Does Removing Clear Bra from Your Car Leave a Residue?
If you drive a sports car or luxury vehicle in Arizona, chances are you’ve probably heard about paint protection film. A clear bra car is much better protected from the common road hazards that drivers in the Valley face on almost a daily basis – loose gravel, tumbleweeds, flying insects, and (unfortunately) other drivers.
When road debris is swept up by the wind or kicked up by the wheels of the car in front of you, it can cause serious damage to your paint. And if you own a high end vehicle, chipped paint is a big deal. You want to preserve the beautiful, flawless appearance of your car as long as possible.
Using clear bra for your car is one way to protect your car’s paint. However, if you’ve researched the product before, you may have come across some online videos or reviews that claim that it leaves behind a nasty residue. You may wonder, is this information true? Is a clear coat bra for a car worth the investment?
And what about clear bra removal? Does it leave a residue? Well, we’re here to put your concerns to rest and provide you with some answers.
What Is a Clear Coat Bra for a Car?
A clear coat bra for a car is a product that’s designed to protect a vehicle’s paint. The coating is completely transparent. A clear coat bra is a nearly invisible paint-protection film made from ultra-rugged urethane. Its film is very difficult to detect if it’s installed correctly, but the results are visible.
A clear bra car will have far fewer scratches after a few years than a car without paint protection. It’s purpose is to protect high impact areas of your car against road debris (gravel and sand are the most common culprits here in Arizona). Last but not least, clear bras are incredibly durable and require no special maintenance outside of normal washing. SmartFilm has written an extensive article about what clear bra actually is.
Does Paint Protection Film Leave a Residue?
The short answer is ‘’most likely not’’. It’s possible that your clear bra could receive some damage over its lifetime. However, this is far better than dealing with chipped factory paint.
Most of the time, small damages can be repaired very easily and the film can be cleaned with a little bit of polishing. However, there comes a point where if damage is severe enough, that it may have to be removed from the car.
Does Removing Clear Bra Cause any Damage?
Removing clear bra from your car usually doesn’t cause any damage. The technology has come a long way in recent years, making the films extremely durable. These protection films can last between 5 and 10 years without yellowing, bubbling or leaving a residue on your paint when it is removed. Of course, it also helps that the clear bra installation has been done correctly.
Some people claim that clear bra removal is extremely difficult and it almost always leaves behind a sticky residue. It’s true that sometimes the adhesive will not want to come off with the film. However, the sticky stuff can be easily removed with a little bit of adhesive remover. Regardless, a clear bra car should only be worked on by a professional if removal is desired.
Before Removing Any Clear Film: Determine the Condition
If the condition is good but showing signs of needing care, it’s not necessary to remove it completely. Most clear film can be polished with some light foam pads and a mild polish. Light surface scratches can be removed with some polishing.
Clear bras are correctable to bring back some gloss as well. If the condition of your film is still great, than don’t remove it. Film is a great investment and worth protecting.
We usually ask some questions to the client, to verify the poor condition of the film.
- How long has the film been on the car?
- Did the film come with the car during purchase (Manufacturer install)?
- Who installed it, and what kind of clear film is it?
- How has the car been maintained (and how many times)?
- Do you plan on installing new film after the removal?
- Was the vehicle purchased from out of state? Which state?
- How many others owned the vehicle before you purchased it?
It’s always important to ask as many questions as possible, to have a clear picture of the clear bra. A professional will notice a clear film in poor condition, since it’s usually pretty noticeable. It’s also possible to determine the state of the clear bra by touching it. Our SmartFilm team will help determine the state of your clear film, and if it needs replacement or not.
The best protection for your car is without a doubt clear film. It will protect the paint a lot better. Better than any coating or wax ever can. Removing a clear bra won’t damage your car.
We believe it’s always better to let a professional like SmartFilm remove the clear film.
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If you are interested in protecting your car from the elements in Mesa, our team at Smartfilm would be happy to help. Call today to schedule an appointment or get more information on our services.