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Old 06-09-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Exclamation Clear Bra Just Installed Today!! 2SS IBM

Just had the 3M Clear Bra put on my SS Camaro IBM. It took about 3 hours and I had the whole front end, hood upto 24" and mirrors done. The company(Central Coast Clear Bra) I used is a mobile service and did it all in my garage. The 3M has a 5 year warranty and the installer has a 2 year warranty for installation. Total price was $720 because that is one of, if not the primary question people want to know.
Here are some pictures and keep in mind the Imperial Blue and Black colors are going to show the most. The first 3 pics are the car before and all rest are after the Bra was installed. All the pictures of the Bra were taken 2 feet to about 6 inches away from the car so that you can see it,from over 3 feet away you can not see it and looking at the car straight on you can not tell it is on there.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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Thanks for the pics, i'm getting mine done as soon as the stripes get painted on. Looks great a no more rock chips.
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:23 PM   #3
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That looks awesome!

I'm so glad I decided I want to do this for my Camaro.

I just need my Camaro.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:48 PM   #4
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what did that run you? looks awasome
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:54 PM   #5
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Just had the 3M Clear Bra put on my SS Camaro IBM. It took about 3 hours and I had the whole front end, hood upto 24" and mirrors done. The company(Central Coast Clear Bra) I used is a mobile service and did it all in my garage. The 3M has a 5 year warranty and the installer has a 2 year warranty for installation. Total price was $720 because that is one of, if not the primary question people want to know. Here are some pictures and keep in mind the Imperial Blue and Black colors are going to show the most. The first 3 pics are the car before and all rest are after the Bra was installed. All the pictures of the Bra were taken 2 feet to about 6 inches away from the car so that you can see it,from over 3 feet away you can not see it and looking at the car straight on you can not tell it is on there.
U may want to read original post.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:18 PM   #6
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I got a quote from the local mobile service, because im thinking about doing it for my camaro as I expect to have the car for a long time (this is my second car, 1st that I am buying myself).

Hood, fender,mirror and upper bumper kit $365.00
Lower and Middle Bumper kit $485.00

So i'm looking at a total of $850, before tax. Includes Labor & Materials.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:55 PM   #7
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$720 was the total out the door cost for the Hood, upper bumper, mirrors, front and lower bumper, and side of fenders. And it was all done from my garage, so that was alot better than driving and dropping it off at a shop for at least 4 hours. Hope this gives others an idea of the cost and what options are out there.:rolleyes:
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:09 PM   #8
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$720 was the total out the door cost for the Hood, upper bumper, mirrors, front and lower bumper, and side of fenders. And it was all done from my garage, so that was alot better than driving and dropping it off at a shop for at least 4 hours. Hope this gives others an idea of the cost and what options are out there.:rolleyes:
It does, thank you very much guys!
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:15 PM   #9
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man that's awesome, and totaly worth it.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:17 PM   #10
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Has there been any mention of the fading characteristics of the 3M clear bra? Meaning, is the paint under the coating going to fade at a different rate then the unprotected paint over time? I'd like to get this done, but dont want to run around with a two-tone car several years from now. Even waxing and garage storage doesnt completely prevent fading over time. Any info/advice on this is appreciated.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:46 PM   #11
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:51 PM   #12
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:04 PM   #13
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Down here in New Orleans,La I got a price of 495+ tax for the same setup. Bumper,Hood,Fenders, and Mirrors. And he is a 3M Certified Installer
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:10 PM   #14
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I was looking for some prices and found how the "Clear Bra" came about,

History of Paint Protection Film

The US military needed a product that can protect helicopter and plane propeller blades in desert environments. That's when the Military asked 3M to develop a product that can protect in desert environments. 3M answered with their paint protection film. Paint protection film has been proven to work on the battle field and now on the streets.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:01 PM   #15
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:09 AM   #17
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Down here in New Orleans,La I got a price of 495+ tax for the same setup. Bumper,Hood,Fenders, and Mirrors. And he is a 3M Certified Installer
Just be aware that a difference in price is sometimes due to the template program that they are purchasing for the Camaro. There are many companies that are selling these templates for installers and they can all differ. Some come in many pieces like 9-10 different cut-outs to do what you are describing above whereas the one the installer used for my car was 6 cut-outs. 3M is the paint film material used for the kit, the kit is then purchased from another company for your specific model of car and they all differ in prices. So just make sure that you discuss with your installer all the factors that go into your choices. But $495 is a great price!
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looks better than I thought. I mean you can tell something is different in the paint but its not that noticeable. My only thing is what about that stuff creating rust underneath if its on metal? Also I would think if a rock hits it hard enough your still going to get a chip
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:47 AM   #19
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looks better than I thought. I mean you can tell something is different in the paint but its not that noticeable. My only thing is what about that stuff creating rust underneath if its on metal? Also I would think if a rock hits it hard enough your still going to get a chip
I can't remember the site, but there is a video out there of a mirror that was 3M clear'd. Then they shot 10 BB's at it from about 5ft away. Only one BB actually penetrated the film.

It's great stuff, but I hate that you can see the line where it stops and I'm worried about long term dulling or fading. I just can't decide if I want it for what will be a weekend car.
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It looks better than the old black bra and is a great concept. But this stuff is only going to last so long on the edges an fading etc. I mean whats going to happen to the paint underneath whether its plastic or metal. I can see it helping the metal rust, and with either plastic or metal will it block the sun rays so that the paint undearneath it doesnt age with rest of the car. It seems like a great product, i just have reservations. Ive had a few new cars in the past few years including a 06 monte SS and stone chips were never issue. Like I said before something hits it hard enough it aint going to matter. I had 3m on my downhill skiis that did the same thing, and after a year or two it started to peel and fray. And im thinking once the bra does stop stuff your going to have fray marks in it and wear marks. I think i would like to see long term testing first.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #23
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Has there been any mention of the fading characteristics of the 3M clear bra? Meaning, is the paint under the coating going to fade at a different rate then the unprotected paint over time? I'd like to get this done, but dont want to run around with a two-tone car several years from now. Even waxing and garage storage doesnt completely prevent fading over time. Any info/advice on this is appreciated.
I was checking out different car forums and seeing their discussions on the 3M Clear Bra.... it's only been around 3-4 years so no true long term examples.

From what I read from different sites was that if you have your car out in the sun everyday for several months, it's not going to prevent fading of some sort. I would guess maybe for those mostly sunny States year round, this could be a possible issue, if you like to park out in the sun everytime.

I live in the Chicagoland area so and my Camaro will be garage kept and always park underground at work, so for me, the 3M Clear Bra won't be an issue.

Oh as in whoever was saying this won't protect you from every ding and every chip, it's not a force-shield! Check out the demo, I saw it somewhere too... it can take some good pellet shots. It's just added protection, of course it won't protect you if a Titan throughs a boulder at it.
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After 3000 miles I REALLY wish I would have gotten the clear bra. So much so that I've already contacted a paint shop to touch up some chips in my front bumper and then I got a guy who is going to clear bra my front bumper.

Pics when I do the deed of course....
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