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post #1 of 18 Old 09-18-2008, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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3M Paint Protection Film on Jeep ?????

Has anyone installed the 3M paint protection film on their Jeep. What is the opinion,
who installed it?
How much did you pay?

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-18-2008, 01:27 PM
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I was told the paint protection film works well, but when I called the company, they only recommended to apply it when the paint is new, and without chips. The reasoning was that the chips would leave exposed air gaps, and magnifies the ugliness with the film. Other than that, I have no personal knowledge with the product.
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I was just researching this today. I recently purchased a wrangler and would love to prevent any damage from road debris. I found the site listed above that sells custom-cut 3M protectant film. For the JK, hood: $119, Rocker & Painted Fender kit: $119, Grill: $95 and Roof A-pillar kit: $45. Unless, someone suggests anything cheaper/easier, I'll protect the most vulnerable spots and purchase the hood and a-pillar kit first. I'll provide feedback once installed.

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post #4 of 18 Old 03-01-2012, 11:02 AM
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I donít get it, why would you want to go through all the trouble of applying film over your Jeeps? Wonít it start to look like hell once it starts to get scraped up by bushes and whatnot? To me itís like getting good furniture and throwing vinyl over it to protect it; just looks so ridiculous.
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post #5 of 18 Old 03-01-2012, 11:22 AM
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I don't have it installed on my Jeep, but I have installed it on other cars I've owned. It works great on the leading edge of the hood to prevent rock chips. My Jeep has been fine with out it here in CO where rock chips are guaranteed. I think the Jeep is tall enough it doesn't get sprayed with all the sand/small rocks. It's not the easiest stuff to apply. If you mess up it looks like ****. The prefab kits are usually made from ****ty material and need to be trimmed even though they're cut to fit. It's cheaper to buy a roll of the 3M stuff and cut it to fit. It's your Jeep, but if you off road a lot the film will start to look like ****. I guess having the film replaced every couple years will still be cheaper than paint jobs.
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I donít get it, why would you want to go through all the trouble of applying film over your Jeeps? Wonít it start to look like hell once it starts to get scraped up by bushes and whatnot? To me itís like getting good furniture and throwing vinyl over it to protect it; just looks so ridiculous.
Would you rather have the easily replaceable 3M film take the damage, or ruin your factory paint? There is no right or wrong answer, just personal preference. If keeping your paint as perfect as possible is your goal, the 3M will take the brunt of the damage. If you go to sell the Jeep, peel it off and you will have very nice paint underneath.
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post #7 of 18 Old 03-01-2012, 11:45 AM
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I understand what youíre saying but I disagree with you on the damaged paint in general. Sure, a well used Jeep will get a few nicks in the paint and lots of pen striping but itís nowhere near what some of you are making it out to be. Iím not talking to just here my lips flap either, Iíve been wheeling for lots of years now with several Jeeps and all have survived just fine.

I do confess though that I have absolutely no experience with the covering that you guys are talking about (I do know of it though) nor have I ever seen it on a vehicle. So, perhaps Iím making more of a big deal about it than I should but it still seems so unnecessary.
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post #8 of 18 Old 03-01-2012, 01:30 PM
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I first started seeing the film on high-performance sports and super cars. Porsche has the stuff half way up the hood on new models as well as just in front of the rear wheels. You can't tell its there unless you inspect closely. But in reality if you keep a solid coat of sealent/wax on your truck it shouldn't succumb to too much permanent damage. Minor surface scratches are no match for my Porter Cable DA! I'm compulsive in nature and I just thought it may be a good way to protect my new baby.
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I understand what youíre saying but I disagree with you on the damaged paint in general. Sure, a well used Jeep will get a few nicks in the paint and lots of pen striping but itís nowhere near what some of you are making it out to be.
I'll agree with you on that. It's not like the paint will be RUINED by limbs and such...poor choice of words on my part.
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I think it's a great idea, especially for the doors (my fenders seem to take the rest of the damage, but they're getting rhino lined anyway). I had the factory star-shield on my Lotus and it worked like a charm against rock chips and people scraping by at grocery stores. I recommend it if you have new paint and want to keep it looking great for years IMHO.

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post #11 of 18 Old 07-16-2013, 10:36 AM
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The new film, which is self healing btw, is called xpel. It's much nicer than the 3m film. It works great. I just have it in the front of my Jeep, and no more rock chips.

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post #12 of 18 Old 07-18-2013, 08:32 PM
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considering the only metal part on the front of the jeep is the hood, I don't really care if the fenders or grille get chipped, I opted to install a bug deflector instead, I've only had my jeep for a couple of weeks so we'll see how it does !
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I ordered a 2014 Wrangler a couple days ago. When it arrives I'll have the 3M film put on just the front part of the hood. I've had it done to all my cars when new over the years. I won't use the dealer for this since they have a 100% markup over cost. There's places in town that do it for around $150 or less.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-18-2013, 10:34 PM
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I have had it on several vehicles including my current Tacoma. The 3M film is very effective at preventing rock chips and general degradation of the paint. The Toyotas come with film in front of the rear wheel arch. It is best on a new vehicle but there is no reason it cannot be installed over old paint or on an older vehicle as long as the finish is in decent shape. The film can be removed easily. I installed it myself on my previous Tundra, I had it dealer installed on my current Tacoma.
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-18-2013, 11:58 PM
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I have no idea why people buy a vehicle designed with the intent of leaving the road, then try to protect it from everything.

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