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Suntek vs XPEL vs ...? Paint protection film

I'm getting my car wrapped next Thursday (full front end, full hood, full doors, rear fenders, rear bumper).

The company offers both Suntek and XPEL ultimate film, but have recommended Suntek because of the better (in their opinion) healing properties. I know at least one person on the forum has used XPEL. Anyone else got experience of either product (or any others) and can offer an opinion?

Thx

I put the XPEL on my Model S, but there hasn't really been enough time to know how it will perform. What is the warranty on the Suntek?

What are you all paying to wrap your entire Model S and both options are free from the effects of yellowing? I have a pearl white one!!

Suntek has a 5 yr warranty. I am going with the XPEL due to its 10yr warranty. I didn't see a rear bumper kit offered by XPEL. Is your guy doing it custom?

Custom for the doors. Can't remember exactly but there may be a kit for the back.. Still awaiting a final price but it is going to be over $2k. Mine is Pearl White too. I used DouglasR's post from the main PPF thread to get the price down a little.

So... Five year warranty with better healing, or 10 yr warranty? I think the place I'm using charges the same for both films.

I just got my entire hood and front fenders done today. The shop only had Suntek so that's what I went with.

I also have pearl white. I think that's by far the best looking color for the Model S!

I'd have to find the invoice, but as I recall, it was about $1800 for the main job, and then a special to add bumpers and door edges. I'll check if anyone wants me to, but I don't think the doors got done other than the edges. Plus tax.

My installer says self-healing is about the same. Xpel however is little harder to work with. I believe he also said Xpel is slightly thicker film. My guy only uses kits so no custom wrap. Pricing is the same for either film. I was hoping xpel would release a kit for the doors and rear soon.

Why are so many people getting their car wrapped after market? Why not just get the protective film offered by Tesla? I got a clear bra on my current car and added protection for door edges and back of side mirrors but I just had the dealer do it. After having it for 4 years I don't think I would want much more of the car wrapped. There seems to be a bunch of marks from wear and tear that won't come out of the film without replacing the film which is costly. Just wondering why so many are looking into after market solutions and not just using tesla offering?

WOW, I need your installers, my quotes were around $5 to $6k to do it!!

I have pearl white, and several posters said that the white color shows the line on the hood too much. I wanted a full hood wrap. Also, the white will show any yellowing, and the XPEL is warranted against yellowing.

Another thought or opinion to add, from a Xpel Ultimate recipient; what is the orange peel like on the Suntek. I understand that Xpel is ahead in the smoothness of their products surface. On a white car it may not be as big of an issue, but something to check into.

Additionally, my installer shared that his install experience with Xpel has been very positive and reliable, as long as you take your time and do it carefully. It has also saved his customer's from body work when something fell on the film (hood) and did not leave a dent. Something that may be a benefit from the film's thickness, if that is in fact true compared to Suntek.

@nickjhowe, @eltonf, @DouglasR, @kublai, @BYT, @jed-99aggie: Can you share more details on which installer you used? Where they are? Did they do a good job?

Just got off the phone with Premier Protection Films in Fremont (1 exit North of TM Factory). A total wrap is approx. $8000 (including tax, package & cash discounts), est. 6 business days. They gave me a very detailed breakdown for a la carte parts. I can post that if anybody cares. I forgot to ask what kind wrap they are using, I'll follow-up with that.

BTW... did any of you have to wait for the paint to cure or did you go straight to the installer?

@mlaiken:

I suspect that we are / were not satisfied by the default Tesla paint protection coverage.

For me, looking at the wrapped Model S in the showrooms & service centers, dust, dirt, wax tends to gather on the seams, creating an outline around the partial wraps. If I'm getting a wrap, I want the entire part (hood, door, etc...) wrapped so the seams are not visible.

Also, looking at the door handles of the wrapped showroom models, they're terribly scratched by people's rings scratching the inside (facing you) when they open the door. Since this is on a wrapped showroom model, it means the standard Tesla wrap doesn't cover that part. :(

For such a wide car, I'm also worried about adjacent parking lot cars hitting the doors (and getting keyed by jealous drivers). Again, the standard Tesla wrap protects the adjacent cars from your door hitting them, not the other way around. So I'd ideally want the doors wrapped as well.

This is all very interesting to me. I never considered it because the showroom wrap looks pretty crappy. Reading your posts is shining new light in wrapping however.

My reason for going after market was the lines on the factory PPF. I did NOT want the line across the middle of the hood, and the patches on the rear wheel arches look like they've just been randomly stuck on.

My installer says it will take two people a full day to do what I'm planning. They want to keep the car overnight to let eveything dry. I'll have the final quote tomorrow or Monday.

