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      11-18-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Important clearbra learning

I remember someone on the forum posted that they were very happy with their clearbra install, but the one thing that bugged them was a seam in the middle of the center intake area.

When I dropped my car off today for the clearbra install tomorrow, I mentioned that I didn't want this seam to the installer. He said he wraps the edges to make it seamless, but on the bumper they tend to use templates with the edges being wrapped.

We looked up the templates - Xpel is the only template software company with templates for the M5 and it turns out they have 2 templates for the bumper: One with a seam in the center intake and one which is seamless. The seamless one is apparently harder to install based on Xpel's difficulty rating. The installer said he would use the seamless one of course.

However I can imagine that some installers may not be aware that there is a good and a bad template for the bumper - so watch out for this if you are doing clearbra.
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Good to know!
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Did you end up using the guys in Atlanta?
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Did you end up using the guys in Atlanta?
I did use Derek at Atlanta Protective Films and the work is absolutely amazing. I've never seen anything so good. It is like factory finish.
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For anyone in the Boston area and you're interested in a clearbra installation
you might want to consider AutoSalonDetailing from JD Chidsey 781-771-1500

He did my car today and they used bulk material to achieve maximum coverage and fitment
They sent me a few cell phone pictures below as they went through the process








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I remember someone on the forum posted that they were very happy with their clearbra install, but the one thing that bugged them was a seam in the middle of the center intake area.

When I dropped my car off today for the clearbra install tomorrow, I mentioned that I didn't want this seam to the installer. He said he wraps the edges to make it seamless, but on the bumper they tend to use templates with the edges being wrapped.

We looked up the templates - Xpel is the only template software company with templates for the M5 and it turns out they have 2 templates for the bumper: One with a seam in the center intake and one which is seamless. The seamless one is apparently harder to install based on Xpel's difficulty rating. The installer said he would use the seamless one of course.

However I can imagine that some installers may not be aware that there is a good and a bad template for the bumper - so watch out for this if you are doing clearbra.
Thanks stealth, that was me. I'll take this info back to my installer. Cheers
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I did use Derek at Atlanta Protective Films and the work is absolutely amazing. I've never seen anything so good. It is like factory finish.
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I'll see if I can get an appt. how much did you have done?
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I did use Derek at Atlanta Protective Films and the work is absolutely amazing. I've never seen anything so good. It is like factory finish.
Thanks.

I'll see if I can get an appt. how much did you have done?
I did entire full hood, fenders, bumper, headlights, mirrors, side skirts, lower panel of rear bumper behind rear wheels, door cups and rear cargo lip. Was $1400 for all that.

You're welcome to have a look at my car to see what it looks like. I will be in Alpharetta till Friday, then head back home to Miami on Saturday.
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I probably won't be able to escape tomorrow, but if I can I'll PM you. Would definitely like to see your car.

Have you had had your windows done?
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