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Old 11-14-2007, 10:14 PM   #1
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So I have a choice to make. Should I put the bra on her or not? Last time I put the bra on her it left marks on the hood and took alot to get them out. So I ask you all, I am no longer in South Florida, Should I put the bra on for the winter? Is there any advantages?
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I'm all for bras.

You have to remember to take it off weekly to clean under the bra, dirt can accumulate a lot under there. Also, it'* good to make sure the bra is extremely taut so it doesn't flap around and scratch the paint. Don't forget to apply several coats of wax underneath there too.
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I want a bra for my car. Do you know were I can get one?
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The paint on my 96 SSE was completely ruined by hazing of the clearcoat from a bra that I only used on long trips, never left on for more than the length of the trip itself and washed the car very soon after use. It was a popular name brand. I have seen other diaries on this site where the same thing happened.

Use a car bra at your own risk. There is a strong possibility that it will ruin your paint.
Just my experience, not necessarily universal.
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Personally I don't see the point. Sure it would be good for protecting from rocks and bugs, but they look ugly so what'* the point? It'* not really going to do much for resale to keep the front protected, and I have never used one but I would think they would wreak havoc on the paint regardless of how tight you keep it. It will still move around across the paint, and you will get dirt under there that will get ground into the paint. I would look into the 3M clear bra, but never a conventional one.
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I want a bra for my car. Do you know were I can get one?
I got mine on e-bay
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My bra doesn't move across the paint. If a bra shifts at all it'* not tight enough.

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Personally I don't see the point. Sure it would be good for protecting from rocks and bugs, but they look ugly so what'* the point? It'* not really going to do much for resale to keep the front protected, and I have never used one but I would think they would wreak havoc on the paint regardless of how tight you keep it. It will still move around across the paint
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A bra is not a cosmetic modification it'* not meant to make the car look better. Sure, it should look and fit well while it'* on the car (and GM bras like mine do), but its sole purpose is to keep the paint and body in good condition. NOTHING looks better than a front end without a bra on. Resale value doesn't matter, people just want to keep their cars in as good shape as possible and prefer to use one. If someone'* driving conditions could benefit from using a bra, it makes no sense NOT to use one just because the car doesn't look as good with the bra on (It'* like risking getting some disease instead of using 'protection' because it feels better without it. ). Sorry for that analogy, but it'* true!


As far as damaging the paint, you just have to be careful the paint is really CLEAN before you put it on. This means using a claybar on it, a paint cleaner, and some wax. Wash the car AND the inside of the bra carefully with mild soap often. Don't let the car sit for long periods with moisture/rain/snow or in hot, dry weather in direct sunlight. IMO if you are very (maybe extremely) diligent when using one you won't have any paint issues. So far I haven't had any adverse effects from mine. But I will report back if I have issues.

As far as keeping it on in the winter I wouldn't even bother. There'* so much dirt, sand, salt on the roads it would be a huge PITA to keep it clean and more risky to the paint. I definitely won't be using mine this winter.
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Here'* my opinion. Go for it! Just make sure you clean under it atleast once in a while, put a nice coat of wax, and make sure it'* tight on the car. I had a bra on my Sebring for 4 years, and honestly only washed under it like 1 time a month and I never once had a scratch, funny marks, fading, paint color change or anything.
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I don't care how tight you think it is, it will still rub the paint. If you have white or silver, I suppose you won't see it, but I'm sure it would look like crap on a dark color.

And I didn't mean it was a cosmetic modification, I meant what is the point of protecting the paint if you can't see it? I can see that argument if it'* a show car and you want to protect it on the drive to a show and then take it off. But if it'* just a daily driver, it'* going to be on the car 24/7. OK, yeah, you protected it from stone chips, but no one will ever see how good the front still looks, all they see is an ugly bra.
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Well, I've personally been considering one for my car just to cover up how crappy my front bumper looks.. can't decide which is worse looking....
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