Do it yourself and save some bucks. It sounds difficult but when you get done you will wonder why they charge so much to do it for you. I only did my headlights and fogs cause I have a bug shield, but wish I would have opted for no shield and film instead. I did do the film on my truck though...worth the money.First of all, thanks to all who replied. If it is easy to remove and reapply, then I might consider doing this myself (avoiding the $150 installation fee and the 25% markup on the film of the local installer I called). I find it strange that our Volvo came with the film pre-applied but the Honda dealers do not even have an option to install this.
No doubt, for if it freezes the water under the film it probably will jack it up? Money well spentI'm planning to get it done next weekend. I found a guy local to the dc area, and while it's expensive, I'd rather not hassle with it, I don't have a garage and don't want to freeze outside trying to do it. The guy has really good reviews and I trust he'll do a good job.
Warranty is usually 5 years with 3m on this film...film from years ago aged and discolored though. Good money spent for sure.I disagree. I'd much rather have a new looking bumper, hood, mirrors, etc., that have an invisible guard than having them with rock chips after every six months or so.
As for them being ugly, from more than a few feet away, you can't even tell they're there. From what I've read, discoloration is more likely to happen if you never wash your car. I think they're much more attractive than a torn up front end with rock chips everywhere, but that's just me.
Just depends on your perspective, didn’t Forbes vote CT one of the top 10 ugly cars of 2010, if so, then are we really worried bout film discoloration?IMHO these things are a waste of money...
A new bumper painted is not much more than the cost of installation... And if something is going to damage the bumper, its going to put just as bad of a mark in the clear bra...
Plus, they look ugly, and can discolor slightly over time.
You are correct on the warranty being lifetime...front bra as wellI live in the Southwest (sunny and hot most of the year) and have never seen the 3M clearmask discolor on any vehicle. Plus the clearmask does not flap in the wind like most front end bras, damaging the paint. Front end bras need to be removed regularly so you can wash the dirt and rocks that work their way in between the paint and the front end bra, plus the front end bra moves causing light sanding, dulling the clear under the front end bra.
3M warranty on the clear mask is lifetime, here is the website stating it:
I wish I could have said it that good...A+ for factsFYI, to properly repair the rock chips on the bumper, hood and both fenders = $1526.00.
It takes 9.6hrs body labor:
A. 2.6hrs to overhaul the bumper cover (includes removal).
B. 1hrs to remove both headlamps.
C. 6hrs body labor to repair the rock chips on the bumper cover, hood and front section of each fender.
Then your looking at 10.9hrs plus material to seal, prime, sand, paint, color sand and buff the paint back to factory new.
Now you could do it cheaper and have someone tape around your lamps, bumper, hood and fender, but you risk the chance of the clear coat peeling along the tape edges. Plus if the rock chips are not repaired and just painted over, your bumper and hood will look like an acne faced kid with acne scars all over. Then your looking at a diminished value of your vehicle because everyone is going to assume it was in and accident, because you took it to a Chop-Shop for cut rate repairs.
This is why i use a clear mask and if something damages it, I just peel and replace.