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      11-16-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Clear bra.....?

Trying to get a handle on how much it costs to get this done on the M5 F10 ( bumper, mirror backs, etc. - the full package)?

Stealer has thrown this in as part of a potential deal....... I would have gotten it done by a third party anyway but I'm curious what others are paying.

Costs of either dealer or 3rd party installs would be helpful.

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      11-16-2012, 06:22 PM   #2
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It cost $ 395 CDN well worth it
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      11-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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I just did mine. Use Xpel, front bumper, fenders, mirrors, door cups, headlights, 24" hood ( not full hood). Total $909 include tax
If you use 3m, it may cheaper. My other local installer quoted me $599 for 3m.
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      11-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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I paid $750 for the front (incl about 25% of the hood and the mirrors) and the rear bumper. I think my guy used 3M, but not sure.
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Depends on how much of the hood you cover. I did full hood, fenders, bumper, mirrors for a lil over $2K. Doing less of the hood really drops the price. Totally worth it IMO.
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      11-16-2012, 07:54 PM   #6
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I am doing full hood, fenders, bumper, mirror and sideskirts for $1300 by Atlanta's best installer using Suntek PPF C film.

The Suntek PPF C film is very similar in concept to the Xpel Ultimate, but it has superior clarity.
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      11-16-2012, 09:34 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I was told it was around 12 to 1300 dollars and they would throw it in any deal I make with them. I'll check what the material is to compare. I also know they do about 20 to 25% of the hood. I was watching them install one on a Sapphire Black M5. Maybe I should push for the whole hood? We'll see
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Thanks everyone. I was told it was around 12 to 1300 dollars and they would throw it in any deal I make with them. I'll check what the material is to compare. I also know they do about 20 to 25% of the hood. I was watching them install one on a Sapphire Black M5. Maybe I should push for the whole hood? We'll see
Push for full hood and fenders.

I don't like partial hood because the seam line looks like a scratch at first glance.

Also the best product is self-healing. There are three products which have this: Avery Nano, Xpel Ultimate, and Suntek PPF C. Since film is plastic, a non healing film like 3M or Ventureshield is going to be prone to micro-scratches.
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      11-16-2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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Hi guys

I know this is a silly question but what do you when you wax the car? Do you just stop where the bra starts? I am thinking of getting the xpel ultimate,
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You can wax the Xpel. They recommend their own wax but any good wax works.
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      11-17-2012, 01:58 AM   #11
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I've got front bar, full hood and guards, lights, mirrors, full side sills, front edge of roof, A pillars, leading and trailing edge of rear guards and strip on rear bumper to avoid luggage scrapes. Also inside door handles - to prevent ring scratches. All this came as pre-cut which my installer cut with his plotter.
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      11-17-2012, 05:24 AM   #12
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You can wax the Xpel. They recommend their own wax but any good wax works.
Just don't use anything containing naphtha or kerosene since those will yellow the film. Eg don't use plexus.
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Hi guys

I know this is a silly question but what do you when you wax the car? Do you just stop where the bra starts? I am thinking of getting the xpel ultimate,
I am doing optiguard on the rest of the car so I don't need to worry about waxing it ever.
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I am doing optiguard on the rest of the car so I don't need to worry about waxing it ever.
Optiguard or Opticoat 2.0?
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Optiguard or Opticoat 2.0?
Optiguard. It is being done by a professional detailer not myself.

Optiguard is a more heavy duty coating than 2.0, harder, but also required pro installation. And it comes with a warranty.
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      11-17-2012, 12:58 PM   #16
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Cool, I know the difference, just curious which one as they are similarly referred

I plan to do the same. Good stuff. You know how to do things right.

Spoke to cliff crane, thanks for the help. Ordering STi-R+ LI quad HP. Installing same as your 550 photos.

Thanks.
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      11-17-2012, 01:23 PM   #17
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Btw, how long do you think opti guard will last and what maintenance will it need to stay looking perfect?
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Btw, how long do you think opti guard will last and what maintenance will it need to stay looking perfect?
I haven't used Optiguard before, so I have no idea. Optiguard has a lifetime warranty. I know people who have had Opticoat for about 3 years and it is still going strong. That's more than I need since I don't keep cars more than 2-3 years.

From a maintenance perspective, I plan to wash my car carefully same as I normally would. But I am expecting that it will resist marring pretty well.

My Bel/LI install is on Tuesday. I will let you know how it goes. I brought my Kustom Prolaser 3 with me, so I will be able to test and hone the install with the installer.
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I haven't used Optiguard before, so I have no idea. Optiguard has a lifetime warranty. I know people who have had Opticoat for about 3 years and it is still going strong. That's more than I need since I don't keep cars more than 2-3 years.

From a maintenance perspective, I plan to wash my car carefully same as I normally would. But I am expecting that it will resist marring pretty well.

My Bel/LI install is on Tuesday. I will let you know how it goes. I brought my Kustom Prolaser 3 with me, so I will be able to test and hone the install with the installer.
Very cool, would love to see your new install and the test results.
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I haven't used Optiguard before, so I have no idea. Optiguard has a lifetime warranty. I know people who have had Opticoat for about 3 years and it is still going strong. That's more than I need since I don't keep cars more than 2-3 years.

From a maintenance perspective, I plan to wash my car carefully same as I normally would. But I am expecting that it will resist marring pretty well.

My Bel/LI install is on Tuesday. I will let you know how it goes. I brought my Kustom Prolaser 3 with me, so I will be able to test and hone the install with the installer.
Post pics after you done the installation
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Cool, I know the difference, just curious which one as they are similarly referred

I plan to do the same. Good stuff. You know how to do things right.

Spoke to cliff crane, thanks for the help. Ordering STi-R+ LI quad HP. Installing same as your 550 photos.

Thanks.
Can you pm me the contact info for ordering the bel STi r + LI quad hp along with the price shipped to LO? Also, did you get an estimate for install cost? I am also interested in window tint and xpel ultimate clear bra. Any recs there? I'm thinking 503 motoring but not sure. Thanks!
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      11-19-2012, 11:52 AM   #22
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Stealth,

Assuming you hand wash your own car, do you use a deionized water (e.g. CR Spotless) system to minimize water spots?
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