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

View Poll Results: Clear bra - good, bad, or waste of $$
Good - helps protect! 52 89.66%
Bad - please leave a reason 2 3.45%
Waste - Doesn't help much or not enough 4 6.90%
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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Clear bra protectant - good or bad?

Regardless of manufacturer (not trying to start another "product x vs. product y" thread), who thinks the clear protectant is a good idea vs a waste of money?

I've read multiple threads on the topic, and I get the feeling the general concensus is that it's overall a good idea. However, calm and rational people don't generally post on threads they disagree with... so this gives them the chance to disagree or (hopefully) give a reason why they think it's a bad idea or waste.
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:32 PM   #2
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I have had mine on for 5 months and I don't have 1 single chip on the front. You tell me if that is worth 450.00
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:34 PM   #3
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Just put a full kit on for 600.00. I had it on a Z3 and I think it is well worth it.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:21 PM   #4
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My take... they're good, but for the (average) cost of a good one you could easily repaint the front end. I personally have never put one on any of my rides just b/c visually it always seems to draw my eye on other cars.

Its probably all the chemicals I've inhaled over the years, or the fact I spend my days scrutinizing paint and appearance.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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I would put one on the first day if I could go back in time :( I truly regret not doing the entire front, lowers all the way around, gills and, well, everything! Go for it!
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:36 AM   #6
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Love mine no chips!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:48 AM   #7
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7 months and counting. Not one chip. Even better when bug season starts.Must be professionally installed for the best look. IMO this cheap GM paint must have it.I disagree with Dylan. You could redo the clear bra in a few years if it yellows and it would be cheaper and less hassle than a repaint.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:53 AM   #8
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if u don't mind the line/look, go for it!
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:42 PM   #9
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I wanted one then I saw a few black cars at Camaro5 fest with it and I was glad I did not get it. Maybe it's because it's black but you could see the line where the clear bra stops and I did not like it.

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Old 05-05-2010, 01:26 PM   #10
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I wanted one then I saw a few black cars at Camaro5 fest with it and I was glad I did not get it. Maybe it's because it's black but you could see the line where the clear bra stops and I did not like it.

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I have a black SS with a full clear bra on it. I too don't like the line that much. But it's the wax buildup that makes it visible. I'm trying to find a way to remove the wax from that edge, but it's damn hard. Before I waxed it you could hardly see it. The bra has prevented several big chips, and lots of small ones.
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I have a black SS with a full clear bra on it. I too don't like the line that much. But it's the wax buildup that makes it visible. I'm trying to find a way to remove the wax from that edge, but it's damn hard. Before I waxed it you could hardly see it. The bra has prevented several big chips, and lots of small ones.
Pretty much thats gonna happen no matter what so don't kick yourself too much. If it wasn't wax it'd be any number of other things settling in there.

They can be done where all the sections terminate on body lines, which helps on the appearance side A TON, but to do that you have to ignore the leading edge of the hood as theres no good way to hide it.
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:52 PM   #12
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I wanted one then I saw a few black cars at Camaro5 fest with it and I was glad I did not get it. Maybe it's because it's black but you could see the line where the clear bra stops and I did not like it.

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My guess is you will dislike the chips a whole lot more...
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My take... they're good, but for the (average) cost of a good one you could easily repaint the front end. I personally have never put one on any of my rides just b/c visually it always seems to draw my eye on other cars.

Its probably all the chemicals I've inhaled over the years, or the fact I spend my days scrutinizing paint and appearance.
Dylan, I hear what your saying but why would you put up with the chips for ever how long just to pull your bumper and repaint it just so it can happen all over again? The other advantage is in bug season the bugs come right off and the acid in their bodies doesn't effect the clear bra where as without one the paint gets damaged by the acid! The only reason that makes sense to NOT put a clear bra is if the chips just don't bother you!

I think the poll says it all.
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:01 PM   #14
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I have a black SS with a full clear bra on it. I too don't like the line that much. But it's the wax buildup that makes it visible. I'm trying to find a way to remove the wax from that edge, but it's damn hard. Before I waxed it you could hardly see it. The bra has prevented several big chips, and lots of small ones.
Use a soft toothbrush...Takes the line and any other wax remnants right off.
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:30 PM   #15
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Im getting the entire front end wrapped in about a week. I couldnt stand that line either on my black. I had the fenders and hood and front bumper done in 3m for free by a friend but couldnt take my eye off that line, so Im getting the everything from the mirrors forward wrapped.
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Dylan, I hear what your saying but why would you put up with the chips for ever how long just to pull your bumper and repaint it just so it can happen all over again? The other advantage is in bug season the bugs come right off and the acid in their bodies doesn't effect the clear bra where as without one the paint gets damaged by the acid! The only reason that makes sense to NOT put a clear bra is if the chips just don't bother you!

I think the poll says it all.
Well, keep in mind my perspective is a little different being that here in SoCal we don't have a "bug season" so if you avoid driving behind gravel trucks on the freeway you can manage to keep your front end somewhat pit free. In all honesty... clear bras mean more business for us so I'm all for them... sells more of our clear polish
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:57 PM   #17
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Clear Bra's give you a second chance with your ORIGINAL PAINT!!!!!!!
if you say you can always repaint the nose, but then your car has been repainted, and some of these metalics are not going to match as well, and the next buyer of that car or your friend is going to wonder what else has been painted and for what reason???? Clear Bra's are cheap insurance for your ORIGINAL PAINT. scratch it, damage it, and peel the damage off ,and your back to a brand new car again and then you can decide if it was worth the cost
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if your car is a daily driver i wouldn't do it. if it isn't then i'd suggest getting one.
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I was thinking that a daily driven camaro should need the clear bra. I could be wrong.
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Why would you NOT do it on a daily driver?
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:33 AM   #21
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if your car is a daily driver i wouldn't do it. if it isn't then i'd suggest getting one.
Yea, I'm curious about that too... why WOULDN'T you get it if it's a daily driver? As a daily driver, aren't you a little more likely to need it from rocks/bugs/etc?
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:45 AM   #22
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I am pretty sure he mis spoke. You would need one even mroe with a daily driver as you are out on the roads more. The more you drive it the more you need it... doesnt matter wether you drive it in town or on the freeway. Either way you will get damage. Now if you dont drive it, trailer it to car shows, and it just sits in a garage all of the time then there is no need. But I doubt there are many Camaros out there that were purchased for that limited amount of use.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:20 PM   #23
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I just got it installed and love it.. sure there is a line but that stands out A LOT less than a nice chip int he front..

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Old 05-06-2010, 01:31 PM   #24
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if you don't like lines, get a full hood & fender wrap.

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Clear Bra's give you a second chance with your ORIGINAL PAINT!!!!!!!
if you say you can always repaint the nose, but then your car has been repainted, and some of these metalics are not going to match as well, and the next buyer of that car or your friend is going to wonder what else has been painted and for what reason???? Clear Bra's are cheap insurance for your ORIGINAL PAINT. scratch it, damage it, and peel the damage off ,and your back to a brand new car again and then you can decide if it was worth the cost
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