Does that clear bra thing ever get dull, crack, or yellow after a time of car washes and Sun bathing? and is it really noticable?ccclarke said:Don't get pissed. . . resist! 3-M offers a Clear Bra for the CTS that protects the mirrors, front bumper and first foot of the hood. It's invisible from five feet away, and keeps all but the big stones (you know, the ones that make you duck when they fly towards your face) from leaving their mark. It even makes bug splat removal a breeze. Save yourself a lot of aggravation (and trip to a therapist) and have it professionally installed. While there's no cure for all the things that can strike your car, the Clear Bra sure helps!
Thanks for the advice! I'll post before and after pics.louiefl99 said:Stone chips and other paint damage can result in larger paint failures as the elements get to the underlying metal, oxidize, and then cause paint adhesion failure around the chip in the form of blistering.
Get a jar of touch up paint from the dealer and a very fine artist brush from a hobby or art store. The diameter of the brush should be about no more than half the diameter of the stone chip (assuming it is a small chip). Clean the area with mineral spirits or paint thinner to remove any wax. Use the artist brush (not the one in the cap) and dab the paint - use very little, multiple thin layers are better than one big blob. Allow to dry between coats. Wax the area after a couple days to provide protection to the paint. Should be invisible to the casual passer-by.
I would stay away from the touch up paint..I had two really small dings -one on the edge of my driver door and one on my rear bumper..i got the touch up paint from the dealer for my silver smoke, and it was just too obvious after application...Of course, my "paint job" was not as detailed as the instuctions given by Louie99fl, so that may be the key difference in results....dbknight said:Does anyone know if GM Parts direct carries the touch-up paint?