Paint protection

Paint protection

Has anybody put on an aftermarket paint protection film? I am in Southern California and have been quoted to cover the front end including side mirrors and full hood $2200. It seems a bit high. They stopped using the 3m product for something better with a 10 year warranty. It will take 6-7 hours to apply. They do have references and photos of other high end vehicles they have completed. What has been other owners experience?

demetri | 3 January, 2013

What product are they using? I am also looking at the 3m product, but have not priced it yet. Looking into which product is best. I want to do the whole hood also. Any info would be appreciated.

petero | 3 January, 2013

erictridoc. Please scroll down the options and pricing link to paint armor ($950).

If want further options please use the "Volkerize Search Engine" at:

Type in paint armor and there are numerous options.

good luck

DouglasR | 3 January, 2013

I just had it done using a product called XPel. It has a ten year material and labor warranty against cracking, yellowing, pealing, staining, and hazing, and apparently has certain "self-healing" properties. It is virtually invisible on my pearl white Model S. I had it installed for full hood, full fender panels, side mirrors, door edges, front and rear bumpers, headlights/foglights, and door cups (whatever they are). The cost was $1880 plus tax. They did a great job. The place is called "Auto Armor" in Lynwood, WA, and from what I've seen so far, I would recommend them.

DouglasR | 3 January, 2013

Yes, guaranteed not to ring any bells. Also guaranteed against peeling.

nickjhowe | 3 January, 2013

@DouglasR - which product? Their website lists Ultimate, Extreme, Stealth...

DouglasR | 3 January, 2013

I'm pretty sure it's Ultimate, based on the warranty. I don't have the invoice in front of me, however -- I think it's out in the car. | 3 January, 2013

I am very pleased with the paint armor on my S from Tesla. You have to really look for it on my Blue car.

Brian H | 3 January, 2013

You mean like X-Peal? |;\

erictridoc | 4 January, 2013

So the product that they are using is the XPEL Ultimate. They have had problems with the 3M Venture Shield product with warranty and yellowing tendencies. They have stopped using it. Another company uses the car kit 3M product and will charge about $1700.

The more expensive quote mentioned before gets you expert installation that is customized (not kits) and gives you a self-healing, non-yellowing, 10 year warranty. I will probably go with the XPEL option.

AutobahnGraphics | 8 February, 2013

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Brian H | 8 February, 2013

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steven.addis | 8 February, 2013

Within minutes of leaving the Fremont factory with my new Model S, I got a big chip on the hood from a rock. I had my body shop repaint the hood and then I went back to Tesla to have the paint armor installed. Looks good except it's not the full hood so there's a visible seam.

bp | 9 February, 2013

The seam on the hood is the only flaw people consistently mention when they see my silver MS.

I'll probably get the whole hood done. Tesla really needs to add this as an option - and provide an upgrade path for existing customers.

drp | 9 February, 2013

This forum is great!!
This guy may not be so great. Here's what he said to me:

"Hey John. So material around 1000 for the Xpel Ultimate.. Im being advised the rate should be 3800-4000 installed... I want your business and word of mouth. My rep is awesome and because of me and your car he would come from Ohio and bust it out with me as well.. It will be a day and a half he said.. Ill figure 2 days so no issues or rush.. He(mike) will also have the guys cut the sides to shape with excess for perfect install.. So $2000 and it will be mint.. Let me know if you need any more info. Thanks, Greg."

Any thoughts/wisdom from you forum folks?

Thank you in advance.

Also, anyone used CQuest and Level III paint enhancement? Say a video with a tesla and looks awesome for 2 years.

DouglasR | 9 February, 2013


Are you asking about his price? It depends on how much coverage you are getting. $2k is in the ballpark for a job with extended coverage, e.g., full hood, fenders, bumpers, mirrors, door edges, etc.

drp | 9 February, 2013

Complete coverage

DouglasR | 9 February, 2013

Then it's a fair price, provided he guarantees his work and has good references (e.g., Yelp).

Pungoteague_Dave | 9 February, 2013

I had the whole front done, including the entire hood in Xpel Ultimate at Frontguard in Annapolis for $2,600. They wrapped all edges and it is flawless, completely invisible. Highly recommended.

drp | 18 February, 2013

Sorry for my blatant ignorance but if you use this paint protection that does that mean all you do is wash the car from time to time but you never have to maintain it or wax it like you would without the protection?

nickjhowe | 18 February, 2013

@drp - you wash and wax the car as normal. The latter can be problematic on darker cars because the edges of the PPF trap the (usually light colored) wax and make them show more than ever.

drp | 18 February, 2013


What are your thoughts for it on the dolphin grey? I worry about road rash on the hood

nickjhowe | 18 February, 2013

@drp - I flat didn't like the line, even on my pearl white so did an after market full hood coverage. And a liquid wax that doesn't need polishing will help alleviate the problem.

drp | 18 February, 2013

I didn't like the line either. Local guy said $2000 to do the entire car. At some point it's just a car