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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, Jan-10-2019, 12:08:06 AM   #1
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Default PPF clear bra removal tips?

I have clear bra that has failed due to time and exposure and is proving very tough to remove. I've tried using heat to soften it but that didn't help. It shears off in extremely tiny pieces. It took me an hour to do a small portion of the hood and I still have the full bumper, fenders, trim below the headlights, mirrors...

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Some good info...
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Default Re: PPF clear bra removal tips?

Park it in the sun on a warm-ish day, peel up and edge and keep pulling. Key is to let the sun warm it up fully.

If it fragments - you should have removed it years before. You may have to pay a pro to do it. Kind of looks like a basket case.
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Old Thu, Jan-10-2019, 01:02:26 AM   #4
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I've heard steam works well
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Old Thu, Jan-10-2019, 02:43:57 AM   #5
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Default Re: PPF clear bra removal tips?

3m has commercial grade adhesive removers that I've used on similar situations. Soak some shop towels in it and lay over the area where you started undoing the clear bra. Then scrape with plastic razors.

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Default Re: PPF clear bra removal tips?

Heat gun prudently applied followed by penetrating oil to remove residual ****. It takes time so don't get impatient. Good luck.
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Default Re: PPF clear bra removal tips?

Kaiv, I install paint protection film as a side gig. I've removed a lot of old ppf. Best way is to use a steamer. Heat it up and slowly peel alway. Lots of steam will do it.

If you have a tough time, use plastic razor blades and 3M Adhesive remover to remove the leftover residue.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-08984-Ge...EAAOSwXzNaX8-~

On Amazon, search for single edge plastic razor blades. They're around $6 for 100.

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Plastic razor blades time and stoners bug and tar remover eats up any adhesive left over.


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Kaiv, I install paint protection film as a side gig. I've removed a lot of old ppf. Best way is to use a steamer. Heat it up and slowly peel alway. Lots of steam will do it.

If you have a tough time, use plastic razor blades and 3M Adhesive remover to remove the leftover residue.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-08984-Ge...EAAOSwXzNaX8-~

On Amazon, search for single edge plastic razor blades. They're around $6 for 100.

Thank you so much.

This isn't the most fun I've had but it's all gone now!

The film on the horizontal surfaces was so cracked, there was no peeling it off in one piece.

The plastic razor blades were invaluable.










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