|Fifth in a Series...
Lets talk about bras this month - no
guys do get excited this isnt about Victorias Secret.
A lot of people do not like them (women
dont either) but they are a necessary evil. Recently a gentleman asked me what to do
for rock chips on the nose of his new 911. My first piece of advice was to get a bra; it
will reduce the number of chips you get to a negligible amount.
That started our discussion about using a bra
and the pros and cons that go with it. On the Pro side, the skin of the bra
will protect the paint from the normal rock chip. If you have been driving any car on our
highways and cross country, you know that pieces of gravel coming up to kiss your car are
a fact of life. Even the local freeways are notorious for the amount of junk that is lying
on them. If you doubt me during a busy time of the day sit by the freeway for about an
hour. Next count how many different trucks carry gravel, cement, bricks, blocks, dirt etc.
Unless the truck beds are completely and securely covered, particles of
"stuff" are going to fly from the bed of the truck onto the freeway. Add to this
the muck that gets in our tires from the roadway and you have a rock chip frenzy waiting
to happen on the nose of your Porsche. For this reason alone, I faithfully put the bra on
my 911E every road trip. The bra will also minimize the more damaging chips that can
occur. All it takes is for a small rock to get kicked up into the air and you traveling at
a rate of speed much faster than said rock. Voila, a major chipping has occurred! If you
had a bra on the car, chances are the damage may not be totally averted, but certainly
Bras are sometimes cumbersome and you
need to know a few tricks not to damage your paint. First, never never never never,
leave the bra on the car when it is wet. The condensation and steam that builds up under
the bra will damage your paint. Sometimes the paint turns an opaque color, sometimes the
clear coat cracks and rarely do you get away unscathed. Get in the habit of taking the bra
off as soon as it gets wet, use common sense but do it as quickly as you can. If the sun
were to come out for just a bit, the metal will heat up and steam will occur. I dont
think I need to go into the physics, but you get the picture - it isnt pretty.
Next, when using a bra on your Porsche, protect
the fenders and hood from rubbing marks. Because a car in motion flexes, the metal and bra
will move. Depending on the type of seams you have on the bra, this could cause surface
scratches on the near the lights, fender and hood. To eliminate this, I use soft felt
squares anywhere there is a seam touching metal. I use six squares all together, one each
for the headlight opening, one each for the top of the fenders and two side by side on the
hood. On the hood?? I have the type of bra that fits snuggly on the hood, which with body
flex could create rub marks.
Finally, keep the bra clean. Small particles of
dust and dirt can get into the lining of the bra. You will want to make sure you clean it
periodically on both sides. If you think some dirt has gotten on the underside of your
bra, use a diaper or piece of felt between the paint and the bra until you can clean it.
If you are still in doubt about using a bra,
ask around. I swear by them and at them, there is no easy way to protect your Porsche, but
better safe than sorry.
Bev Frohm is the owner of 'Bevees, a 1970 911T that has won many concours
events in the Southern California regions of PCA. Her car was chosen by PCNA to
represent the 1970 911T at Porsche's 50th
Anniversary at Monterey. Bev is also the web site coordinator for the
Orange Coast PCA Region.