I've got so many scrapes on the doors of my Range Rover from parking lots I figured I'd try full door coverage,

I also agree that the edges of the wrap gather dirt, hence the full coverage (except the roof)

I'm planning to use Auto Supershield here in Boca Raton. I phoned another XPEL dealer in the area and he said he couldn't do what I wanted as it needed to be done in doors. The only place he would recommend for a job like this in the area was this company in Boca.

I am going with full Kevlar- bullet and rocket proofing . Nothing is too good for my Model S, and it will only cost about $250K! People get a grip. Just because you can spend infinite $$$s on your beloved ‘S’ doesn’t mean you should.

Sorry to inform you, as wonderful as the ‘S’ is…it is only a car. If you feel the need to spend more money than you already have … take your wife out to dinner. Tell her how much you love and appreciate her and do not mention: Tesla, Model S, battery, active air, pano roof, obeche, lacewood, carbon fiber, Napa leather, BEV, EV, kWh, or Elon Musk. Your wonderful mate has probably heard way too much of this over the last 3+ years and deserves a break.

Just kidding…knock yourself out. On white you will barely see the tape lines or the small scratches and pitting.

@ir

I went to Auto Armor NW in Lynnwood. http://autoarmornw.com/. They got excellent reviews in Yelp. They talked me out of the full body wrap, saying it is overkill. I do think I maybe should have done the doors because of parking dings, but petero is right: I've already put too much into this car. Particularly since mostly I take the bus.

@petero, nice! LOL... and I agree.

I've had "frontal" film protection applied to my last four vehicles, and LOVE it. (Bumper, half-hood, frontal mirrors, and all around key-entry areas.) Some vehicles had patterns available, and some were done by hand on-site.

I love the idea. (Can I use this stuff to protect my wife and have her look just a good 5 years from now?)

My opinion; use Tesla's factory-installed option or do your own -- but definitely do something!

Just wondering - how much would it cost to repaint the Models S with a good paint job? Or perhaps repaint the hood (assuming a color match). Never painted a car with good paint so I don't really know.

www.teslamodels.wordpress.com

AH;
you better hope neither your wife or any of her friends ever comes here! <8-p Could get messy.

@ir, my source was a friend of a friend also in Fremont who get's a lot of business from the local exotic car dealerships to wrap their cars so I know he can do a fantastic custom job. At the cost of $5k however, I am looking into another more affordable San Francisco Bay Area source!!

Ready for my next inappropriate post?

I am thinking of having some fun with my MS. Why not make a statement AND protect your MS. Below is a site for Loring and they did a wild wrap for a customer’s sand rail. I like it but I would amend the dollar bills to be burning, as in “ Got Money to Burn…Drive an ICE!” across the front and hood.

http://loringstudios.com/vehicle-wrap-examples-portfolio/money-sandrail-...

Of course you could wrap your entire car in a wild color like Day Glow Yellow, Green, Orange or go for the Beiber look in Chrome! When you get bored go Pink and say you sell a lot of Mary Kaye at night, or wrap the entire car in Carbon Fiber. I still love the money to burn graphics – very hot.

sorry the loring site was cut short. sandrail-wrap.html

loringstudios.com/vehicle-wrap-examples-portfolio/money-sandrail-
wrap.html

To keep wife looking great does not require a hardware fix. Just like a Tesla, I get a software update every night and my wife looks just as good after 35+ years.

@Thumper

I'm not sure your software is something you want to brag about.

My MS will be here in February and also plan to do the full wrap with XPEL (full front end, full hood, full doors, rear fenders, rear bumper, lights). I like their warranty and self healing. I have a solid roof. I never did film protection before and wonder if I should wrap the roof top? Any suggestions?

@DouglasR
'Particularly since mostly I take the bus.'

How much to wrap the bus?

@hsadler

I found it cheaper to wrap myself.

Jandkw. IMO. The main reason owners add ‘paint armor’ to their cars is to protect the beautiful paint from small chips from gravel kicked up from cars/trucks in front of you, especially on highways and freeways. The pitting and scratching is most visible on dark colors and like scratches, usually appear white in color.

The most important areas to protect are: the front bumper, nose, hood, and side mirrors. To me, wrapping the rest of the car is a needless expense with marginal benefits. Further, you may be protecting the paint but the gloss and finish ‘may’ not be as rich as the nicely waxed and polished premium paint.

I really see no need to protect the back bumper, side panels, roof and doors. Don’t be misled by a good salesman. Sure your MS will be protected by a thin (strong) film, but it is not Kevlar. It will not be much help against another car banging into your bumper or rear quarter panel or a hard door ding. Obviously there are exceptions. The main thing is, “Is it worth it to you?”

petero, well said. Thanks


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