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Has anyone seen or bought this? <p>I'm tired of the bugs and stones chipping away at the front end of my cars. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-2007-VOLVO-V70R-3M-CLEAR-BRA_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2em20Q2el1116QQhashZitem4a95a02c2cQQitemZ320337882156QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...ories</A>
 

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Re: Bumper Protection (SteveP)

I had the 3M clear bra on my SR and it worked amazing <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> But I hit a deer in Oct and had to get a new bumper and haven't put one on again. It will cost you some $$$ to get it professionally done and to be honest it would be cheaper to get the whole bumper repainted! Oh and no point putting on the clear bra if you already have bad chips.
 

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I have that exact product on my SR hood, but I haven't gotten up the stones to put it on my bumper yet. It's freaking fantastic though. It went on very simple on the hood, but I'm scared to try it on the bumper, we have a lot of curves and crap to work with. It would definitely be a two person job.
 

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Here is my take on it. I had the hood done at the dealership when I bought the car 6 years ago. The clear protector still looks great except for two small pits where stones even managed to penetrate the vinyl. Chips above the protected area have been dealt with by using Dr Color Chips (which I swear by). I did not get the bumper done at purchase time as the dealer's accessory guy told me at the time it was "plastic and will not chip." Of course, he was wrong and after five years it looked like crap. Hail storm came along and caused $3 damage to car and I took the opportunity to have the bumper replaced while it was in the body shop.<p>Then I read about these do it yourself kits. I watched all the videos, read all the instructions, online posts etc and decided I could do it my self. Well, I failed. Most of my effort looked really good but there were several places that did not and the harder I tried the worse it looked. So I ripped the whole thing off and asked the body shop for a recommendation to have it done professionally. <p>The pro looked at it and quoted me a price of $275. I said yes and left the car. After a day and a half they said it was done. I picked it up an gave it a close inspection and noticed that there were several places that the film was not adhering like it should. I took it back and they tried again. I went back and they admitted that they were unable to do it 100% right and said I could either leave it on and have half of my money back or they would take it all off and give me a refund. Given that it looked 98% right I opted for the former (especially since having it done elsewhere meant a 150 mile round trip and no guarantee of better results).<p>Bottom line for me was<br>a) Self attempt failed - might have worked with two people but not sure - flat areas are a cinch, its those pesky tight curves on the bumper that are tough to do.<br>b) If you get it professionally installed, make sure that you find a shop that has done an R or a vehicle with similar difficult bumper sections.<br>c) The film does work. <br>d) I doubt no one can see the areas that I did not like on my bumper and there are no additional chips in the year that I had it put on and looks 1000% better than if I had nothing on there.<p>Now, (as an unintended consequence of slightly wider tires) the bottoms edges of doors are in need of Dr Color Chips and film. The Dr Color Chips is a breeze and since the areas are perfectly flat, I'm gonna do the vinvly my self. <p>My love/hate relationship with the black paint and the white primer continues!!<p>Hope this helps.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hi Alt R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Then I read about these do it yourself kits. I watched all the videos, read all the instructions, online posts etc and decided I could do it my self. Well, I failed. Most of my effort looked really good but there were several places that did not and the harder I tried the worse it looked. So I ripped the whole thing off and asked the body shop for a recommendation to have it done professionally.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>do you have any photos of your bumper with the clear mask? i im'd you but wasn't sure if you would get it since you were offline at the time. i'm seriously thinking about trying this myself - thanks for any tips you can offer!
 

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I just (today) had a Expel clearbra put onto my S60R 07 black sapph. Contracted directly with a pro installer in the Dayton, OH area who installed for $600. He does installs for many luxury dealers in the area who charge their cust's $750 or more. Covers the front end and first 24" or so of the hood. <p>Looks nice, imo (in other words, you can't see it). You can notice a subtle line on the hood where the film stops, but only if you're looking for it, and only up close. <p>I drive a lot of highway miles btn Chicago and SW OH, so I figured better to protect. Also, I just had a new front end piece put in, a result of hitting a massive truck retread on the interstate that another semi screened me from until it was right in front of me!<p>If doing yourself, consider that my installer clay-bar'ed the front end before install.<br>
 

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Re: Bumper Protection (SteveP)

ok, i bought this kit and did it myself. my back is killing me from 5 hours of maddeningly frustrating labor. the kit is one piece except for 2 small strips i haven't even attempted to put on yet, so it is damn near impossible to put on by yourself. i mean, it looks 10 feet long from end to end. so first you have to spray the whole thing down, then peel it off the paper without sticking to itself, then figure out where the hell its supposed to go on the bumper... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>after all that get it lined up with the curves in the right places, at exactly the right angle, remind yourself in a moment of panic that the DVD made it look so much easier... long story short, it's on but i have several wrinkles near the left headlight that look like crap. the bottom isn't bad, and the fender areas are pretty good, and i'm hoping the small bubbles will go away. i've got it parked in the sun right now to bake. after trying the bumper, the hood should be a cinch. <p>i figure i'll save up my change to get it done later by a professional, but in the meantime my front bumper will be protected. hell, i park so far away from everyone who's even going to notice the wrinkles??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>so if you're thinking about getting this kit, prepare yourself for 5 hours of agony.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>j0sie27</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">greatest thing ive ever purchased. I put it on myself. took about 5 hours</TD></TR></TABLE><p>how did you do it without wrinkles?? it was so hard for me to get the one piece centered perfectly - i tried to work from the middle, but just could not get it lined up so all the other pieces were perfect. so now i have some wrinkles and lots of little bubbles under the film in various places. will the bubbles dry up or do i need to pierce them with a razor point and push the water out? i'm thinking if they don't go away i'll peel the thing off with soapy water and admit defeat. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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i wish i took pictures when i installed itbut in a nutshell, I cleaned the hell out of the car. caly bared it smooth then used 3m paint prep to remove any grease or contaminates from the paint<p>As for the installation, you need 2 spray bottles. one with a soap solution and the other with an alcohol solution<p>then its just a matter of patience. Walmart had a window tint kit that had a very nice rubber squeegee and razor blade. I also used ahair dryer... not a heat gun!<p>making sure the garage is clean and no dust floating helps too.<p><br>you cant be in a hurry to do this otherwise you will pull your hair out.<p>youtube has a how to video that shows techniques. shows you how to work the clear material into crevaces.<p>also, my kit came with a 5 CC diabetic needle used to suck out air bubbles<p>my only gripe was that the kit for the hood didnt protect enough. so i bought a roll of that clear film and made my own. so right now half my hood is covered. ill post pics<p>the bumper was a pain because of the various contours but all in all its money well spent
 

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<IMG SRC="http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p76/j0sie27/DSC00252.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>THe car is clean, sorry for the smuges all over the camera...might be a light reflection<p><IMG SRC="http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p76/j0sie27/DSC00253.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p76/j0sie27/DSC00256.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p76/j0sie27/DSC00255.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p76/j0sie27/DSC00256.jpg" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by j0sie27 at 12:22 PM 6-28-2009</i>
 
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