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Wraps in GTA?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by BillyBob99, Jun 24, 2016.

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  1. BillyBob99

    BillyBob99 Member

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    S90D in transit - est arrival July 01-15

    Any recommendations/experience with wrapping car in GTA area?
    Whole car or just front end?
    Does it protect against door paint damage when parked?
    Durability? Does it need re-wrapping?
    Any concerns re UV differences in colour if only part of car is wrapped.
    (I understand that the film confers additional UV protection)

    Thanks
     
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    Are you talking about vinyl wraps or clear paint protection films (PPF) like XPEL?

    If PPF, I looked at Advanced Automotive Film in Mississauga. They do great work there but I ended up just getting Opti-coat from the team he shares the shop with. At $5.5k+tax, it felt like I was "pre-paying" the cost of potential repairs.
     
  3. BillyBob99

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    Is vinyl the one that comes in various colours?
    I was thinking of the clear - like XPEL or 3M - unless the vinyl conveys the same protection.
    Why did you decide on the Opti-coat?
    Either way seems pricey. Wonder how much it would cost to repaint a body panel
     
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    I bought some 3M Scotchgard Pro Series on eBay to wrap the hood and front bumper of my soon-to-be-delivered S. It's not cheap stuff -- $570 CAD shipped just for these two pieces. I'll be installing next week and posting my DIY findings. Stay tuned!
     
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    Yes, vinyl is the one with colours. I went with opti-coat because it was much cheaper ($750) and the never need to wax promise appealed to me. To be clear, it won't protect against stone chips and such.
     
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    RestyleIT in Vaughan is great. They use 3M. The PPF is much thicker and more protective than any wrap - and much more money.

    I've had the 3M PPF on my car since new (full hood, frontal impact, doors, etc). I'd never want to drive without it.

    I found it does help with minor touches from other car doors in parking lots.
     
  7. BillyBob99

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    OK got my midnight silver P90D from Lawrence today!! Drove it home and will leave in garage until wrap decision
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    Did some research. According to Xpel their Ultimate film allows UV to pass thru so protected & unprotected will age the same (How does this help those with full body wrap? - wouldn't they want reduced UV penetration?) If there will be a difference then vertical surfaces will be less evident than horizontal so a partial hood would be more noticeable than one that stops at the vertical door panels. 3M seems to be less expensive than Xpel - is there a difference?

    However still some questions: What about longevity? Most reports indicate 5-10yrs and the longer it remains the more difficult it will be to remove. What is the cost of removal? Anyone wrap the windshield? Or cheaper just to replace windshield?

    @rypalmer: How did the DIY go?
     
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    I wrapped the hood on day 2 of Model S ownership but I've driven 3,000km since and haven't had the chance to install more or file a proper report.

    Long story short, there are numerous gotchas. Including hairy arms. It ended up going very well but it's not a professional job. I'm fine with the job we did though, and I hope the other pieces will go on easier since they are all considerably smaller. The hood was a rather large piece.

    I can provide advice, dimensions, etc. While I'm on the road it might be easiest to call me. DM me if you're interested!
     

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