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      03-10-2016 04:14 PM #1
      just bought a 2016 S4 (midnight blue, manny Trans) @ end of 2015. wanted to know what everyone's thoughts are on putting a clear bra on the front? worth it or not?

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      03-10-2016 06:08 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Rocco Reed View Post
      just bought a 2016 S4 (midnight blue, manny Trans) @ end of 2015. wanted to know what everyone's thoughts are on putting a clear bra on the front? worth it or not?
      Had 3M once. not a fan of how it wore. It was nice though whenever debris hit the hood knowing the paint wasn't being ruined. I'd go with xpel since it has the self healing.

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      03-22-2016 01:40 PM #3
      have you considered getting the car coated?

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      04-04-2016 04:05 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Rocco Reed View Post
      just bought a 2016 S4 (midnight blue, manny Trans) @ end of 2015. wanted to know what everyone's thoughts are on putting a clear bra on the front? worth it or not?
      I have applied the clear bra to my last two cars and I would say it is a good idea if you drive lots on the highway. It does protect well from rock-chips/ scratches and they do sell special wax for it to keep it looking new.

      I would suggest that you do the hood/ fender/ mirrors and lights at the same time. Just make sure there are no existing scratches or dents on your car otherwise they will show up and look really bad.
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      04-04-2016 04:06 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by dpod @ Ceramic Pro View Post
      have you considered getting the car coated?
      Question, how well does your coating protect against rock chips vs 3M Clear bra or Xpel?
      Secondly do you have any dealers in Vancouver BC Canada?
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      04-05-2016 06:48 PM #6
      I live in Colorado ---- some sort of Clear Bra is mandatory!!!!

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      04-07-2016 01:00 AM #7
      Had full custom front end Ventureshield (3m product) for 4 years on white IBIS, saved my hood from a huge gash of a rock (saved the hood, but not the PPF). Had the hood redone with with Suntek about 1.5 years ago, still like new. Definitely worth it.
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    10. 04-12-2016 06:34 AM #8
      Instead of 3m, choose Suntek or Xpel. Really expensive yet will look good and provide better paint protection.

    11. 04-25-2016 10:06 PM #9
      I've had the 3m on previous cars, and they've always been installed by professionals. is that necessary, or can the bra be installed by shlubs like us?

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      04-26-2016 11:48 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Asalman View Post
      I've had the 3m on previous cars, and they've always been installed by professionals. is that necessary, or can the bra be installed by shlubs like us?
      It takes a bit of skill and finesse to get looking good. If you are OCD about the end result pay a professional.

    13. 04-26-2016 12:30 PM #11
      Also go to an installer who does multiple cars through the week. You want an experienced place, not just any installer. The place I went does 2-3 cars a day, so they know what they're doing. I would also recommend letting it cure and dry out for a couple of days before driving your car.

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      04-28-2016 12:27 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Asalman View Post
      I've had the 3m on previous cars, and they've always been installed by professionals. is that necessary, or can the bra be installed by shlubs like us?
      The full custom install of the hood really takes a professional, even then it really takes a helping hand, with a large sheet of PPF. A PPF install takes a lot of finese to get right.

      There are precut PPF kits, but look lile crap for the hood.

      If you want to learn more about PPF, go to the Tint Dude PPF forum (many installers post there).
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      04-28-2016 05:06 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by shonseb View Post
      Also go to an installer who does multiple cars through the week. You want an experienced place, not just any installer. The place I went does 2-3 cars a day, so they know what they're doing. I would also recommend letting it cure and dry out for a couple of days before driving your car.


      Exactly! It is not that easy to get the curves done all right. It does take a few days to get all the water hazing and air bubbles out - I recommend doing this in the summer - park your cars outside for a few days to cure.

      When I got the A4 done, this was in the middle of winter - the 3M on fender's didn't align properly - they did fix this under warranty later in the spring.
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