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Chnsky545i
01-11-2004, 01:19 AM
I have read different reviews and comments about which clear bra to get. 3M boasts about having the most complete clear bra kit. I have also seen clear bra by bekaert, think it is called clear shield, does anyone have any recommendations or experience with these?
Thanks in advance.

M.Wong
01-11-2004, 02:55 AM
I have StonGard on both the E38 and E39. Very happy with the product, coverage, and warranty.

I don't see the E60 in their on-line information, but I bet they have a kit for it already.

http://images.cardomain.com/member_images/5/web/257000-257999/257557_86_full.jpg

http://images.cardomain.com/member_images/5/web/257000-257999/257557_89_full.jpg

http://images.cardomain.com/member_images/2/web/206000-206999/206524_193_full.jpg

Link:
StonGard.com (http://www.stongard.com/sgcontent/default.asp)

Tahoe
01-11-2004, 03:39 PM
I installed Invisible Bra from BavAuto a couple months ago on my E39 since I drive it all year round. It was a to install and there are a couple of finger prints permanently in place between the 2 kidneys. (Didn't keep my helpers fingers wet enough I guess.) A line is also noticeable where it stops on the hood from some angles but overall I am happy with it so far. I'll see how it holds up over time.

LDV330i
01-11-2004, 09:38 PM
I have read different reviews and comments about which clear bra to get. 3M boasts about having the most complete clear bra kit. I have also seen clear bra by bekaert, think it is called clear shield, does anyone have any recommendations or experience with these?
Thanks in advance.
It looks like BMW is now also in the business of offering clear bras. Their 2004 5 series catalog show the bumper covering protection offered at $164.95, the hood and mirrors at $154.95, and fog lights at $19.95.

Tahoe
01-12-2004, 10:44 AM
It looks like BMW is now also in the business of offering clear bras. Their 2004 5 series catalog show the bumper covering protection offered at $164.95, the hood and mirrors at $154.95, and fog lights at $19.95.
That is way better than the $400 + my labor I paid BavAuto for hood, bumper and mirrors.

fcmaras
01-12-2004, 12:00 PM
It looks like BMW is now also in the business of offering clear bras. Their 2004 5 series catalog show the bumper covering protection offered at $164.95, the hood and mirrors at $154.95, and fog lights at $19.95.

Do you get the catalog at the dealer?

/Franco

ToothDr.
01-12-2004, 01:31 PM
I've had experience with 3M, Venture Tape, and Avery brand paint protection film. By far, I would prefer the 3M brand. The 3M company has been around for eons and they stand behind thier product. They are always looking to improve thier current line of products. With an R&D budget as big as some companies net worth, I'd say 3M.

There are differences however. Each manufacturer cuts thier kits differently. Some have more coverage, some less. Some have more pieces, some less. Bottom line is the INSTALL.

Install is key. If you've got a good installer with a lot of experience, chances are you'll get an exellent job. If you happen to get a fairly new installer, well... you know where I'm headed.

Installing the film is very time consuming and frustrating if you don't know what you're doing.

I just had my M5, and my wifes CL500 done last week and they turned out awesome! I actually talked the owner of this shop in Pleasanton into letting me watch the whole install. It's something I would rather not tackle myself.

If anybody is looking for a good installer, I can recommend one :thumbup:

Chnsky545i
01-12-2004, 04:40 PM
Are you speaking of Profinish (Mike) in Pleasanton?

LDV330i
01-12-2004, 05:05 PM
Do you get the catalog at the dealer?

/Franco
The catalog should be available at the dealer.

ToothDr.
01-13-2004, 07:30 AM
Are you speaking of Profinish (Mike) in Pleasanton?

Yes... Mike at ProFinish did a great job on our cars. Did he do your car as well?

Chnsky545i
01-13-2004, 11:33 PM
No, he gave me a price of 895 for the deluxe kit plus 50 for the headlight covers. Do you mind telling what you paid for yours and which kit level it was?

ToothDr.
01-14-2004, 08:03 AM
No, he gave me a price of 895 for the deluxe kit plus 50 for the headlight covers. Do you mind telling what you paid for yours and which kit level it was?


No problem... Mike charged me $1095 for the deluxe kit with headlight protection for my M5 and $975 for the same kit on the wife's CL500. If I can answer any more questions, just let me know.

Ågent99
01-14-2004, 01:33 PM
I have installed the kits from Xpel and BMW on at least 20 E39s. To my credit, I even did an E46 not too long ago and Jetta once.

The key is the install and experience but also who cuts the material. Both Xpel and BMW use the 8 mil stuff from 3M. BMW cuts their pattern on a 12" wide roll so the hood piece is in 3 sections. Xpel cuts theirs on a wider roll and can therefore have the hood done in 1 section..no seams.

Send me a PM and I can probably work out a very good deal for to help you install this. I am pretty cheap and pretty good and I'd love to see a 545i up close!

I am in San Jose.

Chris

bobinca
03-25-2006, 06:54 PM
Yes... Mike at ProFinish did a great job on our cars. Did he do your car as well?

I have not installed 3M film on my BMW, but did on my other car and here are some posts with details and tips:

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/showthread.php?t=1344154

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/showpost.php?p=1551119089&postcount=1

Note Post 10 specifically the first post about the installer you mention above.

Sorry if that's bad news...hope it helps.

mrsrawskillz
04-03-2006, 07:35 PM
This might be of some help.
My husband and I had our Bimmers protected by this company ClearBra Inc. 1 888 3 ClearBra

www.ClearBraOnline.com

Lifetime Warranty and It came out looking great! Theres no question that I would do it again. Hope this helps