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Old 06-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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3M clear bra

Going in Wednesday for clear bra, entire front nose, about 14" up hood, mirrors, door handles, behind front wheels, under doors, in front of rear wheels, behind rear wheels, area below open trunk where you might set a grocery bag or lean a box on? Also, carbon fiber strips to fill in the fake air ducts in front of rear wheels. Just trying to protect the investment.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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Smart move! Anyone know anything about this new DIY spray on film?
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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Smart move. I have had the clear bra put on my cars for years. My new ZL1 goes in next Saturday. If you can do it I would highly recommend having the entire hood covered and also make sure they wrap the edges.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:03 PM   #4
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Smart move. I have had the clear bra put on my cars for years. My new ZL1 goes in next Saturday. If you can do it I would highly recommend having the entire hood covered and also make sure they wrap the edges.
I realize your in Virginia but what kind of price did you get & how much are you having done? The work I described is $1,650? I have had this on my past Vettes as well as the wife's 2010 RS SS.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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Smart move! Anyone know anything about this new DIY spray on film?
Search you tube, saw something there, looks to nerve racking for me!
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:10 PM   #6
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I realize your in Virginia but what kind of price did you get & how much are you having done? The work I described is $1,650? I have had this on my past Vettes as well as the wife's 2010 RS SS.
Luckily I have a really good guy that does nothing but clear bra's, mainly on high end vehicles.

I get the entire front end, entire hood, pillars, mirrors, full front fenders, rockers and lower rear quarter panels for 1300. He normally charges around 1600 for this. Hope it helps.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:30 PM   #7
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I like the Xpel Ultimate film I had put on my car. The installer matters more than the product. Good luck!
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:52 PM   #8
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Going in Wednesday for clear bra, entire front nose, about 14" up hood, mirrors, door handles, behind front wheels, under doors, in front of rear wheels, behind rear wheels, area below open trunk where you might set a grocery bag or lean a box on? Also, carbon fiber strips to fill in the fake air ducts in front of rear wheels. Just trying to protect the investment.
That's definitely money well spent. I added the edge of the doors. My garage space is so tight that when I open the door, I placed cardboard along the wall/sides, so when I open the door to get in/out it rubs against the cardboard. So just this little extra strip along the doors edge.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:08 PM   #9
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I like the Xpel Ultimate film I had put on my car. The installer matters more than the product. Good luck!
Agree 100%
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:25 PM   #10
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Have them put a strip on the door edge. Sooner or later some one will bump the door into something!!!
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:47 PM   #11
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X 2 but I wouldn't get the 3M stuff. Definitely do the XPel brand. Much better stuff.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #12
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I had Ventureshield on my previous car and having the same put on the ZL1. I get lifetime warranty against yellowing, cracking, bubbling and misapplication. XPel is also really good.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #13
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Had 3M put on my car 6 mos.ago.Front up thru 1st ECF panel,mirrors,gills for $600.Excellent product....you can't go wrong with 3M products.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #14
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I realize your in Virginia but what kind of price did you get & how much are you having done? The work I described is $1,650? I have had this on my past Vettes as well as the wife's 2010 RS SS.
I paid that same amount from a premium installer (Clear Image) for my last car.
Agree that the installer matters most.
I'm going to use him again when the ZL1 arrives.
I will use the spray-on 3M as a temporary measure until the film gets installed.
Also going to do Opticoat.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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I'm really interested in doing this. how does it look after its's installed? does it affect how I wash & wax? How do I find a good installer?
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #16
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I'm really interested in doing this. how does it look after its's installed? does it affect how I wash & wax? How do I find a good installer?
With a good installer you can't even see it. I have had people right up on the car looking at it and they couldn't see it. Wash and wax just like normal. You can go up to the 3M site, look under ventureshield to get a list of installers and then try to do a search on them or their business for reviews.
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