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      01-16-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Clear bra quote

Just got a quote for $820 for
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Hood up to to the bump
Rear wheel/bumper area

Is this too much? About how much should it be?
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also anyone have any recommendations for clear bra installers in the charlotte,NC area?
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Pricing varies by region (and quality of the installer of course) but that's seems to be a very fair price...at least for the DC area, especially as it includes the area in the rear of the car. I'm assuming partial front fenders are included as well. It maybe worthwhile to spring for the entire hood and front fenders since you are doing more than the traditional "1/3 front" so you don't see any lines.
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I'd do full front hood and fenders, and skip the rear. Look at a price increase to about 1200+ though, some places in so cal for that type of work (wrapping around edges, not cuting to them, removing emblems, not cutting around them, same with side markers, will be in the 2K range. Have to pay for quality up front, but its a one time thing instead of having to go back and redo things...whats your time worth?

damage on M3's rear bumper is next to non unless tracking the car and getting sideways from time to time. At least out of the 50-60 that I have detailed in the last two years that is....
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A few things to look at when it comes to pricing. Type of material used... is it a good film. I recommend going with Avery Nano Fusion, Xpel Ultimate, or Ventureshield Ultra. I believe those to be the three best out ther and I carry all three films. Second is the quality of the installer. Check out his work and see how it looks. If you are happy with it, then go with him. There are a lot of variables when doing an install (custom cut versus pre-cut kit, wrpaped edges, removing emblems...) and all of these will increase the cost of the install. If you are happy with a precut kit and like how the shops work looks, then get it. If its a custom install then watch them install it. too many installers cut the paint during the install process and you wont know it until it has to be replaced... then they will deny it. The other is location. In a mrket where there are a lot of installers you will find some competitive pricing. Dont always go with the cheapest though... and surely dont always expect the most expensive to be the best. I have seem some shops here in Texas that charge over twice what I do and their work is not any good.

I know it sounds like a lot (and hopefully this helped) but this is something you want to be knowledgable in before you get it. It will either make your experience a great one or you will be very unhappy with your clear bra. By doing a little homework upfront it will save you a lot of time and money. If you have any more questions let me know.
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One more thing, the amount of coverage will obviously have an effect on the price. Full panels will always cost more to do but provide the best coverage and the fewest seem lines. I think with the M3 you should do the full hood because of the bulge. Also the rocker panels are a good idea and the area behind the rear wheels (which you mentioned. And I always recommend the headlights because it will save them from pitting and also from oxidizing years down the road.

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Why do people refrain from doing the whole hood? Especially on a white car? You're going to see a nasty, ugly line smack dab in the middle of the hood...

Do it right or don't do it at all.
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Entire front end should be $1200-1500...
-Full hood
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I did the entire hood on mine and am very happy that I did. I just wished now that I would have done the complete fenders as well and not just the normal bit.
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Entire front end should be $1200-1500...
-Full hood
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Martin,
Where did you get yours done?
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Where did you get yours done?
If you want to drive to Raleigh I can give you the name.

Autoshield does very well FYI...
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Ok great thanks Martin. Any experience with clear bra'ing a white car?
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If it were me I would replace it every year. On every color they show age, even if they are polished and sealed weekly. The film always shows age. If the people tell you otherwise they are lying.
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Thanks Martin.
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No problem let me know how it works out...

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If it were me I would replace it every year. On every color they show age, even if they are polished and sealed weekly. The film always shows age. If the people tell you otherwise they are lying.
Interesting. I guess there are a lot of liars out there. By the way you shouldnt be polishing the material. Simply apply a sealant it and thats it. Maybe the polishing is whats causing the wear... just sayin.
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Interesting. I guess there are a lot of liars out there. By the way you shouldnt be polishing the material. Simply apply a sealant it and thats it. Maybe the polishing is whats causing the wear... just sayin.
All film changes over time. The polishing does not cause wear, the polish cleans the marring and haze off the material. I am trying to be honest. If you apply film to a fender, leave it on the car for a year and pull it off. Compare it to a piece of film that is brand new, not the same. These are garage kept vehicles maintained professionally.

It does protect the paint to some extent but it does change color over time. Not trying to argue just being honest to other forum members. I have been in the business since 2001...

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Martin,
Spoke to auto shield and they also confirmed that film no matter on what color car will discolor over time. Usually it is just little discoloration but on certain colors such as AW it will show more. Have you continued to clear bra your cars?
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Spoke to auto shield and they also confirmed that film no matter on what color car will discolor over time. Usually it is just little discoloration but on certain colors such as AW it will show more. Have you continued to clear bra your cars?
It depends if you know a good painter

It also depends if you are keeping the car...
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I have pulled film off of cars that have been on there for 6 years before... and it looked brand new. I isntall film so I see it all the time... and have been in business myself for 10 years now. There are numerous films out there and all age differently. But not all of them yellow if properly maintained. The only film out there that should be polished is 3M. It has a topcoat designed for it.... other films do not. I install ventureshield Ultra, Avery Nano Fusion, and Xpel Ultimate and there is no need... in fact not recommend... polishing any of them. By the way the car with the film that was removed was due to it getting keyed on the hood. The person who did it didnt know the film was on the car so they go the film. The car sat in the sun daily but was maintained with Zaino. Looked as good as the day it was installed... I installed it.

I also did some work the other day for a clinet that had 3M installed on their whote Volvo 17 years ago. The film still had not yellowed at all.... I have to say I was SHOCKED. Most film I have seen by 3M that has been instaleld for 6+ years has cracked and yellowed. But this was still in incredible shape. Would have taken a picture of it but I dont install 3M so it wouldnt do me any good.
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I have pulled film off of cars that have been on there for 6 years before... and it looked brand new. I isntall film so I see it all the time... and have been in business myself for 10 years now. There are numerous films out there and all age differently. But not all of them yellow if properly maintained. The only film out there that should be polished is 3M. It has a topcoat designed for it.... other films do not. I install ventureshield Ultra, Avery Nano Fusion, and Xpel Ultimate and there is no need... in fact not recommend... polishing any of them. By the way the car with the film that was removed was due to it getting keyed on the hood. The person who did it didnt know the film was on the car so they go the film. The car sat in the sun daily but was maintained with Zaino. Looked as good as the day it was installed... I installed it.

I also did some work the other day for a clinet that had 3M installed on their whote Volvo 17 years ago. The film still had not yellowed at all.... I have to say I was SHOCKED. Most film I have seen by 3M that has been instaleld for 6+ years has cracked and yellowed. But this was still in incredible shape. Would have taken a picture of it but I dont install 3M so it wouldnt do me any good.
Send me a sample of the same stuff that I use that you listed. I will put it on my car with photos, and pull it off in a year. If it does not yellow, I will send you a check for $1,000.
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Hi all - my $0.02 is I had ventureshield on my JB 08 car and it looked like crap after year/year and a half. Had wear but no chips meaning no penetration but I thought it didn't look a lot better than not having film.

So is ventureshield not a good product or is my experience similar to most film?

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Same as all Barry. Silvers and Greys hide it best but all film will change over time even with professional upkeep.
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