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So I picked up my GV80 December 28th and I wanted to have the Clear Bra film installed asap. I called a local installer that got back to me and said the template isn't even available yet.
Does anyone know of a template available for the film coating through any supplier? I understand there's other companies in addition to 3M that make protective films.
 

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So I picked up my GV80 December 28th and I wanted to have the Clear Bra film installed asap. I called a local installer that got back to me and said the template isn't even available yet.
Does anyone know of a template available for the film coating through any supplier? I understand there's other companies in addition to 3M that make protective films.
Uh... any shop worth their salt wont need a template I would think... Yeah, a template would be less waste, but they should be able to apply to anything. Pretty sure when cars get wrapped there isn't a template.. same thing.
 

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Uh... any shop worth their salt wont need a template I would think... Yeah, a template would be less waste, but they should be able to apply to anything. Pretty sure when cars get wrapped there isn't a template.. same thing.
@AJB, @andimalrex is right.

A template makes the whole process easier but its very normal that some shops measure and cut a sheet of clear film to fit. I suggest calling around to the more well known and reputable shops and asking if they do exactly that.

Aside from 3M, Xpel is another popular brand.
 

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So I picked up my GV80 December 28th and I wanted to have the Clear Bra film installed asap. I called a local installer that got back to me and said the template isn't even available yet.
Does anyone know of a template available for the film coating through any supplier? I understand there's other companies in addition to 3M that make protective films.
If a shop is waiting for a template you should probably shop around to see if there's any other places willing to do it. 3M and XPEL are good there's also SunTek you might want to consider.
 

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If a shop is waiting for a template you should probably shop around to see if there's any other places willing to do it. 3M and XPEL are good there's also SunTek you might want to consider.
Thanks for the advice, I'll look into the other two brands you mentioned.
 

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@AJB, @andimalrex is right.

A template makes the whole process easier but its very normal that some shops measure and cut a sheet of clear film to fit. I suggest calling around to the more well known and reputable shops and asking if they do exactly that.

Aside from 3M, Xpel is another popular brand.
Thanks, Tronno also mentioned Expel.
 

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The template is now available I was waiting as well and but Xpel released it Last week ,have your installer call . I pick up my wrapped GV80 Monday! For reference full front wrap , rear bumper , mirrors , headlights, Rocker panels $2750

Quoted without template was !1000 more!!
 

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The template is now available I was waiting as well and but Xpel released it Last week ,have your installer call . I pick up my wrapped GV80 Monday! For reference full front wrap , rear bumper , mirrors , headlights, Rocker panels $2750

Quoted without template was !1000 more!!
I had mine done at a local place in Maryland without template and it was full front bumper, full hood, fenders, and side mirrors for $2500.
 

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The template is now available I was waiting as well and but Xpel released it Last week ,have your installer call . I pick up my wrapped GV80 Monday! For reference full front wrap , rear bumper , mirrors , headlights, Rocker panels $2750

Quoted without template was !1000 more!!
Thanks for letting everyone know.
What prep work did you get done to the paint before the film was applied?
 

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The template is now available I was waiting as well and but Xpel released it Last week ,have your installer call . I pick up my wrapped GV80 Monday! For reference full front wrap , rear bumper , mirrors , headlights, Rocker panels $2750

Quoted without template was !1000 more!!
My installer called me Thursday, he found a supplier in Canada with the GV80 template. His regular supplier here in the US still doesn't have it yet. It's the 3M film.
 

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So I picked up my GV80 December 28th and I wanted to have the Clear Bra film installed asap. I called a local installer that got back to me and said the template isn't even available yet.
Does anyone know of a template available for the film coating through any supplier? I understand there's other companies in addition to 3M that make protective films.
I had XPel done on my car without a template. Came out great
 

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Besides the hood, front fenders, front bumper and side view mirrors did you have anything else covered? (like the lower rocker panels, A Pillars, ect).
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Besides the hood, front fenders, front bumper and side view mirrors did you have anything else covered? (like the lower rocker panels, A Pillars, ect).
I had the door handle pockets, the rear quarters behind the wheels, acroaa the top between the A pillars,and around the hatch opening. I then had them do two coats of ceramic coating
 

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I had mine done at a local place in Maryland without template and it was full front bumper, full hood, fenders, and side mirrors for $2500.
I will be getting paint protection installed next week. The company uses XPEL Ultimate Plus. The following will be covered:
Full hood with wrapped edges
Full fenders
Mirrors
Front bumper (multiple pieces)
Door cups
A pillars and roof strip
Lights
The price will be $1700 CDN - I live in Edmonton Canada.

There are a couple of options I am considering:
1) rocker panels - $400CDN
2) Ceramic Coating - $1200CND (includes complete new vehicle paint prep - normally $500)

Any recommendations on doing options 1 or 2. I have never had ceramic coating done before. I understand that it can be done yourself but unsure of effort and results.
 

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I will be getting paint protection installed next week. The company uses XPEL Ultimate Plus. The following will be covered:
Full hood with wrapped edges
Full fenders
Mirrors
Front bumper (multiple pieces)
Door cups
A pillars and roof strip
Lights
The price will be $1700 CDN - I live in Edmonton Canada.

There are a couple of options I am considering:
1) rocker panels - $400CDN
2) Ceramic Coating - $1200CND (includes complete new vehicle paint prep - normally $500)

Any recommendations on doing options 1 or 2. I have never had ceramic coating done before. I understand that it can be done yourself but unsure of effort and results.
Welcome to the forum @AltaSenior643.
For number 2, to avoid any problems that could end up costing you more time and money in the end, I recommend going with a professional. To understand why, check out this video. Where did you get that ceramic quote from?
 

