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Old 05-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default opticoat, clear bra, or clear coat?

so i just got my 12' wrx and i have read that subaru paint is not the best. i want to try to keep this car clean for as long as possible and i was wondering what is the best DIY product i can use to keep it protected from rocks, chips, etc.

I heard of opticoat and was wondering if anyone has reviews on it? i've been reading some online alrdy.

thanks in advance!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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To add to this, does Opticoat contain a UV protectant? I never got an answer for that in the Vendor announcement thread about it.

(Sorry to hijack, back to your regularly scheduled option thread)
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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i have read that subaru paint is not the best
yeah the paint on the front of my 07 wrx has many chips from catching just average road gunk. The stock clear coat is chipping away to. Definately worth it to protect it now and keep it looking nice.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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so i just got my 12' wrx and i have read that subaru paint is not the best. i want to try to keep this car clean for as long as possible and i was wondering what is the best DIY product i can use to keep it protected from rocks, chips, etc.

I heard of opticoat and was wondering if anyone has reviews on it? i've been reading some online alrdy.

thanks in advance!!
While Opti Coat may provide some level of added protection against scratching/marring, it will do little in regard to impact/chipping. If that sort of protection is what you're after, something like a clear bra would be more appropriate IMO.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #5
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To add to this, does Opticoat contain a UV protectant? I never got an answer for that in the Vendor announcement thread about it.

(Sorry to hijack, back to your regularly scheduled option thread)
....according to Dr. Ghodoussi of Optimum, yes (it does contain UV inhibitors).
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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Is it always best to keep the clear bra?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:30 PM   #7
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Opti-coat is awesome, but that also depends on what you're using it for. As stated above, it won't help protect from rock chips any differently than just your standard clearcoat.

Opti-coat (to my understanding) is a general clearcoat protectant that hardens over time to protect your existing clearcoat from things like treesap, bug guts, and bird droppings as well as other environmental hazards. It's really cool stuff to use, but won't keep a rock from chipping your paint for sure I wish it did, I would have kept layering it for sure!

An alternative available at your local parts store like Advance/Checker/O'Reily would be Liquid Glass. Pretty much the same concept but a bit cheaper (and don't know if it will hold up longterm like OCv2).
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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Here is my 2 cents:

I came from a 06 WRX (VF43'ed) to a 2012 STI. My 06 had a very badly chipped front end after 50k miles. (I Learned the hard way that Subaru paint is thin)

I told myself that I would not let my 2012 get like that and got clear bra put one on day 2 entire front. $650 for the bra with install and it took him about 5 hours. He also did the Mirrors and panels behind the wheels. I have had rocks hit my bra and bounce off of it since, but I am not able to see were they hit. I am very pleased with the clear bra and I will do it again with my next car!

Down side:

in some light you see the line as you can see from the pictures attached.

Hope it helps!

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Yes it is a 2012 and it has black 2011 headlights! its another thread.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:02 PM   #9
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Is it always best to keep the clear bra?
Im not sure I understand your question. A clear bra is more of a semi-permanent solution. While it can be removed, it is intended to be left on the vehicle long term.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:10 PM   #10
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(and don't know if it will hold up longterm like OCv2).
....OC is literally permanent unlike other sealants/waxes that eventually will wear off over time (weeks/months). The only way to actually remove OC is through mechanical abrasion (ie compounds/polishes). It is really unlike other LSP's in this respect. It also adds an actual measurable layer to the finish although not enough to say it would be an appropriate deterrent against impacts from road debris when compared to something like an attachable film.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:42 PM   #11
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I've had my clear bra on my car since new in 2006. I will be replacing the clear bra as it has finally started to fade. It has saved me from NUMEROUS rock chips and even a tire carcass on the road. I literally was able to just wipe everything off with some quick detailer. I currently use opticoat on my black 06 STi. It works wonders in protecting your paint from swirls, bugs, bird droppings, etc, but it does not protect it from chips. I would suggest you find a local dealer that will put a clear bra on for you. They also have pre-cut kits that you can put on yourself if you're feeling savvy/have any experience with vinyl application.

For my next clear bra I will be using Xpel Ultimate, which is a self healing clear bra that prevents swirl marks and scratches from forming on the material.

See here: http://www.xpel.com/products/xpel_ul...ction_film.asp

Quite expensive stuff, but for a long term solution, it is well worth it.

Hope that helps.

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:41 PM   #12
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has anyone had experience removing clear bra? I hear sometimes it damages the paint. any truth to that?
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:28 PM   #13
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damn i would like to do a clear bra, but for 600 bucks!!! damnn! pricy
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:39 PM   #14
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600 is cheap. Better that than thousands on repainting parts.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:46 AM   #15
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ABSOLUTELY agree with corvid. $600 is a minuscule price to pay for a car that you spend between $25-$40k on. If you would rather have a $2-3k paint job down the road...go right ahead! Lol

Clear bra removal is not difficult and won't harm the paint if you remove it correctly. This means heating the material up to soften the adhesive to ease removal. If you were to pull on the vinyl without warming the adhesive, it is possible you will take the paint off with it. Best bet is to use a steamer or a heat gun. Adhesive (goo gone or citrus adhesive remover) works best at removing the remaining residue.

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Old 05-09-2012, 03:21 PM   #16
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I plan on getting a zero line clear bra kit right away.

Shop around for installers as you can usually find it for a better price than the dealer will charge.

I'm getting a zero line kit (custom fit wrap with full hood/fenders) for the same price as the pre cut kit the dealership would install.
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