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r0shiro 07-14-13 08:06 PM

removed protective film
 
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First time posting pics...can everyone see them?

unc879wins 07-14-13 08:19 PM

Yep. Looks better. No lines from film.

dstopsie 07-14-13 08:56 PM

How did you take the ones on the sides off?? And why does ext even put them there in the first place??

corradoMR2 07-14-13 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by dstopsie (Post 8038641)
How did you take the ones on the sides off?? And why does ext even put them there in the first place??

I've used dental floss and a tiny bit of Goo Gone in the past to remove emblems, stickers, etc.

I wonder how much the line shows on Obsidian now that you've had it for a few days with dirt/wax/grime accumulating? Can you take some closeup pics?

dstopsie 07-14-13 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by corradoMR2 (Post 8038683)
I've used dental floss and a tiny bit of Goo Gone in the past to remove emblems, stickers, etc.

I wonder how much the line shows on Obsidian now that you've had it for a few days with dirt/wax/grime accumulating? Can you take some closeup pics?

Yes I'll take some pics for u. I do spend a lot of time cleaning around ths area. Why dies the dealer put that film there in the first place??

dojoman 07-14-13 09:52 PM

They come from factory not dealer. 2IS already has them on rear quarter panel but for 3IS Lexus added the ones on the rear doors. There must be a reason Lexus added these.

Glashub 07-14-13 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by dstopsie (Post 8038695)
Yes I'll take some pics for u. I do spend a lot of time cleaning around ths area. Why dies the dealer put that film there in the first place??

To protect the paint since those are the areas that rocks. suitcases, etc. are likely to hit. Lexus clear bras those areas for you.

r0shiro 07-14-13 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by dstopsie (Post 8038641)
How did you take the ones on the sides off?? And why does ext even put them there in the first place??

I personally did not take them off, the shop did for $50. But after watching him...i couldve easily saved $50. You take a blow dryer on the lowest setting and heat the whole are for 30-60 seconds. Then use a soft flat tool (same tool tint shops use to smooth out the air pockets) and pry one of the corners off...then carefully peel it off. There is no residue once its peeled off. but he wiped it down with ammonia free glass cleaner anyway. it was super simple and its a must do especially on the lighter 3IS...that dust just sits underneath the edges and just looks nasty...

Timmah 07-15-13 02:49 PM

I have a feeling second I remove mine a rock is goign to chip right there.

LexusNN 07-15-13 04:16 PM

Why remove them when they are there to protect your car? Just clean the lines around them so they aren't as visible

r0shiro 07-15-13 07:27 PM

i should've WASHED it.... =/
 
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Originally Posted by LexusNN (Post 8040186)
Why remove them when they are there to protect your car? Just clean the lines around them so they aren't as visible

Maaaan...why didnt i think of washing it FIRST??

This "protection" is about as good as wearing a bullet proof necklace and walking into a gun fight. When you get yours, i strongly suggest wrapping the whole car in the clear bra.

And more importantly, this applique hurts the integrity of the vehicle vs helping it.

PTmobile 07-16-13 06:51 PM

Those areas are very high impact areas. The front tires throw rocks down the sides and they hit right where the film was. So look forward to having a LOT of rock chips there in the future. The rear bumper deck piece protects from damage when cargo is removed. Another high impact area... even to the point where the plastic bumper will get gouged. So once you start getting scratches and rock chips, make sure to post some more pics so people can see what the difference is.

greggy23 07-16-13 06:58 PM

Agree. The rear bumber appliqué especially. Had a 2IS and the bumper got gouged taking luggage out. Same with my current CT. As careful and anal as I am it happened to both of my cars. Once I did it and the other time someone else did.

I can understand taking it off though if you don't like the way it looks but just be extra careful when taking luggage or anything else heavy out of the trunk of your IS.

SCWB 07-16-13 08:59 PM

My 2IS has that transparent film applied from the factory. On the 2IS, it came with only one on the rear fender of each side. Overtime, mine has turned yellow and stands out from the rest of the body color, if you have lighter color such as white like mine. I had one of them removed and I haven't found any rock chips on that area so far in three four months.

However, if I have to use my car on the rocky road, or debris-filled highway, I would leave them on for a sake of paint protection.

r0shiro 07-16-13 10:42 PM

try the pavement...
 
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Originally Posted by SCWB (Post 8042770)
My 2IS has that transparent film applied from the factory. On the 2IS, it came with only one on the rear fender of each side. Overtime, mine has turned yellow and stands out from the rest of the body color, if you have lighter color such as white like mine. I had one of them removed and I haven't found any rock chips on that area so far in three four months.

However, if I have to use my car on the rocky road, or debris-filled highway, I would leave them on for a sake of paint protection.

I agree on both points @SCWB. I'm not going to speculate why Lexus decided that these films are in certain places over others but I know that rocks HARDLY, if ever, hit those panels from regular driving. If anything, vehicles should ALWAYS come stock with the whole bumper covered in film. It's all about surface area angle in relation to impact and nothing beats the front bumper and the windshield.

@PTMOBILE - id stay off the dirt roads and stick to paved roads. Come out to cali sometime...not many dirt roads out here. Otherwise I suggest you clear bra your entire car and just leave it in the garage. =) But thanks for the "advice". you might be waiting a while for the picture... ;)


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