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What is a Clear Car Bra?

S. Gonzales
S. Gonzales

A clear car bra is a protective, semi-permanent film that is applied to the area where a car bra usually would be located. It acts in the same way that a vinyl car bra does, protecting a car from damage that might be caused by contact with debris, insects and other unwanted materials. There are significant benefits to using clear car bras over vinyl car bras, including a lack of moisture accumulation, comparable protection against surface damage and a relatively manageable cost. Clear car bras can also be a general name used to describe paint protection film that can be used on any part of a car.

An advantage of using a clear car bra on a vehicle, as opposed to a vinyl car bra, is that it doesn't threaten to trap moisture between the vinyl of the bra and the surface of the car. Vinyl car bras have to be removed regularly to ensure that no damage is occurring beneath them. Water and dirt accumulation under a vinyl car bra can cloud or scratch a car's paint. Those who invest in invisible car bras don't have to worry about these types of threats.

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Generally, cars that use invisible car bras are well-protected against small dings and chips from debris. There are limitations to how much protection paint protection film can provide, however. Consumers should be aware that the film is not strong enough to spare a car from the damage resulting from hail, for example.

Although the term "clear car bra" can conjure up distinct ideas of where the bra can be placed, the reality is that paint protection film can be located in many different places on a car. It can be applied to fenders, bumpers, hoods, mirrors, rocker panels and even lights. Virtually any external area on a car that needs protection can benefit from having paint protection film applied to it. Clear car bras can be sold in pre-cut kits and installed at home, or they can be applied by a professional.

Investing in a clear car bra can even save car owners money. This is because clear car bras can last several years before they need to be replaced. They are transparent, so they also can be considered an investment in the car's aesthetic appearance. Care for a clear car bra can be included in the standard routine for vehicle maintenance. Waxing is how many car owners clean their paint protection film, and it can be achieved with little or no special preparations.

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