Rock chip prevention - C8 Corvette PPF track package!

Rock chip prevention - C8 Corvette PPF track package in Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights

You are probably thinking we have installed rock chip prevention on C8 Corvette Stingrays in Rapid Blue over and over and we are just releasing different videos to trick you! This is not the case! We do so much rock chip prevention on C8 Corvettes, we are bound to do multiple Rapid Blue with .R and Jake Skull graphics!


We have several options when you have vinyl graphics and we are installing rock chip protection on your car. Something to understand about PPF and rock chip prevention on your 2023 C8 Corvette with graphics (or anyone with racing stripes) – clear bra/PPF is approximately 3x as thick as vinyl.

So PPF does not conform to raised edges of vinyl without leaving a small air gap.

Sometimes, we can press the gap down, but there’s no promise that it will stay.

1/ Remove the graphic and replace it later. This eliminates all chances of air gap, makes the installation look as clean as possible – but leaves the vinyl exposed to rock chips. When talking about replacing vinyl after rock chip prevention on a 2023 C8 Corvette, the black vinyl on the hood is $495 from the dealership.

2/ Cut around the graphic by hand. This can typically be done pretty cleanly, but it IS still cut by hand. The benefit is, the graphic doesn’t need to be removed, costing you the $495 (some racing stripes can be upwards of $1500 from dealers). However, the vinyl is exposed and it’s possible to collect dirt in the gap between the PPF and vinyl.

3/ Go over the graphic with PPF. This protects the vinyl, but causes the air gap. Also, some graphics cannot be covered at all because they’re slightly textured, and also, matte or satin graphics will now be glossier. In this case, the owner actually liked the changed look, so this is the option he chose. Installing rock chip prevention on this 2023 C8 Corvette ensures their paint will remain pristine for years to come! PPF protects against most rock chips and scratches, and is warrantied for 12 years or more against yellowing, cracking, and fading.

Book your rock chip prevention for your C8 Corvette service with us in Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights!

Did you know, you can call OR text us at 254.550.4142 or visit our contact us page

Apart from this, you can continue to read more about our ceramic coating and clear bra, and paint correction options below. Unlike many shops, we will ensure our Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights area clients do not exceed their budget or desired longevity. As you can see in our Google reviews, we always have our clients’ best interests in mind! Both ceramic coating and clear bra are great options to protect your vehicle from road grime, and debris.

Matthew laying clear bra/paint protection film on a blue Mazda CX5 hood


Typically, we would use STEK clear bra, Llumar, or Legend PPF gloss or matte paint protection film. Next, This clear bra article covers the major differences between clear bra/paint protection film/PPF companies, if any. Moreover, there are minimal differences between major film manufacturers like Xpel, SunTek, Eastman, Llumar, 3M, STEK clear bra, Flexishield, Global, Legend, and more. Importantly, the key takeaway is that the primary differences are in the properties of the adhesive, which installers have to deal with, but generally don’t affect anything the client sees.

is clear bra/paint protection film/PPF the same as xpel film?

Of course, our clients at HHCC frequently ask about Xpel clear bra/paint protection film. Naturally, our clients want to know if Legend PPF, STEK, Llumar, Kavaca, and other brands compares to Xpel at all. Did you know, a lot of people use Xpel to mean clear bra, because Xpel is one of the most popular brands? Besides the information above about clear bra/PPF, we also discuss Xpel and if it’s the same as PPF/clear bra in this article.

Lastly, you can read more about clear bra/paint protection film by clicking the button above.

Matthew applying SB3 Coatings industrial ceramic coating to an Autofiber Saver Applicator pad prior to installing on a Polaris RZR Turbo R Ultimate


– Solo is a one-year ceramic coating from SB3 Coatings. Undoubtedly, this is our most popular option, after SB3 Alpha five-year ceramic coating.

– Omega is a two-year ceramic coating. Interestingly, SB3 Omega, like many other coatings, enhances the vehicle’s gloss.  

– Thirty3 is a three-year ceramic coating from SB3 Coatings. Of note, Thirty3 has a three-hour cure period before getting wet, which is our fastest-drying coating.

– Alpha is a five-year coating, similar to other major brands’ five-year package and 9H. Of course, SB3 Alpha is also from SB3 Coatings.

– Trinity is a seven-year offering from SB3 Coatings. It should be noted that Trinity is a multi-layer ceramic coating.

– Vortex is a two-year coating for wheels and calipers from SB3 Coatings. Unlike many other coatings, Vortex is a high-temp coating.

– Optic is a one-year ceramic coating similar to glass on the market and is used on your windshield/glass surfaces from SB3 Coatings. Unlike Rain-X or similar products, SB3 Optic will last a year. Another critical point is the incredible hydrophobic properties that SB3 Optic has over Rain-X.



– System X Max is a ten-year ceramic coating, and the longest-lasting ceramic coating we offer. Clearly, we have many options that will fit anyone’s budget or desired longevity in the Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights area.

Undoubtedly, ceramic coatings will last as long as we care for them. Of course, you can more about ceramic coating by clicking the button above. 

