Most people like their 4x4 to go hard on the tracks and look
great on the street. Ronny chooses Rhinohide to keep his 4WD looking great, so let’s
look at your options and see why Rhinohide is his go-to 4x4 paint protection.
The 3 Main Types of Protection.
Clear film. This adhesive product
will maintain a factory appearance and protect against light scrub scratching.
Magnetic panels. Large magnets stick
to the paintwork and provide moderate scratch protection. They are not rated
for highway use or summer temperatures.
ABS Panels. Rhinohide Armor-Lock™
uses proprietary suspension fasteners to hold 2mm thick panels onto the
vehicle. They protect against heavy scratching and dents, are rated for highway
use, and are easily removed.
What is Rhinohide?
Rhinohide is a West Australian invention. After ruining paintwork in coastal scrub, the creator Marc Berryman saw how ABS moulded 4x4 paint protection panels could save heavy scratching from tree branches and even dents.
Ronny first put Rhinohide to use on the 79 series in 2019 when Rhinohide was using magnets to hold each panel in place. The only downfalls were the regular cleaning required to prevent the magnets chafing the paintwork, and it wasn’t rated for highway use.
It WILL NOT fall off.
With 18kg of hold force per mount, the new system is rated
for highway use. In extreme temperatures where other protection systems fail,
the Armor-Lock™ system will perform from -35 to +80 degrees. Magnetic 4x4 paint
protection is rated as low as +30 degrees which is a mild Aussie summer day!
Only clear film paint protection will match Rhinohide for highway use and
How it performs in the wild.
This is where clear 4x4 paint protection film fails the
test. Light scrub and foliage is no problem; but twigs can easily tear the
film. The magnetic systems go a little better protecting against larger sticks
and sharp scrub but won’t prevent dents.
The 2mm thick Rhinohide panels are proven against larger
tree branches and held away from the vehicle using suspension technology
incorporated into the Armor-Lock™ mount. This prevents dents from rogue tree
branches and those car door and trolley dents you pick up in the car park.
Rhinohide on the Hilux.
79 Series had a few years of tight tracks under its belt before Rhinohide came
along, so it doesn’t look too flash underneath. The Hilux had the brand new
Rhinohide on from day one and has so far travelled thousands of kilometers on
the blacktop, tackled many a river crossing, and negotiated numerous tight
tracks. Underneath the Rhinohide, it’s like it just left the showroom floor.
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