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Old 08 Jun 2004, 07:41 am
Larry B.
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Default Clear Bra for 2004 Accord

I just purchased a 2004 Accord and I am wondering if anyone knows where in
the Durham Region (East of Toronto Ont.) I can have a "clear bra" installed?
I want to protect the paint on the hood area from chips etc. Can anyone
share their experience with such a product. Would a normal bra be any
better? I am concerned about the traditional bra causing rub marks on the
paint. Advice is welcome.

Thanks

Larry B.


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Old 08 Jun 2004, 02:05 pm
Kevin Sargent
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"Larry B." <nospam.nukester99@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<_tixc.115942$Ar.113001@twister01.bloor.is.ne t.cable.rogers.com>...
> I just purchased a 2004 Accord and I am wondering if anyone knows where in
> the Durham Region (East of Toronto Ont.) I can have a "clear bra" installed?
> I want to protect the paint on the hood area from chips etc. Can anyone
> share their experience with such a product. Would a normal bra be any
> better? I am concerned about the traditional bra causing rub marks on the
> paint. Advice is welcome.


Hi Larry,

I'm just on the other side of the city (Mississauga), so we face the
same climate.

I can't comment about the 'clear bra' of which you describe, although
I can tell you that I've used a conventional "leather" LeBra on my 96
Integra for over 5 years now with minimal "wear". The horror stories
you may have heard about rusting and scraping off paint go back to
when cars either didn't have clearcoat or they were simply neglected.

If you do choose to use a bra, there definitely is a certain amount of
work required...

1. Do NOT leave it on in the winter (salt is a killer; as soon as the
salt trucks are out the bra comes off)
2. Apply a healthy coat of wax to your bumper (and the rest of the
car) before putting it on
3. Take the bra off *at least* once a month (every 2 weeks even
better) for cleaning and wash & wax the bumper before putting it back
on.

Follow those three rules and you'll be hard-pressed to find any damage
from the bra (and mine is red, which would theoretically show the
most). Here are a pics from last summer...

http://members.rogers.com/kevin.sarg...egra_0190b.jpg
http://members.rogers.com/kevin.sarg...egra_0191b.jpg

And to be honest, there were a few times where I was too busy to take
it off for cleaning as often as I should (left it for 3 months) nor do
I remove it every time it rains. And you'd have to look pretty close
to notice anything at all, and for what there is, it's no worse than
the alternative of rock chips. Also note that there is virtually no
discoloration from being "protected" from the sun.

A little wax goes a long way. I recommend Meguiars. ;-)


Kevin
96 Integra @ 233K KM
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Old 08 Jun 2004, 08:45 pm
Ted Herman
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Default Re: Clear Bra for 2004 Accord

On Tue, 08 Jun 2004 12:41:30 GMT, "Larry B."
<nospam.nukester99@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote:

>I just purchased a 2004 Accord and I am wondering if anyone knows where in
>the Durham Region (East of Toronto Ont.) I can have a "clear bra" installed?
>I want to protect the paint on the hood area from chips etc. Can anyone
>share their experience with such a product. Would a normal bra be any
>better? I am concerned about the traditional bra causing rub marks on the
>paint. Advice is welcome.
>
>Thanks
>
>Larry B.
>


The dealer in Mississauga has an adhesive product from Scotch which
takes the place of the bra. It covers roughly the same area and sells
for around $150. I'll be putting it on my new Accord since the old
Accord seemed to attract the flying debris. Paint fade will be the
same under the Scotch product as the rest of the vehicle.
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Old 08 Jun 2004, 09:39 pm
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Default Re: Clear Bra for 2004 Accord

I wanted to get a clear bra, but when I found out the cost I changed my mind
(quoted about 700 to 1000). There are some drawbacks to the clear bar, like
the guy said you can't take it off once its been put on for you. Personally,
I think its a waste. I can see it being really useful on those classic cars
you want to keep new.

