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Deflector vs 3M Clear Protectant Film

  • Deflector (Form Fit)

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urg. I am having to retype this whole thing because something happened on preview and it "failed to connect to destination address" urgg, I will copy it before I preview this time..

For the past few days I have literally been researching the options associated with Deflectors, Bras, and 3m Clear Protectants, oh yeah and Zaino products.

This is what I have gathered and would love input:

I think I have decided on the Zaino products (almost sold), to protect my Pilot from the various dust particles out there, even though I hadn't intended on washing, waxing or detailing my car myself but you all have almost convinced me otherwise (I am such a pushover)

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I think I have decided against the half or full nose bra because it undoubtedly seems that dust and dirt gathers under them which is abrasive to the paint and they have somewhat limited use, meaning they shouldn't be used 24/7/365

so now I am stuck between the deflector and the 3m clear protectant

the deflector (form fit probably) seems to protect both the hood and the windshield from bugs and rocks, and the form fit one seems fairly if not absolutely quiet. It also doesn't seem to require any permanent installation. Is that correct can it be removed to clean under it? I also haven't heard that it cause and visual discrepancies in the paint...

whereas the 3m clear protectant film, seem to potentially guard the headlights as well if applied, but not the windshield (which should be covered by insurance anyway) but if an when it is removed, could leave the paint underneath looking comparatively better than the rest of the car's paint. Also since it doesn't cover the entire hood there will most likely be dings where the film ends. Not to mention the heightened cost...

So, since so many of you have now probably experienced the up s and downs of these products for some amount of time, what would you suggest?
 

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I am leaning toward the weathertech stone and bug deflector. Having had a deflector on my prior SUV that required drilling as part of the mounting, I think I will opt for a deflector that uses existing holes for installation - to aid removal and periodic waxing.

Agree with your assessment on the bras. Had one on my 1990 Mitsubishi eclipse and it was a challenge to keep removing the part that slipped onto the hood and removing all the accumulated dirt.

The clear bra sounds like a good idea too but doesn't offer the windshield protection (as you pointed out).
 

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hmmm. has anyone else had any experience with WeatherTech's stone and bug deflector on the Pilot, I hadn't seen that one yet, and it does seem to cover a bit more of the hood without the Perfect Fit's wings, and is cheaper, but wonder how well it "fits" on the Pilot...????
 

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In my opinion, which isn't worth much. Stay away from the bras, either half or full.. Too many problems can happen underneath.
The 3M is probably the best protection but it is sure expensive.
I have always used a deflector. In case of my Pilot, the Form Fit. Gives some protection, easy to install and not expensive.
 

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In my opinion, which isn't worth much. Stay away from the bras, either half or full.. Too many problems can happen underneath.
The 3M is probably the best protection but it is sure expensive.
I have always used a deflector. In case of my Pilot, the Form Fit. Gives some protection, easy to install and not expensive.
I agree about staying away from the bras (auto type!! :D )

I opted for the 3M clear bra and am quite happy with it. $135 installed!!

YMMV
 

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You're right the 3m is pretty expensive

but the one big advantage I saw when I decided to have it installed is that I could cover all of the front metal. This includes the metal around the grill and the front edges of the fenders about 18" back. You can't do that with a bug deflector.
 

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Here is a picture of the clear bra installed on silverex's Pilot: Click here! NOTE: silverex used to have pictures in the thread about installing the 3M clear bra, but the pix are no longer there... :confused:
 

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Perfect Fit wind deflector here. I really like the look of the "wings" that extend over the headlights over the Form Fit or the OEM look.
 

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RipRocK said:
Perfect Fit wind deflector here. I really like the look of the "wings" that extend over the headlights over the Form Fit or the OEM look.
Does the Perfect Fit look like this one on the Civic? -=Click here=-

EDITS MADE ON 04/19/2003: Do not click on the above link... that is the wrong picture....
 

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kemosabe,

If I manage to get this to work correctly, here is the previously posted image by N_Jay of the perfect fit deflector
 

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kemosabe,

If I manage to get this to work correctly, here is the previously posted image by N_Jay of the perfect fit deflector
klowry: Mea cupla!!! Thanks for setting me straight!!! I read wind deflector in RipRocK, the Super Hung Member's post, but the brain interpreted it as the half-nose bra... D'oh, brain hiccup last night!! <img src="http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kemosabe/smilies/blush.gif">
 

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klowry said:


so now I am stuck between the deflector and the 3m clear protectant

Hey klowry,

What did you finally decide on ?

I was originally convinced that the deflector was the way to go, but I wanted the clear version and not the smoke to go with my SS. However, after a week of phone calls and visits to the local shops, I'm still having trouble locating one. :3:

So I'm beginning to re-evaluate my options and am looking at the 3M again. I've seen prices range from colorider's $135 installed to $500 for the Stongard without installation and options ranging from just the hood to a full kit covering lights, mirrors etc. I wonder what a typical or recommended install is.

Also, can anyone recommend a good 3M installer in CT ? Thanks
 

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yolk, I ended up deciding on the deflector, it cost less, it changes the dynamic direction of air flow, which should help to prevent window smudges from bugs and small rocks, hopefully.

Plus I like the fact that I can still physically reach to wash and wax under it and can remove it if necessary and reuse it, whereas with the 3m I felt that the paint under the protective film would wear differently than the rest of the body paint if it were to ever be removed.

I decided I was primarily looking for a solution to reduce the bugs, not necessarily the paint, therefore I chose the deflector.

As for where to get it, I was lucky enough to have been able to work with a member on this board to buy their almost new formfit deflector, otherwise without a doubt I would have ordered the formfit defelctor from tim at www.hondacuraworld.com.

Hope this helps.
 

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One problem I have against 3M clear bra is they don't cover the last 1/4" of any edge. Both my two old cars has few clips on edges. Another thing is they are too expensive. Allright, make that two problems.
 

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Thanks klowry,

I like the part about the deflector potentially protecting the windshield from small rocks - I already have a small chip in the windshield and having something that may be able to reduce further damage is a major benefit.

First thing I did was to email Tim. Unfortunately, he only carries the smoke version. Back to the hunt for a clear deflector...

Timchen,

I didn't know that about the edges for the 3M... wouldn't that make it susceptible to peeling ? (and you are right... too expensive)
 

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Just my opinion, but if a rock or pebble is small and light enouph to be redirected by the airflow created by a deflector, it probably would not have damaged the windshield anyway. I have a form fit deflector on my truck and the windshield still gets splattered with bugs. No stone chips yet although I rarely take it on the highway. The Pilot on the other hand, is starting to get small pits around the grill and bumper, places where a deflector wouldn't help anyway. I'm all for the 3M stuff, if only I could convince my wife. By the time she'll let me get some the damage will already have been done.:rolleyes:
 

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It deflect some objects from certain angle, not everything.
 

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What is the best brand of deflector to get? The Honda dealer told me they were having problems with the Honda deflector due to whistling and noise. Any suggestions? Thanks
 

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What is the best brand of deflector to get? The Honda dealer told me they were having problems with the Honda deflector due to whistling and noise. Any suggestions? Thanks
My understanding is that this was a problem with the first generation product and the problem has been fixed (as of early this year) on the current product offered thru the Honda dealerships.

"Best" is very subjective - as you can probably tell from the various threads that have dealt with this subject. Formfit / Honda Generation II / Weathertech / and others all seem to have a faithful following.
 
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