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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 09-16-2012, 04:23 PM
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Clear Bra Long Term Use

Is anyone using this clear film to protect the most incident prone areas of a vehicle, such as the front/rear bumpers, front quarter of hood, or fenders?

I'm wondering what the long term issues might be, if any. Over the course of years I imagine that the parts that aren't covered by the film will fade at a different rate than the parts that are protected, resulting in a two tone car color. What about waxing? Will the parts without film shine while the protected parts appear dull in comparison?

I expect go take delivery in early October and I'm considering having this film installed.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:03 PM
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I recently had my Porsche done and have had 3 cars done previously. The new films don't yellow like some of the previous versions. I have not heard that the paint underneath weathers differently than the exposed paint, but maybe people never see it because they sell their cars beforehand?

I wax the clear bras and use spray detailer just like I do with the paint. When waxing, try to apply the wax in the same directlion as the edge of the clear bras so you don't jam the wax underneath. I use the edge of my finger nail to get the wax off the film edge whe a detail towel doesn't do it.

Having a clear bras is a piece of mind especially when driving on the highways. I enjoy my cars much more when I'm not worrying about stone chips, etc. It makes waxing a bit more involved but it's worth it in the end as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:58 PM
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Make sure you get the 3M product. I had 3M clear bra on my Audi, and it went about 9 years with zero yellowing or peeling. With my wife's MDX (also 3M) it is 4.5 years old and only has a tiny amount of peel-back near the mirrors, otherwise looks new.

I had a Ricochet clear bra on my older 2000 A4 and it was terrible. Started to yellow and peel after just a year or so.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:05 PM
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Make sure you get the 3M product. I had 3M clear bra on my Audi, and it went about 9 years with zero yellowing or peeling. With my wife's MDX (also 3M) it is 4.5 years old and only has a tiny amount of peel-back near the mirrors, otherwise looks new.

I had a Ricochet clear bra on my older 2000 A4 and it was terrible. Started to yellow and peel after just a year or so.
Near the mirror? How much of the car did you have protected?
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:04 PM
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Near the mirror? How much of the car did you have protected?
Backs of the mirrors and the hood (about 12-18" back) is about normal here. Some people go a little above and have the bumper, areas around the door handles (for the ladies with their long fingernails), A pillars and the areas around the back of the wheel wells done.

In CO we get a lot of rocks on the road, so people who keep their higher end cars long term almost always have them clear bra'd.
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:12 PM
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Clear bras on front 1/3rd of hood and front fenders, front bumper, headlamps and fog lamps, sideview mirrors, windshield frame, door handles, rocker panels, and depending on how wide the tires are...in front and behind the rear wheel wells.
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I recently had my Porsche done and have had 3 cars done previously. The new films don't yellow like some of the previous versions. I have not heard that the paint underneath weathers differently than the exposed paint, but maybe people never see it because they sell their cars beforehand?

I wax the clear bras and use spray detailer just like I do with the paint. When waxing, try to apply the wax in the same directlion as the edge of the clear bras so you don't jam the wax underneath. I use the edge of my finger nail to get the wax off the film edge whe a detail towel doesn't do it.

Having a clear bras is a piece of mind especially when driving on the highways. I enjoy my cars much more when I'm not worrying about stone chips, etc. It makes waxing a bit more involved but it's worth it in the end as far as I'm concerned.
Same impressions here. I have a clear bra on my Pana4S and had them on all my 6 Series cars...they performed brilliantly and did not discolour.
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I had a clear bra on my e92 335 and my X5. I had it on the X5 for about 4.5, maybe 5 years. I had zero issues. I was always careful when I washed and waxed and saw no discoloration or yellowing. I also never noticed any issues with the exposed vs. covered paint.

Highly recommend. It will be on my next car...whenever I finally placed my order that is.
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If you have a clear bra and get a scrape that goes through the bra do you have to redo the thing?
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If you have a clear bra and get a scrape that goes through the bra do you have to redo the thing?
Just the damaged section. But, better the clear bra gets damaged and not your paint.
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Can you see the line of where the clear bra ends if it only covers 1/3 or 1/2 the front of the hood? When I first heard about clear bra, I kind of assumed it was kind of like a clear vinyl wrap that covered the whole hood, bumper, or panel.
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Can you see the line of where the clear bra ends if it only covers 1/3 or 1/2 the front of the hood? When I first heard about clear bra, I kind of assumed it was kind of like a clear vinyl wrap that covered the whole hood, bumper, or panel.
Yes, you can see the line, particularly if the color is darker. It's faint on a white or silver car and very visible on a black car. You can have the entire hood covered if you don't want to see the edge.
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