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      09-09-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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New 135is Wrapped with Clear Bra

Having picked up the car less than 72 hours ago, I spent day 2 getting it detailed so I could leave it with my clear bra installer. If you're from the tri-state area, you really should hit up Lee Berbs. He did the front end of my Z4 and also did gloss black roof wrap (thread here).

On the 135is, I asked to get the following done in Suntek film:

1) front bumper
2) partial hood, fenders and mirror
3) rear bumper
4) partial rockers

I would've done entire hood if the budget allowed it but unfortunately that wasn't the case. I chose rear bumper because this car occasionally gets street parked in NYC so didn't want to take chances. And lastly, I asked Lee if he could do partial rockers on the front if he had enough material left over, which he graciously did at no charge. I plan on installing mud flaps soon so I wanted some film in between the flaps and body so debris wouldn't get through.

I know some don't see the point but honestly I think I've paid for 5 resprays for 3 cars over the years. It's just not worth it and no matter how good the body shop is, it'll never be as good as the factory paint. With my long commute on I-95 everyday, it seemed like a no brainer.

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And she's done... can you see the lines?







Rocker's a little visible


Hood line barely visible


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Man, it seems like we are following the same schedule. I had mine done this morning also. I ended up using premium shield elite. I got the front bumper,half hood, headlights,front fenders, and mirrors done. Expensive but worth it in my opinion. Yours looks good and I am happy with mine also. Are you having to wait 48 hours before washing also. It is going to kill me because I hate seeing her dirty as I drove through some road construction that threw up a bunch of dust all over my car on the way home.
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Man, it seems like we are following the same schedule. I had mine done this morning also. I ended up using premium shield elite. I got the front bumper,half hood, headlights,front fenders, and mirrors done. Expensive but worth it in my opinion. Yours looks good and I am happy with mine also. Are you having to wait 48 hours before washing also. It is going to kill me because I hate seeing her dirty as I drove through some road construction that threw up a bunch of dust all over my car on the way home.
Going to play it safe and wait a week lol. I was considering headlights but I read how certain films like lamin-x can be too thick and end up trapping heat which leads to the cracks in the housing. But my installer said he's never had issue with his choice of films so I may do that next time around.

Costly but so worth it!!!
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I know Lee! He did the clear bra on my Cooper S back in 2005! Is he still working out of that garage off 28 in Kenilworth?
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I know Lee! He did the clear bra on my Cooper S back in 2005! Is he still working out of that garage off 28 in Kenilworth?
Hillsborough off 206, is that near Kenilworth?
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The film is actually more noticeable currently since you still have water trapped into the film.

I have front/rear wheel wells on my Z4M and they are noticeable, but they protect so much so it really is worth it.

Also, +1 on wrapping the film, makes the install so much cleaner.
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I also had a clear bra kit installed after I got my car.
I got the X-Pel Ultimate product
- Full hood wrapped
- Full front bumper
- Full rockers
- Headlights
- Full fenders
- A pillars
- Top of rear bumper (where some insall a rear bumper step plate)

Really liking the self healing property of this film.
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I know Lee! He did the clear bra on my Cooper S back in 2005! Is he still working out of that garage off 28 in Kenilworth?
Hillsborough off 206, is that near Kenilworth?
Nope, he moved. Good to know he's there.
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I also had a clear bra kit installed after I got my car.
I got the X-Pel Ultimate product
- Full hood wrapped
- Full front bumper
- Full rockers
- Headlights
- Full fenders
- A pillars
- Top of rear bumper (where some insall a rear bumper step plate)

Really liking the self healing property of this film.
Didn't realize you got a 1er?! Sold the Z4M?
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Never had a Z4M, had a 2008 Mazdaspeed 3.
So, that must be someone else.
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Never had a Z4M, had a 2008 Mazdaspeed 3.
So, that must be someone else.
damn that illusive space keystroke

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