Rock chip prevention - C8 Corvette - Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights

The C8 Corvette, officially known as the Chevrolet Corvette C8, is a sports car produced by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand. It represents a significant milestone in the Corvette’s history as it introduced a mid-engine layout, a departure from the traditional front-engine layout of previous generations. Here’s an overview of the C8 Corvette:

  1. Design: The C8 Corvette features a sleek and aerodynamic design with aggressive lines and a low-profile stance. Its mid-engine layout positions the engine behind the driver, resulting in improved weight distribution and handling characteristics. The C8 Corvette retains the classic Corvette design elements, including a long hood, muscular fenders, and a distinctive rear end with quad taillights.

  2. Engine and Performance: The C8 Corvette is powered by a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, known as the LT2. It produces 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque in the base model. With the available Z51 Performance Package, power output is increased to 495 horsepower. The engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, offering quick and precise shifts. The C8 Corvette can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds, making it the quickest and most powerful base Corvette ever produced.

  3. Driving Dynamics: The mid-engine layout of the C8 Corvette contributes to improved handling and balance. The repositioned engine enhances weight distribution, providing better traction and cornering capabilities. The C8 Corvette also features various performance-enhancing technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential, and performance traction management system, allowing drivers to customize their driving experience.

  4. Interior and Features: The C8 Corvette offers a driver-focused cockpit with a modern and upscale interior. The cabin features high-quality materials, comfortable seating, and a user-friendly layout. Key features include a customizable digital instrument cluster, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Chevrolet’s MyLink interface, smartphone integration, dual-zone automatic climate control, and available performance data recorder.

  5. Trim Levels: The C8 Corvette is available in different trim levels to cater to varying preferences and performance requirements. The base model is known as the Corvette Stingray, while the Z51 Performance Package enhances the car’s handling capabilities. Chevrolet has also introduced higher-performance variants such as the Corvette Z06 and Corvette ZR1, which offer more power, aerodynamic enhancements, and track-focused features.

  6. Pricing and Availability: The C8 Corvette represents a remarkable value for its performance and features, with a starting price lower than many other high-performance sports cars. However, pricing can vary based on options and trim levels. The C8 Corvette has gained significant popularity since its introduction, and availability may vary based on demand and production schedules.

The C8 Corvette represents a new era for the iconic American sports car, combining stunning design, impressive performance, and a mid-engine layout. With its accessible pricing and exhilarating driving dynamics, the C8 Corvette has garnered attention and enthusiasm from automotive enthusiasts worldwide


Car care products we love:

1. Drying towel(s): Autofiber Dreadnought 20”x30” x1:  https://amzn.to/3Cd5Y9w

2. Smaller drying towel (can also be used on glass) x2 (one for paint, one for wheels): Autofiber Dreadnought Jr. 16”x16” – https://amzn.to/3iazPbX

3. Wash mitt: Autofiber Zero Cuff Wash Mitt x2 (one in black for wheels, one other color for paint): https://amzn.to/3WYu3Jw

4. Auto detailing towels, general purpose (wiping off bird poop, quick wipe up, interior, etc): Autofiber Elite detailing towel: https://amzn.to/3IeLiSo

5. Wheel drying/detailing microfiber towels, black: Autofiber Zero Edge: https://amzn.to/3Z0GJBe

6. Quick detailer/glass cleaner/waterless wash/rinseless wash concentrate: American Detailer Garage Wipeout (can be diluted and lasts a very long time): https://amzn.to/3WZkwlp

7. Spray bottles for ADG Wipeout and other products: https://amzn.to/3Q3kxT5

8. Buckets with grit guards x2 (one for wheels, one for paint): https://amzn.to/3jxjnmq

9. Pre-treatment and wheel cleaner, American Detailer Garage F-Bomb diluted 10:1 (can be used 20:1 for interior): https://amzn.to/3G1NV7w

10. The best wheel cleaning tool we have ever used, the Autofiber Barrel blade (reaches the barrel, between the brake caliper, and narrow spokes): https://amzn.to/3Z0wnkK

11. Foam cannon wash tools for auto detailing, the MTM Hydro PF22.2 has a wide base to prevent tipping: https://amzn.to/3WE591K

12. American Detailer Garage Fuzion foaming hybrid wash (for use in foam cannon, use 2+ ounces per fill): https://amzn.to/3Z3MApg

13. Microfiber detergent to extend the life of your Autofiber microfiber and other towels: https://amzn.to/3jBxp6B

14. Optional but useful for trucks and SUVs: Autofiber Mitt on a Stick Pro. https://www.autofiber.com/products/mitt-on-a-stick-pro-adjustable-wash-tool-with-360-locking-head-long-pole-35-to-83?variant=40748237816001

15. Our most favorite detailing tool we have is our Adam’s Spot-Free Water system. Pro: https://amzn.to/3VKkU6k Standard: https://amzn.to/3WXbOnK

16. Our favorite pressure washer we have used is the Grandfalls from Giraffe Tools. https://amzn.to/3WE3gCq

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