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Xpel

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Phoenixhawk101, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Phoenixhawk101

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    Have had my baby for one full month now....and just my luck a rock must have skipped up from the road (My office has some construction going on near it) and now I have a thin (yet long) line on my drivers side door. And just my luck, Tesla doesn't offer my paint color in touch up paint yet....

    So my question to some of you is this, Have you Xpel'd (or other product) your car? What was the rough cost and pain of the process? Worth it? Or do I just stick with LOTS of waxing?
     
  2. James Anders

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    Wax won't protect from stone chips. XPEL will.
     
  3. Skione65

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    @Phoenixhawk101,

    What's your Color?

    Ski
     
  4. jdw

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    XPEL protects very well against small rocks and sand as well as swirl marks and scratches. Costs vary, but a whole car is usually 5-6K - you should get a quote.

    The only downside of XPEL as far as I can see is when it doesn't protect and you have to do the repair AND replace the XPEL.

    I just took a two very small hits on my hood that went right through XPEL and got the paint, which I could live with, except that now the XPEL is discolouring in the impact area and will require me to replace the hood section.

    That said, it is a great product, and I would highly recommend it - just be aware that it can "complicate" repairs.
     
  5. jelloslug

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    Doesn't XPEL have a 10 year replacement warranty?
     
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    It has a 10 year warranty for peeling, bubbling, discolouring etc., but not against damage.
     
  7. Phoenixhawk101

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    Midnight Silver Metallic
     
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    I think in some circles Suntek is the more recommended option as it's a bit more clear than XPEL. XPEL also results in slightly-increased orange peel finish, not sure about Suntek or 3M. That said, XPEL has saved my paint at least a few times already and I made efforts to ensure that it was put on as early in the car's life as possible (at 9 miles right after delivery). Totally worth it for me since original clear coat preservation is a big deal to me.

    I almost went with getting a paint coating on top of it, but ultimately stuck with a durable sealant (Sonax Net Shield) which gets reapplied every 6 months.
     
  9. Phoenixhawk101

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    What's the cost of that? Do you do it yourself or have a shop do it?
     
  10. docrice

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    Net Shield is about $20 US on Amazon. I just have the detailer do it when I take it in once or twice a year for general maintenance.

    I'd think most sealants would work just as well as long as you apply to a clean surface. Duragloss, Meguiar's, and others seem to be fine choices. I've used Duragloss 105 before and it holds up well. The key is when you apply sealants (or if you prefer, waxes which generally don't last as long) that you make sure the surface is clean and prepped so it bonds well for maximum longevity.
     
  11. jelloslug

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    Yea, I would wash and clay bar before I put any kind of sealer on.
     

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