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Bug guards, protective bras & film

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,273
    Was it a name brand film, like the 3M stuff or StonGard?

    Anyone with longer term experience with film, have you noticed any yellowing of the product?

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  • gkman1gkman1 Posts: 8
    I purchased the bug guard made by Lund.....I didn't think it was very well made and looked kind of cheesy. I returned it and bought the Bug Deflector II......this one looks great and was easy to install....paid $40 new.
  • ruskastudruskastud Posts: 34
    I just purchased the Wade (for '05 Tacoma) based on comments by owners in one of the other forums. I'll let you know what I think once I get it and put it on.
  • ruskastudruskastud Posts: 34
    Just got mine and when installed, the very ends of the hood don't quite go down all the way, but the hood latches no problem. I took it off, and noticed that the weather stripping along the lights and grill top make the hood fit real stug without the hood guard. Is this the way it is supposed to be? If so, I can see how all hood protectors would make the hood sit up just a slightly, and it is only noticeable by the quarterpanles. Just want to make sure I didn't do something wrong.....

    Any help/suggestions please......
  • jtruckjtruck Posts: 5
    I have had a tough time with hood protectors on my 05 Tacoma. I first purchased the Toyota version and it came with only 3 of the brackets. The directions call out 5. We checked another box at the dealer and it also only had 3. Since the directions specifically state 5, I didn't think 3 was enough so I returned it.

    I then bought the Wade per the good comments on the Tacoma forum. It mounted easily and looks good but the hood won't close. I called Wade and they said the hood is adjustable, but I don't see how. Someone else on this forum had a similar problem with another brand. I'm not sure how to correct it.

    I agree that the weather stripping between the hood and the grill will make any wrap around (rather than bracket mounted) type fit very tightly. Any advice would be appreciated. I'm hesitant to do too much tinkering with a brand new truck.

    Thanks.
  • hiyaqthiyaqt Posts: 3
    Does anyone know where I can get Clear Bra installed on my ES330 in the Columbus, OH area at a reasonalble price? The dealer's price seemed really high.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    Try to Google, Clear Bras...you will probably come up with other clear film companies that list dealers. I am sure another company clear bra installer will be able to help.
  • I am considering 3M's clear paint protection material for my next new
    car. I know it is designed for protecting paint from flying rocks at
    speed. However, I would like to know from people who had it applied,
    how effective is the film in protecting your front bumper from other
    cars. (I also plan to get a custom piece made for my rear bumper). In
    the city I live in, I rely mostly on tight street parking. My last car
    became full of paint chips and scrapes on my bumpers quickly. Thanks
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  • Does anyone know if a tinted or black plastic bug deflector will cause paint damage? I figure it must since it provides UV protection to the part of the paint it covers. Does anyone have any experience with this?

    :confuse:
  • Just picked up a Santa Fe. Never had new car before so now I am dreading the first chips and dings. Place near me (Media, PA) will do the whole front (bumper, grille, hood, mirrors and lights) for $600 with the 3M clear film.

    I'm really torn on this whole thing. On one side I want this car to look nice as long as possible (gloss black, so I am thinking dings will stand out). On the other hand, $600! Thats a LOT of money. We intend to keep the car until it dies, never got rid of car under 100k miles. Oh the decisions.

    On plus side, installer can also do a strip on edge of each door to protect it when opening.

    What I was really intrigued about was perhaps putting a 4" wide strip down the side of the car to protect against other goofballs opening THEIR doors. He didnt think it would cost that much (no real fancy trimming required). Any thoughts?
  • The best price I'm seeing for a genuine toyota bug shield is around $70-75, anybody see anything better online? Thanks.
  • Got my Wade bugshield on Ebay... I think you will find the best prices there for most stuff.. Also, my dealership matched prices on a few of the things listed on ebay (tube step runningboards and sill protectors), so that is an option too....
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    $600.00 installed seems to be the going rate for having the front end done.
  • many thanks - now I just have to figure on what gets priority - the 3M film or the bumper guards. Both are big chunk of money. Someone mentioned the 'mangle factor' of the bumper guards on any pedestrians that are hit, but I have never hit a pedestrian yet have had many dings and nicks on my bumpers.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,273
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  • I recently had Paint Protection Film, aka Clear Bra, installed on my Corvette. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I recommend Daniel Cook of Transparent Bra.com. Dan did an excellent job installing the bra. Had the mirrors, front hood, and bumper kits applied. Takes about 3.5 hours. The only area where you will see an "edge" is on the front hood kit. Yet, it is barely perceptible. Wish I had it installed when the car was new. By the time I was aware of such a product had 5000 miles and a few stone chips near the bumper area. When professionally installed you can barely tell a clear bra is installed.
  • I have a few questions about mudguards and bug deflectors.

    One: Do mudguards really help that much for keeping mud and dirt off the side of the car? Does is also help keep stone chips down as well?

    Two: Bug deflectors, do they really work and are they worth the money?

    Three: Does it matter if the mudguards and/or bug deflectors is not made buy the auto company, or are after market ones just as good?

