reliable source for after-market paint protection and window tinting

reliable source for after-market paint protection and window tinting

I'm amazed at the number of people in various threads who propose installing aftermarket mirrors, seats, etc. in their $60K (or $110K) car. That said, it's been stated in at least a couple of threads that a quality whole-car paint protection application can be done reliably and possibly for a comparable price to the factory partial coverage option.

I'm starting this new thread for recommendations of specific shops that people have had a good experience with. I've seen some seriously crappy window tinting jobs driving down the road over the years and am not willing to risk my S on some stoner's half-a$$ job.

So to get started off, I'm looking for a recommendation and hopefully an idea of pricing in the Baltimore/DC area. Both paint protection and window tinting.

digitaltim | June 8, 2012

I plan to have my Sig tinted at D&L.


MandL | June 8, 2012

@digitaltim - have you used them before? It looks like they also do the same Scotchguard partial paint protection Tesla is offering

ViewAskew | June 8, 2012

I've been looking into this for some time now. Not quite sure where they're saying the WHOLE car can be done for this price. The places I've called either say a.) it's not recommended or they simply won't do it or b.) the cost is so high you'd probably get turned off by it.

The reality.... it would be wise to have Tesla do the partial job. Main reason I say that, FACTORY WARRANTY! This should be something that's covered by Tesla for however long they specify. If something goes wrong it's their job to replace and or correct the issue. For those getting a custom color (Sig Red, etc.) you should be especially mindful of this. NO aftermarket shop is going to cover your paint job if it peels and you have damage.

digitaltim | June 8, 2012

@MandL I used them on my BMW and it held up w/o issue for 11 years!

jerry3 | June 8, 2012

There are only a few companies that make the film, so the Tesla film isn't special. The trick is getting it installed properly. I suspect that every car model has it's own quirks during installation. It probably only takes a good installer one or two cars of a particular model to get it right.

dborn | June 8, 2012

My understanding- the installers custom cut the film material using a scanning system followed by computer driven cutting system to produce the sections shown on the section of what the factory paint armor involves. Paint protection is - for want of a description, a type of polish, which is why it is not prohibitive. The same applies to glass and leather treatments. The glass, is, I guess, an upgraded version of Rain X.
What is important is the individual installers. I have one in Sydney, Australia, but that won't help you North Americans unless you want to visit with your cars!! (you would be most welcome!). My installer here routinely does Ferrari and Bentley - I have actually seen these vehicles in his shop. The dealers actually contract him on behalf of their clients.

jerry3 | June 9, 2012

- What is important is the individual installers


Lemmons | January 24, 2013

Absolute Perfection in Sykesville can install Formula One, and are the only authorized dealer in Maryland. They also do paint protection.


getsunstopper | May 23, 2015

Thank you MandL, for posting the Thread! Sun Stoppers LLC is one of the best company in Baltimore which is providing Paint Protection and Window Tinting services.

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getsunstopper | May 23, 2015

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Bob.Calvo | May 30, 2015

Since it was local to the Maryland area, I posted on the regional DC Forum a while back that I had a very positive experience with Gilbert at His shop is less than two miles from the Rockville Service Center. The worst part was picking up the brand new car and only getting to drive it those two miles during the first week of ownership. (I've put on over 2200 miles in the three weeks since!)

I got the Ceramic Pro 9H clear coat and a light window tint. He followed up three weeks later with a complementary car wash to check out the water beading to ensure that nothing was missed. The rims were coated as well. Brake dust wipes right off. I don't usually wash my cars much (let alone wax them more than twice a year) so that this clear coat is exactly what I needed. A quick hose down and it beads up like it just got a fresh coat of wax.

I can't recommend the Ceramic Pro 9H or Gilbert at Driven Dynamics enough.