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hey guys,

i'm definitely set on purchasing the matte grey finish, however owning a black car for the past 7 years has been tough on keeping the car protected - especially on the front end.

are there any matte grey owners who installed a clear bra on their car? how does it look? does the bra stand out?
 

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thanks, 1.6. just trying to figure out my options here - i know that i'm not going to get that dealership option then!
 

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Have you read the care instructions for the matte paint finish? After I did I decided against that option!!
 

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It really depends on who you ask GDI, its easier to clean for someone who hand washes their car a must. However, those for what ever reason bring their car to a car wash machine... they'll see it differently and a pain if they can't do that. Hand washing is the best way to go though.
 

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He has a black car, auto washes would be really dangerous for it! I wouldn't go into a wash that has a track either with the low pro tires, big risk for curb rash! :(
 

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I have not washed the matte since Friday. Here's after bird droppings, bug splats, city and interstate driving through TS Isaac rain with splashing all over. Holding up well!



 

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I only wand wash or hand wash mine. The fact that a regular wand wash will ruin the matte finish was too much for me. It also said that regular windshield washer fluid could cause problems. I do however really like the look.
 

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I've got a couple of guys who own window tint shops and they do the clear bras, not one would put a clear bra on any of their vehicles, don't mind putting it on yours, but never theirs. That stuff is bad news.
 

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I hated when I had that stuff on the SRT-4 I bought.. It got all gouged up by debris and the line where it went from bra to paint always looked nasty after a couple years of being on.. I'd rather take the rock chips over years and wear them as battle scars.
 

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I only wand wash or hand wash mine. The fact that a regular wand wash will ruin the matte finish was too much for me. It also said that regular windshield washer fluid could cause problems. I do however really like the look.
A wand wash will not harm the paint... as long as you aren't using the chemicals in the wand wash and putting the nozzle right up to the paint it will be fine. That's what I use to wash my car right now. Also, I confirmed with the people who made the matte care kit that comes with the car that windshield washer fluid will not cause issues with the paint.
 

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I hated when I had that stuff on the SRT-4 I bought.. It got all gouged up by debris and the line where it went from bra to paint always looked nasty after a couple years of being on.. I'd rather take the rock chips over years and wear them as battle scars.
I agree, I hate that thin fishing line look. If I get it put on I'm doing the entire hood and front bumper so there are no visible seams!
 

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Hope you're only using the wand and not the brush. Those things are bad news. I've corrected so many paint finishes from people who use the brushes it's not even funny. Looks like someone used a scotch bright pad under the light.

A wand wash will not harm the paint... as long as you aren't using the chemicals in the wand wash and putting the nozzle right up to the paint it will be fine. That's what I use to wash my car right now. Also, I confirmed with the people who made the matte care kit that comes with the car that windshield washer fluid will not cause issues with the paint.
 

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I'm having the 3m stuff put on in the door handle pockets (wife's ring is vicious), under the doors to protect against shoes dragging against the side skirt, just below the rear hatch to protect against shopping bags and finally the top rear edge of the door. (door pillar). I find myself using it to shut the door when exiting.
 

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Hope you're only using the wand and not the brush. Those things are bad news. I've corrected so many paint finishes from people who use the brushes it's not even funny. Looks like someone used a scotch bright pad under the light.
No brush here!

Basically, I use the wand to rinse down the car and fill 2 buckets with water... use one bucket with grit guard and a 2nd bucket for fresh water, both filled with matte safe body wash. I use soft wash mits, wash the car down, then rinse with the wand. Then I dry with microfiber towels, that's it!
 
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