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Help me decide ... Red MX: Xpel Ultimate (Clear) or Xpel Stealth (Matte)

Discussion in 'Model X: Interior & Exterior' started by ctn531, Aug 30, 2018.

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Xpel Clear or Stealth

  1. Clear

    23 vote(s)
    65.7%
  2. Stealth

    9 vote(s)
    25.7%
  3. Flip a coin

    3 vote(s)
    8.6%
  1. ctn531

    ctn531 Member

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    I am taking delivery of my new multi-coat red MX this coming Monday afternoon. On Tuesday I am bringing it into the shop for full PPF wrap (and also chrome delete at the same time) - I keep flip-flopping back and forth between clear & matte wrap.

    @neofelis was kind enough to share his car with me - he just matte wrapped his multi-coat red Model S with Xpel Stealth (and also chrome delete - just like what I'm gonna do) - it looks pretty awesome. Here is a picture ...
    MS Matte & Balckout 2.jpg

    I'm having a difficult time because I compare the MS picture to this MX picture ...
    MX - Shiny - Chrome Delete - Blk Wheels.jpg

    That looks friggin' awesome also! I know I really can't go wrong, but what are your thoughts on matte wrap vs clear wrap?

    Please vote (or chime in) and help me decide
     
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  2. chudiddy

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    Biased opinion here considering I wrapped my S6 in XPEL Stealth. I absolutely love the look of the matte and its an overall unique look that will sure catch some attention. I am going to go with the stealth wrap again with my Model X that i pick up next week.

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  3. pleeau

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    I like matte on gray and blue, but clear on red and white...
     
  4. r0xx0r

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    If you want something special and the color looks a bit different. Go with matte red. It changes the car color!!
     
  5. bFlat

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    "stealth red" sounds like an oxymoron to me.
     
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  6. Brian's ReX

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    First: Mad Congrats on your new MX! I hope you love it as much as I love mine!

    Second: I'm SO happy to hear you're getting it wrapped right away! IMO, all MX owners (and S and 3 owners as well, I would imagine) should get the PPF wrap... at a minimum. Adding ceramic coating has been awesome for me, but I know not everyone believes it's worth the moolah. But I rarely have to wash my car any more, and that's a GREAT thing!

    Captain Obvious here: Gloss vs Stealth is a very personal decision. There is no right or wrong. That being said....

    I felt that stealth red would look too much like a tomato. I went with glossy Xpel. I later found that I was dead wrong with the 'tomato' thing... as proven in your first pic of the MS in stealth. It looks amazing.

    However.... My MX looks much like your pic except I tinted the front windows, and have not yet blacked out the trim. Still unsure on that (but probably will because it looks awesome). But every time I walk up to my car - especially when it's sunny - I am SO SO glad I went with glossy! This car looks like a piece of art!

    My thought on cars is this: The more painted real estate a car has, the better it looks glossy. The MX is a beefcake of a vehicle, and my feeling is that it looks better glossy. The M3 and, to a lesser extent, the MS, look better (color depending) in stealth. And, if I still had my Audi A6, I would certainly make it stealth. Chudiddy's stealthed S6 looks great!

    Trucks are just the opposite. I'm thinking of getting my Chev Silverado Midnight Edition wrapped in stealth. I think that would look BadAss! And most certainly, when Tesla gets me my truck in many years, I will most likely be stealthing it too!

    I don't think you can go wrong, however. I'm sure that you'll love the end result regardless of what way you go... just be sure to send pictures!! :D
     
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  7. ctn531

    ctn531 Member

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    Hey Brian,
    Thank you for the well thought out response - I really appreciate it! Let me get your opinion on wheels ... I live in Colorado and prefer to stay with the 20's. That being said, I couldn't pull the trigger for the $2k upcharge for the Sonic wheels. I'm getting the stock silver slipstream wheels & will powder coat them locally for about $500 - with that being said, I can pick any color I like. Debating between the sonic carbon color, matte black and glossy black. I am leaning towards the glossy black because the chrome delete will take all the black to a satin black. I'm thinking the wheels would pop a bit if they were glossy. Thoughts on that one ... ???
    I will post pictures for sure when all done ...
    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  8. Brian's ReX

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    I'm siding with you on that one, Chris. My sonic carbons are glossy, and it looks great with my glossy MX. I don't think it would look as good if they were matte/satin.

    However, all the chrome-delete's I've seen have been matte. So if your chrome became matte-black, would you want to stay with that theme for the wheels? Hmmm... tough one. I can't tell if the pic you posted in the orig post of the X has glossy or matte wheels? It kind of seems that it's somewhere in the middle?... if there is such a thing o_O That would be cool!

    In my experience, wheels have been notoriously difficult to keep clean. I don't have experience with satin/matte powder coated wheels, but it would seem to be a tad more difficult to keep clean than gloss? Since I like 'ease of cleaning' (hence, my ceramic coating), I would go with the glossy black.
     
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  9. Brian's ReX

    Brian's ReX Member

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    Agreed. Black, IMO, can go either way.
     
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  10. Innovo

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    A TOMATO!!! LOL
     
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  11. Innovo

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    I just ordered my Model X! I really should look into the clear wrap. Ceramic might be a bit much due to the cost
     
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  12. EVS Motors

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    Matte is always really cool because it's different, but the gloss red looks really nice especially with the chrome delete.
     
  13. Envious Eric

    Envious Eric Local Vendor - SoCal

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    Clear bra is WAY more expensive than a coating...like 5-10times more.

    IMO,; go glossy on red.
    blue stealth looks good, black stealth, even white stealth. But something about red screams max out the gloss
     
  14. jgrgnt

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    Gloss red with blacked out trim makes me weak in the knees...
     
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  15. Driveinstylex

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    If you don’t mind sharing how much are you paying to wrap the X in Xpel? Also how much is the chrome delete?
     
  16. ahmarm

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    i have a quote in Seattle for $5K for XPEL Stealth and $1K for Chrome delete. planning to take it in couple of weeks. anyone else has better recommendation?
     
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  17. neofelis

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    Wow! Those are good prices. I paid $8K for the Xpel Stealth and $1.5K for the chrome delete. Pricey but I love it and it gets loads of compliments. The other day I went to an upscale restaurant in Minneapolis and the valet guy just left car on display right in front of the restaurant for 3 hours. I considered that a compliment. :)
     
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