Safe and Easy Steps When Installing a Hood Bra
A hood bra, or hood mask, brings quite a load of advantages for your car's hood. It works as protection from fender scratches, paint chipping, and from damages that can be caused by rocks, gravel, and all other sorts of road debris. Installing one on your car may seem very simple, but injuries can still be sustained in cases of accidental release. Aiming to protect your car's front end should be one or a few notches lower in your priorities list when it comes to safety-your safety should always come first. Here is a guide to help you achieve both. The whole installation process usually takes around 20 minutes.
Required skill level: Novice
Tools and things you'll need:
Preparing the hood
Before you jump in and put the hood bra on, make sure the area that will be covered is spotlessly clean. Use soft cloth or chamois to wipe off all dirt, then wax it up; clean the edge, too, using rubbing alcohol. You can also opt to wash the whole vehicle to make sure all dirt is removed.
Positioning and securing the hood bra
Pop the hood up and position the hood bra at the front. You may need to tug it here and there to obtain the proper centering and to achieve a snug fit. Once you get that perfect fit, secure it into place using the elastic bands or any fastener that came with the package and fasten it onto the underside of the hood.
Other installation and safety tips
- A surrounding environment with at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended for best results. This temperature allows the material to stretch, making it easy for you to put it on properly.
- When using elastic bands to lock the hood bra in place, make sure to fasten it carefully. An accidental release can cause injuries to your head or other body parts, so be very cautious.
- When subjected to rain or any moisture source, such as rain, we highly recommend that you remove the hood bra. This will prevent the paint from discoloring. Hand clean the bra, and let it dry thoroughly without using any machine dryer.