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This beautiful BMW M3 was scheduled for a new car prep and custom clear bra install to get it off on the right track. The owner specifically told the dealership NOT to prep the car before delivery, in fear that they would inflict damage to the paint (which dealerships are famous for).


I started by giving the exterior an extensive wash. I noticed the paint was beading water, which usually means there is some sort of protection present.








In order to properly prep the paint for the clear bra install, I washed the exterior with a degreaser to strip and protection that was present.





Notice the difference from the left (water beading) and the right (sheeting water). When the water stops beading, it is a pretty good indicator that there is no protection present.





After the wash, I gave the exterior a claybar treatment to remove any bonded contaminants from the paint surface. All wheels and tires were extensively cleaned, and the engine compartment was given a quick once over.











Even though this car is brand new, the owner wanted to have the exterior polished to ensure the paint was as perfect as possible. I buffed the complete exterior with Menzerna Power Finish using an orange pad via Griots DA polisher.







After the polishing, I wiped down the complete exterior with alcohol to remove any polishing oils and ensure a perfect surface for the film to adhere to. I inspected the paint carefully under halogen lighting to make sure there weren’t any defects present before the clear film install.





Our plans for the film install was to wrap the complete front-end (full hood, full fenders, front bumper & mirrors), as well as the rocker panels and a rear splash guard behind the rear wheels. Because of the complex curves of the bumper, we decided to go with a precut piece of film instead of custom cut, but I wasn’t satisfied with the coverage. The film didn’t wrap over the edges and some of the openings for the reflectors and headlight washers just didn’t look right. So what now? Take it off!







After removing the film on the bumper that we had just installed, I decided to take things a step further and remove as many little pieces as possible to avoid having seams around them. This included the headlight washers, reflectors, kidney grills, fender inserts and hood inserts. By having these little pieces removed, we would be able to cover the entire paint surface with film and avoid having gaps around them for a 99% seamless install.



















Here are some pictures during the install. We used bulk film instead of precut in order to wrap all the edges over to avoid seams.

































 

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The install came out great and we were able to make the hood and fenders 99.9% seamless with all the edges wrapped over. Taking the extra time to remove the little pieces really made a HUGE difference in the final results. You would never know there was film on the car, besides some of the relief cuts on the front bumper (these are necessary due to the extreme curves of the bumper).


Here are the final results!!































 

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Thanks for looking!
 

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Damn Rick, your work is IMPECCABLE. Did you wrap the entire freakin hood? What is that little torch looking thing you were using on the side grilles?

Just unreal. Go Massachusetts!
 

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I have a question, can you buff the hood now that the film is on it? Will buffing and polishing burn it?
 

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Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it!


OneOfaKindTrini- That's a really good question. The great thing about this film is that it has a clearcoat topcoat, so it can be polished just like the clearcoat on your car. It is prone to burning if you are not careful (just like paint), but you can absolutely polish the film to remove defects from improper washing, normal wear and tear, etc...

I actually did a full frontal Ventureshield install on a brand new BMW Alpina B7 and the dealership gave it a "complimentary wash" and scratched the heck out of the entire exterior (including the film). I was a bit worried that we were going to have to replace the film, but it polished out perfectly.

In addition, I did a little testing on a friends commuter car and scratched the film on purpose to see how much of the scratch could be polished out. I had a customer walk in, so I never got around to polishing it. He showed up a couple days later and the scratch was completely gone. He said he didn't do a thing to it. The reason for this is because the sun tends to swell the film and will actually 'self-heal' scratches to some degree. Every year, the film seems to get better and better....
 
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