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XPEL Ultimate vs. Matte finish

Ultimate or Matte?

  • Ultimate

    Votes: 13 39.4%
  • Matte

    Votes: 20 60.6%

  • Total voters
    33

Astraviel

Member
Mar 4, 2018
178
302
Vancouver, BC
I am getting my Model S 100D on Tuesday and as soon as I get it I will betting the entire car wrapped with XPEL.

XPEL comes in two forms, one of which is the Ultimate form which basically retains/adds gloss from the paint underneath. The cost for Ultimate is about $5250 with tax.

The other form is the Matte form, which makes the car look smooth and, well, matte.
The cost for Matte is about 15% higher than the Ultimate form, which is about $5800 with tax.

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Need

Active Member
Nov 22, 2017
2,876
2,196
SoCal
Why is Xpel Stealth more than Xpel Ultimate? I have seen a few places quote exactly the same for either. To be honest, I don't see any difference between Xpel Ultimate and a new clean and waxed car (from pictures). I have personally seen a stealth black/dark grey color (not sure if it was xpel or 3m or just regular vinyl wrap) Tesla MS.... it looks amazing.
 

Jason S

Model S Sig Perf (P85)
Apr 20, 2012
1,590
208
Rocklin, CA
I like the Ultimate because it looks like the original car. The Matte looks custom, which is what some people prefer.

Either way, grats on the new car!
 

Astraviel

Member
Mar 4, 2018
178
302
Vancouver, BC
Why is Xpel Stealth more than Xpel Ultimate? I have seen a few places quote exactly the same for either. To be honest, I don't see any difference between Xpel Ultimate and a new clean and waxed car (from pictures). I have personally seen a stealth black/dark grey color (not sure if it was xpel or 3m or just regular vinyl wrap) Tesla MS.... it looks amazing.
The detailer mentioned there was more waste going with XPEL Stealth. His price is still cheaper than other XPEL detailers in Vancouver and I can't find another person who does Stealth.
 

Bebop

Active Member
Jun 25, 2017
1,193
691
Midwest
My car is black and I have ultimate on the entire car. It always looks super clean and shiny. Looks really sharp. So if you want it to look like it was detailed all the time, go ultimate.

Plus when you use a clearbra cleaner from Chemical Guys to clean your vehicle, it really makes it look brand new.

Bad thing about Ultimate on a dark car is swirl marks.
 
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AllThingsFasT

Member
Mar 8, 2018
16
10
California
The Stealth film is much easier to maintain as it hides swirls with it's matte finish! I've seen a handful of Stealth wraps and they really make the body lines pop!! +1 for Stealth
 

Bebop

Active Member
Jun 25, 2017
1,193
691
Midwest
I’ll also add...

If you live in a cold climate, go matte.

Warm climate, go ultimate

Mixed climate, up to you.
 

Bebop

Active Member
Jun 25, 2017
1,193
691
Midwest
Why ultimate in warm climate?
Looks super shiny and sleek and easier to maintain.

If you get snow or in very cold climate year round, I feel matte would be way easier to maintain from salt and what not. It’s been a pain in the a** for me this past winter. I have no regrets though, I like the shinyness of ultimate. Makes my car look like it’s waxed/detailed on a daily basis.
 

jessedh

Member
Oct 15, 2017
49
7
Valley Cottage, NY
I have xpel stealth on my 90D and was wondering about a comment made on ultimate about swirl marks. My understanding was that either stealth or ultimate 'self-heal' swirl marks - is that not true?

I know that I take my stealth-wrapped car through the car wash about once a month and don't have a single swirl mark.
 

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