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I've seen more and more cars with the clear protective film cover on the front bumper and part of the hood (like the old bras). It appears 3M makes this product. Does anyone have an opnion, for or against this? What are the advantages/disadvantages? What should it cost? Thanks.
 

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The '02 Coupe I'm picking up on Friday has this film. I like it... it's barely noticable. Plus, I can already see 2 places where it has saved the paint making only a slight white scratch in the film. I imagine I could dab a little clear silicone seal on that and it'd totally disappear.
 

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from what i've gathered so far, the cost is about $300-$500 and it is highly recommended that a professional does it. i've only heard positives so far, but if anyone has any negatives about getting it (or any positives), please respond.
 

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i have my whole front end done on my chevy truck, and since i worked for a dealer, i knew the lady who installed the protective shield. it cost me about 200 all said and done... i'd imagine 300+ would be the normal price.
i definitly encourage getting this product, it has saved my front end from numerous rock chips, etc...

Aj
 

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Be sure to get the high quality 3M film. I have seen a few cars traded in that had less expensive knock-off's, and after two years it had gotten very hard, had started to UV fade, and was very hard to get off of the car. Generally 3M's film will stay somewhat pliable after being on the car for a few years.

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talk to the guys at starshield armor. if you're in socal, they do the install at their shop. i think they use 3m vinyl

either way, they're nice guys

i was quoted something like 400 for an 02 cl600.
 

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There are a few brands out there that do this stuff, but the one that we apply here, and that I would reccomend personally, is the 3M scotchguard invisible shield. it is a urethane, with a glossy topcoat, and is about eight thousandths of an inch thick, or about twice as thick as most pin stripes, decals, etc..

there is a company called invinca shield that sells kits for the maserati's that have each piece cut out, ready to apply. application is fairly straight forward, and with patience, can be done by the do it yourselfer.

http://www.invinca-shield.com/ASP/makeon2.asp?make=Maserati

There is a 5 year warranty on the film from this company, and considering most people wash\wax and dont drive their maserati's everyday, i would assume most should see a minimum of 8-12 years before seeing any change in appearance of the film.

3M's headquarters are about 30min from our store in St Paul, MN which is where they have done their product testing, and achieved results of 7 years of daily use, without change in appearance.

3M initially developed this film for the US military as an application for helicopter rotor blades, to lengthen their service lives, and has since begun using layers of this film (slightly modified) for helicopter windshields, where you pull a layer away, and you have a new clear surface.. this same technology was recently applied to nascar windshields as well.

let me know if anyone wants more info

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