Our new Chip Magic® Shield,
Spray-On Clear Bra:
Blends smoothly, with no hard lines if the entire panel is
Can be sanded and polished to remove scratches
Follows the contours of complex bumpers, protecting the entire
CLEAR BRA COMPARISONS
A clear bra is placed on an undamaged vehicle
front to protect against minor stone and sand chips. It does not protect
against large items hitting your vehicle or collision damage. There are
several areas to apply clear bras: hood (usually the first 12" or 18"),
front corners of the fenders, backs of painted mirrors, the front
bumper, headlights, and sometimes the pillars at the front of the doors.
The cost varies. A typical shop gets anywhere from $175.00 - $250.00 for
just the hood and the front corners of the fenders. The bumper is the
most complex and can cost $200.00 - $300.00 more. Then you have the
mirrors and headlights to consider. The total costs can add up to over
$750.00 for a "full front-end wrap."
Ok, now what about materials? Usually a plastic type material is applied
to the car. Basically there is 3M brand clear bra and several other
manufacturers. The 3M clear bra is manufactured with a laminate process
and when scored allows for a smoother cut without as much risk to the
finish on the car IF the clear bra requires cutting on the vehicle.
The drawbacks for the plastic type clear bras are: They can have an
"orange peel" look to them. They cannot be repaired if they get minor
scratches. They cannot be buffed to a high gloss like the original clear
coat on your car. Also some shops will cut the plastic to shape on the
car, causing scoring of the original paint, sometimes deep enough that
when the clear bra is removed the paint comes with it. The less
expensive brands of plastic clear bra may yellow with age and can
sometimes peel up. The plastic leaves a distinct line that can trap dirt
and wax. If you have existing chips, the plastic clear bra forms bubbles
over the chips and the damage is even more visible.
We used to do
the stick-on clear bra also but NO MORE! (Ok, unless you really, really
want the old stuff!)
The solution? We tried many of the
commercially available spray-on products and found them lacking in
quality. What’s a body shop to do? Invent our own! Though a proprietary
process, much like how WD-40 was developed, we mixed and tested, then
mixed again, then tested again, and repeated over and over! We would
bend it, hit it with a hammer, throw stuff at it and they ALL failed
miserably. Sometimes it would chip, sometimes it would crack, and
sometimes it peeled off. Finally, after several years of trying
different combinations of different products and different ratios....
WE HAVE IT
The hard edges on the hood and fender corners that
collect dust and wax? GONE
Our spray-on process leaves only a smooth transition to your vehicle’s
existing clear coat.
The lines on bumpers that can peel and look bad?
We remove the bumper and spray the entire bumper, eliminating any lines.
The "orange peel" look? GONE
Our spray-on clear bra can be sanded and buffed several times if
Our process and product allow us to match the vehicle’s existing clear
The yellowing? GONE
Our spray-on clear bra incorporates the latest technology in ultraviolet
protection and clarity. We’ve tested thicknesses up to 4 inches without
any degradation of clarity.
The light scratches that were impossible to remove
without replacing the entire clear bra? GONE
Our spray-on product allows us to sand out and re-polish any minor
imperfections, several times.
The pits in headlights? GONE FOREVER
In most cases we can sand the existing pits out and coat your
headlights, making them look brand new. AND BEST OF ALL we can even fix
any existing light chips BEFORE using the Spray On Clear Bra so they are
not visible! (Depending on how severe the damage is.)
We have even done complete hoods and fenders so
there are NO VISIBLE LINES. We would not recommend this for most normal
vehicles. The cost is much higher because the parts are sprayed off of
the car. Mostly this is reserved for the higher end sports cars that
have a lower nose and are more expensive to repair if they receive even
a minor chip.
One example of the quality of our product is a
customer with a Mustang GT who hit something with his front bumper after
we had applied the clear bra. Guess what? The paint underneath cracked
BUT the Spray On Clear Bra was fully intact!!! That means that next time
he washes it, water won’t get under the paint and start causing the
paint to come off. There won’t be dirt and wax buildup in the cracks
because the Spray On Clear Bra is still undamaged.
Of course it isn’t really meant to be able to
stand up to high impact damage, BUT IT DID!!
A little more expensive than the stick-on plastic,
but worth it!
The owner of this
Ferrari is delighted
with Chip Magic's
Spray-On Clear Bra!
This is one of
the actual demo pieces we used at the Denver International Auto Show.
note the 3M peeled and scratched after just two people! Our Chip
Magic® Shield is still intact even after thousands of people tried to damage