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Hogs 02-27-2011 03:26 AM

My DIY Paint Protectant Film
 
I've been reading up for a few months now on this stuff, measured, remeasured, and measured again, and finally decided today was the day to order. I went with a combination of 3M and AD Nano, both in bulk and I purchased at price per foot.

I plan on doing the front and rear door sils, headlights, mirrors, the black trim on the upper exterior B & C pillars (that stuff scratches super easy), and the front bumper with 3M, and the hood with Nano. I was back and forth for weeks on the width to order for the hood, but just recently decided to do the whole thing.

I also considered many options for templates, including thin mil painters plastic, seran wrap, old cotton sheets, overlapping blue masking tape, etc etc. There's a guy on a Bimmer forum that made his templates out of old table cloth. I chose overlapping blue masking tape using a pencil to outline on the B & C pillars, and cut the rest of the pieces in place. I plan on wrapping the edges of the hood as well.

I paid $180 for the hood piece, $90 for the front bumper, and $70 for the 4 door sils, headlights, mirrors, B & C pillars, and I should have an approx. 4X30 piece leftover. In materials I probably only saved $250 or so over ordering the kits and doing it myself. But the big savings will obviously be with me doing the install myself. From what I've seen and read to get these same pieces done it would be in the $1000 range for materials and install.

I'll be installing the pieces over the next couple of months and I plan to post pics. Any WK2 owners that live near the Travis AFB area feel free to come give me a hand. Beers on me..after the install of course :thumbsup:

JTS97Z28 02-27-2011 09:56 AM

Re: My DIY Paint Protectant Film
 
hummm why did you not just buy one of the nice pre-cut kits available for the Grand Cherokee? They are all cut to shape and available for pretty much every body panel including the pillars, rear bumper, lower door areas, headlights, hood, fenders etc etc...everything. Would have been under $300 bucks with install DVD, free shipping, and free install kit. I have friends that have used them and had great results with fitment and ease of install. I dont know where I would begin if I had to cut the stuff to size myself.

Here is a link to the pre-cut films for the WK2.

http://www.invisiblemask.com/cgi-bin...model=OVERLAND

Jpjr 02-27-2011 10:28 AM

Re: My DIY Paint Protectant Film
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JTS97Z28 (Post 365492)
hummm why did you not just buy one of the nice pre-cut kits available for the Grand Cherokee? They are all cut to shape and available for pretty much every body panel including the pillars, rear bumper, lower door areas, headlights, hood, fenders etc etc...everything. Would have been under $300 bucks with install DVD, free shipping, and free install kit. I have friends that have used them and had great results with fitment and ease of install. I dont know where I would begin if I had to cut the stuff to size myself.

Here is a link to the pre-cut films for the WK2.

http://www.invisiblemask.com/cgi-bin...model=OVERLAND


Wow!

Great find.

Has anyone attempted to install this? I'd buy the whole package right now but DIY on 3M or Tint often looks like... well, DIY. If I knew it could be applied successfully by a non-pro with no bubles I would do this.

Hogs 02-27-2011 01:30 PM

Re: My DIY Paint Protectant Film
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JTS97Z28 (Post 365492)
hummm why did you not just buy one of the nice pre-cut kits available for the Grand Cherokee? They are all cut to shape and available for pretty much every body panel including the pillars, rear bumper, lower door areas, headlights, hood, fenders etc etc...everything. Would have been under $300 bucks with install DVD, free shipping, and free install kit. I have friends that have used them and had great results with fitment and ease of install. I dont know where I would begin if I had to cut the stuff to size myself.

Here is a link to the pre-cut films for the WK2.

http://www.invisiblemask.com/cgi-bin...model=OVERLAND

I want to do the whole hood, and invisimask only offers the std 12' and bikini cut for the hood. And they are limited in that they only offer the kits for a few pieces. By going bulk I'm getting much more done, for the same money.
But you got me thinking about the front bumper. Bulk material is $90 and the kit is only $143. I may change my mind and order the kit for that. But I've seen lots of bad reviews on the company as far as customer service and from what I've also read the kits don't quite reach the edges without stretching them quite a bit.


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