Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
 
MPD1
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com > Technical Camaro Topics > Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection

Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection Anything related to keeping your Camaro clean and in good cosmetic condition.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-10-2009, 06:59 PM   #1
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
First Time Installing 3M Clear Bra

This was my first experience with the installation of a Clear Bra. I had some tips that I recieved from the person that sold me the film, and also from Thom with HTP Autoworks. I think that their information helped the install go better. I was working only working with my wife and my son. It took about 10 hours to complete but we did it all on our own. The job is not perfect, there are a few flaws but nothing major. At least the front is now protected. Please see pics for an idea about how it went.
Attached Images
       
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
sherifdude
MEAN MACHINE
 
sherifdude's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 CHEVY CAMARO 1SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: prairieville,louisiana
Posts: 283
look good for your first time Installing 3M Clear Bra
sherifdude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 07:36 PM   #3
2032Ceta
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro/2009 Nissan Rogue
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 89
Looks pretty good. What kit did you use and was it already pre-cut? I ordered a kit but might pay a professional to do it. I ordered the kit from clearmask. It it clear mask AR and I should get it in a couple of days. Care to share any of the tips that were given to you?
__________________
(SOLD) 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS, Manual, IOM, Black Interior, 21" Wheels, GFX (Painted), Car Cover, IOM Engine Cover, Camaro Trunk Mat, Hockey Stripes (still waiting for my trunk monkey)

2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
2032Ceta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 07:56 PM   #4
vdevine
 
vdevine's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Black SS
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 606
Looks good...
__________________
Vince
SS2 Black with CGM Stripes
3800 Born: 25 May VIN#12136
6000 Mine 26 June 2009
SLP Loudmouth II, NOWEEDS, BMR 1.4/1.0 Lowering Springs, Cold Air Inductions Intake, Tune, Eagle Eyes w HID, SLP "SS" Grille Insert, Pistol Grip Shifter, Hawk PC Pads, RGB Scanner, Tint, Headlight Armor, Clear Bra, 22's.
vdevine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 08:05 PM   #5
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
I don't know if your material is the same as the material that I used, but the biggest piece of advice is to keep the material wet, and keep working it to get it to strech to where you need it. For small fingers that will not go away, use a heat gun or hair dryer on low setting to help shrink the plastic to fit.

It was definetly an experience that will not soon be forgotten. Do you have a stripe kit on your car? If so I had problems with air pockets all around the edges of the stripes. After 2 days, I called the person that sold me the kit, that was pre-cut, and he advised to used the squigee to go back over those areas to help smooth out the air pockets. This did work, as I just tried it today.

Also, it is highly recommended that you have at least one other person help you, I had my Wife help out as some of the pieces are quite large. I would also recommend that you watch videos of the install process prior to attempting, as this will give you a much clearer picture of what will be required.
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 08:52 PM   #6
Hanzo
 
Hanzo's Avatar
 
Drives: '10 Black 1SS/RS LS3
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The Mountains of IL
Posts: 161
Nice Job! I think you found a job you can fall back on!
Hanzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 09:02 PM   #7
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
Thanks for the kind thoughts, but there is very much a science to the install, if I had not recieved some helpful pointers, It would have been much worse.
__________________
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 10:25 PM   #8
ABM 2SS
 
Drives: -
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Calgary, Ab
Posts: 67
Wow, nice job. I may have to rethink getting this done.
ABM 2SS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 10:36 PM   #9
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
I would recommend it. I have already minor damage to the front bumper and passenger mirror before having this done, and all I have done is driven it back and forth to work. If you are interested I can provide the name of the person that sold me the pre-cut kit.
__________________
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 06:35 AM   #10
2032Ceta
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro/2009 Nissan Rogue
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by viper1cobra View Post
I don't know if your material is the same as the material that I used, but the biggest piece of advice is to keep the material wet, and keep working it to get it to strech to where you need it. For small fingers that will not go away, use a heat gun or hair dryer on low setting to help shrink the plastic to fit.

It was definetly an experience that will not soon be forgotten. Do you have a stripe kit on your car? If so I had problems with air pockets all around the edges of the stripes. After 2 days, I called the person that sold me the kit, that was pre-cut, and he advised to used the squigee to go back over those areas to help smooth out the air pockets. This did work, as I just tried it today.

Also, it is highly recommended that you have at least one other person help you, I had my Wife help out as some of the pieces are quite large. I would also recommend that you watch videos of the install process prior to attempting, as this will give you a much clearer picture of what will be required.
Thanks for the info...I have the hockey stripes and the solid piece on the hood. The kit I purchased is pre-cut for the camaro SS. This should be an adventure. I'll post pics when I finish. Car is currenly in the shop getting the painted GFX installed. I don't know what I will do to protect the painted GFX. I guess I will have to order some material and cut it to fit...
__________________
(SOLD) 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS, Manual, IOM, Black Interior, 21" Wheels, GFX (Painted), Car Cover, IOM Engine Cover, Camaro Trunk Mat, Hockey Stripes (still waiting for my trunk monkey)

2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
2032Ceta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 08:06 AM   #11
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
All I can say is good luck, Have FUN, and I look forward to seeing the pictures.
__________________
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 08:08 AM   #12
MR. FBDY
FBDY or no Body
 
MR. FBDY's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 CGM ZL1 clone/13 Silverado HD
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 333
Can you tell me what pointers and tips they told you? I am about the install mine and could use the tips.

