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Hi all,
I just wanted to let you fellow midwest members know that I had a custom made 3m clear bra installed on my truck yesterday. I own an NSX and met a member of the nsx club of america who does this in his spare time, and I asked if he'd like to do my truck. He said yes and drove up from fort wayne, IN to Grand Rapids, MI and figured on 4-6 hours of work to finish the truck, well it turned out that he spent 11 hours total in order to get it right, and I still ended up paying the same ammount. If any of you are interested in this please pm me and I will get you some contact info to get ahold of this guy, he does good work and custom cuts the bra to your truck (he doesn't use a kit, it's full size sheets that are then trimmed once in place). I'd suggest using him especially if you are anal about your vehicle as he was pickier than I when it came to how well a job he did.

FYI From 10 feet away, you can hardly tell anything is on the truck.
 

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Haven't found anyone in my area (GA) to do this yet. Was it expensive? Seems very difficult and time-consuming.
 

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I won't say what I paid, but it was above 500 but below 1000. When you see what goes into this timewise you understand. I got a deal because of my nsx connection, but you could get what I got from this guy for an ammount in the range above. He loves to travel (trying to put 500,000 miles on his nsx) so if you don't mind paying a travel fee, he might just come to you. PM me if you want to know how to contact him.

I'm planning on keeping this truck for the next 6-7 years, so I figure it's a good investment as I saw what happened to my last car over the 190,000+ miles I drove it. :eek:
 

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I paid $160.00 plus tax in Minneapolis and it was installed by a 3M certified installer. The film covers the front of the hood, the front portions of the fenders and the side mirrors. Had this on my old vehicle and loved it. Also installed headlight protection myself.
 

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$160 doesn't sound like it covered that much. How close to the edges did yours get? Is the entire front of the truck covered in this or are you just doing the hood edge and edge of front quarter panels? While we were doing mine the actual ammount of material used (stuff on car and waste that was trimmed) was easily in the $300+ range.
 

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arteegee said:
Haven't found anyone in my area (GA) to do this yet. Was it expensive? Seems very difficult and time-consuming.
Contact David at speedfilm, he is located in Atlanta and I am sure cna find someone for you.

www.speedfilm.net

tell him Shing asked you to contact him and he'll take good care of you.

-S
 

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Yeah, I did the 3m clear bra as well. Covered the front of the hood, back of the mirrors, the full front bumber and headlights. If you're in the Denver area, try Clear Bra Specialists on West Colfax. They do nice work (window tinting too) at a reasonable price. It took them almost 6 hours to put the stuff on.
 

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Took about 3.5 hours. Covers the front 8" or so of the hood, the front fender areas with forward exposure and the backs of the sideview mirrors. These are the areas that seem to chip and pit here in Minnesota, due to the sand used on the roads in the winter. That was $160.00 plus tax. Did not have the bumper and grill areas done since this is plastic and my experience with previous vehicles is that the plastic areas do not seem to chip the way the metal areas do.
 

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Took about 3.5 hours. Covers the front 8" or so of the hood, the front fender areas with forward exposure and the backs of the sideview mirrors. These are the areas that seem to chip and pit here in Minnesota, due to the sand used on the roads in the winter. That was $160.00 plus tax. Did not have the bumper and grill areas done since this is plastic and my experience with previous vehicles is that the plastic areas do not seem to chip the way the metal areas do.
I ran across this.. http://www.vacleartech.com/order/honda/ridgleine.htm
 

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I just spoke to a local installer and he flinched when told that I was interested in covering the entire nose. He said that he hasn't done a Ridgeline yet but he knows that it would be a bitch to install. White paint, says he, makes it even more touchy since the installer must take extra care to avoid covering dirty fingerprints and such. Without checking, he guessed it would run around $1000.00. I'm only about an hour away from Ft. Wayne so I might be looking for a quote from that guy.

I wonder how much it would cost to paint the same area that the clear bra would protect.
 

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Thank you so much notaChevy! I've bought the OEM black full nose mask for our Ridgeline but it looked like a "bikers jacket" covering the front (ugly) so I took it off but left the hood portion on. I will get the "kit" ! I hope this stuff won't yellow over time. :D
 

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I know Dave, he was in the S2000 group and put the film on my headlights.
Dave is a good man. I just bought a kit from him this past week for the Ridgeline.

I installed the hood, the side mirros and fenders today. I'll do the bumper next weekend.
 

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I just spoke to a local installer and he flinched when told that I was interested in covering the entire nose. He said that he hasn't done a Ridgeline yet but he knows that it would be a bitch to install. White paint, says he, makes it even more touchy since the installer must take extra care to avoid covering dirty fingerprints and such. Without checking, he guessed it would run around $1000.00. I'm only about an hour away from Ft. Wayne so I might be looking for a quote from that guy.

I wonder how much it would cost to paint the same area that the clear bra would protect.
$1k is way too much.

The guy down here wanted $750, it was an xpel installer. That's still too much. I think $500 would be a fair deal.

Regarding painting - a good paint job, and I mean a GOOD one, will cost over $1k easy.
 

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Just had a local reputable dealer put the Xpel 3m kit on my Ridge yesterday. I am very pleased with the results! I went with the fender, hood and mirror kit, but he also cut 2 extra pieces for the bottom sides of the bumper. He also did the headlights and foglights as well. $430 was the total, but I had tinting done also, see that other thread on the tinting.
 
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