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      04-23-2019, 04:58 PM   #1
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PPF for G20: XPEL vs 3M vs None?

Is it worth spending money on paint protection, my car color is black and I havent seen PPF films in action in any of my friend's cars so wondering if it is really useful? Do we have to take any special care of the vehicle after applying the film, would mechanical car washes be ok?

Which one is better compared to XPEL and 3M for partial protection? Are both of them robust? Both are similarly priced, xpel seems to be cheaper by about 100 bucks.
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      04-24-2019, 09:54 AM   #2
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Depends if you care about paint chips on your bumper and hood. If it's something that would bother you then get it. If you decide to get it, the key is finding a quality installer. There is an art to it and there has been horror stories about scratching the paint and bad installs.
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      04-24-2019, 05:38 PM   #3
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I have had PPF put on several of my cars over the years due to the sand and road debris from Minnesota winters. It is a huge benefit. I am also a fan of XPEL over 3M.


You can find XPEL's care instructions here. https://www.xpel.com/care


I just use a quick detailer on mine with a sealant and it looks like new.
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I got XPEL installed on the full front (did not want a visible line of PPF going across the hood) along with door cups and a luggage strip. I got it for peace of mind, knowing the paint is protected.

Find a quality installer and make sure they wrap around the edges where possible.

Besides protecting the car from stone chips, it makes it easy to maintain the paint since you no longer have to worry about minor scratches and swirl marks.
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I got XPEL installed on the full front (did not want a visible line of PPF going across the hood) along with door cups and a luggage strip. I got it for peace of mind, knowing the paint is protected.

Find a quality installer and make sure they wrap around the edges where possible.

Besides protecting the car from stone chips, it makes it easy to maintain the paint since you no longer have to worry about minor scratches and swirl marks.
What did this cost? I'm surprised that I'm getting quoted upwards of 2k+ for a professional install covering the bumpers, hood, a pillars and mirrors. Seems excessive to me.
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What did this cost? I'm surprised that I'm getting quoted upwards of 2k+ for a professional install covering the bumpers, hood, a pillars and mirrors. Seems excessive to me.
CAD 1,700 + tax. My BMW dealer gave me a better quote than this but i went with another detailer that could do both film and ceramic coating. I didn't get A pillars done.
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Iím in seattle, where everything seems inflated in price. i looked around and really liked Eastside Auto Salon when I met them, even though they werenít cheapest. Iím paying the following:

Paint correction: 300-400 (they said likely less since new, will see it today)
Xpel full front, door cups, side mirror: 1800
Modesta BC04: 1600
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I paid another CAD 900 for the Ceramic Pro Silver. My detailer was nice enough to not charge me for paint correction even though the paint on my brand new car was far from perfect. Getting the coating and film together saves the detailer time/labor in terms of car prep so they should give you some discount.
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      05-08-2019, 06:46 PM   #9
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I vote none. Just wash and wax regularly.
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FYI just picked up my black sapphire metallic with xpel full front and Modesta BC-04 and 35% tint-itís fantastic. For those in Seattle, east side auto salon was great.
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      05-16-2019, 06:48 AM   #11
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From the reviews online is Xpel Ultimate has like 10yr warranty. I'm planning to get mine with Xpel. Like others have said, it is also about the quality install process shop, google reviews/yelp reviews help too.
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