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Old 10-20-2012, 10:07 PM   #1
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Clear car bra

Has anyone got the 3M film installed, the dealer does it in-house, I heard good things about XPEL but would prefer to have it done before I pick the car up.

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Old 10-20-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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I have the 3M on my car. It looks great. I got the whole front end done and windows tinted with a reputable installer for the price the dealer was going to charge just for the grill area and no window tint.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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I have the 3M on my car. It looks great. I got the whole front end done and windows tinted with a reputable installer for the price the dealer was going to charge just for the grill area and no window tint.
Good point, I had pricing from 2 installers in the area but I'm not sure what the dealer wants to charge.

Did you wax the car once you had it done.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:41 PM   #4
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Just got mine back today. Windows and clear bra. Checkout the pics I just posted on "wax on...wax off".
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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Good point, I had pricing from 2 installers in the area but I'm not sure what the dealer wants to charge.

Did you wax the car once you had it done.
No, I haven't waxed the car yet. I decided to let the clear bra cure (dry out) first. It's been about two weeks, so I'm about ready to wax it now.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:24 PM   #6
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I also did the 3M Crystalline 90 film on the windshield. What a great way to block UV all the way around.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:57 PM   #7
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I also did the 3M Crystalline 90 film on the windshield. What a great way to block UV all the way around.
Indeed 3M Crystalline is simplly the best tint on the market imo. If you want to go dark its nots for you. Darkest they make is 40% which is plenty dark imo.
I went 50% all around and 70% on the front. As far as clear bra Xpel Ultimate self healing is incredible.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:48 AM   #8
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Looked at a black GTR yesterday and I could see the line very clearly, although for some reason it was a half hood job,,,,weird.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #9
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I also did the 3M Crystalline 90 film on the windshield. What a great way to block UV all the way around.
What is 3M chrystalline? In my state windshield tint is illegal. Does this film darken the windshield noticeably? Be nice to find a UV blocker that doesn't darken much..
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:55 PM   #10
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What is 3M chrystalline? In my state windshield tint is illegal. Does this film darken the windshield noticeably? Be nice to find a UV blocker that doesn't darken much..
Google 3M Crystalline for detailed info, but the 90 only blocks 10% light. If you don't know that there is tint on the windshield, you would never notice it. Great interior protection.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #11
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No, I haven't waxed the car yet. I decided to let the clear bra cure (dry out) first. It's been about two weeks, so I'm about ready to wax it now.
That is smart, do not install anything for at least 30 days to let the paint dry good.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:20 PM   #12
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Good point, I had pricing from 2 installers in the area but I'm not sure what the dealer wants to charge.

Did you wax the car once you had it done.
I am going to wax first after 30 days then install the bra. That's what she said
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:23 PM   #13
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I was told you shouldnt wax before installing the clear bra. The installer told me this. They have to prep the surface before the install anyhow
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:33 PM   #14
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Clear bra/paint protection film

XPEL Ultimate appears to be a very good paint protection product
and an option/alternative to the 3M product.

XPEL is "self healing" and has a 10 year warranty.

http://www.xpel.com/products/xpel_ul...ction_film.asp
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:31 PM   #15
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I was told you shouldnt wax before installing the clear bra. The installer told me this. They have to prep the surface before the install anyhow
They will remove any wax that is on the area getting the bra. Mine is at the shop as we type getting the Xpel Ultimate put on.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:28 PM   #16
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I have a summit white and just installed a 3m clear bra and it looks great. You can hardly even tell its on there
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I have the 3M clear bra. It is worth the investment! Highly recommended!
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:36 PM   #18
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It seems like they are both good products, I think it depends more on the installer I seen a yellow vet today and the seam was very noticeable. Most of the places that I called that do both products recommend the XPEL overall.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #19
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I ended up doing to entire front end with 3M and don't see any seams.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:09 PM   #20
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I ended up doing to entire front end with 3M and don't see any seams.
I think you have to at least do that, cover to one of the cars natural seams, ie. door frame or end of hood. Can you post pic?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:19 PM   #21
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Do they fold the film over the edges or stop just short of the bend, on a vet I saw today they stop just short of the bend which on a yellow car was very noticeable.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:50 PM   #22
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I was told you shouldnt wax before installing the clear bra. The installer told me this. They have to prep the surface before the install anyhow
I would be worried the stickum may eat into the paint??
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:52 PM   #23
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I have the 3M clear bra. It is worth the investment! Highly recommended!
How much of the car did you cover?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:56 PM   #24
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What a great way!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:50 AM   #25
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I would be worried the stickum may eat into the paint??
Paint protection film has been on the market for 20 years now. It will not damage the paint... although 3M uses a very agressive adhesive and will be much more difficult to get off down the road than other films. It is one of the reasons I do not install 3M. Xpel Ultimate is a much better film and will last much longer. it is also much more stain resistant and has a self healing top coat... 3M doesnt. 3M also has a lot of orange peel texture in it which makes it much mroe noticable.

One more thing, by the time you pick up your car at the dealership the paint is full cured. So no need to wait any longer to apply film or wax. Some installers will remove any wax before installiong although it really doesnt matter either way as it will not affect the installation process.
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