’t do it on my 19 Sahara and have had to use touch up paint on about 6-8 spots. Never a perfect match either.
 
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I regretfully didn’t do it on my 19 Sahara and have had to use touch up paint on about 6-8 spots. Never a perfect match either.
Where were most of the chips located?
 

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I just had XPEL Ultimate Plus applied to the grill, hood, cowl, A pillars, all four fenders, door edges, door handle curved areas, both front door entry areas.
 

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Where were most of the chips located?
At the tip of the front hood above the grill, the fenders also take a beating. Especially where they dip down at the front. One of my door hinge bolts and a nice size chip on the small piece right above the windshield.
 

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I had some 4" clear bra material left so I did my door sills with it. Once I got my first hinge chip I used it on the leading edges of my hinges too. Was a bit of a PITA to hand cut all those pieces but it's held up well and no more chips.

I did not do the hood when I got the windows tinted. So far it's remained chip-free after a. year.
 

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I haven’t had any issues with the hood (so far), so I haven’t put anything on the leading edge there. I have however put clear vinyl on the fronts of all my hinges and on the door sills where people drag their feet. My only regret is that I didn’t do it immediately after I bought it!
 
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Thanks for the responses. I'm heading in today to get some film put on the hinges for sure. Maybe ten fender fronts and hood edge.
 

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I'm going to be covering as much of my Jeep as I can - I live in the desert and our trails have lots of opportunity for "desert pinstriping."
 

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I had full coverage including the hardtop, minus the fenders. I didn't order painted fenders knowing they would get beat up and possibly replaced at some point. Really glad I did it. It's great knowing the branch dragging across the jeep isn't doing damage. I know it doesn't make me invincible but it's worth it imo
 
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