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Old 09-25-2018, 08:10 PM
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Unfortunately, the lower portion of my front bumper cover made contact with an unusually tall parking space bump/wheel stop. This resulted in a scuffed area that about the size of a golf ball, and some spiderweb cracking of the paint. Iíll almost certainly need a full bumper cover respray. In some respects, this situation isnít that bad. I have lots of small stone chips, and this will refresh my bumper. My questions for the group are: should I consider a clear bra once the bumper is resprayed? I havenít had one on this car. Iím reluctant based on past experiences with PPF. If I decide to get one, how long do I have to wait for the new paint to fully cure before installation? Should I just do the bumper, and partial coverage on the fenders and hood? More seems like overkill.

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Old 09-25-2018, 08:52 PM
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4-6 weeks minimum for paint to cure. 3 months if u can wait that long.
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:27 PM
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PPF has come a long way since it first went mainstream several years ago. Make sure it's a high quality film. The car i bought recently came equipped with PPF and it's probably a off-brand piece of garbage.
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I know a lot of folks will disagree but paint has come a ways too since most are water based.
I have added kits (Aerokits, wings, bumpers, etc ) to my last 3 Pcars. My shop, very reputable high end exotic shop, has painted and double baked the painted parts and PPF'd the next day.
I have heard all of the comments of off gassing required but I have first hand experience with no paint or PPF failure on 3 Porsche vehicles. Talk to a reputable shop.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:53 PM
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PPF is well worth it. Depending on the paint shops equipment and bake ramping cycles you can PPF in as soon as 1 week. This with a high end shop with best of booth systems.
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:11 AM
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If it is done incorrectly you will get bubbling of the paint and PPF failure. Mine were PPF'd after the next day without issue. My shop tells me proper baking is the key.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:24 AM
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I am in the paint care business, with the softness of the water base paints of today I get all my cars wrapped these days, as said just make sure you are dealing with a shop that knows what they are doing, or it will look like crap
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Old 09-26-2018, 11:29 AM
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Thanks everyone. I’ve received recommendations from my local Porsche club members on good shops, and I’ll speak with the shop about PPF. I appreciate the input.
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I just hung up with the body shop that was most recommended by my local Porsche club members. The shop said that the paints and curing process that they use will allow for PPF to be installed immediately after the repair is complete.

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Same experience I have had with success. Good luck.
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Phil from DD recommends waiting. Give him a buzz.
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I am none too impressed with the clear bra - installed by Porsche - in 1100kms it lifted and collected crud. They replaced it again, then I noted bubbling. I am not sure how this works with Porsche in the States, but for a factory approved vendor, I am not sold on the quality.
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This is why I don’t have one on the car currently. My experience with PPF has been negative when considering my last three cars. I’m considering refraining once again....
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The problem with above install is the edge was not wrapped, thus exposed and came up. Initial small bubbles can be left for a day or so after install and do usually flatten out. The quality of the result depends on the products used and expertise of the installer, very key.
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Originally Posted by Penn4S View Post
I know a lot of folks will disagree but paint has come a ways too since most are water based.
I have added kits (Aerokits, wings, bumpers, etc ) to my last 3 Pcars. My shop, very reputable high end exotic shop, has painted and double baked the painted parts and PPF'd the next day.
I have heard all of the comments of off gassing required but I have first hand experience with no paint or PPF failure on 3 Porsche vehicles. Talk to a reputable shop.


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