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Old 11-17-2012, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well it seems like most of us are getting a large amount of paint chips on the front bumpers of our vehicles. I've been considering getting a clear bra like the one on the following link : Clear Bra Precut for Hyundai Sonata 2011 Mega Kit Best Value | eBay

Ive got them priced out for body shop and dealership, they are asking 300-400 for just the front bumper.

Has anyone gotten this done or bought a do it yourself kit? How was it and did it work?
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have this on my 2013 Sonata GLS, mine is from 3M i spent about 200ish on mine. I installed it with a friend. And i have to say its not easy. (Half the hood, fenders, mirrors and the whole bumper)
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I had 3M material installed on a car before and for the front bumper, leading edge of the hood, and mirrors it was right around $400.

I personally installed the same material on my last car, the kit cost me about $200 and it took a buddy and I about 3 or 4 hours to install. Major PIA.

My recommendation is to have it professionally installed...a couple hundred bucks is well worth saving yourself the hassle.
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And most installers offer a warranty on the install.


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I just had full hood, bumpers, fenders, head lights, fog light, and mirrors done for$1,700, that's a lifetime warranty on parts and labor. I did full so there is no seam, and the hood will age evenly.
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I had VentureShield film installed on my 2012 2.0T SE right after I received it last Nov. Full bumper, front 1/3 fenders and hood, front of mirrors and a strip on the top of the rear bumper below the trunk opening. NO paint chips after a year. Well there is one stone chip on the top of the car above the front pasengers head, Murphy's law. VentureShield is slightly thinner than 3M but is carried by 3M. $599 installed. Well worth it IMHO.
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I just had full hood, bumpers, fenders, head lights, fog light, and mirrors done for$1,700, that's a lifetime warranty on parts and labor. I did full so there is no seam, and the hood will age evenly.
Lifetime warranty?? Thats great. They usually tend to turn a yellowish color or foggy after a few years. They also pick up dirt around the edges over time. Ive seen a lot of cars come in my shop with this issue
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Lifetime warranty?? Thats great. They usually tend to turn a yellowish color or foggy after a few years. They also pick up dirt around the edges over time. Ive seen a lot of cars come in my shop with this issue
That's why I went with the guy I did, plus all the edges are tucked, so no dirt or wax can build up
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almost 3 years no yellowing or dirt on edges of my 3m
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Thank everyone...defiantly not going to put a kit on myself. I've emailed one and they said they could do the hood,bumper,mirrors, and the lower part of the rear bumper for $580. I will see if there are any others and go from there.
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