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Old 05-08-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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3M DIY paint protection film

just came across this 3M product online. Looks very self explanatory and an incredible alternative to getting a clear bra professionally applied. Has anyone used this product yet? if so, how well does it work on vertical surfaces such as bumpers and quarter panels? check out the link I posted below to watch their demonstration video. Pretty cool stuff!

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I'd be wary. Too easy to make it too thick/thin, miss areas. It would be horrible for it to dry splotchy because of its aerosol form. But who knows, could end up being an we some product.
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I'd be wary. Too easy to make it too thick/thin, miss areas. It would be horrible for it to dry splotchy because of its aerosol form. But who knows, could end up being an we some product.
yea I was worried about that too... either way, it's suppose to come off relatively easy, such as plastidip. My buddy is going to try it out this weekend and let me know how it works for him
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That looks awesome. Please keep me posted.
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Like! Been waiting for product like this.
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Checked this out on Amazon, $25/can + $8 for the nozzle and $12 for the application kit (plastic dropcloth and tape...). It also shows how many cans are needed to cover different areas (e.g. 2 for the entire hood). Claimed coverage is 1 year so it'll add up year after year but it's still much cheaper than film. Looks like pretty neat stuff.
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Any info on if it can be safely/easily removed?
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Any info on if it can be safely/easily removed?
They said it can be pulled off.

I think I may pick it up in a week or two specifically for my side mirrors and rocker panels. My side mirrors clear bra is showing due to poor installation. And the rocker panels just carry so much dirt that clay even has a tough time removing, so I'm hoping you can easily remove dirt from this.

How far does one can go?
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Cool, please let me know how it works. I have Xpel Ultimate on my Camaro with no complaints, but I just had the front bumper and hood painted on my daily driver due to an accident, and if this stull will keep the new paint nice for awhile I may just invest in it.
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They said it can be pulled off.

I think I may pick it up in a week or two specifically for my side mirrors and rocker panels. My side mirrors clear bra is showing due to poor installation. And the rocker panels just carry so much dirt that clay even has a tough time removing, so I'm hoping you can easily remove dirt from this.

How far does one can go?
not entirely sure, but I would assume an entire bumper.
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Cool, please let me know how it works. I have Xpel Ultimate on my Camaro with no complaints, but I just had the front bumper and hood painted on my daily driver due to an accident, and if this stull will keep the new paint nice for awhile I may just invest in it.
yea if the finish is as nice as 3M claims, it would be worth doing it this way. getting clear bra put on professionally using plastic sheets costs a ton and only lasts 2-3 years. After that time, clear bras start yellowing and looking pretty nasty...
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Cool, please let me know how it works. I have Xpel Ultimate on my Camaro with no complaints, but I just had the front bumper and hood painted on my daily driver due to an accident, and if this stull will keep the new paint nice for awhile I may just invest in it.
Definitely after looking it, it can't hurt to at least try on the rocker panels. I also have an Xpel on the front bumper which works great, except the bra was cut by something. But along the door jambs it shows and the mirrors could use it. Worst case I tear it off.

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yea if the finish is as nice as 3M claims, it would be worth doing it this way. getting clear bra put on professionally using plastic sheets costs a ton and only lasts 2-3 years. After that time, clear bras start yellowing and looking pretty nasty...
The cheap ones will be like that, higher end 3M bras and Xpel will last 5-10 years + and guaranteed to not yellow, it all depends on the installer. As well as quality of the material, same as tinting you can go cheap and see it purple and bubble in 5 years or get legitimate tint that will last 10+ years without bubbles or fading.
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The protection of a clear bar, the application process like plasti-dip. Whats not to love?
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Any updates on this?
I applied to rocker panels yesterday. It's clear but there defineately a learning curve involved.

Few tips

Make sure your can is also warm
Keep trigger squeezed while making passes to prevent spitting
And last but not least follow the directions this product does not like shortcuts.

I applied on camaro and since its white it harder to see compared to the 3m video.

Going to get hood and fender next.
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Cool... can you post a pic or 2 of your rockers after spraying?
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I ordered a can, just need to pick up plastic sheeting at home depot and should have a review this weekend.
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Cool... can you post a pic or 2 of your rockers after spraying?
Here pass side. It's hard to see tape line but its bout 1/2 inch below green tape.
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Did you just use garbage bags?
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Did you just use garbage bags?
No I used clear plastic then some black plastic scraps over that. I take few pics. Finally got front done.
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Good for rocker panels IMO.

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Looks good in pics... Now the next test will be to see if it actually can take any impact and protect the paint from stone chips.
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Looks good in pics... Now the next test will be to see if it actually can take any impact and protect the paint from stone chips.
Well just went out and checked starting to see sags on hood cowl and lower fender Dammit! Should just burned that 75. Maybe I should have just done the leading edge. Going to have to rip it off when dry. It's humid here also that could been factor or operator error aka. application to heavy, noticed sags near front hood too.

They are noticeable so guess its clear bra for fender and leading edge. Going cut my losses.

Only thing turned out fine is rockers panels and splash guards.

Well live and learn...
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