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Tipping your ceramic coat installer?


May 3, 2016
Falls Church, VA
I posted this on the Model 3 forum, but given the number of S owners that have coated their cars, I thought I’d post here to see if anyone can share their experience.

My car is getting paint correction, a front wrap and ceramic coated. My detailer is a one man operation, but I believe has one assistant that works with him. I don’t know whether he is helping on my job or not. I tend to tip for most service related things, but this is my first time having this kind of work done and don’t know what is customary. I’m inclined to give something to at least help out the assistant, but don’t want to offend the owner/detailer who set the price for the job.


Oct 7, 2017
I just had Xpel on the hood, paint correction, and CQuartz on the entire car. Total was $2,900. I asked the owner if I tipped the guys $100 if that would be cool and he said yeah for sure. It’s a long job for sure, so hopefully someone takes care of them from an hourly perspective.


Mar 5, 2017
Los Gatos, CA
I tipped my guys $200 on a $2400 job. I wasn't sure either, but it paid off... I had several small maintenance items done after and they did it all very willingly and for free.


Sep 6, 2017
Pacific NW
I love this topic, I had a huge conversation with my boss about this. I had my used Model S new car paint corrected, and CQuartz applied. The guy is a one-man operation from his garage, and I didn't think to tip him. Honestly, it just didn't cross my mind. I referred my boss, who has an incredible AMG E63, who took his car for new-car and CQuartz. He tipped $100, and the detailer was thrilled. Hooked him up with a really cool car-pro travel case with about 8 products and some microfiber as a thanks.

In the end, my referral was better than a tip, but it's funny since I had a huge convo with my boss about this same topic. Glad to hear others are torn :)


Feb 6, 2015
Orange County, CA
I did not tip my cquartz installer. I didn’t tip the guy that did my window tint either. Also, I’ve never tipped a mechanic who worked on any of my ICE cars in the past.


Well-Known Member
May 3, 2015
Snohomish, WA
I can't remember if I tipped or not.

But, I do remember asking.

I remember it because it was the most awkward thing ever. I think a lot of it had to do with the location, and how it was run. It was likely a larger operation than just a couple guys. Or maybe it was too late.

So I wished I hadn't asked.

I probably wouldn't have thought of it if it wasn't for the TMC forums. It's not like it was on the visa receipt like it is at a restaurant.

Plus it was already pretty damn expensive at least to my pocket book. So it's not like I had money burning a hole in my wallet.


Jun 26, 2016
I’m from a non-tipping country, but for big labour jobs with a personal aspect (eg removalist job) I will try to give the guys $100 or so to show appreciation for the sweat.
I reckon wrapping falls into that category. I don’t know how anyone has the patience to do that job.


Active Member
Nov 21, 2016
Chicago, IL
My installer had a "tip" field in the payment software. I gave $50 but I had XPEL ultimate full front put on and then ceramic coating. I think the prices were high enough a big tip was unnecessary but they did a good job and I wanted to thank them. I've referred several owners as well so that probably was more important to the business than a tip but the employee themselves should get the tip as a thanks.


Active Member
Oct 29, 2016
Hope this is not too far removed from the topic at hand - what about tipping Rangers? So far they only have done warranty work for me - an hour or two - do you tip for that?


May 3, 2016
Falls Church, VA
Hope this is not too far removed from the topic at hand - what about tipping Rangers? So far they only have done warranty work for me - an hour or two - do you tip for that?

I’d probably drop a $20 or so depending on the level of service and length of his trip to you. Not required, but I’m sure appreciated.


Active Member
Aug 30, 2017
Ceramic coaters are already probably adding in a service fee into their overall cost, so no, I don't tip.

Agreed, I wouldn't tip. The price usually includes it, unless your going to a huge company where the workers don't make much. IMO, ceramic is easy to apply. Not sure why people pay thousands for it, when you can do it yourself for 100 bucks

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