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Paint and Protection Film and Correction Costs?

Discussion in 'Roadster 2008-2012' started by backmost, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. backmost

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    I've been considering doing a paint correction and PPF to protect my lovely #209. I'm in the NYC area and wanted to know what people have paid to get this done?
     
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    It is going to vary much depending on the extent of the wrap. Just find a well reviewed shop for a quality paint correction. I had paint correction, the entire car coated with opticoat + (awesome, its been about 4 years and looks better than ever, just had a second car done), and front end / headlights / rockers/ mirror backs coated with xpel ultimate film. I also had my buttons for gear select and the carbon fiber sills coated with xpel. I had it done in stages, I believe it was easily north of a few k, but I would have to add it up. Would do it again in a second, you won't be disappointed if you find a quality installer. I used Leeberbs and Greg at Signature Detailing in NJ if you want to take a road trip.
     
  3. Tex EV

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    Wondering as well. I just removed the original paint film which was in bad shape. For the whole car, I'd expect no less than $4K with paint correction before the film goes on.
     
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    How difficult was it to remove the original paint film? Is the process documented somewhere? They did such a terrible job when the car was new I would love to replace mine.
     
  5. backmost

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    How long do these films generally last? I know some can be self healing, which is useful for our cars which just love gravel and rock chips.
     
  6. Tex EV

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    PPF tech has come a long way since the Roadster was born. I recently DIY'ed 3M Scotchgard Pro on the front (full hood, fenders, mirrors, bumper) of my Model 3 and am fully sold on it after today. Was stuck behind a concrete truck dumping rocks all over the highway this morning. Ran through shrapnel from a tire blowout two cars ahead on the way home in the evening. No damage. The few scratches I found disappeared under a heat gun. Advertised life expectancy on the film is 7-10 years.

    Removing the original film was a chore. Used a steamer with plastic razor blades to peel it off. Left lots of adhesive residue that required more scraping with Goo Gone to completely eliminate. Ironically, the paint required machine polishing after removing the film because the removal process introduced fine scratches. IMG_7929.jpg IMG_7940.jpg
     
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  7. toddat

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    For pure paint protection I swear by Glasscoat. Very easy to apply and really works. I put it on all my cars. You can find it on ebay.
     
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    My guy is great. His name is Laszlo at Monster Coatings. He did both my roadsters. (917) 687-0995
    Tell him Eric sent you ;)
     
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    Did you do a ceramic coating on your car?
     
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    Yes! I did both paint protection and ceramic coating
     
  11. Dwalker13

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    Hello my roadster has a clear coat film on it. Can I still apply a clear coat?
     
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    I mean a ceramic coating
     
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    What us the exact name of the clearcoat I checked on Ebay and can't find it and does it work on the film
     
  14. ion_1

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    Based on recommendation, I had done a base of xpel film and top coat of opticoat pro +
    Applicators suggest ceramic on top of the film.

    However, do to more extensive film coating later on, the opposite sequence was done on other parts of the car.

    This was 4+ years ago, both application sequences still look great, but the film is much easier to clean with the ceramic on top.

    The question is what happens when you remove the film...
    Ceramic on top: you need to reapply
    Ceramic on bottom: if it stays and is not damaged when the film is removed , then you save a reapplication
     

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