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Old 05-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Thoughts on 3M Paint Protection Film?

I recently traded up from my 2012 SEL to a brand new 2013 ST. My last car was black and received several annoying chips to the hood. I've been thinking about taking the plunge and invest in the 3M PPF. Just curious to hear peoples thoughts on it. I've heard good and bad about it. I've heard that it can cause faster oxidation of the metal the film is applied too and the paint will fade differently. My ST is white so I'm not overly worried about oddly fading paint.

I figured that seeing as I bought a special car I should do what can to protect it. Plus I'm a huge stickler for paint chips. I've come to the conclusion that you either have to live with paint chips, a bug deflector or live with the line on the hood from the PPF.


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Old 05-28-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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I don't care for the ppf. It looks ok when new. If I was doing it, I'd do a faux c/f wrap on the hood w/ 3M's 1080 series wrap. Thats what I'm doing later, for I two have a few chips on the hood.
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Looks good new? Does it age badly?
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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Id invest in it, if you go through a winter with our cars you'll know, we sit low and get lot of debris coming our way.
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I'd definitely get it. It requires maintenance just like the paint (clean and seal periodically) but has saved my Focus from what would be numerous chips by now.
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Check out the Xpel film. It's supposed to be better than 3M and that's what I had put on my car. 10 year warranty and you can wax it unlike other films. Can't even see it on the tri-coat platinum paint which is nice.
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How visible is your line? I don't get why they can't wrap the entire hood.
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How visible is your line? I don't get why they can't wrap the entire hood.
I can only see the line if I get down really low and look down the hood, but even then you wouldn't notice it unless you knew it was there. A whole hood wrap costs a lot more. From my experience everything hits the front of the hood and not the top near the windshield when driving down the road.

I had the front bumper, mirrors, door edges, door handle troughs, and rear bumper done as well. Basically anywhere that gets a lot of contact from people or debris.
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Check out the Xpel film. It's supposed to be better than 3M and that's what I had put on my car. 10 year warranty and you can wax it unlike other films. Can't even see it on the tri-coat platinum paint which is nice.
Why cant you wax the M3? The dealer said the wax sticks to the seams, but just needs to be cleaned off.
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We used to put the 3M film on customer's cobra replicas, both the front end and the leading edges of the rear wheel wells. It does protect from minor paint chips, but it also looks crappy on some colors IMHO. (up close)

Light metallic blue, silver, yellow; you can't see it so much.
White cars, once it starts to yellow a little bit, looks crappy.
Black cars, it makes the black paint look less "deep".

To keep it looking decent, many customers would replace it after two years.
I am not really sold on it personally.
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