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      03-05-2008, 06:23 PM   #1
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Clear bra

Hoping this can be the official clear bra thread with pictures and prices, since everyone always wants to know the price.

I got 2 quotes today for the same type of protection. I wanted Venture Shield, full front bumper, part of the hood, headlights, and mirrors. These shops are both in SoCal.

Aerotect in La Verne said they had the pattern. Price was $729 installed and they would include the headlights for free.

StickerCity in Sherman Oaks quoted me $590 installed for the same treatment, headlights included. They didn't mention whether or not they had a pattern. I asked about the hood coverage and they said it would be about 18 inches.

Since StickerCity is closer and cheaper, I will go with them. I've been to their facility several times to purchase bulk film. I will update with pictures once my car is taken care of. Should be sometime middle of March.
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well make sure they have the pattern! if they don't have the pattern then make sure they are really good to do bulk film!

the quality of work can vary significantly, so make sure you check them out.

any reason why not xpel?
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      03-05-2008, 06:36 PM   #3
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I've installed clear bra and honestly I don't trust those patterns. If you do it all by hand then you can cut it and customize it to fit perfectly. Some of those kits leave big gaps on the sides depends on how it got laid on the car it might not be even without trimming.
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well the m3 bumper ain't easy to do...
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Isn't xpel the same thing as 3M? I have 3M film on a white car and it's already started to yellow. Venture Shield is a superior product but harder to cut if you are trying to do it yourself.
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hum 3m makes the film and xpel make the design.. venture make there own film?
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hum 3m makes the film and xpel make the design.. venture make there own film?
I don't know who makes it but I hate my 3M bra. It has yellowed in less than a year and has orange peel. Independent tests confirmed what I'm already seeing.

http://www.ventureshield.com/
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yeah 3M does yellow... i think if you have a white car you shouldn't get a clear bra. also 3m comes with 4 year warranty, so why don't you just get it replaced?
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yeah 3M does yellow... i think if you have a white car you shouldn't get a clear bra. also 3m comes with 4 year warranty, so why don't you just get it replaced?
Because if I get it replaced it will be with Venture Shield and the warranty doesn't cover that. Bottom line is I don't have time to go out there and have this done all over agian.
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k. well i have no experience w/ venture, so good luck. but i did have expereince w/ bulk film and you will really need an experienced installer to make it good. whereas pre-cut ones do not require as much expertise.

after all, each has its advantage, so really up to personal preference.
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here's the bumper pre-cut kit.
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Bulk film is the way to go. Yes, you do have to find a good installer. Prep and install technique are everything. With bulk film every possible seam is tucked. The headlights and any other removal object are removed and the film is tucked inside. I had my 997tt done by an installer that did this. The end result was fabulous.

I have heard that Venture is an excellent product. It does have less orange peel than the 3M product. Although, my car with 3M looked great. Again, proper installation can minimize orange peel.
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Dont get precut. it does not cover everything and u see all the edges of the film that show wax and build up dirt.

It is ugly.

Get custom full wrap.
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dealership clear bra.

Has anyone ever got their clear bra done by the dealership?
If so, do you know the price range?
I heard they were pretty good. It looked nice on my friend's AW Z4.
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don't use a dealership, they're probably subbing the work out to the lowest bidder.
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Has anyone ever got their clear bra done by the dealership?
If so, do you know the price range?
I heard they were pretty good. It looked nice on my friend's AW Z4.
I am getting mine done by the dealership in Seattle. I am getting the hood, mirros, and edges of the doors for about 450 dollars (plus tax). I am not sure how much they will charge me for the bumper and the headlights.
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If you are picky you will probably not be happy with the final results. I have seen lots of clear film installs and it is very very hard to do well. There are so many dealers who do it but a handful that will do it perfect.

I would request that you ask for your money back if you are not happy with the install.
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If you are picky you will probably not be happy with the final results. I have seen lots of clear film installs and it is very very hard to do well. There are so many dealers who do it but a handful that will do it perfect.

I would request that you ask for your money back if you are not happy with the install.

Thanks for the tip. I will do that.
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call Bain at Envisage - he is one of the best (better than Aeroshield at Bracket airport but also charges more) - he uses Venture film which is the newest best fil out. he is at 310-613-3978

personally I would rather see some edges of the film than rock chips on my new car. It already saved my wifes fron bumber from a major hit from road debris on the freeway.

as far as looks, the film show much more on white or silver. on black or dark met blue it hardly shows.

I think I will wrap the entire hood on my new M3.
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i would not recommend using aerotech as well. This name stands out to me because one of my team supervisor had his BMW done and they cut the paint with their razors. He was not happy at all.
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I don't quite get the clear bra thing, personally. I've got 58k on my '01, and maybe a couple extremely small chips on the hood, and some very mild rash on the lower front fascia. Doesn't seem worth the expense to me. Are conditions back East or other places worse enought to make it justifiable? It's still not bulletproof, obviously.
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