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Old 06-19-2016, 02:53 PM   #51
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If you're that afraid to drive it and get it damaged for what it was intended for, just wrap the whole thing and save yourself some money.
I'm not afraid to drive it, just more worried about rock chips hitting the hood and bumper since I have a bad experience with rock chips on my last car. I just wanted to know if getting the coating was actually worth it.
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Old 06-19-2016, 11:47 PM   #52
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rock chips are going to happened regardless, you can protect the paint and it would still look good if you wrapped the whole car rather than spending more on just a clear bra or whatever in places.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:44 AM   #53
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rock chips are going to happened regardless, you can protect the paint and it would still look good if you wrapped the whole car rather than spending more on just a clear bra or whatever in places.
ah got it i understand what your saying
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:28 PM   #54
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Bump. Quoted $650 for half hood, half fender, bumper, headlights, door cups and sills, side mirrors. I wonder if it will be worth it in the long run.

Paint color: WR blue
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:42 PM   #55
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That seems high, that's about what I paid in Canadian Pesos for Xpel film for almost the same package. Only difference is that I had the full hood incl the bit on the roof before the sunroof and no door cup protection.

Also, well worth it, paint is garbage on these cars like everyone says.
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:30 PM   #56
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I had several small marks under the clear on my '17... I had the whole front up to the moonroof done with xpel ultimate and the door handles/cups/edges. It was about $1900 for this.

I already got hit with a large enough rock to tear the xpel, had it replaced. It saved the paint on the hood edge and helped mitigate the damage to the headlight (small dent).
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:28 PM   #57
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That seems high, that's about what I paid in Canadian Pesos for Xpel film for almost the same package. Only difference is that I had the full hood incl the bit on the roof before the sunroof and no door cup protection.

Also, well worth it, paint is garbage on these cars like everyone says.
Will I be okay with half hood instead of full
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:39 PM   #58
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Will I be okay with half hood instead of full
You will have a line across the hood that will collect pollen/dirt/dust and be pretty visible. It also won't protect the hood scoop (aka rock catcher).
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:11 PM   #59
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As much as I want to protect the paint, the majority of people I know who have gone the clear bra route always tell me they ended up regretting it over the long term. Ugly lines, damaged paint during removal or replacement, and these are higher end vehicles who are using pros to perform the work. I don't have any experience with them myself.. only what I hear from others. This has always made me leery, but so many here swear by it.
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:21 PM   #60
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As much as I want to protect the paint, the majority of people I know who have gone the clear bra route always tell me they ended up regretting it over the long term. Ugly lines, damaged paint during removal or replacement, and these are higher end vehicles who are using pros to perform the work. I don't have any experience with them myself.. only what I hear from others. This has always made me leery, but so many here swear by it.
Made my decision even harder
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:35 AM   #61
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First, swirls have nothing to due with the paint. All cars swirl, even Mercedes swirl. Your example is purely the case for not using any car washes. They swirl paint.

Second, you are getting hosed. A whole week and $3500. New car prep plus finest should be a grand, and then add maybe another 1200-1500 for film. Where does an extra 1k come in?
Im my area, those that do this service and have prices listed... its close to $3000 for a full wrap.

Im waiting on quotes from others.
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:05 AM   #62
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Will I be okay with half hood instead of full
No, do the full hood, and full fenders (vs. half fender) if you do it.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:03 PM   #63
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Bump. Quoted $650 for half hood, half fender, bumper, headlights, door cups and sills, side mirrors. I wonder if it will be worth it in the long run.

Paint color: WR blue
Cheaper than mine. I just paid $400 for bumper and mirrors only (ith repeat customer discount too..)

It's worth it though. I've put one on my last three vehicles.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:53 PM   #64
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Cheaper than mine. I just paid $400 for bumper and mirrors only (ith repeat customer discount too..)

It's worth it though. I've put one on my last three vehicles.
Got it done today. Barely noticeable. Line doesn't really matter either, as long as the worst areas are covered. Gives me peace of mind about highway driving
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Old 06-25-2016, 11:01 AM   #65
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Do you have any pictures? Very interested to see as I am planning the same for when my wrb 17 comes in
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Old 06-25-2016, 02:55 PM   #66
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When it's done right you really can't see the edges/lines at all, unless you are really close. I had the full front done, and you can't see any edges until you are within 3 feet. The only edge that doesn't match with a body panel is from the moonroof down to the door glass, and you can't see this in the picture at all.

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Old 06-25-2016, 05:57 PM   #67
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This is why you do full hood. First pic you can see the line, it's more evident in person. Second shot looks good.
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:34 AM   #68
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Looks great.. Now time to find a reputable shop in the NJ area.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:38 AM   #69
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At least get the font hood done as Subi paint isnt the best.Rock chips are inevitable if your gonna drive it add a security blanket
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:47 AM   #70
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Looks great.. Now time to find a reputable shop in the NJ area.

where is nj are you located??
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:36 PM   #71
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Toms River, ocean county area..
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:38 PM   #72
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check into lee burbs or wrap specialties
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:24 AM   #73
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Thanks, will do!
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:46 AM   #74
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Just picked up a 17' black wrx. I'm in the Baltimore area. Anyone know any good local shops to get a 3M?
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:11 PM   #75
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I am picking up a 2017 at the end of the month and a clear bra is my first stop after picking up the car. My 2008 VW Passat has been unprotected since new and it has chips on both A pillars, front bumper, front fenders, and the hood. I've just used touch up paint as the car is 8 years-old and my daily driver. But if your buying a new WRX a small investment can save you from an expensive respray later. It's just take on it.
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