Dilemma: Repaint vs. Clear Bra vs. Other
Long story short, a shop spilled brake fluid on my clear bra and when they tried to remove/replace the clear bra panel, it lifted up my Ardent Red paint as it appears it was likely repainted at some point in the past. Shop is offering me three scenarios:
1) Repair to as-before, $0.
Area which peeled will be repainted (they use a high-quality shop) and that section of clear bra replaced. This means that my old lower clear bra would remain (it's in okay shape but not great) as well as a few rock chips. More importantly, if I ever replace part of the clear bra, I'll likely have the same problem of paint lifting off which will require a full redo of the front end paint/bra.
2) Repaint entire front end and redo clear bra, $1,850.
Complete strip and repaint of front end, blending into the doors, then applying a new front clear bra (as before, up to the first few inches of the "hood").
3) Repaint entire front, but no clear bra, $1,000.
Part of me feels dumb turning down a clear bra for $850. On the other hand, despite best efforts and driving it to work a lot I only drove it 2k miles my first year of ownership, which will only go down now that I have a kid.* I don't spend those miles hanging off the back of big trucks on the interstate, so maybe it's better to save $ and have a cleaner-looking front end sans clear bra.
Thoughts? Really struggling with this decision. I don't want to pinch pennies, but $2k with tax is a lot to spend on an incremental improvement from the free alternative, and I would love to spend that money in other ways (incl. on the car). Conversely, I would hate it if I later get stuck with the bill for a full front end repaint at retail price if I ever want to replace a fading clear bra.