If you’ve lived in California for even a year or two, you’ve probably noticed the effect our desert climate has on your car. Not only does highway driving kick up lots of little rocks and debris, but when the wind starts blowing, it works a bit like taking a sandblaster to your car. This is why so many cars here in Palm Desert and across the southwest have pitted and dull paint jobs. If you love that factory-fresh gleaming paint job, protect it before the Santa Anas blow through and dull your car!
Paint Protection Options
When it comes to protecting your paint job, there are a few different options out there. One you’ve probably seen several times, the leather car bra, and one you’ve probably never noticed (for obvious reasons): the clear bra. A car bra is, basically, any protective element that covers the front end of your car from the ravages of road work and natural causes alike. However, the car bra you should choose depends a lot on your usual environment, your budget, and how much protection you want.
Clear Bra Versus Leather
When it comes to car bra variety, there are plenty of different options from which to choose. There are leather and vinyl options that generally come lined with a soft flannel that are designed to fit the front end of nearly any car make and model. Then there are also paint protection films from specialty makers like Xpel and 3M that are applied to your vehicle and provide invisible protection. When it comes down to choosing the right car bra for you, there are a few factors to take into account:
Keep It Covered
The biggest factor should be how much protection you want from your car bra. A leather or vinyl car bra generally only covers the front end of your car and, while it wraps across the front, it may not cover your bumper. In addition, even a tight fit does not fully prevent small bits of debris from getting under the bra, which will slowly scratch and dull the paint underneath the bra. With a clear bra, the paint protection film is adhered safely to your car so nothing can get underneath it. The self-healing film prevents damage to the paint and doesn’t go dull or cloudy.