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Has anyone purchased a hood bra for their PP? I am taking mine on a long road trip and would like to have the hood edge protected. Appreciate any info in re. to potential sources.
 

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Lots of discussion on the site regarding 3M or XPEL protectant sheeting. I'd recommend a search.
 

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You could also consider an air deflector. I had the same concern an opted for the low profile one. Looks good on my Modern Steel, was inexpensive, and easy to install.
 

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Appreciate the feedback, but was looking for a removable soft hood bra. Did find one though.
One thing to note, removable hood bra’s are recommended for warm climates and need to be removed weekly to avoid paint color deterioration.
 

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These were popular about 25 years ago. I had one on my Ford Taurus. It wasn't kind on the paint. I''d never buy one again.

Honda paint has been very durable on the 5 Hondas I have owned and I have never added any type of paint protection to any of the hoods. I live in Montana where roads are chip sealed and stones/rocks/chips are everywhere. The only vehicles that have been problematic were my 3 Mazda cars that were extremely easy to chip based on very thin paint. I recently sold a 2016 Mazda 3 with 50K miles on it. I repaired hundreds of chips with Dr. Colorchip on every panel. That dissuaded me from buying a CX-5 or CS-9 even though I felt these were far more refined vehicles compared to the Passport.
 

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Thanks. I live in San Diego. Have used them for years on a 911 then on my BMW 3 series. Take it off if raining and, of course, when washing. No paint problems with over ten years use on both cars.
 

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I had a Hood Bra for my 1985 Honda Prelude, worked well enough I suppose, but was a bear to take on and off (with the rotating headlights) plus I washed it all the time and yeah, you can't leave it on in the rain or excessive moisture, so I ended up not using so much..

On my 2012 BMW 328i Coupe I had the XPL Clear Bra installed over the entire front end, right when I bought it and when I sold it some years later, they were no nicks or chips at all, and it had a VERY low front end!

So when I bought the Passport, I did the same XPL thing and I LOVE it! It provides MORE protection that a conventional front end Bra or deflectors as any bird-bombs on the hood will not eat into the OEM clear coat/paint! Never have to take it off when it is raining, looks great (well it's clear) and never have to store a wet bra anywhere..

Now for those of you who perhaps feel self conscious about going out in public sans a bra, you can get the French LeBra here for $89:

 

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Thank you for the info. How much did the clear bra cost? ....I did end up ordering just the bra that covers the hood front edge only. But you have me thinking about having the clear bra installed. Have a 2000 mile road trip coming up in Sept.
 

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They gave a bit of a discount since I was a return customer, but Prodgirl got her Passport done at the same place for about $1800. Sounds like a lot of money, but besides the Hood, both front fenders, all the painted front grill parts, including the big "H", the headlights, all four door handles and the rear bumper - area where luggage could slide across when being put into/out-of the rear "trunk".

Plus it is self-healing, meaning if/when it takes a hit, it repairs itself, by sealing back up, so you don't see a bunch of pits in it.

There are probably closer places down your way, but these guys are in Huntington Beach and do absolutely perfect work and more importantly have been around 10+ years and stand behind their work:

 
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Thank you for taking the time to share all of the info. I am definitely going to look into it. I actually am in Carlsbad and have a friend in HB that I have seen in a while.
 

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They gave a bit of a discount since I was a return customer, but Prodgirl got her Passport done at the same place for about $1800. Sounds like a lot of money, but besides the Hood, both front fenders, all the painted front grill parts, including the big "H", the headlights, all four door handles and the rear bumper - area where luggage could slide across when being put into/out-of the rear "trunk".

Plus it is self-healing, meaning if/when it takes a hit, it repairs itself, by sealing back up, so you don't see a bunch of pits in it.

There are probably closer places down your way, but these guys are in Huntington Beach and do absolutely perfect work and more importantly have been around 10+ years and stand behind their work:

What Steven said! The Xpel Clear Bra. It was about 1800. And he likes cash!

My H jewel, hood, the black trim on the front, both side fenders, side mirrors, door cups, the threshold area on the tailgate, I know there was more,but can’t recall.

Craig and his guys did a kick ass job. It’s a 4-6 hour job depending on how many people he’s got working. But I drive a lot back and forth to San Jose, SD, Vegas and Phoenix and my CRV was mauled by rock chips. I only wish I could have done the front windshield.

I live I HB, but just opened escrow in Oceanside. Just spend half the day here at the beach, Pacific City or go watch a movie.
 

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Don't use a bra on your vehicle ..any vehicle. They will ruin and mar and cloud the paint underneath no matter what you do. Dirt and sand gets under the bra an slowly sands down your paint. Causes more damage than it cures. Use the paint protectant sheeting that others are recommending and have it professionally installed.
 
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I live in San Diego where the road conditions are very good.I am retired and will only be putting approx. 5-6k miles a year on the PP. Do not need or want to spend $1500 - $1800 on a clear bra. Plan on using the vinyl hood bra only on road trips. As I mentioned previously, I have used a full bra on road trips on both a 911 and a 3 series BMW w/o any paint issues. Had the Porsche for 19 years. Saw it on an Internet auction recently with the original paint intact. Still use the hood only bra on the BMW and the paint is flawless after 13 years. I guess it is a case of buying a quality product, keeping the bra clean, knowing when to take it off and maintaining the paint.
 

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:rolleyes: LOL.... okay, nice roster of exactly what German iron you've owned and for how long. I'm impressed! well,... no...not really... Not sure what your question is? You already have bought bras and know where to get them... and you're convinced it's what you want...
 

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I only included a partial "roster" of German cars I have or have owned to illustrate a counterpoint to your dissing hood bras in all applications. Juvenile sarcasm is not warranted not appreciated.
 
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