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      05-12-2014, 03:42 PM   #1
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Clear Bra - by PlastiDip

I used PlastiDip Clearbra (labeled as "ArmorAll Custom Shield").
This will protect my car from Bug Guts and stone chips this summer. My plan is to peel it every fall and respray in spring. No bugs and flying stones in fall/winter to worry about... Anyway, all it is, is a 14 oz aerosol can of clear PlastiDip (PD CLEAR#19155). $10.98 on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FF0K8FM?...1&s=automotive

I like how it turned out, except for the drivers side corner, it kind of came up when I removed the masking. Otherwise it looks great and I've worked with Plastidip in the past (Roundels and Badges). It will peel off in a single sheet when the time comes.







Whadda ya think? That's just water dripping in the front grills, it just got done raining.
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Looks bad, but if you don't care about the looks and just want protection I guess it did the job
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Looks bad, but if you don't care about the looks and just want protection I guess it did the job
That's what I like about this forum! Honesty. LOL
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Looks like one of those Civics who put on primed but unpainted bumpers because they couldn't afford the paint job lol. 3M sells a clearbra in spray can application but it gets mixed reviews. But if spend the time to prep and buy the proper equipment, apparently it gets the job done. Me personally, I'd spend the $400 or so to get a REAL front clear bra and replace it every 5-7 years ($66/yr is cheap insurance IMO).
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Isn't the clear stuff supposed to make your existing paint look matte? Do they have a gloss version?
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Isn't the clear stuff supposed to make your existing paint look matte? Do they have a gloss version?
Yes, I think PlastiDip has a "Glossifier". The Custom Shield is supposed to be matte.
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Reminds me of

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Is that really how it's suppose to be? That's a heavy trade off in the looks department to save a few chips.
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Is that really how it's suppose to be? That's a heavy trade off in the looks department to save a few chips.
Yeah, I suppose I didn't have to go that far up on the hood...
I'm thinking this would look a lot better if my car was SG or TiAg.
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Maybe if you only did the bumper and not the hood, but would still look like primer.
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Cool beans. I'm gonna try the Glossifier like I said in my thread. See how it turns out. I assume it's the same product. I will double check before I use it.Thanks for the thread though.
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Meh, it reminds me a bit of the vintage mentality that spawned this phenomenon.

In the pursuit of protecting the beauty and integrity of your paint, you're effectively going to hide it and make it weird-looking for half of its viewable life. Doesn't that undermine the reason you're doing this in the first place? Personally, I'd live with a few rock chips in my paint here and there over driving around with a primer'd bumper for 6 months a year. I agree with the poster above; I think the cost of a real clearbra is worth it, if you're want to protect that nice paint.

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I'm beginning to rethink this. My main concern is bugs and secondary the rock chips... I hate cleaning/scrubbing bugs out of the nooks and crannies of the front fascia. Rock chips for the most part are avoidable because I don't follow other vehicles closely.

Maybe I'll just peel the hood and leave the front bumper coated... Then if that doesn't look good, I'll peel the rest... I sincerely do appreciate your input, and none of you are being asinine about it, which I also appreciate.
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OP, plz don't take my comments personal but................ plz don't be so cheap, if you can afford that car and house then you should have clear bra installed by professional and you will be good for next 5 years , my 2, 3 , 4 or 10 cents
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Is that really how it's suppose to be? That's a heavy trade off in the looks department to save a few chips.
And even then there's no guarantee it'll prevent chips. Xpel and similar films are probably thicker than this coating.

Seriously spend the money for a decent film, and I'm not talking 3M neither. Look at Xpel Ultimate, Suntek, etc.
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OP, plz don't take my comments personal but................ plz don't be so cheap, if you can afford that car and house then you should have clear bra installed by professional and you will be good for next 5 years , my 2, 3 , 4 or 10 cents
Actually I got the car for a steal, and the big house on the left side is my neighbor LOL. But I get your meaning. I stripped the plastidip off the hood and it looks lots better now.
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Wish I saw this thread before I attempted this same thing and peeled it off immediately. Complete waste of time. Looks terrible.
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do the whole car if you want protection. not digging it, but nice car otherwise : )
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glossifier is crap, doesnt look glossy at all, maybe 10% more glossier but still is crap, i still have laying around at home with no use to it.
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