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Old 09-03-2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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Arrow Clear Bra what brand is best Xpel vs Suntek vs 3m what do you guys think ? ? ? ?

I'm going to get a clear bra on my new 2014. I've had 3m on past cars and works well. But seems to have more of a matte look over time not super glossy.

I would like the best one that keeps a very high gloss like paint and is super clear.

What do you guys think is best and why?

Should you have the full good done or only 1/3 like I have had in the past?

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Old 09-04-2014, 01:23 AM   #2
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I only wrapped my front bumper. The lines of the bumper are perfect. I didn't want to see a line on the hood. To me the less material the better. As long as it protects the entire front bumper and I see no lines I'm happy

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Old 09-04-2014, 01:24 AM   #3
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Btw mine is 3m and yes it does give that matte finish
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:37 AM   #4
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I have two cars, the installer put 3M on the areas needing the most paint protection and Expel elsewhere. He says the 3M gives better protection because it's thicker, but clearly the Expel looks so much more clear. The 3M has an orange-peel look.

I'd do the whole job in Expel except maybe the front bumper, where you may want the additional proaction of 3M.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:59 AM   #5
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I'm also wanting to do this in the next few days but was not aware of different brands and different textures. Thanks for starting this thread. I have a great price offered on a full package, but not sure I want the visible lines on my hood and elsewhere....I'm very torn.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:08 AM   #6
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Do it, I regret not having it put on my car and the paint has paid the price from road rash to the gills, bumper and rocker panel from the front tires mostly before installing my front rock guards.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:19 AM   #7
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what rock guards do you have?
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:54 AM   #8
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3m...and loving it..highway package installed
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:30 AM   #9
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Some do the full hood? But do you keep that high gloss fresh wax look?
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:49 AM   #10
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I did the premium package (nose, whole hood, fenders and mirrors)
Kept the glossy paint look!
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:03 AM   #11
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I had the expel done on the front and up 16" on the hood. Mirrors too.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:09 AM   #12
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I have most of my car covered with xpel, best money spent so far.
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:43 PM   #13
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I just had Xpel done at delivery. Can't beat the self healing properties
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I am getting a clear bra put on in a couple of weeks. What should you do to the paint before it is installed. I plan to clay bar it, but then should it be polished and waxed? Or should I just clay bar it and do nothing else?
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #15
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I have Xpell on my car. Zero complaints thus far. I just took it to be done by a professional, he washed and clay bared and maybe some other prep work. I went with coverage on front facia, rockers, gills, and behind rear wheels. It was pricy but I got it installed at the same time as window tiny so I was offered a cash deal for everything.
As for wax, don't wax it. Wax the read of your car and only use Synthetic Wax or a spray detailer WITHOUT CARNUBA (that's the trick). My installer, who I trust based on the people that used him and how far they traveled with much more expensive cars to get the same product installed, said the CARNUBA is what causes the clear bra to yellow over time. So if you don't wax it at all or use something that's synthetic you'll be fine.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:02 PM   #16
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I heard nothing but good things in Cincy area about XPEL
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:11 PM   #17
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Xpel is the way to go.
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I believe I see a line on the bottom left of the picture. Or is that a reflection of some kind?
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Xpel is the way to go have the paint clayed and polished prior to install and you'll be pleased.
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I'm going to get a clear bra on my new 2014. I've had 3m on past cars and works well. But seems to have more of a matte look over time not super glossy.

I would like the best one that keeps a very high gloss like paint and is super clear.

What do you guys think is best and why?

Should you have the full good done or only 1/3 like I have had in the past?

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Xpel or Suntek FTW. I wouldn't even consider 3M. I went with Xpel Ultimate and couldn't be happier. Xpel has a 10yr warranty and is easier to maintain than most films. I would go with full hood. Having a full hood makes it easier to wash and no lines.
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Had the Clear Bra installed today :-) I had the Xpel Ultimate installed. All I can say in Wow. These installers are the best of the best! I have had many cars with clear bra's and have 3 right now with them :-) These guys did the best install I have ever seen. You cant see it on the car! If your in California I would make the trip to these guys. clear-pro.com There customer service was great.



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Had the Clear Bra installed today :-) I had the Xpel Ultimate installed. All I can say in Wow. These installers are the best of the best! I have had many cars with clear bra's and have 3 right now with them :-) These guys did the best install I have ever seen. You cant see it on the car! If your in California I would make the trip to these guys. clear-pro.com There customer service was great.
This is my one major regret not doing this the same day I picked up my car. I am in San Diego and the clear-pro.com website says they service my area. Do you mind my asking how much you paid for the install and what areas were covered? Thanks.
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The job most people do with the front bumperlower part of the hood and mirrors I think they Charge $750 and thats a Great deal for this level of install on the Epel Ultimate is was I went with thats the self healing one.

Mine was right about $2000 but I did ALOT :-) I did

Full front bumper
Full Chin Spoiler from ground effect kit
Full Rocker Panels from the Ground Effects kit
Head Lights and Fog lights
Full Mirrors
Door handle pockets
All side impact areas around the front wheel,gills,rear wheel
Area on the rear bumper where the kids pull there bags in and out
Full Hood
Full Roof

Its by far the best install of a clear bra I have ever had. I have had them on a lot of my cars and have 3 cars with clear bra's now. I wish I found Clear Pro back then when I did my other cars.




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