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Others have had it applied to their vehicles and it looks good and really seems to work well. That is a good price. But I don't know how easy it would be to install. You try first. :lol :)
 

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another brand is clear bra

very popular stuff! I dont personally like the look - sorta like bad paint orange peel or gooey jello-ey. most dealerships offer some brand or other, so you can see the effect on a car. if not installed properly it will have air bubbles or foggy patches, also they can damage your paint trimming the film. I have seen some films yellow with age and when removed there will be a line where the edge was.
I am going to have my headlight lenses done to keep them from pitting but thats all :flag
 

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I've had Xpel on mine for over a year and it hasn't turned anything like gooey or bubbly. It has save me a bunch on damage. See my earlier post about the roofing square that hit the front. I had it installed professionally and watched while he did part of it. He used a spray mixture of water and baby shampoo and, once the backer came off the sheet, he moved it around pretty easily until it got where he wanted it. The, he just sqeegee'd the baby shampoo off with a small tool and it dried in a few minutes. Good luck
 

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sounds like you had a real pro apply it, houtex

I'm glad it's working out :thumbs
the texture of the film looks gooey to me, most people aren't bothered by the look but it's not for me :skep
I like paint :flag
 

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3M Film

Protection to the front of the vehicle is of course a personal choice. Per an earlier post, I used the 3M brand. I have it on my motorcoach and SSR, with not a problem. The motorcoach has had it on for three years and no gooey or yellowing.

A friend just recently removed the film from his Corvette which had been on for over five years, understand this guy thinks perfection and there was no lines left by the material. He sold the vehicle and the new owner did not want it. I wish I had put it on my tow vehicle, Jeep. Instead I used a bra and regret it. When the bra material (vinyl or leather) gets wet and collects debris under it, it really damages the paint if you do not take it off and clean under on a regular basis. I do not use the bra anymore.

As for trying to install it yourself. I would shy away. On both vehicles, I had two guys apply it and they have been doing it for years. They told me the SSR is one of the most difficult because of the round hood. They had to stretch the material over the hood, very time consuming. Between the two of them, it took over five hours for the whole job. The material is not the cost, it is the labor. I have watched these guys apply it to numerous vehicles and it is not easy, but if a person is meticulous and has a lot of time, go for it.

Good luck :cool
 

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mikepowell said:
I'm glad it's working out :thumbs
the texture of the film looks gooey to me, most people aren't bothered by the look but it's not for me :skep
I like paint :flag
From 5 feet away you can't really see it and mine's black. It's even less obvious on the other colors. BTW - my install labor cost was $200
 
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Thanks for the help all. I'll probably go for it, as anything would be better than those bra things or chunks out of the paint :)
 

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I bought my clear covers at a Motor Home Rally ,Will install them tomorrow Be sure and wear rubber gloves your finger prints will come thru if you don't. The kit cost $350.00 PM if you need information :seeya
 

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Yes Wildcat , Mirrors. fenders. ft bumper hood and grill panels ,You can see them in Decatur May 7 :seeya Kay
 

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I just went and watched an invisible bra applied. It was not a 3M film (which can yellow) but another brand that I cannot recall but I will find out and repost after my '05 SSR is done next week.

The process is like window film except that it is removable with no paint damage.

It is barely noticeable, but there is a line that you can feel and see (if you look real closely)

This vehicle being done was black in color, my SSR is Red so I am sure the line will e easier to detect visually.

The firm cuts their own film and can customize the job.
They are in Austin, TX on the south side if anybody in this neck of the woods is interested.
 

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houtex said:
From 5 feet away you can't really see it and mine's black. It's even less obvious on the other colors.
I agree - I have the 3M product also, and it's not invisable until about 5-10 feet away, well worth it for the paint protection IMO. I had mine installed by a "veteran" X-Pel installer and he did a wonderful job - especially considering I wouldn't let him do any "trimming" on the vehicle :thumbs . He said all of it was fairly routine except for the hood which he said was one of the most challanging pieces to apply that he's ever run into. Glad I had a professional do it - I had breifly considered doing it myself!

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the whole Idea looks great, however, I would rather have someone install it that sells it, as oppose to ordering it, having it shipped to Plano, Tx ,and then finding someone who can install it properly.

First however, I have a couple of little scrathces I need to buff out but then.. well who knows.
 
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