Thoughts on Vinyl Film Protectant from Jeep Dealer
Our 2014 Overland (Max Steel, V6, 4x4, Trail Rated, Tow, Lux) finally arrived this past Saturday after 40+ days of waiting. It’s our fourth Jeep (98 WJ, 01 TJ, and 02 KJ). Can't begin to tell you how beautiful this machine is. It was sweet when we were window shopping on the Jeep lot, but seeing it in the driveway is indescribable.
We live in the Houston burbs so road debris damage is inevitable. We took it out the evening of delivery for a short highway drive where we knew traffic would be light. Ride was awesome until a lone old pickup raced by kicked up a rock and gave us a first chip….12 hours and < 50 miles into having her. It’s always heartbreaking, but this one made me want to curl up in the fetal position and die.
So during the dealer’s delivery spiel, their aftermarket guru mentioned a vinyl film protective covering they could apply. The film package protects the front including the hood, fenders, mirrors, bumper, and lights and is priced at $919.
Does anyone have experience with this vinyl film? I’m not looking for debate on cost or if matters where you live, just want to know things like service life of film, can it be taken off, how long is it guaranteed for, etc. Questions from dealership haven't been answered yet and I want owner perspective.
I just saw the latest Autozone ad has a new 3m spray film, but it is only advertised to last 1-year. It looks like the clear skin folks put on their mobile phone screens for protection and peels off, if desired. Based on the projected number of cans I would need and my inexperience at application, I’m thinking the dealer installed option might be worth the money.
Any lessons learned/warnings would be welcome.
Thanks in advance!