The Pros and Cons of a Clear Car Bra

Maintaining your car is important. You get the oil changed regularly and conduct routine maintenance, of course, to make sure it runs great. You also wash it regularly and maybe even wax it on occasion.

Well, if the way your car looks really is important to you, then you should know you can install clear coating protective film which actually helps to protect your paint from chips and cracks, too.

But while this might sound like a good idea, you should weigh the pros and cons, especially since this is a $900 to $2500 investment.

The PROS of A Clear Car Bra

Essentially, a clear car bra is a smart option, in theory.  Basically, protective paint film protects your car’s paint for a very long time and is nearly invisible, especially when it is first applied.  Of course, the major benefit to installing this stuff is that you can have the added confidence of knowing that you are not going to have to deal with all of the rock and debris deposits that your car is always vulnerable to on the road.  Essentially, the polymer paint from these invisible shields ensures that nothing will scuff up your paint.

In short, here are the benefits to invisible automotive protective paint film:

  • Long term protection (up to 5 years)
  • Reduces need for bumper/fascia repainting (typically every few years)
  • Increases vehicle’s overall value (especially with proper maintenance)
  • The best way (perhaps the only way) to prevent matte paint scratches

The CONS of A Clear Car Bra

Of course, to be fair, we should also look at what the potential setbacks of a clear car bra might be. Honestly, many invisible automotive protective paint film wraps eventually begin to discolor and some can wear away. Again, they should only provide maximum protection for 3 to 5 years, but it is important to remember that degradation can begin sooner than you might expect.  Of course, the clear protective film also takes a beating too (that’s its job, actually, to take the beating instead of the paint itself) and thus can begin to look inconsistent.

In short, here are some of the detriments to invisible automotive protective paint film:

  • Can be expensive depending on use, quality, etc
  • May not be as durable or reliable as you hope
  • Can require some maintenance to increase clear bra consistency
  • Can be aesthetically unpleasing (when it starts to be inconsistent)

Mia Frazier