TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Bumper dimensions for PPF

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Swampgator, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. Swampgator

    Swampgator Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    Florida
    I'm hoping someone can tell me the height and width I would need for bulk PPF to wrap the front bumper.
    I'm thinking a 8 feet of a 30" roll should work but want to confirm before I order it.
    I'm going to wrap the bumper and hood myself. I already calculated I need 4 feet of a 60" roll to the entire hood.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Fusion

    Fusion Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    567
    Location:
    San Francisco
    That should do it. 9 feet if you want to be safe. If you come up short. It will work for the doors. If you have no experience and are going by watching youtube videos. I would recommend you order a pre-cut kit for the front bumper. Start from the center and work your way out. You will thank me later.
     
  3. Flowcell

    Flowcell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2018
    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Hey Fusion I have an Xpel precut right now and I’m having trouble installing it! It feels like the the precut holes are in the wrong place? I have to really stretch the material really hard and the holes for sensors are don’t feel like they are in the right place. How hard should I be stretching the material?
     
  4. Fusion

    Fusion Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    567
    Location:
    San Francisco
    How is the edge lining up? Xpel has a LOT of give so you could stretch it pretty good, however if it's really off, then maybe the cut wasn't really good. Don't stretch more than you need though. Xpel cuts are designed for you to start at the center and move out from there. You might have to just cut new holes once you are done.




    Look here for some inspiration....

    Cheap DIY Paint Protection Film Project
     
  5. Flowcell

    Flowcell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2018
    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Thanks Fusion! Yes I think the cut is off since It is not relaxed at all.
     
  6. Swampgator

    Swampgator Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    Florida
    Thanks guys. I am going to try full sheet on the bumper and make my own cuts. I have done a couple PPF kits in the past so maybe I can do this. Watched a lot of videos as well although I know that's not the same thing as personal experience.
    I just want the final product to be rolled around the edges and super clean and the kits don't look that way to me. I also don't want to give a detail shop 1000 for labor for a 2 hour job.
    If I fail on the bumper, I have lost 125 bucks, and can try again.
     
  7. chinnam3

    chinnam3 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2018
    Messages:
    207
    Location:
    Bellevue
    I know you asked Fusion about this, but want to share my experience. I recently installed 3M Scotchgard kit from invisiblemask for front bumper. It is really PITA for Model 3 with so many curves and it needs lot of stretching. I had help from friends, but none of us installed before, and it took good 4 hours, and still lot of air bubbles left. Flat surfaces are much easier,I did back bumper over the loading area, door sills etc, and those are not a problem, So unless you have experience or very skillful, good idea to get it installed professionally. Mine does not look terrible, but I would not do it again.
     
  8. Flowcell

    Flowcell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2018
    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Thanks Cinnam3 ya I’m coming to same conclusion and calling my friend for help.
     
  9. Fusion

    Fusion Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    567
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Like mentioned above, the front bumper is super hard. The videos don't show you how to take out the fingers. It's way harder than all the videos show. Trust me and get a pre-cut kit for the front bumper. Very little people can do full sheets without lots of experience. There are special techniques you need to learn for that.
     
  10. Swampgator

    Swampgator Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    Florida
    Challenge accepted!

    Thank you for that other thread as well.
     
  11. Fusion

    Fusion Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    567
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Post pictures! Good luck and let us know how it goes.
     
  12. Flowcell

    Flowcell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2018
    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Well attempted the left fender! Getting the camera out was a little tricky for me but finally got it out. Fusion you were right!! I have much greater appreciation for the skills to do this! Overall I am ok with it even though there are a lot of bubbles. If you are OCD about any bubbles I do not recommend attempting this without experience. However if you are interested in learning the process then it can be very interesting. Fusion thank you for the link to the other thread it really came in handy! I’m letting it sit in the sun I can see the bubbles are getting smaller which is good.
    78C6EB90-3FEC-46D9-A5BF-CD311E43D3FE.jpeg DE0E4DC0-9E36-4819-A7F5-B14E0CF22ADA.jpeg
     
  13. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2017
    Messages:
    1,492
    Location:
    So Cal
    How much is a roll that big?
     
  14. Flowcell

    Flowcell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2018
    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    Bay Area
    For a roll of Xpel Ultimate 60” x 50Ft you are looking at $1000. As far as a small roll that would cover the fender you would need to look for 60” by 38” and that should cover it. I don’t have any pricing for a piece that size. I was lucky to get a roll of Xpel since nobody will sell it to you. It was a one time deal unfortunately!
     
  15. Swampgator

    Swampgator Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    Florida
    I can do the whole hood and front bumper with Suntek ultra for 320 bucks.
     
  16. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2017
    Messages:
    1,492
    Location:
    So Cal
    Really? Darn it. I wanted some for my own experiment play. Like wrapping center console. Lights. HOV stickers. Etc.
     
  17. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2017
    Messages:
    1,492
    Location:
    So Cal
    Whole hood and bumper? Pre cut for bumper or wrapping into the edge so it’s not noticeable?
     
  18. Swampgator

    Swampgator Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    Florida
    Not precut. That is the dilemma. Not worried at all about the hood, that is easy. Bumper is another story. Fusion strongly recommends against single sheet on that. He is probably right. But I like a challenge so I may do it. The other option would be a kit (precut) that allowed for full (wrapped edges) coverage. One of our members claims to have used such, although I am waiting on a pm from him as to the specific item he used.
     
  19. Fusion

    Fusion Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    567
    Location:
    San Francisco
    That's cheap... unfortunately in the SF Bay Area we have to pay much higher prices since lots of people make crazy amounts of money and don't care what they pay. I would do it in a heartbeat for that price.
     
  20. Fusion

    Fusion Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    567
    Location:
    San Francisco
    The majority of bubbles should go away as long as it's water that's trapped underneath. When it dries, it will be gone. Air bubbles are another story. Also you are lucky to be able to get a roll of Xpel. They are no longer selling even on websites. They have gone to in house sales only now. Every re seller had to pulled their stock so no more third party sellers.
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC