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      04-26-2008, 01:18 AM   #1
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Austin - Clear Bra (or equivalent) and great detailer?

Looking for any recommendations on someone to clear bra my new M3 (dealer has someone, but I do not know who it is).

Also, would like a recommendation for a detailer that can do the kind of clay/wax/etc. that I should know about, but I am not that informed about (I have been reading the posts here though).

Any advise for a some good local talent in Austin would be appreciated.

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      04-26-2008, 08:45 AM   #2
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I've seen Suntint's clear bra work and it's good, better than the place I used, which I won't name. Sun Tint is also less expensive, and I believe they are using Venture Shield. They also install clear window tint, really effective stuff for Texas I've been told.
The detailer I used just moved out of town, if you find someone you can recommend please post it up.
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      04-28-2008, 02:18 PM   #3
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I don’t think sun tint uses venture and if they are it is because a certain company used it first. Don’t get me wrong I am sure they do a good tint job…there name says it all …Sun Tint. They know nothing about a vehicles body. They are posting all over the Internet things about a certain company to put them out of business and they will do anything to get them out. The company they are trying to put out of business uses venture and he was the first here in Austin with the clear auto bra. From my experience with some tint shops is that they are a little shady. Just be careful and do your homework before you commit. The company they are talking about does great work and is an expert when it comes to a vehicles body.
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      04-28-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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I don’t think sun tint uses venture and if they are it is because a certain company used it first. Don’t get me wrong I am sure they do a good tint job…there name says it all …Sun Tint. They know nothing about a vehicles body. They are posting all over the Internet things about a certain company to put them out of business and they will do anything to get them out. The company they are trying to put out of business uses venture and he was the first here in Austin with the clear auto bra. From my experience with some tint shops is that they are a little shady. Just be careful and do your homework before you commit. The company they are talking about does great work and is an expert when it comes to a vehicles body.
Do you mind PM'ing me with the shop you think might do a good job (referred to above)?

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      04-28-2008, 03:42 PM   #5
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I don’t think sun tint uses venture and if they are it is because a certain company used it first. Don’t get me wrong I am sure they do a good tint job…there name says it all …Sun Tint. They know nothing about a vehicles body. They are posting all over the Internet things about a certain company to put them out of business and they will do anything to get them out. The company they are trying to put out of business uses venture and he was the first here in Austin with the clear auto bra. From my experience with some tint shops is that they are a little shady. Just be careful and do your homework before you commit. The company they are talking about does great work and is an expert when it comes to a vehicles body.
Same here, let me know who your recommending, I want to get my M3 done first thing.
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      04-30-2008, 11:41 PM   #6
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Same here, let me know who your recommending, I want to get my M3 done first thing.
FYI -Another poster on an M5 board (who has about a half dozen incredible cars) recommended Sun Tint.
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I've heard mixed reviews about Sun Tint. most seem to be good experiences but one friend of mine had his lotus done there and said the job was so terrible he had to have it redone at a different shop.

I also received a quote from a guy in San Antonio who will come to Austin but uses precut pieces ( not custom ) and he quoted only $695 for the bumper and hood and front side panels. He uses 3m for lighter colors and Venture for darker. Haven't been able to find any good info on him though.

I'll keep researching and will repost if/when I do find some solid referrals.

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Just had install by a guy in San antonio. Not such a good job.
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      01-17-2011, 11:48 PM   #9
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I had a mixed experience with Sun Tint. The owner convinced me to go with a 3M product because of the integrated clear coat that makes it more resilient to harsher chemicals/washing to get tire marks from the track off. He demonstrated the difference between the 3M based product and the Venture shield option (derivative, they can't actually sell venture-shield branded stuff). This was for a front clip, side panels, mirrors, a pillars, rear fenders. $1500 with tint.

Then the underlings installed ventureshield instead. I made them rip it off and put the 3M stuff on. Overall the job was OK. The nostrils on the hood look bad, and there are bubbles on the edges around difficult geometry. Lots of stretch marks mar the overall appearance of the car.

I wouldn't go back, but then I don't know of a better installer in Austin.
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Any update on this?
Sunbusters did a good job doing tint on my M5 years back so I'll probably take the new car there for tint as well... I see they install Ventureshield as well so I was thinking of getting the front bumper done.

It bothers me that Sun Tint's website is F'ing worthless for finding out exactly what products they use.

The question left in my mind is... should drive 1200 miles home without putting on this stuff?
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Any updates? I used Sunbusters for my M3, it was okay, but I've seen much better. Have another car that needs protection.
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I did end up using Sunbuters last year and was pretty happy. If you have time to meet up for lunch next week I can show you, but if you've had them do work recently that won't do you much good.
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Sunbusters myself, as well. They tint the windshield if you ask them, but they don't advertise it. Had mine done. Sent a friend over in his S4 last week, and he was quite pleased.
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I used Sunbusters for tint and was very satisfied.

For detailing, I used Proreflection (www.proreflection.com) ditto - he has some sick cars shown in his gallery, and the M looked fantastic when he was done.

He came to my house, and was there at least five hours - thorough, good communication, I would definitely use him again.

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