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Old 05-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Getting a clear-bra: Blu's story

I decided I wanted a clear-bra for my 1LE before I even had the car. After reading a ton of forum posts (here and other sites), I really wanted Rick at Unique to do the installation and tried to schedule something for a little over a month then finally gave up and had one installed at a different shop today. It was difficult to find installers (XPEL anyway, 3M seems much more common), much less a place with sample photos/good reviews, so I thought I'd post my experience in-case it's helpful for anyone else looking to get PPF installed.

I found this place through XPEL's installer link. They were responsive to my request for a quote and had some positive comments on this site. In the end, they were considerably more $ than other shops so I didn't use them.

http://www.automobiliaautosalon.com/


This place sparked my interest since they have a mobile installation service. Given this, prices seemed reasonable (which are listed on their site) but there wasn't much in terms of sample photos on their site and I couldn't find any customer feedback - good or bad.

http://www.customppf.com/


I also talked to Attention to Detail in Middletown, CT. They were also helpful but admitted to not having much experience with XPEL, so I moved on.


This is the place I ended up using. There was some good feedback on this site, and their prices were fair compared to other quotes I'd gotten. They also said they do a lot of dealership work (Mercedes, etc).

http://www.protectivesolution.com/

In the end, I think they did an ok-to-good job overall at a fair price - but it's far from perfect. It's also better than the alternative - paint chips, which I'd already gotten.

I've attached some pics, mostly of areas I'm not completely happy with. These are things you wouldn't notice unless you're within 2-3 feet of the car. Since I tend to be a perfectionist, I'm interested in comments from anyone else who's had one installed. Is this typical, better or worse than yours? To be completely honest, I regret not being more persistent trying to schedule something with Rick since my perception is his installs are "perfect". Part of me is also thinking/willing to get it redone at Unique if replies are that my installation could-have / should-have been much better. But, if this is typical & a repeat installation will only be marginally better - then I'll feel better that I didn't waste my $.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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Your installer must have a relative in TN doing the same type of work as mine looks as bad and in places worse than yours. I've seen the work first hand ( sadly AFTER I had someone in TN apply the clear film ) that Derek of Atlanta Protective Films, Inc. does ( too far away for you I know ) and it is 100 times better than the job you and I received by "certified installers ". I'll be having Derek remove/re-install mine in a couple of weeks as I can't live with what I got. BE WARNED, Anyone looking to get the clear paint film protection done, spend the time to find cars the installer has done before you allow these "experts" near your car. Applied correctly the clear film is a paint saver and cannot be detected unless you are only 2 or 3 inches from the seams. Applied in a mediocre fashion the results are awful. You are paying for the care and craftsmanship of the installer.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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Did you pay for that with a Clinton $3 bill?
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #4
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What kind of a warranty did you get? I have been looking into this since last year . I was hoping 2 find someone who sprays it on close 2 me,but no luck. I searched every possible kind there is & talked back & forth with other ones that have have had it done. What type they used & what kind of a written warranty did they get. In my area I finally settled with Ziebart Gold Shield. They price it out by areas on the car. This is how i'm having it done,6 in. across the roof edge above windshield-- both mirrors-- both pillars--Full one piece on hood--headlights--driving lights-- Full Facia--Half way back on fenders to center of wheel well--full rockers-- & half way up doors--full rear quarters. They start out by washing car,clay bar it, then wax it. All of this is guaranteed for 10 yrs. at a full 100% warranty. If it turns color, peals,gets stone chips that pro-trude thru the clear shield. They will replace the shield plus any damage 2 the paint in full no charge to you. all the items I mentioned cost $1200 interest free if paid in 1 year. I've seen there work & think it is exceptional.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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I had xpel ultimate film installed, 10 year warranty covering film and labor. Even if I could get them to agree to remove and reinstall, I'm not sure I'd want them to - what's to say it would come out much better? If the feedback keeps coming in that this is a really bad install compared to others, I'd rather eat the $ loss and get it redone by a different shop.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:14 PM   #6
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Looks a little rough bring it back and at least try to get some money back. you should barely see the edges of the film when installed. I had automobilia do mine they cut it around my rally stripes on my bumper and you can barely see where.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:23 PM   #7
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The cutting mistakes are poor craftsmanship. But seeing where the film is especially when it's the middle of a panel is something that is impossible to hide, but how easily seen depends on the installer. I doubt you'd get any refund, but I'd say average job overall.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #8
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Looks a little rough bring it back and at least try to get some money back. you should barely see the edges of the film when installed. I had automobilia do mine they cut it around my rally stripes on my bumper and you can barely see where.
Mike post some pic's for him ... I know its hard because yours was the best I've seen to date! but give him an idea of how bad his really came out ... I know I shouldn't say that because them pic's are so close up, but when I looked at yours Mike I was right up close to it ... and it looked awesome!
I agree bring it back for at the least one more try ...
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:39 PM   #9
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Al, I will have to try to take some shots tomorrow went in the garage way to much reflection. I have a hard enough time finding the edge let alone trying to take a pic of it.
blu I know its a bit of a ride but you are more than welcome to take a look at mine if you would like. You should hardly be able to see the edges, and there should be a limited amount of cutting needed as these are usually cut out on a plotter off a computer program.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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Clear bra

