Paint Protection

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Upkeep - Cleaning, Detailing, Protecting' started by RangerWA, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. RangerWA

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    So after driving the same F150 for 19 years I officially have replaced it with a new Ranger. Things have changed a lot. I was looking at getting some paint protection ,XPEL or similar, and wanted to see what people think about applying this on a truck and which areas folks are applying it on. Is it worth it? I have some quotes ( North Seattle) and they are running about $1600 for partial hood and fender, bumper, behind door handle and along door edge. Figured I would ask others what the are doing if anything.
     
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    I am either going to run a 3M clear "Bra" or use clear plasti-dip and the plasti-dip clear coat just on the front edge of the hood. I've already picked up a stone chip, and I want to get something on it before I pick up another. I'm not worried about the door sills and whatnot, but I may see about sticking some protection in the door about seat level where the kids tend to shut the seatbelt in every now and then.
     
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    I paid about $1025 after tax for 24” over the hood/fenders, bumper, headlights, mirrors, and door edges. It was from the best shop in CO Springs, Elite Auto Salon, with the premium Xpel line.
     
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    I am having ceramic coating applied Friday $500.00.
     
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    Did you wax first? I have had a couple of clear bras over the years and one car was not waxed prior to install and it was almost impossible for them to remove it. A second car was waxed first and that one was more easily replaced.
     
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    It was not waxed. But every time I’ve had a ClearBra put on they have asked if the vehicle had been waxed recently and the answer was “No.” My understanding is that they have to do a wax removal prep before applying the film.
     
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    Had it done over the weekend for $700. Very please with the result.

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    Is anybody applying ceramic coat as soon as you get your truck? My dealer says and I read somewhere to wait 3 months for paint to cure before wax or ceramic coat. I bought Car Pro CQ ceramic coat
     
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    Looks nice there RangerDave.

    About how long does the ceramic coating last? Also, some mentioned about waxing first in case the ceramic needs to be removed - why would you want it removed? New to all this protecting paint process.

    Seems like some places are offering partial coverage instead of the whole truck. I guess that saves money and not all parts need to be covered or protected?
     
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    I am a wax guy. If I apply a ceramic coating, will using a wax, or a wax and dry product be ok? I don’t want to mess up the ceramic coating.
     

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