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Protecting automotive paint since 2002


Your car is ready to drive as soon as we are done with the installation.  Immediately after installation you may notice some cloudy or streaky areas in the film.  These areas will appear whiteish in color and will clear up with exposure to the sun.  In the winter this could take up to 30 days. This is normal.

DO NOT WASH YOUR CAR FOR 48 HOURS AFTER INSTALLATION! High pressure water from automatic or self service carwashes could lift the film edges.  After 48 hours.. wash  your car as you normally would.  Paint Protection Film is carwash safe.


All of the brands of film that we stock have self healing technology. That means that your clear auto bra will always look glossy.  Minor scratches cased by car washes and dirty rags will disappear with sunlight and heat.  This is one of the reasons people choose to do entire cars.  Here is a link to a video that shows exactly how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND4vE9vmQWE



Although paint protection film is the best line of defense to protect your paint, it is not a force field, and can be damaged. Paint protection films (clear auto bra) will not self heal deep scratches like key marks or damaged caused by running into parking blocks, poles, shopping cart, your garage walls or raccoons! These are considered "road hazzard" and are not covered under manufactures" warranties.  We offer a discounted rate to replace damage film to ease the pain a bit.  In most cases your paint is undamaged.


Your new "Clear Auto Bra is "car wash safe" after 48 hours.  We have thousands of cars on the road that regularly use automatic car washes.  It is also safe to use high pressure (quarter) car washes as long as the nozzle/wand is at lease 18 inches away from the edges of the film. Of course, there are always exceptions, and in rare cases the film can be damage.  We usually see car was damage in the winter months for two reasons.  #1  The car was washed too soon after the installation (wait at least 48 hours (longer in very cold temps). #2 a high pressure wand/nozzle was used to close to the wheel wells to melt off ice and snow build up.  Don't do this!! Remember to keep the wand/nozzle at least 18" away from the edges of the film.

Even though the Clear Auto Bra is "car wash safe", it is not car wash proof, and we have seen damage over the years.  Damage shows up as a pealing edge and or water bubbles forming under the film.  Call us immediate if you see this kind of damage, we can usually fix it if it is caught in time.  Do not push on air or water bubbles.  Car wash damage is not covered under warranties!
When hand washing, use a good quality car wash soap!  Never use any cleaners not made specifically for automotive paint.
Your paint protection film is safe to wax!  With all brands of film you can  use your favorite brand of wax, just try to avoid waxes and polishes that contain dye, especially red, yellow or blue.
Do not use Carnuba wax on any brand of paint protection film!!
We recommend using a synthetic polymer formula specifically designed for paint protection film like "flawless finish by Xpel" We put this on every installation before it leaves the shop, and its safe for any brand of film.  We will also provide you with a sample bottle to try for yourself.  You only need to wax a couple of times per year.
In addition to waxing we like using a high quality detail spray (like Griots Grarage Speed Shine) to help maintain a high gloss shine in-between waxing.

THINGS TO AVOID... Carnuba wax, Harsh chemicals like engine degreasers, carb cleaners, brake cleaners, adhesive removers, bug removers, dish soap and Pine Sol, especially in the sun.  These items will damage the clear coat! Never use scuff pads, brushes, brillo pads, or other abrasive cleansers on the film.

ALWAYS USE...A high quality car wash soap, hot water and clean micro fiber towels. These items will get your car clean without stripping the wax or damaging the finish.  When trying to remove bug guts, pre-soak the affected area with really hot soapy water for five minutes.  Then use a clean, wet, soapy micro fiber towel or mitt  to wash the bugs off. Do not try to scrape them off with brushes or scuff pads.  Most people tell us that the bugs wash off the film easier than the car itself.  Get to them as quick as possible!  If you have any cleaning questions just give us a call, we have seen it all !

Our goal is to provide you with the best protection available for your car.

                   Clear Auto Bra Michigan 734-834-5664

 
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