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Old 10-22-2015, 07:29 PM   #1
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Paint Protection / clear bra?

Looking for recommendations from fellow Z/28 owners. I just picked up my car from a complimentary detail yesterday that the dealer threw in when I purchased my car back on the 12th of this month. Anyways the car had been sitting on the lot for quite some time and needed some TLC since it was no longer a showroom floor car, the vettes and Z06 apparently took priority. After I picked up my car I was very impressed how it looked with a fresh hand wax and full detail, fell in love all over again. Anyways I have searched and didn't find anything to specific but what do you guys recommend? Is 3m or xpel the way to go? I haven't gotten any quotes yet but is the product worth the investment? does it last and truly help protect the car from rocks and debris? If so how much of the car should I protect? I am a So Cal resident so if its a must have I am open to shop recommendations as well. Id love to keep my black car looking as good a possible for a long time to come I was just curious of peoples opinions regarding these types of products. Other Camaro owners are welcome to chime in as well.

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Old 10-22-2015, 08:46 PM   #2
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I used xpel, I used a guy from Corona, Premier Auto Armor
I had the Rear Wheel Impact Area, Full Hood and Fenders, Rocker Panels and Front Bumper done. He did a great job. I also had front splash guards Installed to protect the panels in front of the rear tires, the tires throw too much stuff. I would suggest doing it right away or you'll be repairing paint soon. I spent about $3,200.00 to get it done after I spent about the same repairing the paint. Where in So cal are you?
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:03 PM   #3
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Xpel over any other product. If done right it is practically invisible.

Bad side is it is sick expensive.

I had full front end. Bumpers grill, spliter etc. Full hood including CF insert. Mirrors rockers and wheel impact areas. And yep around $3200
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:19 PM   #4
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Thank you for this thread! I am in the purchase mode right now and want to see what clear bra areas everyone is doing. It was real obvious on the ZL1 which areas I needed to do, but I'm still learning about the Z/28. It'll have about 250 miles when I get it to the clear bra guy next week, so any suggestions are appreciated by me as well!
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:34 PM   #5
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I used Auto Shield in San Diego. I had the entire car wrapped in Expel. You have to really look to see any seams on it.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:43 PM   #6
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Front end including splitter, 3/4 hood, and front fender, mirrors, leading edge of roof, bottom edge of doors and aero trim, rear quarter panel. Front splash guards.
Expel product, the best ! well worth the "investment"
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:58 PM   #7
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I used xpel, I used a guy from Corona, Premier Auto Armor
I had the Rear Wheel Impact Area, Full Hood and Fenders, Rocker Panels and Front Bumper done. He did a great job. I also had front splash guards Installed to protect the panels in front of the rear tires, the tires throw too much stuff. I would suggest doing it right away or you'll be repairing paint soon. I spent about $3,200.00 to get it done after I spent about the same repairing the paint. Where in So cal are you?
Much appreciated information. Seems like everyone is in agreement about xpel being the best product. $3200 is a pretty steep price but I really do value taking car of this cars paint. I am in La Verne if you're familiar with the area.

2015Z28 if you don't mind me asking what did the whole car cost?
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:17 PM   #8
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Had XPEL put on in front, mirrors, rockers, gill areas, and rear quarters.....very happy w/it.....had it put on at 1700 miles...and was surprised at so many very small chips in gill area at that low mileage...
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:17 PM   #9
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This is what I did for my road trip, 9$. Those Trofeo's don't care about nothing.

I definitely need to invest in clear bra.
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:25 PM   #10
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Elite clear bra in Huntington Beach they did fenders hood front bumper rockers mirrors rear fender impact area spoiler and splitter in Xpel quoted 2300.00 but bartered some gold for the job
http://www.eliteclearbra.com/
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:58 PM   #11
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Much appreciated information. Seems like everyone is in agreement about xpel being the best product. $3200 is a pretty steep price but I really do value taking car of this cars paint. I am in La Verne if you're familiar with the area.

2015Z28 if you don't mind me asking what did the whole car cost?
You are looking at around $4000.00 plus or minus for the entire car and they covered everything except the glass and lights.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:11 PM   #12
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I like xpel.

I've seen a 911 go into a tire wall at the track... fender looked all scratched...
Peeled the xpel off and it was nearly perfect, just had to realign the side marker lamp.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:15 PM   #13
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I have 3M clear bra installed by NightShades and OptiCoat put on by SSTG. Both are excellent and I'd highly recommend them.
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Old 10-25-2015, 08:58 PM   #14
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Much appreciated information. Seems like everyone is in agreement about xpel being the best product. $3200 is a pretty steep price but I really do value taking car of this cars paint. I am in La Verne if you're familiar with the area.

2015Z28 if you don't mind me asking what did the whole car cost?
not sure what your asking ?
cost to wrap the whole car or cost I paid for the car ?
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:48 PM   #15
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not sure what your asking ?
cost to wrap the whole car or cost I paid for the car ?
I was just curious of what they guy who had his whole car wrapped paid, seeing as a lot of guys were in the $3200 range for partial wrap $4000 for the whole car doesn't seem bad but I'm thinking I'd be happy with something closer to the 2k like some have said they have paid for a partial wrap job.
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:09 PM   #16
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@immortan man that was a wise $9 application of paint protection. I currently have less than 450 miles on my car and the rear wheel arch flares (don't know the technical term) as well as the area behind the doors are starting to have some little divots in the paint from rocks. Looks like I am going to have to install that xpel sooner rather than later. Is the rock issue lessened if I were to run a more suitable street tire like the Michelin PSS for instance? I have them on my Audi S4 and they seem like a great street tire I just fell in love with the driving dynamics of the Camaro and I feel like a lot of the handling is those tires. Or are the tires so wide that I am going to have the rock issue no matter what?
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:34 PM   #17
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Front mud flaps help this problem
I got them from http://www.zl1addons.com/
they are very small but they do the job
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