2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Revisiting the Clear Bra in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; With winter approaching and the first rock chips appearing, I have gone ahead and bought a 3M Clear bra kit; ...
With winter approaching and the first rock chips appearing, I have gone ahead and bought a 3M Clear bra kit; gonna install it myself. I know from the now-dormant summertime threads that a bunch of you have the clear bras; did anyone do it themselves? Did anyone watch their pros tackle the front bumper or hood? Any words of wisdom aside from lots of soap and water?
I've done big decals before but never the clear bra......
Automobile(s): 1992 STS / 2005 MB G500 / 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman S
TPA / STL / ICT / SAT
Re: Revisiting the Clear Bra
Only negative thing... because the film works so well, the paint underneath it tends to fade at a slower rate than the rest of the paint. I think the film actually has UV Blockers in it which might account for this. Not sure tho.
I couldn't tell you about paint fade because I've only had it on for 4 months.
BUT, I hope you are very patient and skillful if you're attempting this yourself. The pros I had installing a similar tape had a heckuva time. It usually takes them about 2 hours.....took 3 on the V. And they had to stop and reapply in a couple of places. And they did not enjoy it. It's hard to see until you look at a V with one upclose how many pieces have to be installed because of all the creases.
With the potential replacement cost for messed up pieces and the potential for mistakes, I wouldn't even TRY to think of attempting it on my own.
But you're not me so..................
It does work very well, though. Keep it clean and waxed and you could throw the V headfirst into a giant vat of bugs and it would almost come clean with just a spritz from the hose.
Had mine professionally applied in August and I love it. So far, (6,000 miles) no issues at all. I have a few dings in the clear bra from road stuff that would have definitely been a chip in the car. I also have a minor stone chip on the hood just above where the clear bra ends. I paid about $450 for mine installed. The mats were custome cut for the car. I covered entire front air dam, hood, mirrors, head lights and fog lights. When I Zainosed the car I did the clear bra and all. Looks gread and can not be seen at all from about 6 feet away. Great investment.
I bought a clear bra set from ebay,, I figured im a smart guy, how hard could it be? WELLLL ill be ordering another set to have professionally intalled. I am not as smart as iIthink I am.
St Louis MO
Sounds like we are of similar attitudes; I figure I'll give it a try, knowing full well that I have a high likelihood of failure. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
My "ace-in-the-hole" though is that I did auto body work for a couple of years in the early 80's, when trans am's and Z-28's had more visible decal than visible paint. I wrestled with more than a few of those damn things. But, I never wrestled with anything as complex as the clear bumper cover for the V....and I am assuming that 8 mil clear film is more than a little tricker than those thick opaque thunder-chicken decals.
I also got to take a look at BUILDINGCTSAMG's professionally installed CTS clear bra this summer......so I know what is supposed to look like when finished....
(and...in a couple of weeks I may be asking him for the name and address of his installer )
Well., it is installed. Since I had not worked with this stuff before, it took 5 hours or so; the hood was actually the easiest part because it was flat. I did botch one headlight which I will redo, but aside from that there are no bubbles, no tears, and is is virtually invisible save for the unavoidable line at the end of the hood and fender pieces.
A little patience, common sense, a heater, a good light, and dust control. Total cost: $218. Yes it took a lot of time but this comes under the "hobby project" heading so I am not doing the time/cost analysis.
Picture, if attached, doesn't really show anything but...that's the point.
The hood looks good - did you tackle the bumpers & mirrors?
Hood, fenders, bumpers. mirrors, headlights, and foglights. The headlights were BY FAR the hard part due to the complex curve and the flat top. The mirrors are a bit tricky but the kit has relief cuts in the right places. The film, though, is actually quite pliable as long as it is warm. I ran a space heater in the garage for a couple of hours before starting; though our garage stays pretty warm due to crappy house insulation.
You need a good light because the bubbles are hard to eradicate and hard to see since they are fluid filled. Opaque decals are easier in that respect.