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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 09-12-2013, 08:52 PM
bamafutbal bamafutbal is offline
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Does anyone own a bra or hood deflector for their GT

where did you buy it, how much and post a pic
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:18 AM
gmblack3 gmblack3 is offline
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Have you looking at PPF or clear bra? Xpel ultimate film is years ahead of 3M or venture shield with self healing clearcoat and lack of orange peel.

An old school bra will marr your clear.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:02 PM
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Have you looking at PPF or clear bra? Xpel ultimate film is years ahead of 3M or venture shield with self healing clearcoat and lack of orange peel.

An old school bra will marr your clear.
I agree.

Though I would make an exception for Genuine, OE BMW bras.

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Old 09-22-2013, 05:40 AM
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I've got the 3M clear bra on my wife's GT. Bra covers front bumper, leading 18" of hood and fenders, headlights, mirror caps, A-pillars and leading 6 inches of roof. Pkg was $600 at Ace Automotive Specialties in Denver. 22 months so far and no issues. On the road and unable to post pics at this time, but very happy with results.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:53 AM
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Agreed. Clear bras are best option. Mine has terrible rock chips from the previous owners.

A regular bra will destroy your front as said.

I usually go the painter's tape route for road trips, but its quite a hassle.
I'm currently on a road trip and just brought a bottle of Quick Detailer and a microfiber.
3 hours of driving to South Florida and the love bugs attacked with a vengeance.

Next time ill probably just do plasti-dip, but that's a paint to prep as well.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:53 AM
Oakley5GT Oakley5GT is offline
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Agreed. Clear bras are best option. Mine has terrible rock chips from the previous owners.

A regular bra will destroy your front as said.

I usually go the painter's tape route for road trips, but its quite a hassle.
I'm currently on a road trip and just brought a bottle of Quick Detailer and a microfiber.
3 hours of driving to South Florida and the love bugs attacked with a vengeance.

Next time ill probably just do plasti-dip, but that's a paint to prep as well.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:45 AM
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Agreed. Clear bras are best option. Mine has terrible rock chips from the previous owners.

A regular bra will destroy your front as said.

I usually go the painter's tape route for road trips, but its quite a hassle.
I'm currently on a road trip and just brought a bottle of Quick Detailer and a microfiber.
3 hours of driving to South Florida and the love bugs attacked with a vengeance.

Next time ill probably just do plasti-dip, but that's a paint to prep as well.
Oh my god I hate them. We drove to Gainesville the other day and it took me an hour to soak them off the bumper and windshield. They seem to be especially bad this year.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:15 AM
gmblack3 gmblack3 is offline
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The ultimate protection would be a quality PPF and Opti-Coat Pro applied over the PPF. Bugs will not etch into the PPF with Opti-Coat Pro applied. Of course you want the Opti-Coat Pro on all of your paint and glass. It is not cheap and Optimum has just started a MAP for the pro installers, but pretty much never having to apply some wax or a sealant again.

http://peachstatedetail.com/opticoat.html

If you would like me to find an Opti-Coat Pro installer in your area, please let me know.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:33 AM
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I agree.

Though I would make an exception for Genuine, OE BMW bras.

Sheer driving pleasure... looks expensive. Tehehehe
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:04 PM
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Back in the day we used Pam.
Spray it on, wash the lovely bugs off.
does look a little yucky but quick and dirty
going to try that for my trip to 30A next week
will advise
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:55 PM
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Back in the day we used Pam.
Spray it on, wash the lovely bugs off.
does look a little yucky but quick and dirty
going to try that for my trip to 30A next week
will advise
Did you spray the PAM on before the road trip? And presumably the canola spray would keep the bugs from sticking...but does this damage the paint? Or...if you spray too much and then begin driving on the freeway, would it create streaks of oil on your windshield?

I'm assuming you just spray on after the trip, and that the oil helps remove the bugs off the car. Again, does this potentially damage the paint?

I got suckered into the Clearguard protection at the dealership. Part of the perks is that you supposedly do not need to wax the car for at least 5 years. I held off on doing the 3M clear bra, as I didn't like the obvious line across the hood from the clear bra. Are there any alternatives? I'm going to research the Xpel ultimate film mentioned by @gmblack3

I remember an old CPO ad with a model in bed that had a tagline like: You know you're not the first, but do you really care? Awesome.

Last edited by hungryninja; 09-30-2013 at 06:57 PM. Reason: fixed typos
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:49 PM
Skime219 Skime219 is offline
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In the past I have sprayed the Pam on before the trip, once you arrive water and a wet rag removed the bugs.
You just spray a light coat, not enough to create running or dripping.
Keep in mind, I did this on a Jeep while living in Fl dealing with love bugs every season.
You do have to wash with car soap after you finish a trip or every few days because the Pam 'yellows".
I would recommend spaying some up under the front bumper to make sure you do not get paint damage.
I just had car waxed before this last trip, all I had to go was run water on the front and wipe with a clean rag this time.
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