[quote author=otaku link=topic=65710.msg1125676#msg1125676 date=1167457943]
Who uses a braw (particularly 3m clear) to protect their cars? I'm thinking of getting one particularly for travel to guard against snow plow trucks and bugs and rocks etc. what can I expect to pay?
Hi otaku. I have heard very good things about the 3M clear bra (not braw). Avoid the black vinyl type bras that are held on by straps. They are very prone to damaging your paint finish if you are not extremely careful, and are not worth the trouble, in my opinion.
I think Showtime is a dealer for 3M. He highly recommends it. No paint fade, no scratches b/c of pebbles getting caught between the bra and the car hood... and best of all ...if I remember correctly. You really can't tell its on.
I do these but I don't deal with 3M due some ethics issues with the way they due business. I use Avery Stoneshield top coat. For me, I think it holds up better and it installs like a dream, making it look better. In the end, it doesn't matter what film/pattern you use unless it can be installed right. Quality installers are few and far between and these scum bags are ruining the market for everybody else. 3M and the pattern companies are rubber stamping installers to flood the market. I've seen cars cut up and just plain horrible installs from literally all the "certified installers" in my area. Prices vary greatly and you can't go by the highest or the lowest. Mine range from a complete with a 12in hood for $550 to $1400 for a full hood/fenders.
I have the entire front end of my car wrapped as well as the rocker panels. There was no pattern so everything was free handed. I posted some pictures on here somewhere. A year later I have absolutely zero chips. If you want, PM me and I'll give you some more info. and I can see if I can put you in touch with a good installer in your area.
If you want a site with a lot of info. here is my guy in Atlanta's- www.speedfilm.net This guy is a guru and taught me everything I know.
Avoid them!!! I tried one since they were so cheap and it didn't fit. I thought if nothing else, I could use parts of it to protect the front edge of the hood, and maybe the flat part of the bumper. No good- it didn't fit at all and was impossible to apply. Find a good pro and have them do it. It's worth the $$
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