    Thanks
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Yes
    Yes
    Doesn't matter. After-market, depending on the maker, is just as good and in some cases better than OEM.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,273
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  • sigt1sigt1 Posts: 66
    plz, do not get a regular bra; invest in a clear bra; you should be able to get a complete kit installed for $450. That seems to be the market price. $700 is a ripoff. Plz do not be cheap and get a regular bra; they are obsolete and are actually worse than no bra at all. clear bra will fade paint evenly with the rest of the car and will not scratch it up.

    thx

    mike
  • Re: the $450 vs 700 ripoff comment by sigt1. This person states do not be cheap and then states what his (or her) value is. I think the going rate is determined by the installer and the professionalism of the work. If the insatallation in top notch, then it's worth the premium price. sigt1 is placing a "preceived value" based on his, (or her), limited, and possibly biased opinion. I have had the Xpel/3M PPF installed on both of my cars and paid over $700 for each. AND, in each case, feel that I got the good deal. One is on a SRX that now has over 25K miles and zero paint damage to the front. The first car I have ever owned in 35 years that I could say that about. Go figure. sigt1 didn't even touch on the fact that vinyl bras really damage the paint they a suppose to protect. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, GOT THE T SHIRT TO PROVE IT. (Or in this case, the hood and bumper on my Stealth).
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, GOT THE T SHIRT TO PROVE IT. (Or in this case, the hood and bumper on my Stealth).

    You could take pics of them and post to your carspace! :)

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  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    :D Chauncey:

    I think you are being a little hard on sigt1.

    I agree with that post, since I had the 3M installed on my Porsche...and initially was quoted $ 750 , but all things are negotiable, this is true for most things. ( except retail..but they do self negotiating by having dicounts and sales) . I ended up paying only $550 for the whole shebang....all things protected...and a double layer on the front light housings ( each costs over $1000 to replace)

    It pays to negotiate to get the best product for the best price. I go by the motto...buy the best product at the best price. :shades:

    You may want to pay retail high prices :blush: ....and that is OK..but it is not only OK...but indeed smart...to buy quality products for less....since that gives one value...VALUE.

    I think you overpaid :sick: ....not that there is anything wrong with it....but I do not think it is smart to rip some other post who advocates smart shopping.

    Just my humble opinion..... :)
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    A quote of $550 for 3M clear bra installation on the Odyssey. Am looking to see if there is a better deal from my first installer......

    Last time he quoted $400 for acura TL.....

    There are a wide range of prices....anywhere from $400 to $1000....depending on vehicle and how much the installer thinks you are willing to pay.

    Installlation typically takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your vehicle front end complexity. He will need an enclosed space...and availability of outlets and water.....they can come out to your garage to install.

    I had mine installed at the autobody shop...after all paint chips removed and paint was perfect.

    ....Remember, always ask the installer what their best price is...they may be willing to come down. My second installer lowered the price by $200, simply because I asked...and he was willing to come out to my home to custom install.....

    hope this helps......
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    Invisiguard installed on my Odyssey....

    The installer was very nice...he said regular price was supposed to be $770...because the Odyssey has a lot of surface area to cover.

    HE coverd all the front areas..grill, half of hood, both front end of front quarter panels...both headlights ( double layer) , both rear view mirrors, and both front door sides .... he came over from over 40 miles away...We gave him a gift for his kids..since he was so nice. The job was impeccable.

    and final price out the door was $495.
  • I am considering a bra of some sort for my brand new car. I found my first nick in it, so it has sparked my interest. I am very much on a budget so I am torn which way to go.

    Vinyl Bra - looks like it might have problems and might not. Plus requires maintanence to keep in good shape.

    Clear Bra - Will work great, but cost almost cost $500 to install.

    I am all about protecting the car, but if it is going to cost as much as it costs to paint the entire vehicle, is it really worth it?

    Suggestions?
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    I had a smoke colored bug deflector (Ford OEM) on my '01 Escape and it looked good until it started to cloud (common effect on the smoke deflectors). Well I just got my new Bugflector II by AVS for my '06 Pilot and boy howdy does it look good. The clear makes it very low profile and after about 5-10 ft away from car you can barely tell it's there.

    Her are some pics;
    (before install)
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    (after install)
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    you can see more pictures I took of 'The Beast' (yes it has a name, don't all cars?) on My Carspace.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • (What I was really intrigued about was perhaps putting a 4" wide strip down the side of the car to protect against other goofballs opening THEIR doors. He didnt think it would cost that much (no real fancy trimming required). Any thoughts?)

    You may want to check this out. Put them on my black Santa Fe, blended right in,didn't stand out like an after thought. Keep checking the site, I got mine for $99.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HYUNDAI-SANTA-FE-Body-Side-Mouldings-PAINTED-2007- -2008_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33654QQihZ015QQitemZ250191519433QQtcZphoto
  • zunezune Posts: 2
    Recently bought an 07 Odyssey and wanted clear bra applied. Numerous quotes in the Atlanta area from $650-900 for bumper/grille/hood/fender/mirrors (no headlights). Called Mike from Stone-X (www.stone-x.com) 678-367-1350. The address and phone on their website is outdated. They recently moved to Alpharetta. He quoted me $525+ tax. He was on vacation but had his installer Nate work on my car the next day. Application is excellent, with small gaps under the headlamps, but with edge coverage on the hood and fenders.

    I am totally satisfied, hence, I thought I would share the info here for others.
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