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Old 04-14-2013, 02:12 AM   #1
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Invisible paint protection.

I am looking at installing one of thoses clear paint protectors (vinyl, acrylic) on the front end of my Camaro I want the whole kit for the bumper and the hood has anyone had any experiences with these kits? Not sure if I trust myself to put it on and thinking about having it installed professionally. Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 04-14-2013, 02:16 AM   #2
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I don't have one nor have I ever installed one, but unless you have done vinyl work before I wouldn't do it yourself. The hood may be simple enough, but the bumper seems as if it could be tricky since you would have to move it around all the curves of the bumper. Again, I'm not expert so I could be wrong, but just my .02
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:47 AM   #3
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Its pretty tricky stuff, i wouldnt recommend trying it yourself by any means. Find a place local that installs it, Should be called Mylar is a word for it.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:06 AM   #4
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Any ideas of a good brand or a web site to purchase?

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Old 04-14-2013, 03:11 AM   #5
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I had a clear bra done professionally, but I"m not very satisfied with it's fit. The big crazy piece that fits around the grille and headlights is very difficult to fit perfectly. I know for some of the bends you have to stretch the bra a little for it to fit. The key is to keep the bra wet at all times until the fit is nice.

Even though I'm disappointed by it's fit, I'm very satisfied with how clean the bumper stays, and how easy it is to wash. Also very happy that you can barely see it.

I would never do the bumper by myself. I did do the side rockers myself though. Definitely find someone with a good track record.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:00 AM   #6
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I tried to install a kit myself on my CTSV, which also,has an aggressive front end. I can tell you that it took me two hours to get the first piece installed even remotely in the proper position. But it can be removed in anger in just a few seconds. I will never try to install one myself again.....ever.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:10 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the good advise. Looks like I will be having it done professionally. . Where are or what site did you guys get yours from.. what is considered to be a good one? I hate buying cheap crap that doesn't hold up.

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Old 04-14-2013, 07:14 AM   #8
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Its pretty tricky stuff, i wouldnt recommend trying it yourself by any means. Find a place local that installs it, Should be called Mylar is a word for it.
It is not called Mylar What the OP is looking for is a clear protectant film made by 3M (Scotchguard) or Xpel, which is a premium clear protectant film.

To the OP, You could ask your local tinting company if they provide the installation service or of a company that does it. Make sure you get a reputable company that can provide references.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:15 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the good advise. Looks like I will be having it done professionally. . Where are or what site did you guys get yours from.. what is considered to be a good one? I hate buying cheap crap that doesn't hold up.

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Xpel is the best you can get, but like I said in the previous post it does come at a premium.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:38 AM   #10
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Oh boy, I was just checking out xpel and they are very pricey.. any othr brands you know of?

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #11
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I just found some called Venture Shield Ultra, but I am having a hard time pulling the trigger. 320 $ for the upper bumper and the lower bumper combined.

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:15 AM   #12
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I had 3m installed by my dealer for 1000 around the door locks the mirrors and the entire front, I opted out of the piece that goes 1/2 way back on the hood as I do not like the line it leaves and I wanted graphic hood spears. I am totallly satisfied with the look and fit and they by the way farm it out to a body shop.........So this average kit is what 3m sells, and i would recommend opting out of the 1/2 hood piece ...as they can just not install it, and I installed my own hood spears and even more tricky my rocker stripes, once I even tried a rally kit but did not like how it took away from my paint and heating the hood cowling bends with a hair dryer in the friggin winter around 40-50 degrees in the driveway in the rain it was really hard for me to give up, but i did because it was not going to turn out right doing it by myself in the friggin freezing cold as I could not strech it good enough to do a total perfect job and trashed it.........130$ in the garbage...lesson learned..and looks better with spears. Bends are hard to do, and you need heat, and the right touch and having a pro do it in a heated shop where they have help and are expected to make it perfect is better when you need it right and especially if you do not have experience..........Even those of us who do have experience wince at some vinyl curves around cars........let alone a whole car wrap....lol thats ugly........the chrome i can understand, but to rat rod a camaro with flat colors bites ..........it just simulating primer, hell why not just buy primer and spray. I used to have gold stripes on my camaro, now i am into black you can see them in my pics and yes you will not notice the clear bra as its not really that visable, it does of course have cut lines were angles dictate it..............
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:15 AM   #13
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I just found some called Venture Shield Ultra, but I am having a hard time pulling the trigger. 320 $ for the upper bumper and the lower bumper combined.

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Think of it this way, How much do you think it will cost every time you want to do a repaint.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:57 AM   #14
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Just be careful of the installer you choose. Try to look at some if his previous customers cars. I didn't and my installer here in Ft Worth, who claims to have done hundreds of Corvettes, absolutely made a mess of my $1,000 job.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:28 AM   #15
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Purchased a rocker panel kit from invisible mask best price out there it came with a piece to cover the gill plate which looked like it was going to be hard but i installed the kit my self and it came out very good figured i would start with something easy so now i will try the bumper kit.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:44 PM   #16
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Had the entire front end (Full hood, fenders, bumper), mirrors, gills and behind the tire done, for about $875. Has saved me from a tire blowout and hitting a muffler with about 2 ft of pipe attached on the interstate. Well worth the initial price imo.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:02 PM   #17
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It seems like no one in the Milton and Pensacola Fl area install this stuff.. Not even my Dealer. :banghead:

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Old 04-16-2013, 09:51 PM   #18
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Usually referred to as ppf (Paint Protection Film). Ziebart or Clearbra are common brands/installers.
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