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2022 BMW X4 Full Front Clear Bra and Ceramic Coating

This uniquely-colored BMW X4 in Brooklyn Gray was part of the two-vehicle package we did for husband/wife Killeen residents, where we installed a partial full body on the husband’s BMW 540, and we did a full front (mirrors, fenders, hood, and bumper) on this BMW X4, and then installed a five-year SB3 Alpha ceramic coating (similar in longevity and performance to a Ceramic Pro Silver Package).


The client was incredibly concerned about rock chips on her far away commute from Killeen to Austin, daily. She had already received a few rock chips, and was borderline between being able to install the clear bra/paint protection film and not being able to (as we discuss in our frequently asked questions section – at a certain point, the rock chips become too much and the clear bra/PPF will have pockets of air where the chips are, and look worse).


We ended up filling in many of the smaller chips with a crayon that was similar in color to the Brooklyn Gray, which allows the hole to be slightly filled (covering up the primer underneath), without creating the raised bump that you might typically get by fixing rock chips (that also creates an air pocket that looks bad under the clear bra/paint protection film).

Clear Bra

Overall, this installation of clear bra came out amazing, with just a minor tweak.

We are not always perfect, and sometimes, as we have discussed in other blog articles and frequently asked questions, no installation is flawless. However, in this case, the BMW X4 driver mirror continued to lift up on the edge. We decided to redo both mirrors to ensure the client was happy.

Mirror clear bra installations can be more difficult to lay down. As the tension required to wrap an 8mil thick paint protection film without wrinkles is high. This makes it the most commonly returned item.

Why are we telling everyone about an imperfect clear bra/paint protection film/PPF installation? 

Mainly because of expectation management. A typical clear bra/paint protection film installation has a two-week follow-up period where we check for issues like this. We addressed all of the client’s concerns, and as you can see from our reviews, she was totally satisfied! We try very hard to ensure this never comes up where clear bra lifts, and many shops make every attempt to hide any imperfection in their clear bra/PPF installations, especially online, where everyone is afraid to post issues. 

The important takeaway from this installation is that after voicing some concerns to us, we rushed to ensure they were taken care of and satisfied. These situations are NOT the normal with clear bra/paint protection film installations, but it’s important to understand that NO business can PREVENT problems – they happen. Each business is defined by how they handle issues. 

Read more about clear bra/paint protection film: https://hhceramiccoatings.com/clear-bra/ 

Read more about ceramic coating: https://hhceramiccoatings.com/ceramic-coating/

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For this vehicle, we used Legend Paint Protection Films (https://legendppf.com/). We talked a lot in a FAQ article about what the major differences are between clear bra/paint protection film/PPF companies, if any, between major film manufacturers like Xpel, SunTek, Eastman, Llumar, 3M, Ceramic Pro – Kavaca, STEK, Flexishield, Global, Legend and more (https://hhceramiccoatings.com/what-is-the-difference-between-major-clear-bra-brands-faq/). The key takeaway is that the primary differences are in the properties of the adhesive, which is something installers have to deal with, but generally, don’t have an effect on anything the client sees.


People frequently ask about Xpel clear bra/paint protection film, and if Legend PPF compares to Xpel at all. A lot of people use Xpel to mean clear bra, because Xpel is one of the most popular brands. We also discuss Xpel and if it’s the same as clear bra, here: https://hhceramiccoatings.com/is-xpel-the-same-as-clear-bra-faq/

About our ceramic coating offerings:

SB3 Coatings (sb3coating.com) are great coatings. They are similar to other offerings we have had in the past. You may be more familiar with other brands’ offerings. Here is a quick reference to help you understand our transition.

 – The SB3 Coatings Solo is similar to Ceramic Pro Sport. (although SB3 Solo has a one-year warranty whereas Ceramic Pro Sport has a six-month warranty)

– SB3 Coatings Omega is similar to Ceramic Pro Bronze (Ceramic Pro Top Coat) two year coating

– The SB3 Coatings Thirty3 is a three-year ceramic coating. Which is a warranty period we have not had in the past.

– SB3 Coatings Alpha is a five-year coating, similar to the Ceramic Pro Silver (five-year) package, which uses Ceramic Pro 9H (one layer) and Ceramic Pro Top Coat (one layer). SB3 Coatings Alpha utilizes a single coating system which helps us get your vehicle back to you faster without sacrificing quality.

– The SB3 Coatings Trinity is a seven-year coating, which we did not offer previously with Ceramic Pro.

– SB3 Coatings Vortex is a two-year ceramic coating similar to Ceramic Pro Wheel & Caliper or Ceramic Pro 9H (when used on wheels).

– The SB3 Coatings Optic is a one-year ceramic coating similar to Ceramic Pro Glass. It is used on your windshield/glass surfaces.

Additionally, we have access to many brands of ceramic coatings. We always choose what is best for the client in their particular situation.