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I will be getting paint protection installed next week. The company uses XPEL Ultimate Plus. The following will be covered:
Full hood with wrapped edges
Full fenders
Mirrors
Front bumper (multiple pieces)
Door cups
A pillars and roof strip
Lights
The price will be $1700 CDN - I live in Edmonton Canada.

There are a couple of options I am considering:
1) rocker panels - $400CDN
2) Ceramic Coating - $1200CND (includes complete new vehicle paint prep - normally $500)

Any recommendations on doing options 1 or 2. I have never had ceramic coating done before. I understand that it can be done yourself but unsure of effort and results.
I would definitely recommend XPEL on the rocker panels. They're so vulnerable to stone chips getting kicked up from the tires.
 

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I would definitely recommend XPEL on the rocker panels. They're so vulnerable to stone chips getting kicked up from the tires. I'm going to have my GV80 wrapped soon and I'll have the rocker panels done.
 

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I would definitely recommend XPEL on the rocker panels. They're so vulnerable to stone chips getting kicked up from the tires.
I was thinking the same but unsure as I dont remember if rocker panels were metal or plastic (pick up my GV80 later this week). I was also unsure if $400 CDN was a good price.

For number 2, to avoid any problems that could end up costing you more time and money in the end, I recommend going with a professional. To understand why, check out this video. Where did you get that ceramic quote from?
I got this quote from Liberty Autoworx in Edmonton Alberta. The price seems reasonable but I just did not know if it was worth doing at all. I have never had ceramic coating and dont know of anyone who has to ask. When doing the ceramic coat they also include the following prep work:
- Vehicle visually inspected by detail technician
- Pre-wash to remove dirt and debris prior to bath
- Snow foam with Gyeon bath to remove contaminants
- 2 bucket hand wash with pH balanced soap
- 3 stage decontamination to remove embedded debris
- Iron decontamination on vehicle body and wheels
- Clay bar decontamination on body to remove tar and other contaminants
- Wheel decontamination and cleaning using multiple brushes
- Rinse and then dried with warm, filtered air and Gyeon Silk drying towel
- Paint inspected with multiple lights to highlight imperfections
- All metal panels are measured using a paint gauge (customer receives a copy of
paint depth measurements)
- Plastic trim masked off to protect from polish residue
- Prep polish with Gyeon Primer to remove swirls, light scratches and imperfections
- Vehicle washed again to ensure dust polish is removed
- Paint cleansed with Gyeon Prep to remove any oils and residue to get it ready for
XPEL installation

So they do this plus the ceramic coat for $1200CDN. I think the price seems fair due to the amount of labour required. I just dont know if putting the coating on is worth it. Has anyone else ceramic coated their GV80 or other vehicle?
Ceramic coating consists of
- 1 layer of Gyeon Mohs Plus base coat and top coat painted areas
- 1 layer of Gyeon PPF on areas with film
- 1 layer of Gyeon Wheel on wheel faces and exhaust tips
- 1 layer of Gyeon View on windows
- 1 layer of Gyeon Trim on all plastics

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I was thinking the same but unsure as I dont remember if rocker panels were metal or plastic (pick up my GV80 later this week). I was also unsure if $400 CDN was a good price.



I got this quote from Liberty Autoworx in Edmonton Alberta. The price seems reasonable but I just did not know if it was worth doing at all. I have never had ceramic coating and dont know of anyone who has to ask. When doing the ceramic coat they also include the following prep work:
- Vehicle visually inspected by detail technician
- Pre-wash to remove dirt and debris prior to bath
- Snow foam with Gyeon bath to remove contaminants
- 2 bucket hand wash with pH balanced soap
- 3 stage decontamination to remove embedded debris
- Iron decontamination on vehicle body and wheels
- Clay bar decontamination on body to remove tar and other contaminants
- Wheel decontamination and cleaning using multiple brushes
- Rinse and then dried with warm, filtered air and Gyeon Silk drying towel
- Paint inspected with multiple lights to highlight imperfections
- All metal panels are measured using a paint gauge (customer receives a copy of
paint depth measurements)
- Plastic trim masked off to protect from polish residue
- Prep polish with Gyeon Primer to remove swirls, light scratches and imperfections
- Vehicle washed again to ensure dust polish is removed
- Paint cleansed with Gyeon Prep to remove any oils and residue to get it ready for
XPEL installation

So they do this plus the ceramic coat for $1200CDN. I think the price seems fair due to the amount of labour required. I just dont know if putting the coating on is worth it. Has anyone else ceramic coated their GV80 or other vehicle?
Ceramic coating consists of
- 1 layer of Gyeon Mohs Plus base coat and top coat painted areas
- 1 layer of Gyeon PPF on areas with film
- 1 layer of Gyeon Wheel on wheel faces and exhaust tips
- 1 layer of Gyeon View on windows
- 1 layer of Gyeon Trim on all plastics

Thanks
I'm sort of an old fashioned guy in the sense I just prefer to hand wax (and glaze and polish if needed) my cars with Caranuba wax every couple of months.
As for the wrap on the rocker panels I think it's definitely worth worth is even of the rocker panels are plastic as plastic that's painted can get all chipped up especially behind the wheels. I'm going to go up to and cover the chrome strip that runs from the front to the back of the GV80 because eventually that chrome strip will start getting some scratches in it and unlike paint you can't compound out hairline scratches out of chrome.
 
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