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Cost of full PPF wrap + ceramic coat

Cost of full PPF wrap + ceramic coat

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.

JuJo0 | March 19, 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.

bodenalan | March 19, 2018

ceramic coating on my Model S was $900, so maybe $700-1000 depending where you go

Carl Thompson | March 19, 2018

@JuJo0

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!

JuJo0 | March 19, 2018

@Carl

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.

Carl Thompson | March 19, 2018

Thanks, @JuJo0!

billlake2000 | March 19, 2018

What does ceramic coating do? Do you need it in addition to the wrap? Or instead of the wrap?

Carl Thompson | March 19, 2018

@billlake2000:
"What does ceramic coating do?"

Nothing but lighten your wallet!

bodenalan | March 19, 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.

Carl Thompson | March 19, 2018

@bodenalan:
"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.

Hkupka95 | March 19, 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.

billlake2000 | March 19, 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

fleebus | March 19, 2018

@Carl:
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?

chris | March 19, 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.

bigalpoulos | March 19, 2018

@JuJu

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)

Carl Thompson | March 19, 2018

@fleebus:
"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.