Also, when you lay the clear bra over the flat black stripes, does it make them look glossy where it covers the stripes? I am concerned that the end of the stripe will be shiny and the rest of the stripes are satin black. I have the hockey and hood stripes, so I know the clear bra covers the front ends of them.
__________________
"Camaro Mike" of NY
CGM/M6/ZL1clone/GFX/Hurst/SLP/K&N/BMR/Niche
Happily cruizin 7/31/09
MR. FBDY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 08:47 AM   #13
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
On mine, I have gloss black stripes, so yes under the clear bra it does appear to be a little more shiny than the rest, but not much. The best way to tell is to cut a piece from your plastic if you have extra, and place it over your stripes and see if it makes them shiny or not.
__________________
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 09:02 AM   #14
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
Quote:
Originally Posted by viper1cobra View Post
I don't know if your material is the same as the material that I used, but the biggest piece of advice is to keep the material wet, and keep working it to get it to strech to where you need it. For small fingers that will not go away, use a heat gun or hair dryer on low setting to help shrink the plastic to fit.

It was definetly an experience that will not soon be forgotten. Do you have a stripe kit on your car? If so I had problems with air pockets all around the edges of the stripes. After 2 days, I called the person that sold me the kit, that was pre-cut, and he advised to used the squigee to go back over those areas to help smooth out the air pockets. This did work, as I just tried it today.

Also, it is highly recommended that you have at least one other person help you, I had my Wife help out as some of the pieces are quite large. I would also recommend that you watch videos of the install process prior to attempting, as this will give you a much clearer picture of what will be required.
It is also recommended that you start at the top and work your way down. If you have the roof, a-pillars, hood, fenders, mirror backs, top of front bumper, and the bottom of the front bumper. Make sure that there is no dust or particles on the paint before install. Use a lint free cloth or towel to clean and wipe the surface prior to the install.

I hope the information provided helps. I also a have a 36 min video on CD of how to install the film on the different body panels. Most of this can be found on youtube. The video I have is from Beckaert the manufacturer of 3M Paint Protection Film. Good Luck..........
__________________
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 10:01 AM   #15
Looney Tunes
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2LT ABM auto
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Warrenton VA
Posts: 97
While I would not try this myself, my installer wrapped the Venture Shield around the hood and fenders edges for a cleaner install without visible lines. If it is pre-cut shorter, then I'm not sure how you would do it. He used a computer program to pre-cut the sheets. I paid $600 out the door. I watched some of his work and it isn't real easy especially if you don't have patience (which I don't). Some things are best left to professionals. It took him about 6 hours.
Looney Tunes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2009, 10:39 PM   #16
htp autoworks
Account Suspended
 
Drives: 2007 Jeep SRT-8
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: DFW
Posts: 507
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2032Ceta View Post
Thanks for the info...I have the hockey stripes and the solid piece on the hood. The kit I purchased is pre-cut for the camaro SS. This should be an adventure. I'll post pics when I finish. Car is currenly in the shop getting the painted GFX installed. I don't know what I will do to protect the painted GFX. I guess I will have to order some material and cut it to fit...
Let me know if you need any pointers. I will also be up in Oklahoma City in a few weeks to do some install work. I use ClearMask AR as well... very good film and easy to work with. But that said it is still not easy to do. Viper1Cobra did very well for it being his first time. I was happy to help him out and will do the same with you when you get ready.
htp autoworks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2009, 12:40 AM   #17
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
Thanks for your assistance and pointers. I think it turned out better than I thought it would. I appreciate your help.

Quote:
Originally Posted by htp autoworks View Post
Let me know if you need any pointers. I will also be up in Oklahoma City in a few weeks to do some install work. I use ClearMask AR as well... very good film and easy to work with. But that said it is still not easy to do. Viper1Cobra did very well for it being his first time. I was happy to help him out and will do the same with you when you get ready.
__________________
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2009, 02:25 PM   #18
Spiv
Why you gotta be hatin'?
 
Spiv's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2LT/RS
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Simcoe, Ontario
Posts: 249
Hmm I think I might get the front bumper done and the area behind the rear wheels. I was gonna get a splash guard but hated the look, this provides a much more subtle and satisfying solution.

I've had the benefit of hitting some buys and getting rained on, so I can see (from dirt and what not) where the problem areas are for possible damage.

