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      06-18-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Clear Bra?

Just wondering what I should pay for a full clear bra...

On my last e92 335 I paid $600 for the full front bumper, partial hood, mirrors, door sills, and inside the door handles.

I was just quoted from the same guy a year later for $800 because he said material costs went up...what do you all recommend?
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      06-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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Just wondering what I should pay for a full clear bra...

On my last e92 335 I paid $600 for the full front bumper, partial hood, mirrors, door sills, and inside the door handles.

I was just quoted from the same guy a year later for $800 because he said material costs went up...what do you all recommend?
Autozone has this 3m spray on clear film/bra for about $10/can.... Might be a better deal as a DIY???
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      06-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #3
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I wish i got one on my e92, got a ton on rock chips on the hood
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      06-19-2013, 12:58 AM   #4
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800 still a decent price
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      06-19-2013, 12:59 AM   #5
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800 still a decent price
He's willing to tint my whole car plus do the full clear bra for $800. Higher than he last quoted me..
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Id go for it. Where located?
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      06-19-2013, 01:14 AM   #7
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Eugene, Oregon is where he's located. I'm in corvallis.
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I would pay quite a bit for clear bras. However, I don't know any women who would wear them. Besides my wife would be pissed if I started asking.
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The authorized professional installer for 3M Expel that I use in PA charges same for film + labor as what the material costs on the 3M site.

So if you go to the 3M site, look up the cost of the film ONLY as per the pattern you need, that is what he charges installed.

So my front bumper + aero spoiler was $400 installed...
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Where are you located? I know a fantastic guy who did my full fenders, bumper, side mirrors, back trunk sill, and door cups with near perfection. Reasonable too.
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      06-19-2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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Where are you located? I know a fantastic guy who did my full fenders, bumper, side mirrors, back trunk sill, and door cups with near perfection. Reasonable too.
I'm in oregon. Corvallis to be precise!
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Damn that's pricey! I have a guy that did my front bumper, partial hood, mirrors, and inside door handles for $250!
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He's willing to tint my whole car plus do the full clear bra for $800. Higher than he last quoted me..
This is a good price especially if he is including the tint which is usually worth around $200. You get what you pay for. When I hear someone offering clear bra for $250 including labor and material, which I have not heard before I wonder how they make any money and how good is the craftsmanship.
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Damn that's pricey! I have a guy that did my front bumper, partial hood, mirrors, and inside door handles for $250!
Let me know how it is in about a year. Seriously, curious to see how it holds up.
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Let me know how it is in about a year. Seriously, curious to see how it holds up.
I purchased my e92 over 3 years ago and he installed it the second week I owned it. Still looks great. After I added the aero lip he added the clear bra to it as well.

He works for a dealership and does work on the side.
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Let me know how it is in about a year. Seriously, curious to see how it holds up.
I purchased my e92 over 3 years ago and he installed it the second week I owned it. Still looks great. After I added the aero lip he added the clear bra to it as well.

He works for a dealership and does work on the side.
Ah cool- do you know what film he used?
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I'll call around to a few dealerships to check and see.
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Ah cool- do you know what film he used?
3M I believe. He'll be doing tint and roof wrap on my girlfriend's Mercedes in a week or so. I can ask him then.
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Ah cool- do you know what film he used?
3M I believe. He'll be doing tint and roof wrap on my girlfriend's Mercedes in a week or so. I can ask him then.
Let me know Patrick!
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Let me know how it is in about a year. Seriously, curious to see how it holds up.
I purchased my e92 over 3 years ago and he installed it the second week I owned it. Still looks great. After I added the aero lip he added the clear bra to it as well.

He works for a dealership and does work on the side.
Have had mine for 4 years. Can't even see it. Holds up great!
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I've looked on their website...is the clear bra the same thing as the scotch guard? Just trying to see what the material costs are for a full car and what they are charging me for labor. He said $800 for full tint (30% rear window, 35% front four windows, 45% front windshield) plus the full clear bra (full front bumper, partial hood, mirrors, handles/inside handles, door sills). I feel like it's a decent deal..

But not sure what to reference it to. I called a few places around town and they charge $900 for the clear bra.
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