Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clear Bra?

A Clear Bra is the modern replacement for those old black vinyl bras. It is a clear urethane based film applied to your vehicle so that it follows the contours of your vehicle’s forward facing surfaces, including your headlights. The film forms a protective barrier between your vehicle and road debris. In most cases it will cover as much, if not more, area than the old vinyl bras did.  The Clear bras we install today are designed to stay on your vehicle 24/7, giving you around the clock protection, unlike a vinyl bra that needs to be removed with inclement weather.

The clear bra protection film can be applied to any car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or RV to protect against rock chips, scratches, or abrasions. With proper care, the protective film remains nearly invisible, allowing the brilliance of your vehicles finish to shine through.

Does the weather affect when I can bring in my car?

No, you can bring your car(s) in regardless of current weather conditions.

Can I install the film myself?

We don’t suggest it. Just as you wouldn’t tint your own windows, you shouldn’t install this film without months, or even years, of proper training. But if you do want to try it yourself, buy two kits, because we’ll need one to install after we replace the one you put on.

What if I can’t find a kit for my vehicle?

We subscribe to a number of different kit design providers, so in most cases, we will be able to find a pre-kit for your vehicle. In the rare case where we can’t, our vast experience will allow us to customize a kit for you.

How long is a clear bra meant to last?

Your clear bra’s longevity relies on a number of factors, most importantly, the quality of the film, how much sunlight it’s exposed to, and how well you take care of the product.

For example, a car kept in a garage has a longer life-span than one exposed to the sun. Generally speaking, a manufacturer’s warranty on paint protection film varies from three to ten years.

Your film should be inspected at the four or five year mark to determine if it needs to be replaced.

Will the film yellow over time?

The answer is yes and no. Although the films we use today have specialized top coats and UV inhibitors in them, it is natural for all urethane films to discolor somewhat. However, with the proper care and maintenance, any degradation in the clarity of the film should barely be visible to the human eye.

How long does it take to install a kit?

With precut kits, installation times are typically 3-4 hours.  At the custom level, installation times will depend on exactly what coverage is needed.

Can you cover the entire hood?

Yes, but keep in mind that, for all practical purposes, film width is limited to 59.5 inches.  So, if your hood measures more than 59.5 inches in one direction, there will have to be a seam somewhere.

Are car manufactures using this product?

Yes, almost every auto maker (Porsche, MBZ, and Lotus for example) uses clear protective film somewhere on some of their models.

Is the application of the film permanent?

No, it is not permanent.  It is difficult to remove, but it can be removed without harming the paint as long as it was properly install and not installed on fresh paint.  Fresh paint needs to be totally cured before a clear bra is installed.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on the degree of difficulty and the amount of film being used.  It has no bearing on the type of vehicle.

Are scratches or nicks, reparable?

With today’s film technology, light scratches can sometimes be removed. Deep scratches, nicks and gouges, cannot be repaired and must be replaced. 

Can you apply the clear bra to a whole car?

Absolutely.

Wouldn’t a dealership be the better installation option?

Not necessarily. Oftentimes, at a dealership, you’ll pay a higher price for services that don’t reach the level of expertise provided by The Clear Bra. 

Can the Film be applied over graphics (i.e. decals)?

Yes it can, however if the film has to be removed, some damage may occur to the underlying graphics.

Can the Film be applied over a newly painted vehicle?

Yes, as long as the paint has completely cured, which usually that takes about 4 weeks.

Can the Film be applied over a vehicle that has had the paint touched up?

Yes, as long as the paint touch up has completely dried.

Is the application of the film permanent?

No, it is not permanent.  It is difficult to remove, but it can be removed without harming the paint as long as it was properly installed and not installed on fresh paint.  Fresh paint needs to be totally cured before a clear bra is installed.

What types of vehicle surfaces can you (or can’t you) apply the film to?

The film can be applied to most any glossy or matte painted surface on the vehicle. This also includes matte or glossy carbon fiber.

What finishes are available in paint protection film?

The film is available in both glossy and matte finishes.

How do I care for my new clear bra?

First, The Short Answer:

Keep the film clean, and waxed or sealed.  Use only MILD soap & water to clean the film.

Most commercially available car-washing soaps are fine.

Do not use any kind of abrasives or chemicals to clean the film without consulting a professional. 

How do I care for my new clear bra? Part 2

The Long Answer: 

1 – Keep the film waxed and sealed.

By nature, all paint protection film is porous to some degree, that’s why it’s so important to keep the film sealed. Dirt, dust, and other air born impurities left on unsealed film will eventually cause the film to become dull (this is not covered under anyone’s warranty).

The top coats on newer films can withstand petroleum-based waxes and sealants better than older films. Quick detailers are excellent products for protecting the film…

2 – Use only MILD soap & water to clean the film.  Most commercially available car-washing soaps are fine.

Whenever possible, do not use any kind of petroleum-based products on the film.

Clear protection films do not like petroleum-based products on them, because it causes them to yellow and become dull. Products like Simple Green, 409, bug & tar removers, and de-greasers have harsh unrefined petroleum distillates in them, which in the long run, will harm the film.

All paint protection films are very susceptible to water spotting. Hard water deposits baked on by the sun cannot be removed, and are not covered under anyone’s warranty.

3 – Do not use any products that contain ABRASIVES or DYES on the film.

** A Note About Car Washes. If you frequent car washes, it is always recommended that you use brush-less or touch-less car washes. Make sure that they don’t spray any wheel cleaners or de-greasers on the film.

4 – The film should be waxed or sealed to protect clarity.