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Paint Protection Film

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Voyagermike, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Mar 20, 2017 at 10:38 PM
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    Looking into getting the paint protection film installed from the dealer but the sales guy wasn't 100% sure what area it all covered. I looked at a Tacoma on the lot with the film installed and wasn't to impressed with the coverage and the film not being "tucked". Is it worth it or should i look elsewhere like Xpel or a 3M installer? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Mar 21, 2017 at 2:17 AM
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    I don't know what they are charging you for paint protection. Here is what I did-

    I had XPEL paint protection installed on my entire hood, bumper, headlights, grill, fenders, w/s pillars by a local shop when I bought my Platinum new in 14. The install took about 5 hours and cost was around $1000. Having the entire hood done is a lot of a material and is more expensive, but I did. Had my wife's new 14 Honda Accord EXL done as well including the entire hood. Gotta ask yourself, what is the cost of repainting the front of any vehicle including the entire hood?

    45k and a few years later the paint on my Tundra is looking perfect, no chips, no dings, no scratches or swirl marks. I don't even think about road rash on my paint when trucking down the highway. I follow up with Plexus polish after a hand wash and I am very happy with the end result..super shine. XPEL is very tuff material and does not yellow or fade or peel and can be removed. It's not something I would reccomend trying to install as it is pretty expensive material if you don't know what your doing. The trick is finding a really good trained and experienced installer. My installer does Porsches, Mazi's, Lambos, Bentley's, Benz, Bimmers and yes even Tundras lol! Hence why I picked him for the job.

    If you plan on keeping a vehicle for the long haul it's worth it IMO. If you roll out of your vehicle every few years, save your money. FWIW..

    http://www.xpel.com
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2017 at 5:54 AM
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    I found a local detail shop like Patriot that specializes in high end cars and XPEL applications. Mine covers all the front, little more the half the hood down to the wheel wells, side mirrors, even behind the door handles, and rear bumper. It was about $750, wish I would have went with the full hood option.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2017 at 6:05 AM
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    Nice! You did well at $750! Agreed, the entire hood is more $$$ but worth it.
     
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  5. Mar 21, 2017 at 6:43 AM
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    ...or do like I did to my wife's car and wrap the entire vehicle ;). Bonus x2, protect paint and got to change colors. At some point, we'll strip the vinyl off to trade/sell, and the paint will be flawless underneath
     
  6. Mar 21, 2017 at 6:52 AM
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    we did a matte grey aluminum on my wife's car

    http://atlantacustomwraps.com/portfolio/matte-wraps/ (The Lexus IS)
     
  7. Mar 21, 2017 at 7:02 AM
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    not trying to thread jack, so to answer the OP question, and in line with @Patriot , doing XPEL protection or a full wrap is definitely worth it in my book. Think of it as an investment of a $50K vehicle's paint. But, I would highly encourage finding a shop that specializes in it vs letting the dealer do it. Just my .02
     
  8. Mar 21, 2017 at 7:54 AM
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    After seeing what the PPF covered on the Tacoma I'd rather have Xpel do the PPF. The closest installer is about a hour away and will schedule a appointment when my truck arrives in a few weeks. The cost from Toyota was $395 and doesn't cover much. I will get a few quotes in the mean time.
     
  9. Mar 21, 2017 at 8:24 AM
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    Very cool.. and have him do your windshield pillars as well. I think you will be glad you did. I have painted Silver Sky mirror caps arriving in a few days. They will get XPEL for sure.

    FYI - XPEL will only adhere to painted surfaces.
     
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  10. Mar 22, 2017 at 9:40 AM
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    Man, there is a california tax added out here. I'm about to redo my 911 and they want to charge me $2,000 for bumper, full hood, fenders, lights.

    And that's after multiple quotes from a few shops that use Xpel.
     
  11. Mar 22, 2017 at 12:56 PM
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    Damn. I haven't had the chance to get any quotes just yet.
     
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    I just got a quote for my 2019 Tundra double cab TRD Sport. Full hood, fenders, bumper, headlights Mirrors and wrapped edges.

    $ 2,330.00

    I had no idea this Xpell was that expensive! With that said these guys are well known for their quality work. I not sure though as this is a lot of money. Does that sound like a bit pricey to you guys considering what will be covered on my new truck?
     
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  13. Jul 15, 2019 at 2:41 PM
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    Maybe a little? I’ve looked into buying the stuff just out of curiosity. The material alone for what your talking about (hood, fenders, mirrors, etc.) was about a thousand bucks. I assume the shop gets a better price than the public, so the labor is most of the price. Just shop around and see.

    It’s supposed to be the absolute bomb though.
     
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  14. Jul 16, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    It never ends does it?
    I did the exact same install with Xpel that you did. Totally worth it IMO.
     
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  15. Jul 16, 2019 at 5:02 PM
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    -TRS Mini D2S Retrofit on TRD Pro Headlights (Apollo 2.0 Shrouds, 35w XB Ballasts, 5500k Bulbs) -Baja Designs Squadron R Sport Aux lights. -TRD Pro Grill -TRD Rear Sway Bar -BakFlip VP Tonneau w/BakBox -Dipped wheels & bumpers -Iron Cross HD steps -Undercover Swingcase -SunTek Paint Protection film -Tinted glass -Bedmat -OEM Towing Mirrors
    I went with SunTek Paint Protection Film and bought the pieces I wanted from www.lamin-x.com

    I installed it all myself. Very tedious, real pain, but I'm glad I did it.

    You can get the templates from lamin-x which show the options as far as coverage.

    If you aren't down to do the install yourself you can also search for installers on Sun Tek's page I believe.
     
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  16. Jul 16, 2019 at 5:28 PM
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    I installed 3M scotchgard pro on the tundra myself in my garage. I got the material precut off eBay. As long as you are patient and don’t rush through, it comes out pretty nice. I would do the front end and rocker panels for sure!
     
  17. Jul 16, 2019 at 6:44 PM
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    I did the lower parts of my doors with x-pel armor myself, glad I did. The edges are starting to show some dirt but still worth it. I think when I replace it this winter my paint will be mint under it. image.jpg
     

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