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post #1 of 24 Old 01-14-2014, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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3M Clear Bra / Paint Protection Film for your NEW BMW 4 SERIES

What do you think? Anyone going to get those films applied to the front to prevent rocks and other things from damaging the front when traveling?

I've gotten quotes between 800-1200 to do the entire front end.

I feel like its a good investment as it protects your car from getting all chipped up (which sucks dearly)

It lasts 3-4 years so it works out to be around $250 a year. Which isn't too bad. Protects your investment and makes it worth more later on.

Guess it depends if you are leasing of financing

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post #2 of 24 Old 01-14-2014, 06:15 PM
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Can't say I'm a huge fan. I think stone chips are just one of those inevitable things.
I prefer going down the sealant route and correcting things if they get bad!
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Its personal preference.

You could touch up rocks and polish it out but it really depends how much highway driving you do and how much junk you usually have on your roads to kick up and hit your car.

I'd say its a good investment but there are some downfalls to how it looks. Usually if you wrap the whole hood you can't really tell it is even there.



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You only see the bad clear bras

I have a 328i coupe e92 LCI. Low mileage and babied. It has slight mods, and has been displayed 2 yrs at SEMA, and has been used for r&d prototyping a few aftermarket mods. I used to apply blue tape for track use, or distance trips. I got offered a clear bra partial sponsorship. I had bottomed out, and to my disgust, put a gash in the paint. The service provider looked at it and said he could touch it up, and blend the texture. Along with the clear bra, it would resemble a glossy clear coat, thereby concealing the repair. I can see it in a zoomed close up, but not at all by even squatting down to look for it. I was totally impressed. I did full hood, fenders, and bumper. Can't even tell its there. I maintain it w synthetic spray wax, and nearly 2 years later, no swirls, and surface feels slick. I'm getting a new windshield, so I'm getting the windshield skin applied since its the only thing taking a beating from my local SoCal freeways..lol .. Still on the fence about grabbing a 4 series. It seems geared differently, and less responsive than my 328i. I'm posting via android tablet, and can't seem to upload pics. If anyones interested, I'll post via laptop. I have pics of the install process, but quite honestly, I'm noticing so many cars with it on there, since I now know what to look for and ... yes, the nice jobs.......undetectable!
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@noticeableone Welcome to the forum, i'll be interested in seeing the pictures you have of it.

I was always a fan of doing this especially with how many of them i have seen in person after install and months down the road after being exposed to 4 seasons daily.



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I would rather wait until there is a problem and then fix it. If that ends up costing more in the end then so be it.
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post #7 of 24 Old 03-03-2015, 07:33 PM
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clear bra is insurance for your paint, it will always cost far more to get your paint back to a condition similar to when it was new and i'm talking about a quality job, actually better than new.



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What do you think? Anyone going to get those films applied to the front to prevent rocks and other things from damaging the front when traveling?

I've gotten quotes between 800-1200 to do the entire front end.

I feel like its a good investment as it protects your car from getting all chipped up (which sucks dearly)

It lasts 3-4 years so it works out to be around $250 a year. Which isn't too bad. Protects your investment and makes it worth more later on.

Guess it depends if you are leasing of financing

Anyone?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5vPbwez1kk


I do not mind having one (if someone will give it to me) lol. I think it is a great option. If you travel more than 50 miles back and forth everyday(work to home) then it is a great investment. But if you travel less than that then I think its better to go for touch ups later (my opinion). Car Swirls can never be avoided hence its always a great idea to get car polished (by professional detailer) in 4 or 5 years of owning the car. In addition, With that price tag... ill have my hood, roof, and trunk vinyl wrapped instead.

I have seen some great 3M clear bra on ebay. and they cost less than what you posted. But you have to install it yourself.
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IMO it depends on where you drive and what the conditions are like.

I pass by a lot of construction sites and roads within areas of them, so as you can imagine rocks get kicked up at times. So even for someone like me that goes from the suburbs to busy city and back on a daily basis, a clear wrap becomes a great long-term investment.



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That is what insurance is for. Deductible is way cheaper than the bra.
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