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Old 10-13-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Question Any Cons using clear bra / protective film?

Regardless of cost, I am wondering if there are any disadvantages of having a quality protective film installed at key areas on an Inferno Orange Metallic Camaro. I live on a gravel road. I am seriously considering having this installed before driving a newer Camaro too much.


Will this stuff not fade or start to look bad?

What about the effect when tending to the paint, like polishing etc? ie the paint will still look good with this stuff over it??

Would removal / replacement later on ruin the paint job?

Should I completely avoid the hood if there are vinyl stripes installed?

What are the best brands that I should consider having installed by a professional?

Any advice or feedback is greatly appreciated... thank you in advance!
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:33 AM   #2
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The only con I can think of, and it doesn't bother me at all, is that on summit white, if you look real close, you might see a little dirt build up along the lines of the film. You would have to be looking for it to notice it. I did the gill. rockers, full front, mirrors, 1/4 front fenders and 1/4 hood for around $1200.00 professionally installed.

You should seriously consider 1/4 flares all around. Difference maker!
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #3
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besides the cost. NONE!
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:04 AM   #4
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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I have it on my IOM with no problems. You can wash and wax normally.
No you shouldn't put it over the stripes.
It can be removed without any harm to the paint.
It's a great product. mine covers the front bumper, mirrors and quarter panels. Cost was $550.00. Done by B&L Auto Decor near Sacramento Cal. 916-214-8468. Great people.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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I did mine myself and my car is summit white. You can hardly even see it unless you look really close. Looks great
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There are no negatives. Have the whole front, including all lights, side mirrors, handle cups, gill area and the door sills done. Still looks great and not one chip or mark. Well worth the cost.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:57 PM   #8
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I did mine myself and my car is summit white. You can hardly even see it unless you look really close. Looks great
Where did you get the material?
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:13 PM   #9
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I chose the clear bra and haven't regretted it one bit. I also plasti dipped the bottom lip which I tend to have to touch up from time to time but that doesn't bother me. If I didn't get the clear bra I'm sure I would be applying Summit White touch up paint more than I would like, btw the paint code for Inferno Orange Metallic is WA502Q
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:20 PM   #10
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I think all women should wear clear bras
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:42 PM   #11
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Make sure that you go with either Xpel or Suntek film. Xpels film is warrantied up to 10 years against yellowing and Suntek, 5 years. 3M being the cheapest and crappiest film. It will generally yellow within 2-3 years and has the thickest orange peel look too it.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #12
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It doesn't look as good as paint. It won't be as glossy. There is a shade color difference in panels that have paint vs clear bra.
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Ive been told that after youve had the car 10 years or so, the paint that is not covered is faded more than the paint that is.......I guess thats a con.......
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It doesn't look as good as paint. It won't be as glossy. There is a shade color difference in panels that have paint vs clear bra.
Then your using the wrong PPF. Xpel and Suntek are thin enough, while still offering protection, that it is more glossy and better shows the paint. If you fully wrap panels even from a few feet its hard to tell a difference. Maybe after a number of years you will slowly notice a difference. But really...even if you spent $1500 to wrap a front end for 3-5 years of protection. That is an awesome investment.

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Ive been told that after youve had the car 10 years or so, the paint that is not covered is faded more than the paint that is.......I guess thats a con.......
Yes, if you do not protect half a panel that is uncovered, if you removed it after 10 years, you will notice a difference. If you maintain your paint through those years, the difference will not be anything a few hours a professional detailer cannot fix.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:18 AM   #15
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Ive been told that after youve had the car 10 years or so, the paint that is not covered is faded more than the paint that is.......I guess thats a con.......
Simply not true. I have removed film that was on a car for 7 years and the paint under the film was the same as the paint that wasnt covered. The only difference was the covered areas didnt have any swirl marks in it... but the paint was the same color.

Paint protection film has been on the market for 20 years. It has improved greatly over the last few years and you would be hard pressed to find a high end car without it. So that should tell you it works and there are not any issues with it. If there were the industry would haev died out long ago.
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Getting Xpel Ultimate put on next week. I agree with Texas_venom, My guys has pics of where he took the cover off and you can't tell a difference in color whatsoever. A little pricy, but as he said to me before I actually walked in his door "You get what you pay for when it comes to clear bras". Ten year guarantee works for me. My guy's been doing this for 35 years. He said he tried all and this is the best he's used. I'll post final price when I get it back. Estimate 1400 for upper and lower bumper, full gill area, door cups, all front lighting, luggage area, rocker panels, quarter panels.
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^ that's impressive. Guy has been it way longer than the industry has been around
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:08 PM   #19
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Go for it. I wouldn't have a car that I cared about without it. Stay away from 3M film. Wish you lived in Texas about could Texas Venom to do your install he is fantastic. I have an Inferno Orange also and my looks great. Much better than that 3M on my 08 Vette.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:47 AM   #20
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:14 AM   #21
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It doesn't look as good as paint. It won't be as glossy. There is a shade color difference in panels that have paint vs clear bra.
This is wrong. My Xpel ultimate is not only every bit as glossy as the paint, is crystal clear, and it actually has LESS orange peel than the paint itself. If you get a good clear bra it'll actually make the paint look better than without.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:23 AM   #22
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:32 PM   #23
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Choose your installer very carefully after talking to his previous customers and looking at their installs. I didn't and the very lousy install job on my '06 Corvette LeMans Blue still pisses me off every time I look at it. Complete waste if a thousand bucks.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:51 AM   #24
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No you shouldn't put it over the stripes...
This is my biggest question/concern. I want to protect the hood paint, but would rather not cover the stripe decal. Is there a feasible way to do this or is it even recommended? Seems like it would be difficult to install a clear bra on ONLY the part of the hood that doesn't have a decal on it.

Can anyone comment on this?
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:35 AM   #25
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I think you would end up with tiny air bubbles along the edges of the stripes if you chhose to cover them. If you want the clear bra on the hood, you would probably be better off to have the stripes removed, have the clear bra installed, and then the stripes reinstalled over top of the clear bra, although that will show a line through the stipe then where the bra is under it.
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