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Protective Film or Coating?

Hey guys ..... so I got a Black Jeep WK2 and in my area you get a lot of little pebbles or road material that ends up hitting the front end. I was wondering if any of you have used a protective film or coating on your Jeep that you would recommend? Cost wise how much would you be looking at as well?

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Re: Protective Film or Coating?

We had Xpel Ultimate paint protection installed on our 2014 Summit the day we bought it and I have been very impressed with the level of protection it offers. It is very easy to maintain and the installer did a phenomenal job installing the film without any bubbling or distortion. When the Jeep it clean (which is all the time with my OCD nature) you cannot even tell it is on the entire front end and side front fenders. To do the entire front, part way up the hood, lower valence and side front fenders cost us $650.00 which was a hell of a deal from what the dealer was going to charge which was $1800.00. I found a local installer that had a very impressive portfolio of high end sport/luxury cars and European exotics that he had done. Since we took our vehicle to his home garage to have it done he cut us a break on the price. He typically went to the customers house or car lot to do the install. We live in Iowa but bought the Jeep in Illinois which is where the Xpel installation was done.
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Hey guys ..... so I got a Black Jeep WK2 and in my area you get a lot of little pebbles or road material that ends up hitting the front end. I was wondering if any of you have used a protective film or coating on your Jeep that you would recommend? Cost wise how much would you be looking at as well?

Thanks for your help in advance!
I have Xpel on mine too with pretty much the same circumstances as Grim Reaper. So far I'm impressed with it. Three days after installation I drove it 300 miles round trip through a Michigan snowstorm with no problems.
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Re: Protective Film or Coating?

I too have XPEL Ultimate. Full hood, front grille, bumper cost me $600 from a shop. At the time, he was working out of his garage. Now the guy has a shop and charges a lot more.

I asked him for a quote to do my front full quarter panels and it was $650!

Instead, I ordered precut quarter panels, door handles, front ~12" of top of car, pillar from a vendor on ebay for about ~$300. Can't remember the exact amount now. Installed it myself. Looks pretty damn good for someone that has never worked with it before.
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I too have XPEL Ultimate. Full hood, front grille, bumper cost me $600 from a shop. At the time, he was working out of his garage. Now the guy has a shop and charges a lot more.

I asked him for a quote to do my front full quarter panels and it was $650!

Instead, I ordered precut quarter panels, door handles, front ~12" of top of car, pillar from a vendor on ebay for about ~$300. Can't remember the exact amount now. Installed it myself. Looks pretty damn good for someone that has never worked with it before.
I want to do this too. I found a kit on ebay for $90 for the top and pillars
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Re: Protective Film or Coating?

I didn't get anything installed on my Jeep, but I had xpel ultimate on my Acura TL Type S, and my wife's new Toyota Highlander. Pretty good stuff it seemed like, but not cheap. Turns out we didn't keep either of those cars anyway so it was pretty much a waste of money :-( I thought about it for my Jeep, but the cost and fact that I just don't seem to keep cars that long and it doesn't make sense. If I bought a car and knew I was going to keep it indefinitely then I would for sure get it done.

Nothing sucks more then seeing or hearing a rock hit the front of your car and knowing that something got screwed up.
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I too have Xpel ultimate and after 26k miles my front end still looks brand new. My last car was damaged fairly quickly after I bought it because of all the highway construction around here so protection was necessary.
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Re: Protective Film or Coating?

Another vote for Expel Ultimate. I have had it on numerous vehicles and it is great.

I just sold a 2011 Ford Expedition Limited that had Expel on from day 1 (2 actually) and everyone that looked at it was amazed at how clear it was and couldn't believe it had been on for 5 years and over 100,000km. In all that time I only had 2 rocks that managed to make a noticeable mark in it. And I am way up in Edmonton Canada where we have sand and gravel on the road for about 6 months of the year in the winter.

Expel is much better then 3M so definitely go with that.

As for price, there is tons of markup on this stuff so shop around don't be afraid to use a quote from one shop to get another one to go lower.

I ended up paying $800 CDN for hood, fenders, bumper, headlights. I also had the chrome on the front done. The price was a lot more then I paid 2 years ago on another vehicle, but our dollar has tanked since then.
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Re: Protective Film or Coating?

Hey guys .... thanks for all the help!

So after reading about the Xpel Ultimate protection, I was thoroughly impressed. The only part I am torn on is where all to put it. I mean I would definitely do the full front bumper and grille, then on the hood debating on the full hood or just the front half of the hood...... last trying to see if the front fenders would be worth getting?

On the hood, if you guys only did the front part, did you ever notice the line where it ends when clean and/or dirty?
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Hey guys .... thanks for all the help!

So after reading about the Xpel Ultimate protection, I was thoroughly impressed. The only part I am torn on is where all to put it. I mean I would definitely do the full front bumper and grille, then on the hood debating on the full hood or just the front half of the hood...... last trying to see if the front fenders would be worth getting?

On the hood, if you guys only did the front part, did you ever notice the line where it ends when clean and/or dirty?
Do front bumper, grill, full hood, top of roof, and pillars. The side panels are nice to have, but I don't think are necessary. I installed mine 2 years and when I was going over it, not a single mark.
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Re: Protective Film or Coating?

I covered front fender, grill, half hood and mirrors. The other half of my hood and pillars are fine. Same with the roof line. I do a lot of winter driving up here and small stones are flying all over the place. Mind you I try and keep back but nothing is fool proof.

Looks great. Can't recall what brand mine is exactly. I think it's 3M ??

Wished I had of done my last vehicle. It was chipped really bad after 2 winters of rocks hitting it. It was at the point where all you could see was the paint touch ups all over the fender and hood.
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Re: Protective Film or Coating?

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Hey guys .... thanks for all the help!

So after reading about the Xpel Ultimate protection, I was thoroughly impressed. The only part I am torn on is where all to put it. I mean I would definitely do the full front bumper and grille, then on the hood debating on the full hood or just the front half of the hood...... last trying to see if the front fenders would be worth getting?

On the hood, if you guys only did the front part, did you ever notice the line where it ends when clean and/or dirty?
The line really isn't that noticeable. I have had 7 vehicles done over the years and all of them have had the line on the hood about 12" up.

2nd and 4th options here are what I got. So hood/fender/mirror, and then bumper kit:

Paint Protection Kits | XPEL

Then I got the headlight kit as well. I personally wouldn't waste money on the full hood and the A pillars and top of roof aren't worth it either IMO. Very little ever hits there.
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