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Since the color (Liquid Silver) and options of the SLT2 I want to buy will require me to special order the vehicle, my wife and I are considering getting a Carbon Black SLT2 that offers the features we would like. My current company vehicle is black and paint chips on the front end are starting to show and look terrible. The dealer recommended I get an invisible bra installed on the front to help protect the front end from getting chips and scratches. Anybody have any luck with these products and/or have a recommended product/brand that they have used?
 

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I have a friend that installs them in Wyoming. The only thing I would make sure of is that it is a 3M bra and it is done at a certified dealer. My friend went to a week long class just to learn how to install the bra and also has periodic checks done by 3M to stay certified. He has been doing window tint and films for the last 20 years and has said that no window tint job is as hard as a bra installation. I have also seen some of the none 3M bras and they tend to yellow very quick so be careful.
 

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I would also get an installer to put it on. I ordered a kit from www.invisiblemask.com for my 2008 Acadia. They sent me the "do it yourself" installation kit. I went through the process one weekend and ended up removing the product afterwards. Turned out the I couldn't get it to fit correctly and there were lots of air bubbles. I had them resend my order and am in the process of getting a professional to install it. I won't make the same mistake twice.
 

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I ordered the Invisible Mask kit mentioned above ... it is great, although I would never attempt to install it myself. I had a professional installer put it on, and I can assure you it is difficult to do. I watched the applicator put it on for a part of two afternoons. Although it is computer cut it requires much stretching so that it fits the curves of the Acadia.

There are two products by 3M. Both are 8 mil thick urethane. One is the standard scotchguard film-- some installers think it has a greater degree of "orange peel" in it ( the small dimples on the surface of the paint where the film covers it) The new one is actually old and was advertised as originally used on helicopter blades to protect them...regardless it seems very good and I have had it on my Acadia nearly a month now.

As I tow the Acadia behind an rv, I require good protection from rock chips, etc. My last tow vehicle had the scotchguard film and it was very satisfactory over the four years I had it. Never yellowing and nearly invisible, I still went with the newer version as it is supposed to be even less visible.

I have no connection to the company, but their web address is www.invisiblemask.com
 

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I have the 3M product on my Acadia and I Love It!!! :thumb:

I got mine from a local ClearBra franchise*... http://www.getclearbra.com/ ...and the cost was about $ 550.00.

Some of the manufacturer's have vehicle specific die cut kits...but the one I have is custom and wraps the corners and areas that are exposed to chipping...

Good Luck! :thumb:

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Currently only in parts of CA, ID, UT, AZ, and MD.
 

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I'll share my horror story: waited 3 months for a special order Infiniti G35 coupe (black) to arrive. Nobody in my area could do the clear bras (to my level or satisfaction anyway) so I researched out of town places. Found a place 200 miles away in KC that did them for their local Infiniti, Porsche and many other high end dealers. They didn't have an appointment available for 3 weeks so I resisted driving the car at all. It just sat in the garage after all that waiting. I didn't want to get even a single chip on the front before getting the bra put on. I used an enclosed car trailer to take the G35 200 miles to the shop and spoke directly with the owner (for about the 10th time) about how I wanted this to be perfect. I told him about all the trouble I went through to get the car to him in literally perfect condition (13 miles on the odometer). I told him that I had heard horror stories about hack job shops that used razor blades to cut the material ON THE CAR. He laughed and said "no blade ever touches the paint at our shop, that's a guarantee". He told me about the computer plotter setup they had that pefectly cuts out the material before it ever touches the car.

Anyway, I picked the car up that night. It was $1200 for clear bra and tint (including the windshield), not cheap, but I left feeling that I had taken every possible precaution and expense to insure things were perfect. It looked great. I loaded it into the trailer and drove home. The next day in the sunlight I was looking it over real closely to check for any bubbles, clouds, etc. Down near the lower lip spoiler I saw what looked like a spider web (an actual spider web) at the edge of the bra. I tried to wipe it but it didn't budge. I used my fingernail and could actually catch an edge. WTF?! I took a closer look and sure enough, it was a cut in the paint. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning. The entire perimeter of the bra had a fine line right next to it. It was only that one place where the line diverged from the edge of the clear bra so that it caught my eye, but upon closer inspection it was everywhere. I called them up and said, "you're not going to believe this, but I think my paint is all cut up from the install". He said "no way, we NEVER use a blade on the car". I said, ok, I'm emailing you pictures, tell me what I'm looking at. He called me back and said "I just talked to the installer and he said that the bra wasn't fitting right so he had to trim it on the vehicle." I said, "what happened to 'never'"? He said "what do we have to do to make it right?" I told him that all possible options sucked. He offered to repaint the front end, but who wants that on a brand new car? He offered to refund the money for the bra, but what about my paint? Being completely cut through with a razor, it was possible to start peeling off the car today, tomorrow, next year or perhaps never. Who knows? Anyway, I won't bore you with the settlement details (as if the first part of this story wasn't long enough!) but I will tell you that I came away feeling that in trying to protect my paint I did more damage than rock chips ever could have. Just be very, very picky about the place that does the work and when you get it back go over it with a flashlight and magnifying glass if you have to. No matter what they say, don't assume that they care about your ride even 1/2 as much as you do.
 

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I had this put on my '07 Silver SLT2 before I took delivery from the dealer. Cost was about $600 installed. It's called "AutoBahnd" from Roadmate. A friend of mine turned me onto it - he has it on his Porsche Turbo, Porsche Boxster, Audi S4, Ford Escort (huh? LOL. One of these cars is not like the others), and recently had it put on his '07 Ferarri. (yes - he has a lot of disposable income LOL). He's a BIG fan of it, and after seeing it on his cars for years with little to no chips on the front end, I'm now a big fan.

I put it on the wife's Yukon Denali. Her Yukon is black, and that seems to show more of the 'orange peel' texture mentioned above. It looks good on back and keeps it chip-free, but it blends very well with the Silver on my Acadia.
 

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Again as I said above, just have an authorized dealer install it. They shouldn't be using razor blades to cut it. The installer I know does cut the film but uses a special cutter that cuts only the film and no deeper. Don't ask me how it works but it does, I've seen it more than once.
 
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