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Old 04-05-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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All about protection

Just wondering what the pros and cons are of getting the clear sheild on a zl1. Seems like a smart idea but you never know.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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I used xpel on mine love it have to really look for it to even see it!!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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I don't have clear bra on my car, but I would like to get it. The only protection I have now is Opti-Coat 2.0 and it's amazing stuff for keeping the paint looking good. The dirt washes off ridiculously easy. But like I said, I would still like to put clear bra on it. I want the front fascia and gills to be protected from road debris.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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I have had the 3M Clear Shields on my past three cars and they've been worth every penny. Matter of fact, I'm getting my Clear Shield installed on my recently purchased ZL1 tomorrow morning.

I have no idea why anyone would not recommend this protection considering how much we've spent on our cars. My last car was a 2010 SS with 20K miles and the front end literally looked brand new.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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I checked with my local body shop about the rock chips on my gills and they recommend going with this tougher clear coat, I forgot what it was called, but that way you won't have the clear bra lines. I may consider going this route as soon as I have the coin to fix my gills...
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:50 PM   #6
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That is what I was thinking, just wanted some thoughts on the matter. Don't want the "Whoa dude, you shouldn't have done that" after it has ben installed.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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I don't have clear bra on my car, but I would like to get it. The only protection I have now is Opti-Coat 2.0 and it's amazing stuff for keeping the paint looking good. The dirt washes off ridiculously easy. But like I said, I would still like to put clear bra on it. I want the front fascia and gills to be protected from road debris.
Did you do the OptiCoat yourself? If so how hard was it to put on?
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:46 PM   #8
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Xpel on mine, absolutely great. Can't see it and it protects!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:07 PM   #9
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3M on mine and it works great.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:34 PM   #10
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Did you do the OptiCoat yourself? If so how hard was it to put on?
I took the car to a detailer when the care only had about 300 miles on it. I had him completely detail the exterior to get it looking better than showroom condition (remove swirls, etc..), then apply the Opti-Coat 2.0.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:39 PM   #11
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I install these, and have for many years, I have no cons with them except for on dark vehicles you will see a flaw occasionaly, not much you can do about it on dark colors, but still way better than chips.
Also make sure you get the mirrors, pillars, front fenders behind front tires, and rear 1/4s in front of the back tires where the gills are. Also right behind the door handles, (finger nails).
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:01 PM   #12
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Can any of you post photos of this on your vehicles, including on the gills?
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:21 AM   #13
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Cant go wrong with a clear Bra. I got the whole front half done from the A pillers forward. Its one of the best things I put on my car.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:04 AM   #14
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I took the car to a detailer when the care only had about 300 miles on it. I had him completely detail the exterior to get it looking better than showroom condition (remove swirls, etc..), then apply the Opti-Coat 2.0.
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I install these, and have for many years, I have no cons with them except for on dark vehicles you will see a flaw occasionaly, not much you can do about it on dark colors, but still way better than chips.
Also make sure you get the mirrors, pillars, front fenders behind front tires, and rear 1/4s in front of the back tires where the gills are. Also right behind the door handles, (finger nails).
What this cost each of you, if you don't mind telling. Considering my options.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:37 AM   #15
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I have Xpel Ultimate on mine.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #16
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Where'd u get it done and how much? If you don't mind me asking.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #17
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Just got the 3M clear on the front and gills. I have a black Z and you can hardly tell its on there. A must for anyone who does highway driving. Ill post a pic soon.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:18 PM   #18
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Got the 3M on my last 2 cars and on my ZL1. Best thing I could have done for the bumper. I had so many rock chips on my other camaros prior to repainting the bumper. Now, cant even tell there's a clear bra on it. My clear bra guy did mine custom cut instead of using the normal template so you can barely see the lines on the clear bra unless you look really hard. Cost me $500
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:23 PM   #19
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What this cost each of you, if you don't mind telling. Considering my options.
For the full detail and Opti-Coat 2.0, I think it was about $350. Opti-Coat 2.0 isn't like a clear bra, though. It's just another semi-permanent clear coat that's tougher than the factory clear coat. I'm sure if a rock was thrown up from the road, it could still chip the paint. The clear bra would add more protection in that regard.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #20
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I had the front facia, the gills and the mirrors done in Avery Nanofusion for $900
Best money I ever spent.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:22 PM   #21
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Does it need to ever be replaced? Also is it easy to take off?
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:26 PM   #22
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Got the 3M on my last 2 cars and on my ZL1. Best thing I could have done for the bumper. I had so many rock chips on my other camaros prior to repainting the bumper. Now, cant even tell there's a clear bra on it. My clear bra guy did mine custom cut instead of using the normal template so you can barely see the lines on the clear bra unless you look really hard. Cost me $500
Steal! I was quoted $899 by tint world and then lowered to $499, but only for front bumper. I want:

  • Front bumper
  • A-pillars and top of windshield
  • Side view mirrors
  • Just behind front and rear tires
  • Trunk liftover
Quote was $1,299. I slowed my roll after that. Gotta find somebody to do it right and reasonable.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:11 PM   #23
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You can pay cheap but don't complain if the job doesn't turn out right. I'd rather pay more and know my car is done with 100% perfection.

Just like the guy I always use. He's not cheap but he does perfect work.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #24
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Mine was around this much:
$325 - Bumper includes front and side
$325 - Hood, 24" up,down the fenders, and mirrors
$300 - Rockers and gill area
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Mine was around this much:
$325 - Bumper includes front and side
$325 - Hood, 24" up,down the fenders, and mirrors
$300 - Rockers and gill area
That sounds about right to me.
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