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Unread 05-15-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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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!

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Unread 05-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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Our motorhome has a vinyl clear film on it and it seems to work very well. We have over 19000 miles on it and no chips. Now I cannot say that for the windshield.
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Unread 05-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Here's some info: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...rotectionFilm/
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Unread 05-16-2013, 06:31 AM   #4
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The Vinyl protectant is pretty common these days. Brands that I know of include 3M Clear Bra and XPEL. I have used them for my last three vehicles and will do so for every vehicle I own from now on. As with your experience, there is a lot of crud on the road that over time can leave a lot of chips and scrapes on the front end of the car.

My suggestion for you is to find a reputable local Houstan installer that has their own shop. You can probably search some high end car forums to see what feedback others are giving, and who they go to. For my Jeep, the front bumper, lights, fog lights, and miscelanous pieces cost $550. I did not have the hood done on this particular vehicle. I also did not have the chrome mirrors covered, since covering chrome is not recommended with clear vinly as it will change the apperance to a blue tint. $919 sounds a bit high to me and would guess the dealer may be getting a cut or this. Also, they may tell you that buying the precut dealer kit is the only way to go. Any good installer that uses 3M or XPEL will actually make the same pre-cut kit. They can custom cut them at their location using what looks like a huge printer. I have been very pleased using this product and have had no issues at all. One car has over 40K miles and the front end still looks new, no pit marks on the lights, and is clear as the day it was installed.

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Unread 05-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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I always install the 3M clear film on all my vehicles. I only do the hood and leading edge of the fenders. Never let an installed put clear film on any chromed plastic (like the grille, etc) or the chome will delaminate.

The price you were quoted is way too high. My installer does the hood and fenders for about $225. A full job - hood, fender tips, bumper, mirrors, roof edge and door edges would run about $600 or less. Find a certified installer, one that has good recommendations. 3M invented the film, is the OEM supplier for most brands (rocker and rear door/fender), and is still the best IMHO. Best luck.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:34 PM   #6
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I always install the 3M clear film on all my vehicles. I only do the hood and leading edge of the fenders. Never let an installed put clear film on any chromed plastic (like the grille, etc) or the chome will delaminate.

The price you were quoted is way too high. My installer does the hood and fenders for about $225. A full job - hood, fender tips, bumper, mirrors, roof edge and door edges would run about $600 or less. Find a certified installer, one that has good recommendations. 3M invented the film, is the OEM supplier for most brands (rocker and rear door/fender), and is still the best IMHO. Best luck.
Agree with above. Installed 3M ILM on 3 vehicles. Last was our 2012 WK2, dealer installed price was $680 in N VA. That was hood, front bumper, head lights, driving lots and adapter cruise sensor. Would never own a car w/o the I'm. Wonderful product.
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