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Re: Clear Bra info

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What Moose said above^. On brilliant black the line is nearly invisible from as close as 3 feet away. As always, a matter of personal preference but if you weigh the chips against the very slight line, I'll take the line any day. I hate seeing the paint chips and if nothing else it helps with resale to some buyers.
Yeah - here in Phoenix (where fireron and I live) we have a lot of gravel used in landscaping and so a lot of trucks trucking it around. Many of them spill a bit on the highways and it's just a matter of time before you get a stone shot at your front end or windshield.

I'm gonna hook up with fireron shortly and see how his install looks - If I like it, I'll do the same thing (and use the same installer - why take chances?)
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Old 04-14-2011, 03:07 PM
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I'm gonna hook up with fireron shortly and see how his install looks - If I like it, I'll do the same thing (and use the same installer - why take chances?)
Please take some pictures and post or send. If it is good I may need to take the trip up there. The local shop just quoted me around $600 to do the front (2 parts , upper and lower) with the nano stuff.
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Re: Clear Bra info

Has anyone done their own with the pre-cut DIY kits???
Anyone done the head lights, edge or bumper guards too?

3 brands have been mentioned: Lamin-X, NanoFusion, and Xpel.
Any of these the prime choice. I looked at Nanofustion link and didn't see a way to purchase a pre-cut kit.

DIY doesn't appear to have a cost savings... if anything, very minor but I still enjoy trying or doing it myself. I may be totally off track, but the few videos don't make it appear very difficult.
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Re: Clear Bra info

Depends. Go look closely at your headlamp covers. Feel across the top edge where it dips down into a small valley and then the wrap-around edge along the perimeter all the while keeping it aligned, properly heated and squeeged to help smooth it out. I will be doing my headlights and fogs this weekend (after I already chickened out at the installers due to reports of spider cracking of headlamp covers ie late model Corvettes). I did my Commander's headlamps and fogs. They were on for over three years and still looked like new so I'll risk it again but will not be putting stronger (read hotter/stronger) lamps in. That project is a far cry from doing the hood, fenders and bumper. However, there sure is the satisfaction of a project where you performed the work yourself. Good luck!
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:33 PM
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Re: Clear Bra info

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I will not go without the 3m clear bra on any vehicle. It really is not an option in the mountain west, otherwise the front end gets pitted from sand and gravel. We replace windshields every 3-5 years from pitting.

IMO, this is one where you should pay the man to do it correctly to get a clean install. It's barely noticeable, and will likely only be to you up close.
man, ever since i moved to CO 10+ years i average 3 windshields a year ( different cars). similar goes for fog lights, so i run "head light armor"
So if i would drive just one car it would be perhaphs 3 windshields in 2 years/per car... I am just south of Parker and gravel roads are not kind!


as far as clear bra, when i had a truck cut corner and cracked my bumper on a car with a clear bra insurace actually paid for new bumper cover, paint AND CLEAR BRA RE-APLICATION!

if you travel on unpaved roads you must have a leather bra or clear 3M film... repainting once a year would cost you more!
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Re: Clear Bra info

The NanoFusion is shop only.....they are not precut, the installer cuts the film and stretches and places it. It's a custom job, and can take a few hours depending on what you have done. I thought about buying a kit and doing it myself, but I wanted the Nano, so I couldn't. After watching the installer, though, I think I could do a precut kit. I have 3M on my Bimmer, and the Nano is more "invisible" to me. Bruce
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Re: Clear Bra info

On films, Xpel has a "Premier" film line which is mounted on clear plastic instead of paper. It costs about 30% more for the film but does have a more even surface appearance than the paper back mounted standard Xpel. The paper backing is what gives PPF's a slight "orange peel", if I can call it that, effect. You pays yer money and get what looks best to you. To me, the standard looks good and is nearly invisible but you can see the difference in the more expensive product.
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Re: Clear Bra info

Thank you all for the wealth of info and opinions shared in this thread !!

One thing that seems clear, is that many of you routinely face far more hostile road and environmental conditions in a day, than I might see in a month.

I'm going to see an installer (who has a plotter) about modifying a kit which would cover the leading edge of the hood and the vertical surfaces of the front bumper.

Eliminating some of the compound curves should improve the odds of a successful DIY installation.

If this is not feasible I will probably take my chances and skip the entire process all together !!

If we are able to come up with a modified kit, I'll let you know all details !

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Re: Clear Bra info

Install of nanofusion was a success. Its made by Avery. Highly recommended. Its invisible from a distance, and invisible when up close aside from the line up close where it ends, however there is no difference in paint gloss/shine etc where the nanofusion is, and where it isn't. Its one of, if not the best out there at the moment. He said there is something even better, its SELF HEALING! But he said its costs an arm and a leg to buy since its so new... Didn't even mention how much. Got my fronts factory matched and I should have done it months ago.
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Install of nanofusion was a success. Its made by Avery. Highly recommended. Its invisible from a distance, and invisible when up close aside from the line up close where it ends, however there is no difference in paint gloss/shine etc where the nanofusion is, and where it isn't. Its one of, if not the best out there at the moment. He said there is something even better, its SELF HEALING! But he said its costs an arm and a leg to buy since its so new... Didn't even mention how much. Got my fronts factory matched and I should have done it months ago.
For the nanofusion by Avery that you got, what is MSRP and how much did it actually cost you? Thanks.
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For the nanofusion by Avery that you got, what is MSRP and how much did it actually cost you? Thanks.
As with Window tint, no one knows MSRP. Especially since nanofusion as the moment is shop only and can't be bought online I believe yet such as Xpel. He did mention the rolls are between 1-2k depending on width and length. Then the software used to plot the cuts, as well as the plotter itself that is used to make the cuts.

To try to base price; Xpel Paint Protection on www.xpel.com for 2011 Overland material only is 660 for self install. (Bikini Cut hood, bumper, fenders, mirrors,)

Also got done;

Two front Headlights- ~100 by itself on xpel
2 Front Windows Tinted- ~60-125 by itself depending on quality of film

$700 installed
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Re: Clear Bra info

Isn't the Nano 6 mils thick rather than 8 mils for some of the others?
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