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Old 09-21-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default 80K miles --- Removing clear bra...

Okay, so my car has roughly 80k miles on it... there has been a clear bra on it ever since... So now as you can imagine, there's lots of bug splatter marks that don't ever seem to come off, bra turning yellow, etc...

I'm thinking about removing the clear bra, but I'm worried the paint will be more white under the bra than the rest of the car. So how can I prevent this from happening, or how can I fix it (if it does happen)? Would a full detail help blend colors together? Or.... ??????
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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Most of the time when we remove them after that long there is a color difference that won't buff. Depends on how much your car has sat outside and the condition of the paint thats not covered.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:19 AM   #3
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Yea the rest of the car has been through a lot... I guess we'll see when I pull off the bra.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:54 AM   #4
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pictures before and after please! id love to see the difference
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:56 AM   #5
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Another reason I try to steer people away from Clear Bra's whenever possible. Let us know how it turns out, will you?
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:27 AM   #6
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Sure no problem guys. I'm planning on pulling off the bra sometime within the next couple of weeks (I hear it's a long process to take off correctly without getting residue everywhere).
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:34 AM   #7
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Out of curiosity, have you taken it to a professional detailer in an attempt to polish out the UV Breakdown and bug staining?

You can get a lot of that out of plastic headlamps using PlastX and a DA, I would assume the yellowing is only surface oxidation and a plastic polish might get that out of a clear bra, along with the bug staining.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:13 PM   #8
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The other thing that helps make an old clear bra less visible is to trim the edges.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:25 PM   #9
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I subbed to this thread can you please post pics before and after.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:42 PM   #10
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Out of curiosity, have you taken it to a professional detailer in an attempt to polish out the UV Breakdown and bug staining?

You can get a lot of that out of plastic headlamps using PlastX and a DA, I would assume the yellowing is only surface oxidation and a plastic polish might get that out of a clear bra, along with the bug staining.
No, I haven't sought out anyone to actually clean/polish/buff out the bra. I'll actually try that first and see what a professional has to say... if it doesn't work, then it'll just be time wasted... My bra is pretty stained =/


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Old 09-22-2011, 09:47 PM   #11
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a little off topic... I just got an '07 Impreza WRX wagon and all I can find is just the hood bra or the clear coat one you are trying to remove. is there a full frontal bra I can purchase for the bumper and hood? looking to limit damage from highway driving.

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Old 09-23-2011, 07:18 PM   #12
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When I purchased a clearbra for my 2008'er, I purchased the material that had some updated technology at the time. I believe the 3M clear material regulated Sunlight/UV more efficiently and allowed the paint under the clearbra to age along with the rest of the paint. I'm not exactly sure how this works out considering I always keep a fresh coat of wax on my car. My clearbra still looks new so I have no need to take it off any time soon but I'm curious if it did it's job with the whole UV regulation thing. What brand clear-bra did you have on the car?
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:50 PM   #13
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a little off topic... I just got an '07 Impreza WRX wagon and all I can find is just the hood bra or the clear coat one you are trying to remove. is there a full frontal bra I can purchase for the bumper and hood? looking to limit damage from highway driving.

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I'm not too sure about the aftermarket ones, but I'm sure if you went to your local dealer, they could probably source one up for you somewhere.


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When I purchased a clearbra for my 2008'er, I purchased the material that had some updated technology at the time. I believe the 3M clear material regulated Sunlight/UV more efficiently and allowed the paint under the clearbra to age along with the rest of the paint. I'm not exactly sure how this works out considering I always keep a fresh coat of wax on my car. My clearbra still looks new so I have no need to take it off any time soon but I'm curious if it did it's job with the whole UV regulation thing. What brand clear-bra did you have on the car?
Mine came with a 3M clear bra; I'm not sure the specifics on it, but I really hope it comes off nice and clean with the paint aging with the rest of the car lol. I always hand wash my car and wax like every other month (I should wax more... I know).
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:28 PM   #14
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helpful hint on taking the bra off. start on a top corner, once you can grip it with your fingers dont just peel it off like its a price tag. stretch the stuff out when your taking it off, if your starting on the drivers side and standing next to the fender, pull it over the fender. kind of like taking those 3M easy to remove hooks off a wall. i use to install them and that is how i was taught to remove them.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:11 AM   #15
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helpful hint on taking the bra off. start on a top corner, once you can grip it with your fingers dont just peel it off like its a price tag. stretch the stuff out when your taking it off, if your starting on the drivers side and standing next to the fender, pull it over the fender. kind of like taking those 3M easy to remove hooks off a wall. i use to install them and that is how i was taught to remove them.
Thanks for the tip!

I have a buddy coming over later this week with a buffer and that's what I'm going to try and do first... Try to get that yellow tint out; if that doesn't work then I'll be removing the bra.
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don't forget to take pics before/after even after the buffer phase just in case that might work
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:43 PM   #17
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Make sure you either let the car sit in the sun for awhile or use a blow dryer or very carefully a heat gun while removing the clear bra. The last thing you want to do is leave any adhesive behind.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:07 PM   #18
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make sure you take it off in direct sunlight or use a blow drier or heat gun on low setting to get the adhesive warm and easy to take off, any resdue can be removed with rubbing alcohol and elbow grease... or a cleaner wax works much slower
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:07 AM   #19
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goo gone
thats what I used to remove clear bra glue
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I'd use a heat gun carefully, the same way you remove emblems. Goo gone or was it goof off ruined my paint.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:03 PM   #21
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I had a clear bra on my MY02 for 8+ years, it looked fine except for the dirty edges. I removed the piece from the bumper it was fairly easy to get off but it did leave a lot of stubborn residue. You'll also find many stone chips will come off with the bra, you may not be pleased with what you find.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:55 PM   #22
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I recommend installing new paint protection film.
That will minimize the paint color differential and put protection back on your front end.
Without it, the paint will get all chipped up before you know it.
Also, keep the film waxed and it should not yellow.
I have have had two different film brands on my two Subies, and the films never yellowed.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:00 PM   #23
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Yea, if it's discolored, I'll probably look into installing another bra on there. My buddies buffer took a crap and this little project will have to be put on hold a little whiles until he gets it fixed.

It's all good though, my car sits in the garage 24/7 anyways :P
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Yea, if it's discolored, I'll probably look into installing another bra on there. My buddies buffer took a crap and this little project will have to be put on hold a little whiles until he gets it fixed.

It's all good though, my car sits in the garage 24/7 anyways :P
it wont be discolored so soon its practicly brand new, and on a lower part of car anyways. dont use goo gone..
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Goo Gone is safe, Goof Off however is not safe for automotive paint.
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