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Anyone have clear bra/PPF on their M5?

Looking for input from others. I've looked into a couple different installers and both have claimed that they would have to have a seam somewhere on the hood due to it's width. Apparently rolls of 72" are the max either of these guys can get and to get the proper wrap around on the sides of the hood, it's about an inch shy at the very widest (closest to windshield).

For those who have their full hood wrapped, what brand film was used, and if there is a seam, where did they place it? Also, if you didn't have the whole hood done, how high did you go?
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Looking for input from others. I've looked into a couple different installers and both have claimed that they would have to have a seam somewhere on the hood due to it's width. Apparently rolls of 72" are the max either of these guys can get and to get the proper wrap around on the sides of the hood, it's about an inch shy at the very widest (closest to windshield).

For those who have their full hood wrapped, what brand film was used, and if there is a seam, where did they place it? Also, if you didn't have the whole hood done, how high did you go?

I've had PPF on the M5 since 2004; back then the only brand in town was 3M. It's held up well, but it is an old kit so the seam is only about 1 foot up on the hood. For my F80 M3, I had a standard Xpel front end wrap. the seam is about 3 feet up the hood in front. Doesn't bother me at all, although I can understand why yoy want to have the full hood done. For me, had I gone that route I probably would have had the whole car wrapped, and that just wasn't worth it to me.


FWIW, the Xpel site suggests that 60" roles are the max they sell: Custom Length XPEL Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra. However, I would call Xpel and Suntek directly and ask about your options.



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Looking for input from others. I've looked into a couple different installers and both have claimed that they would have to have a seam somewhere on the hood due to it's width. Apparently rolls of 72" are the max either of these guys can get and to get the proper wrap around on the sides of the hood, it's about an inch shy at the very widest (closest to windshield).

For those who have their full hood wrapped, what brand film was used, and if there is a seam, where did they place it? Also, if you didn't have the whole hood done, how high did you go?

I've had PPF on the M5 since 2004; back then the only brand in town was 3M. It's held up well, but it is an old kit so the seam is only about 1 foot up on the hood. For my F80 M3, I had a standard Xpel front end wrap. the seam is about 3 feet up the hood in front. Doesn't bother me at all, although I can understand why yoy want to have the full hood done. For me, had I gone that route I probably would have had the whole car wrapped, and that just wasn't worth it to me.


FWIW, the Xpel site suggests that 60" roles are the max they sell: Custom Length XPEL Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra. However, I would call Xpel and Suntek directly and ask about your options.



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So you only had a partial hood wrap? Any issues with dirt/debris getting trapped around the edge of the clear? That's the main reason I'm looking to wrap the whole thing.
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So you only had a partial hood wrap? Any issues with dirt/debris getting trapped around the edge of the clear? That's the main reason I'm looking to wrap the whole thing.
I have one on my M3 and this is really not an issue. However, if you do go this route, tape over the edge any time you are running a buffer over the hood or you will get polish stuck along the edge of the clear bra and that will stand out. I'd also probably avoid wiping towards the edge when using wax. Not necessary if using a sealant or ceramic coat though.

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So you only had a partial hood wrap? Any issues with dirt/debris getting trapped around the edge of the clear? That's the main reason I'm looking to wrap the whole thing.
Agree with above; this has never been a problem with any of my cars. And since I have used sealants rather than wax since forever (started with Zaino!), I don't worry about wax collecting at the seam either. From my perspective, the main reason to do the full hood is if you don't want see the seam, which is only visible at certain angles. From a protection standpoint, full front, mirrors and 1/3 of the hood will protect you against > 95% of road debris. Every car is different of course; the wide hips of the F80 M3 meant that I removed the OE PPF that it comes with in front of the rear wheel wells and replaced them with much larger pieces. For a DD, I'm a big believer in PPF. On my Z4M coupe, I did choose not to because it is not my DD and surface light is an important part of the how the car looks (IMO).

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Getting the S2 clear bra’d now. Went with Suntek new hydrophobic film. Full front, roof and boot lid. Along with rear bumper. The templates for these cars are awful, they were from the early 2000 with not great fitment. If you get your car done and want it to look good, it will probably be a custom job.




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