Automotive clear bras are designed to wrap around your vehicle's body to protect it from rocks, but there are a few special techniques for washing and maintaining them properly. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.
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[00:00:00] Clear bras are thick, strong, and elastic. They're designed to wrap around your vehicle's body to protect it from rocks, sand, rubber, and any flying debris every car encounters while driving, but there are a few special techniques for washing and maintaining them properly. Find out today, on this episode of Details. My name is Larry Kosilla, and I'm a professional detailer. Together with Autoblog, we're creating the ultimate collection of quick car care videos.

[00:00:30] This is Autoblog Details. Here are the items you'll need for this task. When a clear bra becomes dirty, washing it with the normal two-bucket system and wash mitt is encouraged. However, the wash technique is slightly different. First, rinse the vehicle from top to bottom. If you choose to use a power washer, stay at least 8 to 12 inches away from the bra and the edges, in particular. Then, wipe your soapy mitt in straight lines as you would for a regular wash,

[00:01:00] but start from the center of the bra and work away from the edges. Most quality clear bra installations will wrap the edge or secure the corners so that water, dirt, or debris cannot work itself into the seam and slowly lift the adhesive over time. Although it's a low risk, it's a good idea to practice this habit as we'll use this technique later in the protection process as well. Next, dry the paint with a damp, microfiber towel
and hydrate in straight lines

[00:01:30] while being gentle on the seams once again. If you decide to use compressed air, keep the nozzle at least one foot away from the exposed edges. Once it's dry, add a
layer of wax or sealant over the film. This will give it much better beading characteristics and water sheeting if it should rain while you're driving. There are two options for safely waxing clear bra. First, stay at least one inch away from every edge. Second, work the foam pad away from the edges during the swiping motion. The most common complaint about clear bras

[00:02:00] is that the edge collects wax, which then traps dirt and eventually works its way under the bra and turns black. So a few extra minutes staying away from these exposed edges will prevent a huge headache later. If wax is mistakenly smeared in an exposed edge,
use a short-haired paint brush along with spray wax to gently pull the wax away from the bra. Do not tamp or wedge the bristles against the edge of the bra as one or two hairs can
sneak under the film and open the floodgates to more dirt entering in the future.

[00:02:30] Finally, remove the wax with a microfiber towel. Although clear bras are incredibly strong, compounds, polishes, or any type of machine buffing is not recommended if a blemish should occur. Clear bras are a wildly popular after-market item. They're designed to be removed and replaced when the film becomes exceedingly damaged from abuse. The lifespan, however, can range from one to two years on a race car, and five to six years on a daily driven car. Either way, it's far cheaper to replace the film than to paint the entire nose of the car. For more how-to car care videos,

[00:03:00] visit autoblog.com/details. I'm Larry Kosilla from ammonyc.com. We'll see you next time. [00:03:04]

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