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Old 01-02-2013, 03:53 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Anyway, in the end, I really don't see what good the 3M strip would do on a 2013. The bug shield comes with a half dozen of the 3M strip "tabs" for you to put on the paint where the screws and tabs come in contact with the paint. I don't see how the shield in and of itself would ever make contact with the paint unless some force was applied to it (then it has bump-stops on it for that).

Use the included 3M tabs and make sure the bump-stops are aligned correctly and you'll be fine.
It's not the tabs and bump stops that are the problem it's the foam strip that "eats" the clearcoat. Check here. http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...ing-paint.html
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I agree with OBnube... once you start using the film (regardless of manufacturer although some claim that 3M is the best) you will be happy with results. You can order a pre-cut film specifically to your application and install it yourself or have a detail/window tinting shop do it. I had the first one installed (looking over the installer's shoulder) and the subsequent ones I did myself. All you need is a couple of squeegies, dishwasher soap/water solution and rubbing alcohol/dishwasher soap/water solution and above all patience! There are many instructions on u-tube how to do it.
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I did my complete Audi and front of my outback with Venture shield, no yellowing. I would never have a car without it.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:24 AM   #34 (permalink)
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It's not the tabs and bump stops that are the problem it's the foam strip that "eats" the clearcoat. Check here. http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...ing-paint.html
I removed the foam. Was a real pain in the butt. But it's gone.
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I removed the foam. Was a real pain in the butt. But it's gone.
Several people used that solution. IIRC one person reported getting a vibration/noise the dealer tracked to the guard after removing the foam. I don't know what the definitive solution is. I used the beg method for a free strip of 3M on my first OB but went with the bikini cut clearbra(1/3 hood) on my current. Both are essentialy the same and have had no issues with either. Removing the foam is definatly the cheapest.
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Several people used that solution. IIRC one person reported getting a vibration/noise the dealer tracked to the guard after removing the foam. I don't know what the definitive solution is. I used the beg method for a free strip of 3M on my first OB but went with the bikini cut clearbra(1/3 hood) on my current. Both are essentialy the same and have had no issues with either. Removing the foam is definatly the cheapest.
No noise here. There's 2 3M joints "in-town" and they were both going to make me pay +$150 for a 2"x3' strip. No way.
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No noise here. There's 2 3M joints "in-town" and they were both going to make me pay +$150 for a 2"x3' strip. No way.
That's insane. They have scraps that big from the cut patterns they throw away.
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