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11-14-2013 09:00 PM
RubiYinzer I put 3m Scotchcal film on the rub areas of my Triumph Sprint ST (a proper gentleman's touring motorbike). It's a sport tourer with a slightly forward canted seating position, so the rider's jacket continually contacts the rear of the tank. Additionally the riders knees rub the tops of the side fairings.
Shortly after I brought her home - in October of 2000 - I bought and installed the Scotchcal to prevent permanent damage. The bike is Burn Your Retinas Red, the Scotchcal is still invisible and the paint under the Scotchcal is pristine. Not gonna do my Jeep though. You'd have to do the grille as well as the hood and I don't think it'd be worth the effort. A battle scarred Jeep is a Happy Jeep!
11-14-2013 04:08 PM
MANGOJK15
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Originally Posted by JKKrizan View Post
Soon I will have my new toy in the garage and want to use it like a Jeep should be. However, there's this thought of the amount of $$$ I just spent on it that makes me scared to do anything other than daily driving. I have heard of these 3M precut clear kits to apply to the front ends. I dont know of any dealers in the area to go to, so I might be on my own on this one. Ive also seen this 3M spray stuff that peels off as well.

Questions:

Has anyone tried the precut kits? Do they make pieces for the sides too? How hard is it to apply?

How about the 3M Paint Defender (spray)? Is it worth the extra work?
I have had clear bras installed on every vehicle I have ever owned and loved it. I also don't care for pre-cut kits as they tend to not look that good. My 2010 Mountain has Xpel and it is barely noticeable. Of course I do wax my Jeep 4 times per year because I live in AZ. I just got a quote to have Xpel installed on my 2014 JKU that I have on order and it came it at $550 to do the grille, front fenders, rear fenders, door inserts, and surrounding windshield.
11-14-2013 03:14 PM
Kazinator BUMP- looking to use the precut film or spray but can't seem to find many people who did it on a wrangler.

If anyone has- what did you use, where do you get it, and what is a quick review?


I asked my tint guy and he wanted a couple hundred $$ to do mine. Hells no.
10-16-2013 01:06 PM
JKKrizan
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Originally Posted by JandS View Post
We have done the custom film on all of our vehicles and love it. If done by a good installer, you simply will not notice it.
When you say custom, what brand do you mean? I know of a local place that does vinyl wrapping. Im not sure if they carry anything other than what they install. Maybe I could take this to them and have them install. It just seems like cheap insurance to me, besides I dont want to be a mall crawler my whole life because I am too worried about brush and sticks!
10-16-2013 11:57 AM
JandS We have done the custom film on all of our vehicles and love it. If done by a good installer, you simply will not notice it.

The key really is the installer. If they're doing a custom cut, they're shaping and stretching it by hand, then using an exact-blade to cut it. Obviously a steady hand is needed to avoid scratching the paint.

I think that people are crazy not to use this stuff. If resale means anything to you, it is a no brainer. I have never had a rock chip through to the paint, meaning that the front of our vehicles will be perfect if resold, at least if the film is removed. The Jeep has almost no deflection angle, meaning the front takes HARD rock strikes that other vehicles don't.
10-16-2013 11:51 AM
Ricanbandit I have used the 3M spray, the protection is definitely NOT the same, but for the price, it is pretty darn good. That it peels off is another good thing, just came back from a long road trip and just peeled it off and presto! No more bugs on the grill or hood! I also use it with my Z4 which is a lot lower to the grown and it protects some against rock chips, but not 100%. Like I said before for the price you can't beat it!
10-16-2013 11:42 AM
grizzstang I have the pre-cut 3m on our Jeep. Around the windshield, cowl, front of hood, grill and the tip of front fenders. I have a white Jeep and you have to look pretty close to see it but you can see it. It looks a whole lot better than rock rash to me. I don't get any enjoyment out of scratching stuff up and rock chips. It happens but I still try to protect my vehicles as much as possible.
10-16-2013 11:31 AM
JKKrizan
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Originally Posted by Getnoff View Post
Lol enjoy ur jeep!!!
Why keep ur girlfriend a virgin so u can hand her off to someone else in perfect shape?.....
Troy
Nice analogy my friend! Well said.

I do plan to keep the jeep for a very long time but I have this OCD part of me that wants to keep things clean and shiny. I also looked at the Xpel brand, but super expensive!
10-16-2013 10:39 AM
aajakt Kevlar. Can be added to the outside of the Jeep. Google. Jeep Kevlar
10-16-2013 10:19 AM
NFRs2000NYC
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Originally Posted by JKKrizan View Post
Soon I will have my new toy in the garage and want to use it like a Jeep should be. However, there's this thought of the amount of $$$ I just spent on it that makes me scared to do anything other than daily driving. I have heard of these 3M precut clear kits to apply to the front ends. I dont know of any dealers in the area to go to, so I might be on my own on this one. Ive also seen this 3M spray stuff that peels off as well.

Questions:

Has anyone tried the precut kits? Do they make pieces for the sides too? How hard is it to apply?

How about the 3M Paint Defender (spray)? Is it worth the extra work?
I don't like the precut ones. You can see them and it bothers me. Now, you can have it installed professionally where they cover the entire panel and it really is invisible, but thats expensive. The spray stuff will protect against the elements, nothing more. It wont save you from "jeeping" like tree branches and such.
10-16-2013 10:14 AM
Getnoff Had a "clear bra" on my GTO, and really didn't like it. Worked well, but u still can see it, and it bothered me. Wait till the first time ur hood gets scraped on the ground! Lol enjoy ur jeep!!!
Why keep ur girlfriend a virgin so u can hand her off to someone else in perfect shape?.....
Troy
10-16-2013 09:39 AM
JKKrizan
3M Clear Film or Spray on Liner, Experiences?

Soon I will have my new toy in the garage and want to use it like a Jeep should be. However, there's this thought of the amount of $$$ I just spent on it that makes me scared to do anything other than daily driving. I have heard of these 3M precut clear kits to apply to the front ends. I dont know of any dealers in the area to go to, so I might be on my own on this one. Ive also seen this 3M spray stuff that peels off as well.

Questions:

Has anyone tried the precut kits? Do they make pieces for the sides too? How hard is it to apply?

How about the 3M Paint Defender (spray)? Is it worth the extra work?

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