How to Install Clear Bra on Car: A Comprehensive Guide
Cars, in general, are great investments that we often want to keep safe. If we can preserve it as if we just bought it yesterday, we would. But for this to happen, you’ll be needing some protection that can keep it safe from the different forces of nature that can wear and tear it like clear bras!
This highly recommended layer of protection for cars is more commonly known as paint protection films or automotive paint protection. Clear bras are urethane based films that that’s applied on vehicles to protect its paint from road debris, rock chips, and other harmful materials it can get on the road. Its like window tints but meant to protect the vehicle’s paint, saving car owners from spending more on expensive paint jobs!
And due to the high demand for paint protection, bra kits have become available for those who want to protect their vehicles for a cost-effective price! Each kit comes with pre-cut films made to fit different areas of your vehicle — all that’s left for you to do is to install it for yourself. Now it may be tempting to just go ahead and install clear bra paint protection films, some people might find it intimidating.
There’s no need to worry, though. We’ve broken down the key guidelines on clear bra installation! Read through the process and see if it’s something you can handle all by yourself.
Installing Clear Bras At Home
Though it used to be a project for the pros, paint protection installation can now be done at home with the help of clear bra kits or spray-on paint protection!
Before starting on anything else, drivers should ensure they have the following tools prior to installation:
- Spray bottle
- Shampoo solution
- Lint-free towel and/or a heat gun, hair dryer, or steamer.
Another key point to remember is that paint protection films should be installed in 75 degrees temperature with minimal moisture in the air and as little wind as possible. It’s not advisable for films to be installed during rigid temperatures or when it’s raining.
Installers should wash the area of their car where the film will be installed as well as wash their hands to ensure its free from oil or any kind of dirt. An additional step car owners can take is to wax their paint’s finish so that removal in the future would be much easier — additionally, this step could protect the overall finish of the paint. Make sure that the wax has been buffed out evenly before proceeding to the following steps.
Once this is done, you can now prepare for your solution. Mix 99.5% water solution and .5% shampoo in the water bottle. Adding more shampoo to the solution will not help the installation — as a matter of fact it might even cause problems in the future if the solution becomes acidic. And to ensure that the shampoo you’ll use does not have any fragrance in it, it’s better to buy baby shampoo instead.
Once you’ve prepared every tool you’ll be needing, you can start the process by spraying your soap solution onto the area of your vehicle where the film will be applied. But, it must be remembered that you have to spray some on your hands as well to avoid disturbing the adhesive side of the film.
Right after this, you can start positioning it down to your vehicle. Be careful not to let the film to fold over or else the adhesive will stick to itself. One reminder, for areas that require large pieces like the edge of the hood and the bumper of the vehicle, it’s best to have some around that’ll help you.
After the film has been placed on the car, it should be able to move freely. Should there be any areas that feel like they are sticking down to the car, just peel off its edge and spray more solution.
Afterwards, spray another layer of solution on the clear bra. It will act as a lubricant as you remove the bubbles out with a squeegee. Once you feel comfortable with the placement of the paint protection film, you can go ahead and remove the bubbles with your sponge! Remember to start in the middle and to press hard enough to remove all the water and moisture out.
Another key point to remember in installing clear bra is to get rid of all the water between the paint and the film for it to adhere safely. If any water or moisture stays, it could result to paint damage in the long run. Should there be any bubbles left after squeezing them out, you can use a heat gun or a hair dryer to get rid of it. It must be remembered though that it could burn the film if you’re not careful.
Afterwards, you should allow the film to dry. This usually takes a couple of hours in warmer climates but it might take up to 24 hours for it to be dried completely. Once it dries, you can start inspecting your work for any unfinished areas.
To DIY or Not to DIY
Reading through the instructions above, you might think, it seems like a pretty easy task. But in reality, it’s a pretty complicated project. Should you get it wrong the first time, you might damage the paint job of your car! At the worst, you’ll have to pay for a removal service and another paint job.
So should you still install clear bra all by yourself? Coming from a professional expert, we’d suggest not. While it may be true that you get to save more by just doing the installation yourself, one mistake could result to even bigger expenses.
Fortunately enough, there are auto tinting companies offering cost-efficient services for drivers on a budget! Don’t be afraid to shop around and compare pricing between providers. Paint protection films are great investments that produce long-term benefits!