And I think I might get over the line after a while. My only concern is the paint not covered fading faster.
__________________
Hazman!!! Thx for the sig!
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q...Spiv-Sig01.jpg
We all have Camaro syndrome, I just suffer from the z28 strand.
Spiv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2009, 04:08 PM   #19
Looney Tunes
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2LT ABM auto
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Warrenton VA
Posts: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spiv View Post
My only concern is the paint not covered fading faster.
According to Venture Shield, the paint will fade at the same rate as the areas not covered.
Looney Tunes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2009, 04:24 PM   #20
2032Ceta
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro/2009 Nissan Rogue
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by htp autoworks View Post
Let me know if you need any pointers. I will also be up in Oklahoma City in a few weeks to do some install work. I use ClearMask AR as well... very good film and easy to work with. But that said it is still not easy to do. Viper1Cobra did very well for it being his first time. I was happy to help him out and will do the same with you when you get ready.
HTP Autoworks - My kit came in today and I watched the install video which was pretty good. From what I can tell, the most important aspect of installing is PATIENCE...

I do have a question on clean paint...do I need to strip the wax (Zaino) off prior to my install or can I just wash and dry?

Oh, one more question, I have painted GFX on as of tomorrow and was wondering what are my options for covering the chin area and behind the wheels? The website I ordered from doesn't have a kit for these areas of the GFX.

Thanks for you help.
__________________
(SOLD) 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS, Manual, IOM, Black Interior, 21" Wheels, GFX (Painted), Car Cover, IOM Engine Cover, Camaro Trunk Mat, Hockey Stripes (still waiting for my trunk monkey)

2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
2032Ceta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 10:40 AM   #21
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2032Ceta View Post
HTP Autoworks - My kit came in today and I watched the install video which was pretty good. From what I can tell, the most important aspect of installing is PATIENCE...

I do have a question on clean paint...do I need to strip the wax (Zaino) off prior to my install or can I just wash and dry?

Oh, one more question, I have painted GFX on as of tomorrow and was wondering what are my options for covering the chin area and behind the wheels? The website I ordered from doesn't have a kit for these areas of the GFX.

Thanks for you help.
Have you put it on yet? If so how did it go? Looking forward to seeing your finished results. It is something that you appreciate more when you put your own sweat into it after it is done.
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 12:33 PM   #22
hot ss

 
hot ss's Avatar
 
Drives: aqua 2ss l99
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 1,228
ive seen shops do worse. nice stab at the cat.
do you know whos kit it was you used?
__________________
May your exhaust note, sing in harmony with your blower.
hot ss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 01:13 PM   #23
2032Ceta
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro/2009 Nissan Rogue
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by viper1cobra View Post
Have you put it on yet? If so how did it go? Looking forward to seeing your finished results. It is something that you appreciate more when you put your own sweat into it after it is done.
I haven't installed it yet. I was hoping to do it this weekend but my car is still at the dealership for the GFX install. It's been there a week. Long story...Anyway, I plan on doing it next weekend.

Did you strip the wax off the front of the car prior to your install?
__________________
(SOLD) 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS, Manual, IOM, Black Interior, 21" Wheels, GFX (Painted), Car Cover, IOM Engine Cover, Camaro Trunk Mat, Hockey Stripes (still waiting for my trunk monkey)

2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
2032Ceta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #24
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2032Ceta View Post
I haven't installed it yet. I was hoping to do it this weekend but my car is still at the dealership for the GFX install. It's been there a week. Long story...Anyway, I plan on doing it next weekend.

Did you strip the wax off the front of the car prior to your install?
No, I used cleaned the car and then used the alcohol/water solution to re-clean the area to remove any contamination. It seems like it was enough to do the trick.
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 08:23 PM   #25
viper1cobra
Member Club Elite #131
 
viper1cobra's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 & 2010 SIM 2LT/RS Born 041509
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Far West TEXAS
Posts: 1,682
Quote:
Originally Posted by hot ss View Post
ive seen shops do worse. nice stab at the cat.
do you know whos kit it was you used?
Yes, I purchased the kit from steve@chipgard.com.

He is a very helpful gentleman, that convinced me to try the install on my own just through e-mail. Send him a message if you are interested in attempting this on your own.

You can also check out this link on E-Bay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2010-...Q5fAccessories

If interested he will ship you the material to include the tools necessary to perform the install, a 34 min. video, and the actual 3M Material. Via E-mail he will send you other information. I still have contact, even after I finished.

Please see attached PDF File for the pieces that are pre-cut.

Have fun, enjoy and good luck.
Attached Images
File Type: pdf CHEVY CAMARO 2010[1].pdf (83.5 KB, 172 views)

Last edited by viper1cobra; 08-15-2009 at 08:46 PM.
viper1cobra is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clear Bra. Don't go to Tint-King rays USA - New England 20 04-01-2010 12:46 PM
3m clear bra $ FAF Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection 41 10-09-2009 06:35 PM
Clear bra before or after stripes applied? tcslc Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection 9 07-04-2009 11:35 PM
New Ring Time for ZR1: 7:22.4 DGthe3 General Automotive + Other Cars Discussion 23 10-30-2008 03:28 AM
Time Problem? Maybe? TAG UR IT Site Related Announcements / Suggestions / Feedback / Questions 9 08-30-2007 03:53 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.