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Old 04-17-2006, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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AutoSKIN - A cheap temporary clear bra. Opinions?

I was wondering if there was a product that I could use to protect my car from chips on long trips (Going to KC).

I don't have and DO NOT desire a bra of the leather kind.

I am not interested in a 3M type bra either, as they are meant to be more permanent.

I was just looking for something (like the 3M bra) that was cheap and could be easily removed once the road trip was over with.

I stumbled upon this thing called AutoSKIN and it looks to be some latex based clear liquid that you paint on the car in a liquid form and when it dries it becomes clear, then when you want to remove it you just peel it off and you can paint some more on whenever you want.

http://www.autoskin.com.au/index.htm

I would like to use this for the trip to KC, remove it when I get there for the Nat'l Meet, and then paint some more on for the trip back home.

I am posting this here to get peoples opinions on how well this might work and also to see if anybody (Gary in particular) has had any experience with this type of product.

I really want to do something like this, but I don't know if it might damage my paint at all.

Discuss.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most high end body shops know of the clear coat application designed to repel stone chips much better than factory paint. it is a little pircy, since it is a paint process, the problem with the bra, is you see the lines, it doesn't last forever (like people think) and from a cosmetic view, you still see the chips, although they are in the bra not the paint.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have thought long and hard about 3M. I decided to drive the car the way it is. If the damage gets bad, I will have the front end repainted in 4-6 years when the damage is more noticable.
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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So Gary, I'm gathering that this is a decent product from what you said (nothing too negative).

I honestly don't care if you can see the chips in it or if you can see the edge of it, because it can be peeled off. So this will be fine for just a temporary fix on long trips?
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Old 04-19-2006, 05:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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sure, should be fine, what is the cost? Gary
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Price is 50 bucks for a liter.

Site says just to put a 'bra' type coverage on a small car, you should get about 4 applications per liter.
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That's pretty cool.
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Old 04-30-2006, 05:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, it seems as if the ordering process is different than most online places.

If you want to order you fill in what you want and then they send you an e-mail with the invoice. Once you pay for it that way then they ship it out. I filled out the form over a week ago and never got an invoice e-mail.

There USED to be a US distributor for the product but their website is down, and after some searching I think I found out that company has gone out of business.

So I don't think I'll be able to get this stuff now. I think for KC I'll have to resort to the old school show car style protection... tape!

Gary, I'm sure you know about this and now I'd like your thoughts on what effect this might have on the car/finish. I know that the best thing to use would be the blue painters tape, right? If I do use that, I'm worried about the surface underneath. Would it strip the wax when I peeled it off? If so, then I guess I'll just wash the car and tape it up before the trip and wait to wax it until I get there. If not then it would be okay for me to wax it and then put tape on it?
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Old 04-30-2006, 06:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Clarity

This product is designed for off road protection. The finish will be only as good as the brush you use. Unless it was sprayed on with a gun, you will get a vary modeled or striated finish. Will never look as good as paint.

Just my 2 cents.
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Why doesn't anyone understand?!

I DON'T CARE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE! It's for temporary protection on a long road trip!

Hence why I'm probably going to go with the blue painters tape method now.
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Old 05-20-2006, 10:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey Dori,

I just saw an ad for Duplicolor SHIELD. It seems similar to the autoskin stuff you had found, except it washes off. I don't know how it would stand up to water, seeing as how it washes off, but it is probably worth a look.

They also have temporary "Car-Art" paint, looks interesting, but wouldn't trust it on my finish just yet.
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Old 05-20-2006, 10:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Dori, I do not know if it is too expensive, or in an acceptable color, but... they used to make a paint on, dip on, material you could use to make "handles" for tools etc. This stuff was thicker, but it could be peeled off pretty easily and did not seem to leave any residue.

I have no idea how it would do as a bra though. I used to get it at Home Depot in the paint dept. just a thought.
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Most high end body shops know of the clear coat application designed to repel stone chips much better than factory paint. it is a little pircy, since it is a paint process, the problem with the bra, is you see the lines, it doesn't last forever (like people think) and from a cosmetic view, you still see the chips, although they are in the bra not the paint.
As far as how long it lasts, what I got (bumper, hood, mirrors) for $595 installed came with a 5 year, 50,000 mile guarantee which is fine with me. As far as seeing the line(s)?(really only one to see) no one yet has seen it for themselves (mine's aggressive) and all agree when I point it out that it blends in extremely well. If it's an issue, it's a minor one and it doesn't bother me. I love knowing that the protection is there when I crank it up.
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Old 05-21-2006, 06:53 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I just saw an ad for Duplicolor SHIELD.
http://www.duplicolor.com/training/shield_training.html

http://www.duplicolor.com/products/shield.html

I've been meaning to try this stuff but haven't had a chance to look for it yet.

Then there is also the Spray-On Bra from Griot's (peel off)

http://griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?...1090&SKU=20264

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Useful Instructions:
Spray-On Bra creates an airtight, waterproof barrier. Make sure the surface to be protected is clean and dry before use. To start, mask off sections that are not to be coated. Apply Spray-On Bra in the shade at cool temperatures, if possible out of direct wind and in a well ventilated area. Shake the container well and often during use. Spray approximately 6-10 inches form surface being treated using overlapping layers until the entire area is covered. For maximum protection a film thickness of 1/8 inch is recommended. Remove masking shortly after application. Spray-On Bra is dry to the touch in 15 minutes and fully cured in 90 minutes.
Removal:
Peel up an edge of the film from the surface and pull up sections as desired. After removing, dispose of properly in trash bin. Reapply when needed.
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http://www.duplicolor.com/training/shield_training.html

http://www.duplicolor.com/products/shield.html

I've been meaning to try this stuff but haven't had a chance to look for it yet.

Then there is also the Spray-On Bra from Griot's (peel off)

http://griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?...1090&SKU=20264
I'm liking that Duplicolor one-says rain won't wash it off, may have to try it before the long road trip this fall!!
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