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http://www.planet-9.com/gallery/files/3/img_7297a.jpg I would like to thank our sponsor XPEL for helping to make this article possible. I would also like to thank Chicago Auto Pros who did the installation work shown in these photos. As many of you may know, I've had some form of clear bra on various cars I've owned going clear back to 1998 when I first discovered that a car's paint could be protected with a clear film. I also know that a clear film is not necessarily for everyone, feel free to visit the debates in our forum to read some of the reasons for and against a clear bra. For me the decision was simple. A brand new GT4 that was going to be driven 550+ miles its first time out, why would I want to punish the paint of an instant classic such as the GT4? I didn't want to, plus if this car is going to be visiting the track it is going to need something to keep all that track debris from turning a gorgeous racing yellow into a grey poupon.

Since my knowledge of films was a little bit dated I decided to dive in and do some research on various films. I ultimately (no pun intended) landed on the XPEL Ultimate film, not only for its visual clarity but for its ability to heal itself from minor scratches or swirl marks. (Some good information about the self-healing properties on XPEL's Website) I can certainly point to places on my 10 year old 987 Cayman S where the clear bra has some swirl marks and light scratches and while you don't immediately notice them on a yellow car if the light hits the car just right they are noticeable. One of the things that also bothered me about my prior 3M film was the amount of visual orange peel that it added to car at certain angles. It was never "bad" but again, look at it just right and you noticed it. One other item that has changed in the last decade is that larger rolls of film are produced now which means instead of having a piece that only went half way up my hood and created a place to avoid when waxing the car, now the hood of the GT4 could be covered and the edges wrapped with one solid piece! Suffice it to say that if you are forming your opinion about clear bras based on decade plus old experiences then it is time to update yourself and re-think what I believe to be a virtual must for any car the caliber of a Porsche let alone the COTY GT4!

The rest of the article can be found here:
http://www.planet-9.com/reviews/cleaning-and-detailing/p521-xpel-ultimate-film.html

Photos from the install can be found here:
http://www.planet-9.com/gallery/browseimages.php?c=865
 

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Ken, what have you found out about windshield protection options these days?

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I didn't really look into it other than Clearplex is still around but the price now was about double what I paid for it a few years ago, dunno if I will do it again or not.
 

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I slid off an icy road seven years ago, and got a guardrail stripe down the side of my truck. At the time, I went with the "insurance preferred" repair shop, and they did a crap job on the fix. They used an incompatible primer and seven years later the color coat was almost gone. Last week I finally got around to getting it fixed. The job required sanding off all the primer, re-priming and painting the fender, door, and cab behind the door. Total cost (paid by my insurance company) was just short of $1400, and it took about a week.

I want the xpel on my 981. I was quoted $2000 to cover hood, front fenders, front bumper, and A-pillars. I understand that many of you want to protect your original paint, or expect a lot of chips from track days, etc. But wow, that price is steep. I can't justify it, knowing that it costs the same as, if not more than, getting the affected panels repainted. I hope the cost comes down.
 

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I slid off an icy road seven years ago, and got a guardrail stripe down the side of my truck. At the time, I went with the "insurance preferred" repair shop, and they did a crap job on the fix. They used an incompatible primer and seven years later the color coat was almost gone. Last week I finally got around to getting it fixed. The job required sanding off all the primer, re-priming and painting the fender, door, and cab behind the door. Total cost (paid by my insurance company) was just short of $1400, and it took about a week.

I want the xpel on my 981. I was quoted $2000 to cover hood, front fenders, front bumper, and A-pillars. I understand that many of you want to protect your original paint, or expect a lot of chips from track days, etc. But wow, that price is steep. I can't justify it, knowing that it costs the same as, if not more than, getting the affected panels repainted. I hope the cost comes down.
While I agree the price can be steep, I've seen paint jobs run more and some people just don't want to ever have to repaint and prefer to protect instead.

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Expel prices seem to have increased about 50% in the last 18 months. Don't know if it's the supplier (I assume most of it is) or the installer.

Charging what the luxury car market will pay, I guess.
 

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I didn't really look into it other than Clearplex is still around but the price now was about double what I paid for it a few years ago, dunno if I will do it again or not.
Interesting, since doing it on my 2013 BS I haven't noticed such an increase, it was $200 then and was about $249 now for the 2016 (Clearplex). As just stated had it on the 2013, now the 2016 and our Macan as well, wouldn't be without it.

And thanks for the link to the Xpel PPF installation! FWIW I have 3M 948 Pro in my car, self healing as well. What I do notice is that because of the self healing nature I don't get the hairline scratches from washing, for this reason on a dark paint such as DBM I am considering covering the remainder of the car...

Ken, what have you found out about windshield protection options these days?

John
Although Clearplex is not the only windshield film out there is it the only one I have installed, works and has definitely save my windshields a number of times!
 

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Interesting, since doing it on my 2013 BS I haven't noticed such an increase, it was $200 then and was about $249 now for the 2016 (Clearplex). As just stated had it on the 2013, now the 2016 and our Macan as well, wouldn't be without it.

And thanks for the link to the Xpel PPF installation! FWIW I have 3M 948 Pro in my car, self healing as well. What I do notice is that because of the self healing nature I don't get the hairline scratches from washing, for this reason on a dark paint such as DBM I am considering covering the remainder of the car...



Although Clearplex is not the only windshield film out there is it the only one I have installed, works and has definitely save my windshields a number of times!
I had a very early clear plex install, I think circa 2008, would have to go back and look, and as I recall was $150, whereas when I asked recently the quote I got was $300 although I only checked one place so maybe that quote was high.

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