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Does XPEL prevent this type of damage?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by golfski, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. golfski

    golfski Member

    Apr 17, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    I got hit on the hood and windshield today by a pretty large rock (golf ball sized?) and it left quite the damage. A deep gouge down to the aluminum and another down to some darker finish. I know XPEL helps with road chips but would it have prevented this type of damage from a larger object? It's still too much $$$ to justify the entire car, but the hood might not be a bad idea.

    Are these chips repairable? How much?
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  2. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2013
    South Surrey, BC
  3. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    Several months ago I had some road debris kicked up from a car going the other way and it made a similar looking series of injuries in the Suntek paint armour on the hood, but it didn't go through the paint. So, yes, it will certainly help, but it won't stop everything. From the short glimpse I had of the debris, it looked like a wing mirror that had fallen off some car. Xpel is reputed to be thicker than Suntek, so it has the possibility of providing even better protection. (The Xpel dealers' web sites in my area turned me off, so I went with a highly recommended installer. So far, 1.5 years, I've been pleased with the results.)
  4. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Skaneateles, NY
    Yes it will stop most chips. Big rocks though it would reduce the damage but can't stop everything.
  5. MoeMistry

    MoeMistry Local Vendor - SoCal

    Jul 31, 2013
    Southern California
    If the rock chip went down to the aluminum, then any wrap would have been pierced, but maybe not through to aluminum. So, you may have chipped the clear coat, but saved the basecoat and aluminum. Those chips can be touched up, but they're not going to be perfect. Since your car is white, you may be able to get 80%+ better. A good touch up guy or detailer should be able to help

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