But what about removal? And the residue on the paint and so on. I guess I'm doubloons that something sticking on the paint for so long won't cause permanent damage or marking of some kind on the paint.I have had paint-protection film on two cars for seven years. No peeling, fading or cracking. The quote I received for the CR-V was $750. I purchased a Coverking nose mask from CarID, but the one they sent me was for a 2015-2016 model. Coverking swore it was the right item, in spite of the photos I sent.
I hear you.But what about removal? And the residue on the paint and so on. I guess I'm doubloons that something sticking on the paint for so long won't cause permanent damage or marking of some kind on the paint.
That's what the photo I shared looks like. Impossible to remove.I had xpel on a 00 4Runner and sold the car in 2014. The xpel was cracked into many pieces and wanted to remove it prior to selling the car. Used a blow drier and plastic razors to remove it. Took several days. It was visible that the clear coat had worn differently under the xpel. After that I had sworn the stuff off.
You could try doing it yourself. Kits aren't too expensive.I think it's absolutely ridiculous to charge that kind of money to apply a film to a hood (and mirrors, etc.). Of course that statement is an oversimplification of the whole thing, but c'mon, really? I want some kind of protection but I refuse to pay that kind of money for something like this. Guess I'll just keep a good supply of paint touch up pens and other detailing products on hand.
You could try doing it yourself. Kits aren't too expensive.
$140 for this partial hood kit.
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They also have a full hood so won't see any lines
The element wasn't my car. It's a car that I always see parked but don't know who the owner is.Not all PPF films are equal. There were some terrible films on the market 10 years ago, some would yellow, crack, or stain from bugs or bird droppings. I've always used the 3M brand which never had those issues, X-PEL is also very good. If you had PPF in the past and had problems, it was most likely one of those brands that aren't even around anymore. 3M and X-PEL continue to improve their films. I started using PPF on my cars 15 years ago when PPF was just starting to get popular, there was much to be learned by the film companies, today the films come with lifetime warranties against peeling, yellowing, cracking and staining. Those issues are a thing of the past.
garoto, what brand was the film in the picture on your Element? I bet it's one of the brands that are no longer on the market. I've removed PPF from my S2000 on various occasions, it's never caused an issue with the clear coat. If anything, the clear coat is new looking without any micro-abrasion, when compared to the rest of the hood where there was no PPF.