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I am having my 2012 CLS 550 launch edition tinted tomorrow morning. I need advice as to if I should get the clear bra as well. Is it worth it? Does it last without peeling, fading, discoloring or otherwise looking bad? I want to protect the paint but not if the clear bra looks very noticeable to start or ends up looking like crap.

I am getting this done in 12 hours! Please provide some input.
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Good quality clear bras are almost invisible. They will not protect from everything, but they are removable. Ask the shop who dos it how much they charge for removal
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How well do they age? Do they show signs of wear or coloring? How long do they last?
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I had my motorhome wrapped about 5 years ago and it still looks good. I keep it in the shade. From what I hear the only problem with cheap clear bras is yellowing. Ask the shop for warranty.

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Some yellow but mostly evident on white cars, any darker car will look good longer. Some go farther up the hood and that line, or any line of the film, can be seen on a dark car if you get wax along it, so use a silicone or clear wax so you don't get this issue. You could also have them only film the nose piece and not go up the hood since you can always slightly see the film on cars, but you risk chips to the hood in such a case. Personally I'd skip going up onto the hood since I'd rather see a random rock chip than always seeing the film (or you can always remove this piece later if it bothers you).

Reminds me when car bras were popular in the 80's, did people really think their 911 looked better with a saggy black diaper on it's nose than a half dozen chips you can't see unless you're up close?

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Thanks for the info. The line about the 911 is hilarious.
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Reminds me when car bras were popular in the 80's, did people really think their 911 looked better with a saggy black diaper on it's nose than a half dozen chips you can't see unless you're up close?

Aren't car bras just like Victoria Secrets a fashion statement?
My black W210 spend 170k miles of its life in snow belt. The biggest issue to keep it looking good are like million of rock chips on front. I bought the paint and touch up the big chips and know how to repolish them, but there is no way I can get all the small chips and lot of them are above the headlight and above the star line.
Unfortunately white or gray primer doesn't look well showing up on black paint.
Would I have new car, I would put clear bra right away living in such weather.
California is having clean freeways so it is not critical here.

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If I were looking at your car on a used car lot a couple years from now I'd know I could remove the window tint (I would) and wouldn't worry about it.

I'd know I couldn't remove the clear bra and consequently wouldn't buy your car.

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If I were looking at your car on a used car lot a couple years from now I'd know I could remove the window tint (I would) and wouldn't worry about it.

I'd know I couldn't remove the clear bra and consequently wouldn't buy your car.
The clear bra can be removed without leaving any residue behind. You wouldn't be able to tell something was there before. Also, good luck finding this on a used car lot in a couple of years.
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