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By fpena944
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Was washing the Cayenne the other day and noticed the headlights are starting to look oxidized. Then to my horror it appeared they were bubbling!

But took a closer look at the headlights themselves are fine but the clear bra is starting to give out. Also noticing some issues with the film on the front end of the car.

Did a search and found a local shop that is actually recommended by the PCA but what should I look out for when shopping for a clear bra? First timer here as my older P-cars never had this. What is considered an average cost just to cover the front half of the vehicle?

Thanks!
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By David993S
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Just saw this. Probably too late to reply. Did you decide on a clear film? I'm certainly no expert but here's my experience and opinion (YMMV).

I have clear film on the front bumper cover of the Ferrari, and we put it on my wife's new Cadillac this past summer. the Ferrari has a 3M brand film. I has it installed many years ago, but since the car stays inside, the film has not yellowed. The Cadillac was done last summer with SunTek film. I'm not as happy with it as it seems to be very thin and gets blemished easily. They key for good results seems to be selecting an installer that knows what they're doing. Ask to see examples of their work. Any of the high end brands seem to be acceptable.

Here's my complaint with clear film, and comes down to which is the lesser of two evils. Clear film will protect against normal road rash from small stuff - that's a good thing. If, however, a decent size rock is thrown up and you hit it at speed, it will damage or cut the film - that's a bad thing. The issues is you can't really touch up damage to clear film, whereas if it was just a paint chip it can easily be touched up and be nearly invisible. The SunTek is supposed to be "self healing". I've yet to see any of the minor marks self heal.

Lastly I've never felt the need to get the entire front half of a car covered, i.e. hood, fenders, mirrors, etc. Just covering the front bumper cover and other front leading surfaces has been fine for me. Again, all this is just my opinion. I know some will have a different experience.
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By fpena944
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David993S wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:16 am Just saw this. Probably too late to reply. Did you decide on a clear film? I'm certainly no expert but here's my experience and opinion (YMMV).

I have clear film on the front bumper cover of the Ferrari, and we put it on my wife's new Cadillac this past summer. the Ferrari has a 3M brand film. I has it installed many years ago, but since the car stays inside, the film has not yellowed. The Cadillac was done last summer with SunTek film. I'm not as happy with it as it seems to be very thin and gets blemished easily. They key for good results seems to be selecting an installer that knows what they're doing. Ask to see examples of their work. Any of the high end brands seem to be acceptable.

Here's my complaint with clear film, and comes down to which is the lesser of two evils. Clear film will protect against normal road rash from small stuff - that's a good thing. If, however, a decent size rock is thrown up and you hit it at speed, it will damage or cut the film - that's a bad thing. The issues is you can't really touch up damage to clear film, whereas if it was just a paint chip it can easily be touched up and be nearly invisible. The SunTek is supposed to be "self healing". I've yet to see any of the minor marks self heal.

Lastly I've never felt the need to get the entire front half of a car covered, i.e. hood, fenders, mirrors, etc. Just covering the front bumper cover and other front leading surfaces has been fine for me. Again, all this is just my opinion. I know some will have a different experience.
What I ended up doing is just covering the headlights and removing the film from the rest of the front end. It's just since the paint is already 10 years old and it didn't make sense for me to cover the front end while leaving the rest of the vehicle exposed.

Yeah I know that means the front won't be protected anymore but it just seemed like a hassle when the car is a daily and we keep it garaged/waxed. So hopefully that will provide the protection we need to keep it looking decent.

Thanks for the follow up!

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