Gene, what brand PPF was that?
Rob, I don't know if you've noticed my passenger side mirror, but it has a handful of black spots on the front of it. Those are where the paint chipped off, exposing the black plastic underneath. Drivers' side too, but not as bad. Curious what the difference. Maybe becuase I'm almost always in the left lane, and there's less possibility of crap getting kicked up on the driver's side?
67GT500: I have almost 80,000 miles on my red car. I had the front cover repainted about 30,000 niles ago (courtesy of someone who turned across traffic in four to fie, but it was just a walking speed swipe). Beofre repainting, mine was just as bad. It did not have PPF put on it when new. in the mid-2000's PPF was unusual. After repainting, I definitely had it applied! It has made a big difference in the last 30Kmi.
I know people approach a Ford GT like it's some supermodel (which it is), and should have cosmetic perfection (no supermodel does). If you drive your car, you will pick up more nicks and chips becuase the fronts of these cars are very low and there's just more crap bouncing off the road down there. If you want a near-perfect finish, then pay up, and don't drive it, because it won't stay that way if you do. Or get a car with chips, nicks, scratches, and then drive the snot out of it, like I do. At some point, get the paint fixed or get the front parts repainted. Then apply PPF. Then drive the snot out of it for a long time more. So don't pay up for a pristine example, buy one with miles and smiles on it, at a reduced price, and then add your own.
As I often say, buying a Ford GT and not driving it, is like marrying a supermodel and saving her for the next guy. Not me. I'm gonna wear her ass out!