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Old 02-18-2019, 09:04 PM
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Iím taking my Ď89 on a road trip next month & was wondering if itís be worth it to buy a nose bra or ď maskĒ to protect the front from rock chips. Which ones do yaíll recommend?
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:36 PM
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Seeing as how I have seen some paint get scraped by the bras because it didn't fit as good as it should or got dirty, I'd go with no bra and if things get bad enough, there are body shops around. If you must, get one that is of high quality and fits perfectly. It will cost money to get it good.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:04 AM
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Seeing as how I have seen some paint get scraped by the bras because it didn't fit as good as it should or got dirty, I'd go with no bra and if things get bad enough, there are body shops around. If you must, get one that is of high quality and fits perfectly. It will cost money to get it good.


I had a car bra put it on for a 1000 mile trip, found tiny fragments would get under the car bra and scratch the paint.
Any buffeting would scuff the paint, so it does protect in some ways but damage the paint in other ways.
Not to mention rain will mean moisture between paint and car bra.

I doubt i will ever use a car bra again, have plenty of stone chips already so doesn't matter.

Best i have seen is clear stick on plastic similar to student book covering to protect the bumper, they are almost invisible.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:32 AM
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I would opt instead for the 3M Clear Bra. They are easily installed and removed and will protect the paint from rocks chips and debris. Once installed they are barely noticeable and do a nice job of protecting the paint.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:46 AM
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Thanks guys. Thatís exactly what I was wondering about (damage from the bra). Iíll probably just take my chances with the rock chips then.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:24 AM
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I agree with the above. What I like to do is give the car a really good detail, wax the entire thing, and then layer up a few coats of wax on the front bumper, and side skirts especially behind the front and rear wheels. That way the entire car has a fair amount of protection and will clean up easy when you get home
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Painters tape works wonders if you domt care about looks. Or a paint protection film.

That said, repairing a bumper is pretty cheap, I'd go and not worry about it.
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Bra is about following the guide lines. Car has to be clean and waxed. Cover also has to be clean also. I used on on a Camaro in the 80s. It worked pretty well. Working in a body shop cars with the clear shield, they can discolor or craze after a few years. They are also difficult remove or replace. I haven't been to Florida during " Love Bug" season in many years. Possibly someone will chime in a recommendation.
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The bra is obviously the cheapest level of protection and works great if done right. My dad ran a bra on his Eclipse GS-T for years and never had an issue. As Kevova mentioned, following the proper steps helps. My dad kept the car waxed and washed the bra religiously and the front looked brand new after 12 years. I’ve thought about getting a bra for my car, but I’m on the fence as to my level of commitment to keeping everything waxed and clean.
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But what is the point of the bra? To keep the front bumper looking good for the next guy? And in doing so, drive around with a leather/vinyl condom on the front of your car? Take it off and enjoy it in the driveway? Not sure I ever understood the bra, dash pad, or seat cover deal.

Keep the car clean, keep it waxed, and enjoy it.
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I think this is more for bug prevention on long trips, but fwiw. I guess you could use any polish (I use Zaino), but put a coat on the nose and when you arrive at you destination, just wipe it off
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As mentioned earlier, a clear bra doesn't show and protects the front of the car.
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Im gonna hijack my own thread here since I saw someone mention seat covers. What is the recommended leather cleaner/ conditioner for red leather seats?
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I have always used Griot's leather cleaner/conditioner on my leather seats. I have found it to keep the leather soft and smelling nice. The cleaner leaves no sticky film and has always worked well for me.
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Black Bras and louvers on the rear glass
are period
correct.

so yes do it
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Originally Posted by dizwiz24 View Post
Black Bras and louvers on the rear glass
are period
correct.

so yes do it
In the fall, the louvers are great leave catchers when you are under a tree.
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Bras are for women
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Bras are for women
Not true. Cross dressers and trans also use them.
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Originally Posted by dizwiz24 View Post
Black Bras and louvers on the rear glass
are period correct.
so yes do it
Or learn from the lessons from the period and don't.

If your paint is good, have a clear bra installed by a reliable shop.
Saves the paint without wrecking it.
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