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I know the subject is a bit contentious to some on this forum, but those that have gone ahead and PPF'd their 'Pride and Joy', I wonder what quotes you have received. I really want to keep my eventual new acquisition as perfect as possible for my time of ownership. I have been quoted 拢1200 for full front coverage and nearly 拢1800 (not an option for me) for full coverage. I am considering the front coverage...

Thanks in advance for your replies ATB馃憤馃徎
 

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My quote for PremiumShield Elite was 拢999 for the front end. Then extra bits offered were headlights (拢59) A-pillars (拢49) and side skirts (拢129) if I wanted them. I was looking at getting the whole car done as well, but it got horrifically expensive. As did doing a PPF/ceramic mix and match as I'd initially planned.

I decided against PPF in the end, as I just don't think it's worth it on what is (and don't shoot me for this) only a Fiesta. I did however opt to get it (and the wife's RS) ceramic coated, the full works with glass done, wheels off and calipers coated etc. All that done on mine cheaper than just wrapping the front end.

My thinking being that to get the front end repainted if it gets a bit tatty in years to come will still be cheaper than the PPF. If it was an Aston, Ferrari, Porsche etc. then it's more likely to be worth the outlay as the repaint cost is likely to be higher. Plus PPF application is then going to be a much smaller % of total vehicle cost. But that's just my daft logic 馃槀 Money no object I'd still like to try the PPF!
 

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From what looked into, it's as JP has said, it's getting into repaint territory.

I am penciled in to have mine, when delivered, with a new car package of Gtechiqs various products including their Crystal Serum Ultra ceramic coating.
Covers . . .
  • Full multistage wash and decontamination process.
  • Single stage machine polish to remove light defects whilst improving gloss.
  • Glass polished then protected with Gtechniq G1 Clearvision Smart Glass - Three layers applied to the front screen.
  • Wheels removed and fully coated with Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour.
  • Paint work coated in selected coating, Crystal Serum Ultra (9 year)
  • Interior Pack, antibacterial Tri clean cleanse, L1 Leather Guard, C6 Matte Dash & I1 Smart Fabric.

from 拢800 ish you get a lot more overall protection for the money.
Have a look at this video on youtube, I can't remember who posted it or even if it was here or facebook but gives a good idea of the process.

 

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From what looked into, it's as JP has said, it's getting into repaint territory.

I am penciled in to have mine, when delivered, with a new car package of Gtechiqs various products including their Crystal Serum Ultra ceramic coating.
Covers . . .
  • Full multistage wash and decontamination process.
  • Single stage machine polish to remove light defects whilst improving gloss.
  • Glass polished then protected with Gtechniq G1 Clearvision Smart Glass - Three layers applied to the front screen.
  • Wheels removed and fully coated with Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour.
  • Paint work coated in selected coating, Crystal Serum Ultra (9 year)
  • Interior Pack, antibacterial Tri clean cleanse, L1 Leather Guard, C6 Matte Dash & I1 Smart Fabric.

from 拢800 ish you get a lot more overall protection for the money.
Have a look at this video on youtube, I can't remember who posted it or even if it was here or facebook but gives a good idea of the process.

At what point do you do the respray though? When you鈥檙e about to sell the car after putting up with the stone chips etc for the time you鈥檝e had the car, so the new owner gets nice fresh paint.

Coatings won鈥檛 stop stone chips.

Mines had the bonnet, bumper, skirts, top of rear bumper and painted section or rear arches done since new, also had the it coated with crystal serum and other getcniq products. PPF was just over 拢700 (in 2016) similar price for the coatings.
 

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It's different circumstances for different people, I don't use my cars for work I have a van for that, so mileage wont be high and therefore damage lower. I won't getting rid of the car for a very long time either, I had My mk6 for over 10 years and still have my Escort RST I bought in 1997.
When I decide they get tatty I get bits sorted the Fiesta had the bonnet and bumper done for 500 about 5 years into owning it at 10 years old. I keep them nice for me not the next guy.
I did have prices for the PPF and to get something that is good and stays looking glossy cost more and even then its recommended to be coated in a decent product to retain its shine,(Not my words or advice just recommendations from people in the trade) I was looking at Xpel ultimate plus as it one of the best out there for transparency, gloss plus self healing and quoted 1200 plus vat for front end only. And obviously the rest of the car will need some other protection which just pushed the price of the car up. Where as the price of 800 i get full car protection inside (including all surfaces, not just seats) and out including glass complete alloy protection not just the face of the wheel.

I'm not saying PPF isn't worth it, it just isn't economical for my situation.
 

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I got the ceramic coating the same as Twiddle as I am looking to be a long term owner too. I found PPF a little too costly for my liking but I can see the advantages in it for those willing to part with the money. My concern with partial coverage would be the risk of different fading with the UV rays needing to penetrate through the coating, the covered parts may fade slower than the uncovered parts. Not an expert or even mildly knowledgeable about PPF just a thought that may be irrelevant.
 

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I鈥檓 planning on being a long term owner, had it for nearly 5 years now, I also drive a van all week, the ST does 2-3000 miles a year.
 

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Hi friends and thanks for the replies...Definitely food for thought as my mileage in the car will be quite low and therefore hopefully stone damage low. How is new road chip surfacing ever allowed!!! I don't think you would get your money back on a respray Vs trade in but then I wonder how this converts is the car is suitably protected on acquisition. That horrible moment on your new car when you spot your first chip is just painful. I can remember my first day out as a Trainee Driving Instructor with my first pupil and they kerbed my nice new perfect alloy wheel, it was if someone had punched me in the stomach...I probably can't justify the 拢1200+ on PPF'g the new car so will just have to invest in lots of bubble wrap馃ぃ
 

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If it makes you feel any better, I got a tiny stone chip on my way from the dealership to the detailer... Having asked the dealership not to wash it and leave all the protective film, seat covers and other tat on! I've got another one below the fog light gloss black parts since, but I'm not overly bothered tbh. I'm much happier spending the PPF money on silly mods, Revo PP inbound as soon as I can get my hands on an intercooler 馃ぃ
 

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If it makes you feel any better, I got a tiny stone chip on my way from the dealership to the detailer... Having asked the dealership not to wash it and leave all the protective film, seat covers and other tat on! I've got another one below the fog light gloss black parts since, but I'm not overly bothered tbh. I'm much happier spending the PPF money on silly mods, Revo PP inbound as soon as I can get my hands on an intercooler 馃ぃ
Hi @JP_Racing, seems so unfair re the chip. My wife was driving home a few years ago from picking up her new car and a stone hit the lovely shiny windscreen, bad luck...Enjoy the mods as they get fitted all the best馃憤馃徎
 
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