Model 3

Cost of full PPF wrap + ceramic coat

edited November -1 in Model 3
I understand the quoted price will very *greatly* by installer and region, but I’m just looking for a ballpark estimate that one of you have received so I can decide before taking delivery of my car if it’s something I should budget for. Right now, for me, it’s a choice between going all out with protection at the beginning and being less gentle with the paint through the life of the car or instead doing an annual paint correction/wax job to keep the car nice and shiny.


  • edited March 2018
    I quoted a few places in the bay area for a color-change wrap for a Model 3, and they quoted me between 2500-4000. I did not ask for ceramic coating.
  • edited March 2018
    ceramic coating on my Model S was $900, so maybe $700-1000 depending where you go
  • edited March 2018

    Would you mind telling us the places and quotes? If I can get a full color change wrap for $2,500 I might consider it if the place does good work and uses premium materials. Thanks!
  • edited March 2018

    Sure thing! ... Actually, sorry, after looking back through the messages, the lowest priced quote I received was $3000. Sorry! My bad. But the ones that quoted me are:

    1. Bay Area Car Wrap $3000 - $3500
    2. Commercial Titan Wraps $3000
    3. SFG Wraps $3197
    4. Palladium Auto Body $4500

    I asked for 3M 1080 Satin Canyon Copper (S344). I asked a few more places but didn't get any replies.
  • edited March 2018
    Thanks, @JuJo0!
  • edited March 2018
    What does ceramic coating do? Do you need it in addition to the wrap? Or instead of the wrap?
  • edited March 2018
    "What does ceramic coating do?"

    Nothing but lighten your wallet!
  • edited March 2018
    @Billlake2000 Google is your friend

    A Ceramic Coating (such as Opti-Coat Pro, C.Quartz, and Ceramic Pro) is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle's factory paint, creating a layer of protection.
  • edited March 2018
    "The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle's factory paint, creating a layer of protection."

    The only problem is it doesn't actually "protect" against things like chips or scratches which is what I'd want to protect the car against.
  • edited March 2018
    If you have the means of correcting the car yourself, depending on what cc you go with it will be no more than $100, a few beers, and a weekend. I plan to correct and cc the 3 in a couple of weeks and have a local shop clear bra the front clip. I have gotten a few quotes for the clear bra between $700-1000.

    For those who don't believe in cc, give it a shot, you'd be surprised. I wasn't on board at first but after using it on a few of my vehicles, I'm a believer. It may not protect as well as a clear bra but it sure as hell keeps the car a lot cleaner.
  • edited March 2018
    Color me confused. I wish this was a big long thread with lots of input and pics like on naked ice climbers thread, which gives me chills whenever I think about it
  • edited March 2018
    Wouldn't a good ceramic coat protect against scratches/chips in the same way a clear coat (albeit on steroids) might? In other words, I get that it's not a force field, but wouldn't be better than nothing?
  • edited March 2018
    The thing I’m most interested in with a ceramic coating is it’s hydrophobic properties. My understanding, as someone who isn’t a detailing specialist, is that a ceramic coating is the equivalent of waxing your car but it lasts 5-6 years instead of 6-12 months. Coupled with a PPF underneath and your paint should be good to go for what many consider to be the life of the car.
  • edited March 2018

    This isn't what the OP is asking. Color Change does not equal PPF wrap. Color change is Vinyl and does almost nothing as far as protecting the car. PPF is always more expensive much thicker and protects (Xpel ultimate/stealth, Suntek, 3M)

    I was quoted in the northeast by 6 different places for a FULL protective wrap meaning PPF.

    The quotes I received were all $6000-$8000 for xpel stealth

    for a full color change $2300-$3200

    One shop did however quote me $3995.00 for stealth and I set an appointment with them for late may (wishful thinking, Day 1 pre-livestream online reservation)
  • edited March 2018
    "Wouldn't a good ceramic coat protect against scratches/chips in the same way a clear coat (albeit on steroids) might? In other words, I get that it's not a force field, but wouldn't be better than nothing?"

    From what I understand (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) a ceramic coating is much thinner than clear coat. Clear coat is 35-50 microns thick but ceramic coatings are only 1-2 microns. Because it's so thin it really can't do anything to help with abrasions or chips.
  • Has anyone got an estimate for ppf then ceramic on top?
  • edited May 7
    It goes the other way.
    I did CQuartz on the entire vehicle & PPF on the sweet spots over CQuartz.
    About $5k in Bay Area.

    Still Grinning ;-)
  • @kent. I got Xpel PPF over the entire car for 5600 and ceramic pro on top of that for 450. This was in the Seattle area. I have no idea why you would put the hydrophobic coating under ppf. did an amazing job for me and also put ppf on the interior console to matte it out.
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    I picked up my M3 in September 2018 and drove it directly to a detail shop. The shop removed all emblems and external items (e,g, cameras, door handles, etc.) and performed paint correction, completely wrapped the car in Xpel PPF, then applied an Xpel ceramic coating on the PPF and all external glass. I also had the interior protected with 3M products (white interior). Cost was $6,000. Although expensive, I am very happy with the results. Nothing sticks to the outside of the car (including bird and bee droppings, tree sap, road tar and grime, etc.), and a simple wash makes the car look brand new. Also, had someone lightly side-swipe the drivers side, and I thought the left-hand mirror was damaged. Turned out the 'damage' was paint transfer from the other car. The detail shop buffed it off in just a few minutes, Again, glad to have PPF! I live in San Diego, CA and the car is mostly outside in the harsh UV sunlight whereby the PPF and ceramic coat help prevent the paint from oxidizing. I hope this helps!
  • edited May 8
    Ppf in florida is 4 to 6k
    U only really need full front ppf. Which is 1500 to 2k. These are the most prone areas to rock chips.

    Ceramic coat is 1000. But honestly safe the money and do it yourself. Tons of you tube videos.

    Again i went front ppf for 2k. I did the ceramic thing by myself. Couldn't be happier!
  • edited May 9
    @Kim - what shop did you have all that done at? I am in San Diego and got a full color change vinyl wrap + ceramic coating when I got my car 1.5 years ago, but there have been a couple things that have tainted my view of that shop, so when it comes time to replace the vinyl wrap I would like to know other places to consider.
  • edited May 9
    @jamilworm - Here is a link to their web site:

    They have two locations: Kearny Mesa and Carlsbad. I highly recommend them!
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