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Old 09-07-2011, 11:27 PM   #1
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Thinking about getting one of these guys for my 09 STI. Tired of hitting rocks and stuff on the highway. I'd like a black pleather one of possible. Has anyone had one of these before? Any luck? I wan't to be able to take it on and off easy. Don't want the hassle of a clear bra.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:41 PM   #2
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those will jack up your paint if you don't clean them frequently.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:46 PM   #3
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those will jack up your paint if you don't clean them frequently.


what do you mean?
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:08 AM   #4
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dust and dirt will find its way between the bra and paint scuff up your paint.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:08 AM   #5
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The bra doesn't fit air tight to the paint. Dirt gets trapped behind the bra. The bra slides around on the paint, rubbing the dirt into and across your finish creating scratches and swirls. Clear bra, yey, car bra, ney.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:28 AM   #6
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Welcome to 1994.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:50 AM   #7
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If your tired of hitting rocks,I suggest you drop an additional 2 seconds behind all other moving cars you have been behind.
or just save up for your eventually replaced front bumper/hood.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:58 AM   #8
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First, not all bras are the same. Materials, build quality and design will vary. Also, different cars can pose different challenges (i.e. angles, shapes, contact points, etc.). In the case of your STi, Subaru has typically not recommended use of them on their FI vehicles since they can alter the flow of air into the scoop.

Second, even with a good quality bra, you are not supposed to leave them on the car for extended periods of time. They should be removed often for cleaning both the paint underneath and the inner lining of the bra itself. As mentioned, if left unattended it will damage your paint since debris will work it's way in between even the most snug fitting of products.

Third, if you do use one, you should always monitor the paint the bra covers for possible areas of marring and address as needed. Again, I have found that on each car I have used them on, they will usually have a couple of contact points that begin to show signs of abrasion. These need to be addressed before damage occurs (i.e. using added protection, etc.).

I have used bras in the past and currently use them on both my wife's '08 Forester and my '10 Challenger. I haven't found a clear bra that has an appearance/finish I like so this is my alternative. In my case, both have done an excellent job of protecting the paint underneath with no damage caused by the bra itself. There are a couple of small areas I identified on both cars as potential abrasion points that I protect with MF swaths or low tack painters tape. With the Forester (our daily driver), the bra gets used almost exclusively and has been for the past 4 years/90k miles. Without it, the paint would have been absolutely trashed. For the Challenger, I only use it on long trips and/or when driving on the highway.

Again, these products are not for everyone, especially those who don't maintain them and the paint properly. Folks that have seen me post in this forum know I'm fairly picky so if they were causing damage to both of my cars, I wouldn't be using them. ....but that's not to say these things don't have the potential. That's a fact.

....as far as avoiding rock damage, some defensive techniques will certainly help but I believe there are some situations where it is simply not possible to evade all scenarios while still being realistic/practical. When I moved to my new home several years ago, this problem became really apparent during my weekly commute.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:54 PM   #9
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ya i have seen it ruin a friends paint before
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:39 PM   #10
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Kean is correct the rest have just seen Dumb Arse's use bras/masks incorrectly.

Colgan is the premier Bra/Mask maker. I have one on the Wife's Mountaineer and had one on my Wagon until its accident.

Just like any other maintenance item or detailing ritual. If it rains, take it off the next day and wash the front of the car. LEt the Bra air dry or better yet, wash it following manuf. instructions and line dry.

Drive through the desert, leave it on, but when you arrive take it off immedidiately and rinse/wash the car, wash the bra.

No different than a clear bra or a big shield. the bad rap comes from DA's who don't use the product as prescibed or intended.

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Old 09-10-2011, 10:46 PM   #11
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That is very good to know! I have personally never used one, but neither have I ever seen one used with good results. Glad to know it's possible!
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