Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday October 25, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Interior & Exterior Modification

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-03-2007, 02:33 AM   #1
Ssleeping
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 60353
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Vehicle:
2002 Stg. 4 WRX
WRB

Default Spray on clear bra vs. 3M clear bra

I searched around and haven't churned up much information about spray-on clear bra's. Basically, I'm looking for some information in the ups/down of spray on bra's vs. normal 'sticky' clear bra's.

The body shop my car is currently at recomends spray on bra's by a company called Armorcote. I am pretty new to spray on bra's. So I'm trying to decide from the two. The only downfall I see is that I am running a Jun bumper so a custom fit 3M kit will be hard to obtain.

Does anyobody know anything about this stuff? Good? Bad? The body shop says it's superior and warrantys the bra for the life of the car.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Ssleeping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2007, 02:27 PM   #2
Ssleeping
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 60353
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Vehicle:
2002 Stg. 4 WRX
WRB

Default

anybody? any info?
Ssleeping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2007, 03:38 PM   #3
invadersevlow
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 89721
Join Date: Jun 2005
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: PDX
Vehicle:
2005 WRX Wagon
PSM

Default

Spray on? The only spray on bra I've seen is the Duplicolor Shield line (Link), but thats a temporary option only. I have the 3M Rock Blocker on my wagon and couldn't be happier with it.
invadersevlow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2007, 03:41 PM   #4
Crashsector
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 98702
Join Date: Oct 2005
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Annapolistown, MD
Vehicle:
1996 Jeep Cherokee
Green

Default

If your installer is a certified 3M installer, the Scotchgard Paint Protection Film can be installed on any shaped bumper. They just won't have a template, so they'll have to freehand it.
Crashsector is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2007, 07:20 PM   #5
Ssleeping
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 60353
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Vehicle:
2002 Stg. 4 WRX
WRB

Default

Looks like the Ferrari guys have done some expirimenting wiht ArmorCoat, so far so good.
Ssleeping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2007, 07:32 PM   #6
Tbagger
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 122680
Join Date: Aug 2006
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: MASS-HOLE
Vehicle:
2006 STi Rally Car
WRB

Default

anyone have any experience doing the 3m bra??? Is it that hard to put on?
Tbagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2007, 01:57 PM   #7
Ssleeping
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 60353
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Vehicle:
2002 Stg. 4 WRX
WRB

Default

shouldn't be if a decent body shop does it.
Ssleeping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2007, 03:41 PM   #8
sajohnson
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 6140
Join Date: Apr 2001
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Middletown, MD, USA
Vehicle:
2002 WRX 5MT Sedan
WR Blue. Cobb Stage 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tbagger View Post
anyone have any experience doing the 3m bra??? Is it that hard to put on?
My local body shop owner (Kenny) referred me to a specialist. Kenny said that he tried it a couple times but because the adhesive covers the entire back side, he found it next to impossible not to get lint, dirt, and/or fingerprints on the underside. He said it was way obvious once installed.

Bottom line -- he won't work with the 3M film.

So to answer your question, I'd say it is something better left to and expert.
sajohnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2007, 02:36 PM   #9
srad711
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 12282
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: CT
Vehicle:
2004 STi silver

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sajohnson View Post
My local body shop owner (Kenny) referred me to a specialist. Kenny said that he tried it a couple times but because the adhesive covers the entire back side, he found it next to impossible not to get lint, dirt, and/or fingerprints on the underside. He said it was way obvious once installed.

Bottom line -- he won't work with the 3M film.

So to answer your question, I'd say it is something better left to and expert.
I would disagree you shop sucks if they can't keep it lint/dust free. I did my own in a home garage and it came out great no dust dirt or debris. If you have experience with any vinyl/film decals you should not have a problem. Read up
srad711 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2007, 03:11 PM   #10
sajohnson
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 6140
Join Date: Apr 2001
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Middletown, MD, USA
Vehicle:
2002 WRX 5MT Sedan
WR Blue. Cobb Stage 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by srad711 View Post
I would disagree you shop sucks if they can't keep it lint/dust free. I did my own in a home garage and it came out great no dust dirt or debris. If you have experience with any vinyl/film decals you should not have a problem. Read up
Just repeating what I was told, I'm glad yours came out ok.

Personally, the only experience I have is applying the pre-cut clear thick 3M film to the fog lights (I had one break and the replacement got cracked shortly thereafter). That's nothing compared to an entire bra.

What scares me about stuff like this is that (if I understand correctly) the installer has one shot to get it right. Any misalignment, dirt, or wrinkles and the film is trashed.
sajohnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2007, 04:13 PM   #11
dchou
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 39137
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Dublin, CA
Vehicle:
2005 PSM STi
Silver

Default

My body shop guy has tested the ArmorCoat stuff on a few BMWs and Subarus. He no longer recommends using the ArmorCoat because it doesn't dry hard enough to allow wet sanding, which required to get a OEM clearcoat like finish. That is what he told me. He said until they perfect their formulation for it to be workable like OEM clearcoat then it will be next to impossible to get it perfect. You will see waves and orange peel from the ArmorCoat. Just go with a clear bra.
dchou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2007, 04:46 PM   #12
sajohnson
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 6140
Join Date: Apr 2001
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Middletown, MD, USA
Vehicle:
2002 WRX 5MT Sedan
WR Blue. Cobb Stage 2

Default

Thanks dchou, that's good information!
sajohnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3M Clear bra install Peaty Interior & Exterior Modification 3 09-04-2003 09:25 AM
Mi 3m Clear Bra Install LaxCat RS Mid West Subaru Owners Club Forum -- MWSOC 3 05-17-2002 11:09 AM
Willing to help with a 3M clear bra install? Ayapon Bay Area Impreza Club Forum -- BAIC 30 05-02-2002 09:25 PM
Pictures of 3M clear bra? Vinnie Interior & Exterior Modification 11 11-01-2001 08:39 AM
anyone have the 3m clear bra? chuckpfl Interior & Exterior Modification 13 04-23-2001 11:03 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.