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3M Clear Bra Protective Film Installation?

Is there a recommended shop, preferably in south western suburb area, for installing 3M film on a car or on some motorcycle body panels? I did a search and someone once mentioned Neat Street in Batavia, but I would rather not travel that far. It looks like there is a Neat Street 2 in Aurora, but I do not know if it is related to the Batavia shop. I know lots of places can do this, but I want someone who is very careful. For example, I know some apply the material on the car and then cut to speed the process. But then they run the risk of actually cutting through the film and into the paint. So when removed years later, there will be knife blade marks on the paint. So while more time consuming, it may be better to make a pattern first, cut the film to the pattern, and then apply.

I tried applying a similar film once myself and it was very difficult to smooth out all the air bubbles. I had limited success.
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When you tried putting on the film yourself did you get the area wet first? I might know a guy that does this, but I wont be able to get you the number until monday. He is mobil so he may come out to you. He lives in aurora.
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How much does something like this cost anyways?? I would guess on how much is getting done on the vehicle but about......

I have seen it on cars and it looks really nice. you can barely see it. Just the fine line of the edges. That was even hard to notice unless you got really close to it.
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we had a mercedees done, the bumper, hood, edges of fenders, and mirrors and it was 600. That was a different guy then this one.
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Let me know if you get his number. The stuff I applied last time was sticky (had adhesive) so I assumed water was a no go.

Today I got something mroe like window tint that I was trying to apply to something. This time I wet it and that helped. But dang is that hard to get on. Add just a little bit of a curved surface I still do not have it on completely, I have worked it to one edge and I cant get the last few wrinkles out.

I definately do not want to try the 3M stuff myself.
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for what its worth, i saw a guy mention he does this for a living and his dad owns a company that does that for car dealerships

if you want find him in that CLSB networking thread.



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for what its worth, i saw a guy mention he does this for a living and his dad owns a company that does that for car dealerships

if you want find him in that CLSB networking thread.
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I was curious about this system as well.


But I know squat about it and I figured we could discuss here rather than start a new thread.

What are the Cons of it?

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since ive been working at dealerships and seen thousands of cars like this and also worked on them. once properly installed you take care of your car like normal.

its visual protection you know its there. some might consider it unsightly but when its for protection that is up to the owner.



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basically what you need to ask your self, would you rather see the line of the end of the material or would you like your car to get pelted with rocks and chip all the paint?

And its me by the way who does this
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basically what you need to ask your self, would you rather see the line of the end of the material or would you like your car to get pelted with rocks and chip all the paint?

And its me by the way who does this
thats not to much of an issue now a days anymore. thanks to business like mine.

but i do believe they pose a GREAT solution to some of the most chipped up areas.

the lowers of a car big time i suggest them.

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i really liked the ones i had on the tank of my bike. you could barely see it and it saved getting a few scratches. it also gave some traction which was good. i need to do this to my new bike.

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i really liked the ones i had on the tank of my bike. you could barely see it and it saved getting a few scratches. it also gave some traction which was good. i need to do this to my new bike.
also the bottoms of the bike and right behind the front tire always get blasted. i recommend to my customers to find those 3m products and for sure the TRACK GUYS, doesnt matter if its rattle canned or professional painted or not.

for the protection, and for helping out my customers which i now shared with you guys for free.

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also the bottoms of the bike and right behind the front tire always get blasted. i recommend to my customers to find those 3m products and for sure the TRACK GUYS, doesnt matter if its rattle canned or professional painted or not.
new factory painted panels for my bike are so cheap that if i get a nick or a scratch i just get new ones and sell the old ones

i do like the stuff to protect the tank though. thats a pricey item.

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new factory painted panels for my bike are so cheap that if i get a nick or a scratch i just get new ones and sell the old ones

i do like the stuff to protect the tank though. thats a pricey item.
there cheap to you cause you can afford that but to the rest of my members on CLSB, they dont share that feeling.

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