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Old 01-25-2014, 02:29 PM
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...i need help on 2 things:

1) price - i got a quote from a reputable shop for about a $1,700 for full front: bumper, hood, fenders, etc. and about $1,000 for the "half front" (which i think is bumper and 24" up the hood/fenders?) are these prices reasonable?

2) i realize the price difference above is "only" $700 and it's not like i'm poor or anything...BUT i could always use that money elsewhere. do i really need full coverage? (i do track it quite a bit so the answer is prob yes but thought i'd put it out there for thoughts/opinions.)
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:32 PM
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Go full coverage or don't bother IMHO. Partial coverage will result in rock chips in the areas you don't cover and it will be a PITA to work around the edges when waxing/cleaning. Price is about right, just make sure the installer is reputable and get some references.
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:44 PM
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What brand of "clear Bra" will they be using?

And yes go full bra. You wont even know its on the vehicle. You wont be sorry.
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:40 PM
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I paid less through my dealer. I want to say it was $700 and I asked about full hood, they added $200 for that, they wrapped the hood and took the Emblem off.
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:44 PM
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The things that affect pricing are which material is used and is it bulk film or a kit.

I was planning on having my whole car wrapped and the only way to do it economically was to do bulk Ventureguard. It should run me under 2K (since I don't have to do the roof of the Targa)
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:47 PM
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Someone wiser than me said that you pay for the expertise of the installer. Being reputable is great but does that mean they do great work or that they just have few complaints - I don't think the the two are the same. Anyway, I paid ~$1,100 or so for a half hood (from Premier which is probably one of the most expensive but best installers in California). In retrospect I should have had the whole hood done but I was bleeding money at the time so went for the half. It's not such a big deal that I am going to have them wrap the whole hood, just that next time . . . So, get the whole hood and be done with it!
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:10 PM
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I paid $1500 for the whole front including mirrors. Don't be tempted to save a little money and only do half,

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Old 01-25-2014, 08:26 PM
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It is all about the installer and not the dollars. Do your research and carefully look at the results of other cars that were done. Go to a club meeting or cars & coffee event and you will get some valuable guidance as to who does the best work.

If you are in CA, Premier is viewed as the gold standard.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:37 PM
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i would HIGHLY recommend full hood 3m. i get chips on the hood above the 'middle of the hood' 3m cut off.

it drives me crazy since the car is so low its pretty obvious that the entire hood would be susceptible to chipping.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:48 AM
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If you get it fully wrapped, how long does it last under normal year round street driving conditions and 10k miles a year?
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:27 AM
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Great Topic, as I need to get mine done before Spring arrives. I was leaning toward Full Hood, and this thread has convinced me to go that route.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:21 AM
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$1200 for 3m on the whole front of my car through the dealer.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:35 AM
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$1200 (after a $275 exterior detail) for full hood, front fenders, backs of mirrors, headlights with "self-healing" Xpel Ultimate after having 1/2 coverage 3M for almost 6 years. The 3M still looked okay, but it wouldn't polish up as much anymore, and then there was always that line across the hood and fenders. Also put XPel for rock guards on the rear quarter panels. My detailer used 3M for years and likes XPel better to the point that it is all he uses anymore. I'll drive closely behind some gravel trucks (hard not to around here) for a while and let you know. Still can't clip power poles without some damage, though, even with XPel.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:59 AM
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I just had mine done with 3M film. Cost was $650 for half way up the hood. Mirrors were included.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:04 PM
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Ask for Xpel Ultimate film and the prices you quoted are in line with average pricing.
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