Car performance body kits are now a days being manufactured by different materials. All have some advantages and disadvantages and selecting a body kit of a particular material depends totally on the price, conditions, usage and other various factors. The different materials could be polyurethane, fiber glass, carbon fiber, ABS plastic e.t.c.

In this post I intend to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of car body kits made up of polyurethane. I hope this will make your mind even more clear and lead you to a better decision making when selecting the performance body kit for your next exterior car modification.

Advantages:

The biggest advantage of attempting your car body kit modification and then replacing it with polyurethane is its durability. These are more long lasting than the famous fiber glass body kits as the material is more flexible. This flexibility makes it to get mount on your car very easily. So if you are reluctant in changing your car's body kit and consider installing a new one very tough job then polyurethane body kits will change your opinion once and for all. This attribute makes a car modification quite simple and pretty much a DIY job hence saving time and money.

Since polyurethane is a hard and flexible substance, it does not damage easily as compared to its other competitors. So you need to bang real hard your car in order to place an impact on the kit. But wait. Did I say "Bang Real Hard!!!" you definitely would not love to strike your car anywhere no matter what material your car body is and this feeling become even more extreme when the material is polyurethane. Because the moment your car strikes and an impact is laid on the kit, there's a great disadvantage waiting for you which I will discuss in the disadvantages section.


Disadvantages:

Since it is a high quality material so generally the polyurethane body kits are more costly than other materials so you really need to have tight pockets if you are going for it. This is a great drawback as it goes out of reach for many car enthusiasts and they cannot afford it at all. Secondly, painting over polyurethane is not a convenient job at all at paint requires more adhesion and also sags more quickly over time when exposed to sun or heat.

Furthermore, these are more heavy than fiber glass, so when you mount them over your car keep your mind well prepared for more fuel consumption as more power is going to be required by your car to drag it. Now coming to the disadvantage because of which you would not love to hit your car and cause an impression on it. Polyurethane body kits are not easily repairable or in some cases, it is impossible do retain the original shape of it and you will only have to replace it with new one as the car dents are not going to be removed. So you have to be even more careful on the road.

Bringing my discussion to an end, polyurethane sure is an expensive material to afford but think of it from the positive angle. The less the people will have them, the more your car is going to be unique. The decision is sure in your hands.

11 comments:

Toni said...
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Toni said...

Being an employee of a product assembly service company which trains a multitude of skilled modelmakers and as a custom body-kits-for automobiles aficionado, I say that usage of appropriate materials, though how costly it may be, for your body kit will maintain its quality for a long time. More often than not, the cost justifies the quality of a product.

saad said...

Yeah that's really true.
Thanks for sharing your views.

Toni said...

You're welcome Saad.

Chad Parmenter said...

Polyurethane is a very good alternative to fiber glass and the more expensive carbon fiber. As we know, in time, fiberglass tends to "spiderweb" like glass. Polyurethane is more durable despite being a little pricey. I think it's a better choice, in the long run.

saad said...

Yo Chad!!!

Thanks for sharing this tip.

Tyra Shortino said...

This is very helpful! I just bought my own car a few months ago, and I'm trying to be familiar with all these car stuff. I like how you presented the advantages against the disadvantages. People who are looking to buy these body kits would do good to look at this to understand all the related aspects.

Muhammed Khan said...

@Tyra Shortino
Hmmm...

You bought a car!!! That's nice. What car is it? I mean make and model as well.

Jean Lou Laborte said...

Such a great blog with so much important info on professional detailing tips.. Thanks for posting!

Speed Daddy said...

I had no idea they were heavier than fiber glass.

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