Well, I finally did it. I sold my old Outback (was looking at some major repairs looming in the near future) and bought a new Legacy sedan. As we were closing the deal yesterday, I was asked if I wanted the paint protection package. I declined because my gut instinct is that many of these types of things are only ways for the dealerships to make money - not really necessary.
I was told that due to the new EPA rules that went into effect in 2010, car paints cannot have teflon in them. Instead, they were offering me the option of getting a special treatment which would involved application of a layer of teflon followed by another layer of clearcoat to seal it in. When I said that I suspected that regular washing and waxing of my car would take care of that, the saleslady told me that waxing would have to be regular hardcoat waxing (not the liquid spray or included in the soap) like Turtlewax and it should be applied 2-3 times a year.
I don’t have a problem with waxing the car - planned to do that anyway. What I’d like to know from folks here, is would that extra treatment they were trying to sell me really protect the paint that much better? Have auto paint formulations changed that much? I couldn’t find as much info as I’d like on the web - thanks so much for your answers.