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11 comments on Ask-A-Pro: Questions about Clear Bra Maintenance

  1. Great tips Todd! I’ve also read that the manufactures do not recommend polishing of the film, though I have never seen any side effects from doing so over the years. I’ve personally had the 3M clear bra on my car for two years now and have polished the film several times. I do however reduce the speed setting on my polisher and I carefully monitor the film to make sure it does not get too hot. Meguair’s M205 has also worked very well for me on the films using a DA polisher and a white or black LC pad.


  2. Richard Nelson says:

    Thank you for your reply and recommendations Todd.

    Richard Nelson

  3. Vince Chiaro says:

    I second Rasky’s comments on the M205 with a white LC pad with porter cable 7424XP.

    I just bought a car that has a clear bra and it’s the first clear bra I’ve ever worked with. It had tons of swirls from the previous owner but the M205 and white pad seemed to do the trick and got it at least 85% corrected. A few spots were really bad so I tried M105 but it was too hard to work with on the clear bra (M105 was too tough to remove) so I figured it wasn’t worth the extra hassle.

  4. Collin Ziemerink says:

    Todd, thanks for all your good advice. I read most of your blog and most Q&A’s
    I bought the 3 buckets and a lot of products you recommended based on your reviews, will be doing the 2×3 wash.
    So I’ll get my new 2012 Ferrari California delivered in 2 months, red. In the meantime I’ll practice washing on my other cars.
    The question: I’ve order my Ferrari with 3M clear bra, to be put on by a local specialist. (met him, seems good)
    Should I get this bra (with mirror and sides protection), and then clean it as you describe, with taking care of the edges?
    Or, should I skip the bra altogether?
    It will be a daily driver.

    • Collin,

      Congrats on the new California purchase…great cars indeed! If you’re going to be driving your car a lot, then the clear bra will probably be a good investment to prevent from the inevitable rock chips.

  5. Don says:

    I just had a 3M clear bra put on my car. How long after installation can it be waxed and is Mothers Synthetic wax a good product for the job?

  6. Moses says:

    Does the application of IronX damage the clear bra?

  7. kenyon freeman says:

    I have a black honda with a clear bra and the shine is not there anymore what can I use to bring it back


    Hi Todd.. I recently acquired a porsche from germany that has a form of clear bra on it.. the clear bra has several scratches which i would like to remove…. i have tried using a clay bar and then following up with the griots 2 step polish and “best of show wax” however the “scratches” are still there… i used a white pad and then a red one.. the wite pad did not turn dirty which tells me that i did not “cut” and dirt out of the clear bra.. My question is …is there anyway to get the scratches out or should i figure on de bra ing the hood and starting over? VERY FRUSTRATED… THANK YOU

  9. […] so I don't have an experience-based answer for you. However, I googled it, and came up with this: Ask a Pro about Clear Bra maintenance Basically, it says yes you can clay bar a bra, but be careful around the edges; the clay can catch […]

  10. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you need to write more on this issue,
    it might not be a taboo matter but generally people don’t discuss these
    topics. To the next! Best wishes!!

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