bluBlud as u know ..I had mine done thru Rick @ unique and all I'm gonna say is that I was very satisfied compared to this.. I will try to post pics tomorrow..I also know that these front ends are hard to do. I will pm u..
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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What to look for starts at 12:12 and more precise is at the 16:20 mark.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:32 AM   #12
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I would request a do-over for the goofed up areas! Black crud under the clear bra is unsat. Also, the cuts look like I did it. Not that I am a qualified installer. That is why you pay to get it installed. My shop had a couple of minor mistakes, but fixed them without any complaints.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:30 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the feedback guys - it's not what I wanted to hear but is what I feared to be true. I did ask for a refund... not hopeful but it doesn't hurt to ask.
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My pics of Xpel clear bra

The shop I went to was very detail oriented and tried to have as few seems as possible. Bassically one sheet for the bottom and one for upper front bumper and its all neatly "tucked" in. Had front bumper, Gills, mirrors done..
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:20 AM   #15
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Protective Solutions MA, bad experience

Hey bluBlud,

Rick at Unique car Care here...

I sincerely apologize that I wasn't able to get back to you about the clear bra install a while back. Some serious matters came up which I had to handle, which is why I was MIA for a while.

Sorry for your bad experience at Protective Solutions. People think that because shops are listed on the Xpel website as "Certified Factory Trained Installer", they must be good. The truth is that you yourself could go to Xpel headquarters in Texas and take an Xpel training course over a weekend and be listed as a "Certified Installer".

My installers have been in the paint protection film business for over 13 years and have done thousands of cars over the years. I have to say, they absolutely blow me away on every install they do. They are truly the best and I am very lucky to have them doing my installs. Between the prep work we perform before the install, having the best installers and using the best film, you will not find a better shop.

Although Camaro's are not easy cars to install film on, that install is completely unacceptable. I would definitely ask for a refund, as it wont hurt to ask.

My schedule is a bit hectic lately, but shoot me an email to Rickrack79@hotmail.com with you contact info and I'll give you a call later on today.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:32 AM   #16
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Rick, thanks for the post - I sent you an email and look forward to getting a new installation!
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:26 PM   #17
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Same Rick sent you an email
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:05 PM   #18
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its not my money and im sure you will do what YOU want, but if you did a stealth xpel install that would be one sick 1le
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:23 AM   #19
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Just had Derek Johnson of Atlanta Protective Films do my car Tuesday. Outstanding workmanship and results. It came out absolutely perfect. Even with a 350 mile round trip from Knoxville TN he is worth traveling to. My car had been previously "done" about 7 weeks ago by Richard Booher of FatCat Customs in Morristown TN and he is a butcher. DO NOT even consider FatCat Customs in Morristown TN. Take the drive to Canton GA. and have Derek do it properly.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:06 AM   #20
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Question for all you guys that have this clear bra; When detailing the car, do you wax right over it of do you have to avoid getting any wax/polish on the film?
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:15 AM   #21
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Wax over it ( non abrasive wax ) but try not to get any wax on the edges of the film. I see you are from Hopewell Jct NY, lived there 3 years in Dain Estates from 2001 to '04 before moving to Knoxville in August of 2004.
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Thx flht99b. i've considered getting this since i got the first chip in my front bumper. Yes, been in Hopewell since 2001 and in Dutchess County most of my life. Not familiar with Dain estates, but i'm just off the taconic pkwy on the Beekman town line.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:36 PM   #23
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Anyone get the Xpel from
http://www.customppf.com ?

They were $1000 cheaper than http://www.automobiliaautosalon.com/.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:49 PM   #24
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Anyone get the Xpel from
http://www.customppf.com ?

They were $1000 cheaper than http://www.automobiliaautosalon.com/.
Thanks !
What are you wrapping the whole car?

Automobilia did mine and ive seen others on other cars you know the old saying you get what you pay for I wouldn't brimg mine anywhere but there.$1000 on another hand might lead me to believe there is a typo or something guess it depends on what your protecting?
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I am wrapping most of it, and I was thinking the same thing with such a large price difference. Thanks !
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