Clear Bra FAQ
- I don’t like the termination line across the hood and fenders. Is it possible to cover the Full Hood and Full Fenders?
- How long does a clear bra last?
- Does a clear bra peel off by itself?
- Will a clear bra damage my paint when I remove it?
- Should I wash and wax my car before you guys install the film?
- Does the film turn yellow eventually?
- How long does it take to install the film?
- How do I avoid the chalky wax buildup on the edges of the film?
- Do I have to do anything special to care for the film?
- I just got my car repainted. How soon can I get a Clear Bra?
A. Absolutely. We recommend it and we do a lot of them. The pre-cut kit is designed only to be a cost effective means to get your car’s hood and fenders protected. The extra coverage that the full hood and fenders provide is well worth the minimal extra cost. In fact, we cover Full Cars in some cases which include every panel custom cut.
A. The short answer is that it can outlast the life of the vehicle in many cases. We’ve seen customers get more than 200,000 miles out of a clear bra. We talk about the life span in two ways. Aesthetic Life span and Functional Life span.
Aesthetic Life span is the length of time that the clear bra looks flawless. Of course the point of a clear bra is to receive all of the damage that your paint usually does. Even though the polyurethane clear bra is many times stronger and more flexible than your paint it will eventually show a scuff here and there. This does not affect the functionality of the clear bra though. Aesthetic Life span is solely based upon the personal opinion of the vehicle owner.
Functional Life span is the length of time that the clear bra is doing what it supposed to, protecting your vehicle. This life span is extremely long and in many cases the clear bra can outlive the vehicle to which it’s applied. Functional Life span is highly dependent upon the environment in which you drive. If you follow a gravel hauler to work every morning the Functional Life span of the clear bra may be around 50K miles. If you commute on the highway every morning you can expect 100K, 200K miles or more in many cases. If you only drive your vehicle on the weekends and garage it all of the time then the Functional Life span will be extremely long.
A. Absolutely not. The adhesive of a clear bra is extremely strong and will not come off by itself. It takes a bit of muscle to pull one off but the quality adhesive system on our paint protection film ensures clean removal when it comes time to do so.
A. No. A factory paint job is the best paint job you will ever have so it’s in your best interest to protect it. We have never seen any damage occur to factory paint. If the vehicle has been repainted and it’s a good quality repaint you will never have any problem with removal.
A. Wash=YES. Wax=NO.
We would greatly appreciate a clean car to do our work on even though we do thoroughly prep each car prior to film installation. If the car has been recently waxed it will be necessary for us to strip the wax prior to installing the film so the adhesive will stick.
A. Our film comes with a lifetime warranty against yellowing. With the new technology in our polyurethane films it is possible to produce films that resist yellowing indefinitely. The length of time that your film will stay crystal clear also depends on how you maintain the film. Which cleaning products are used on the film, as well as environmental factors such as sunlight and air pollution also play a key roll in the aesthetic longevity of the film. The best products to use on the film are water based polymers with no petroleum byproducts. There are plenty on the shelf and we carry a complete line of “Clear Bra Safe” products called Shine. Keep in mind that the film application is not designed to be permanent and can be replaced when it exceeds its aesthetic life span.
A. It depends on the amount of coverage. For a front end package we prefer that you drop the vehicle off for the day. A quality installation requires meticulous attention to detail. We do a PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) before we let the vehicle out of our sight to insure that the film is completely adhered to all edges to reduce any contamination and increase the longevity of protection. If the coverage that you require is small and quick you are welcome to wait at our facility until your vehicle is ready. We also have a loan truck that is available for customers to run errands or use to go get lunch.
A. Avoid using paste wax. There are a number of high quality LIQUID polymer polishes on the market. The liquid products are easier to use and they dry clear so they won’t leave chalk behind. If you have to use a paste wax then take a damp micro fiber rag and wipe along the edges to remove any wax buildup. Never scrape with your fingernail or any other object. This could scratch a line on the paint at the edge of the film that won’t be noticeable until the film is removed. We carry a full line of “Clear Bra Safe” products for cleaning and polishing your vehicle called Shine.
A. Just wash and polish it like your regular paint. Micro fiber rags and mild, detergent free, soaps are the best to use and can be purchased at most local automotive and grocery stores. Regular washes will ensure that bugs and other debris won’t be permanently stuck to the film. No harsh chemicals or abrasives should be used. Once again we carry a full line of “Clear Bra Safe” products that can be used to clean and polish your entire vehicle called Shine.
A. If the car was baked in a thermal booth then you honestly only have to wait a couple of weeks. But to be conservative we usually recommend waiting at least 30 days to let all the solvents “out gas” from the paint. Trapping uncured paint solvents underneath a clear bra spells disaster later on down the road when it’s time to remove the bra. If the paint job is prepped well and cured well the clear bra will not damage the paint.