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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    I had about 1/3 of the hood, the painted area above the chrome bumper and front of the fenders done with Suntech paint protection. What I like about Suntech paint protection is that it very slick and hydrophobic, so it sheds water and therefor bugs really well. It is also self healing. If you get a scratch it will heal itself the next time it is out in the sun on a hot day. Had it done at Tint World for under $600. I apply Top Coat F11 to all other surfaces. Yes, it does great on rubber, plastic, glass, chrome, and paint. Sheds water like a duck and I only use water to wash the truck afterwards. I have used it on my other cars for years with great results.
     
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    Xpel is the best choice out there right now for protection. I do it for all my cars.

    If you shop around you should be able to get it done for about $800, including everything you mentioned plus headlights, grill, etc., with full wrap-around edges. I even had the installer throw in a piece below the nav screen, where I often rest my palm when using it.

    No paint coatings (ceramic, wax, whatever) will stop rock chips. Some people are ok with chip repair but it's a big hassle, you can see it, and your work is never done.

    I wouldn't pay for ceramic...sealants are so good these days and so easy to apply it's just not worth it IMO.
     
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    I just paid $1,500 to have Xpel Ultimate Plus professionally installed on the full front (except chrome), headlight, full hood, and fenders. Mirrors are chrome so no Xpel there. I took the truck to the installer three days after delivery, so no stone chips or wax before the install. I plan to tow my Ranger behind our motor coach and don't what to deal with a bra or tow shield.
     

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