Dmitry

"Larry B." <nospam.nukester99@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I just purchased a 2004 Accord and I am wondering if anyone knows where in
> the Durham Region (East of Toronto Ont.) I can have a "clear bra"

installed?
> I want to protect the paint on the hood area from chips etc. Can anyone
> share their experience with such a product. Would a normal bra be any
> better? I am concerned about the traditional bra causing rub marks on the
> paint. Advice is welcome.
>
> Thanks
>
> Larry B.
>
>



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Old 08 Jun 2004, 10:10 pm
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On Wed, 09 Jun 2004 02:39:32 GMT, "dbaron" <dbaron38@heyoptonline.net>
wrote:

>I wanted to get a clear bra, but when I found out the cost I changed my mind
>(quoted about 700 to 1000). There are some drawbacks to the clear bar, like
>the guy said you can't take it off once its been put on for you. Personally,
>I think its a waste. I can see it being really useful on those classic cars
>you want to keep new.
>
>Dmitry
>


They can't taken off, but they can be replaced with a new one should
the film become damaged.

However, that cost is increbibly high. I had my Audi A4 done (about
same size as Accord) for $299. Well worth it, in fact, we had our
RX330 done also when we recently purchased it. The RX330 was $375.

I think the clear mask is a great investment to help save the front
end from chips, nicks, stratches, etc.


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Old 09 Jun 2004, 07:02 am
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mine doesn't need a bra- it's a newie and it has really perky ones ;-)
"Larry B." <nospam.nukester99@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:_tixc.115942$Ar.113001@twister01.bloor.is.net .cable.rogers.com...
> I just purchased a 2004 Accord and I am wondering if anyone knows where in
> the Durham Region (East of Toronto Ont.) I can have a "clear bra"

installed?
> I want to protect the paint on the hood area from chips etc. Can anyone
> share their experience with such a product. Would a normal bra be any
> better? I am concerned about the traditional bra causing rub marks on the
> paint. Advice is welcome.
>
> Thanks
>
> Larry B.
>
>



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Old 09 Jun 2004, 09:56 am
Cosmin N.
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Ted Herman wrote:

> On Tue, 08 Jun 2004 12:41:30 GMT, "Larry B."
> <nospam.nukester99@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>>I just purchased a 2004 Accord and I am wondering if anyone knows where in
>>the Durham Region (East of Toronto Ont.) I can have a "clear bra" installed?
>>I want to protect the paint on the hood area from chips etc. Can anyone
>>share their experience with such a product. Would a normal bra be any
>>better? I am concerned about the traditional bra causing rub marks on the
>>paint. Advice is welcome.
>>
>>Thanks
>>
>>Larry B.
>>

>
>
> The dealer in Mississauga has an adhesive product from Scotch which
> takes the place of the bra. It covers roughly the same area and sells
> for around $150. I'll be putting it on my new Accord since the old
> Accord seemed to attract the flying debris. Paint fade will be the
> same under the Scotch product as the rest of the vehicle.



What dealer are you talking about? Honda dealer? I'm looking for exactly
the same for my 01 Prelude...

Cosmin
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Old 09 Jun 2004, 08:40 pm
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Default Re: Clear Bra for 2004 Accord

In article
<_tixc.115942$Ar.113001@twister01.bloor.is.net.cab le.rogers.com>, Larry
B. <nospam.nukester99@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote:

> I just purchased a 2004 Accord and I am wondering if anyone knows where in
> the Durham Region (East of Toronto Ont.) I can have a "clear bra" installed?
> I want to protect the paint on the hood area from chips etc. Can anyone
> share their experience with such a product. Would a normal bra be any
> better? I am concerned about the traditional bra causing rub marks on the
> paint. Advice is welcome.
>
> Thanks
>
> Larry B.
>
>


I've never understood why someone would want to make a car ugly to
protect it's beauty. I buy a car to enjoy it, not to keep it nice for
the next buyer. Do these same people install car seat covers?


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Old 09 Jun 2004, 08:46 pm
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Default Re: Clear Bra for 2004 Accord

Traveler wrote:
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>
> I've never understood why someone would want to make a car ugly to
> protect it's beauty. I buy a car to enjoy it, not to keep it nice for
> the next buyer. Do these same people install car seat covers?
>
>


It's up to you, but driving on the 401 here in Ontario pretty much
guarantees some pretty nasty paint chips from all the flying rocks. Add
to that a healthy dose of salt in the winter, and before you know it,
you'll need to repaint the hood.

For me that's reason enough to use a bug deflector or a bra. Some of
them don't even look bad actually, especially not the clear bra.

Cosmin
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Old 10 Jun 2004, 12:25 pm
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It is good to use a bug deflector but NOT a bra! The bra just collect dirt/salt/moisture which will make the problem worst!

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