Paint Protection Film (PPF) such as XPEL for Mach-E

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Got mine done Saturday with SunTek's new Reaction film, looks pretty good- if anything the hood looks even more glossy now than before. I haven't taken any pics after, but here is one in process. Had full hood done, partial fenders, mirrors, full bumper (including the black gloss parts), black door pillars, door edges, headlights, and rear trunk lid. I have some additional pieces of film for use later. If it weren't so expensive I would have covered all the black plastic on the car.

The film pretty much conceals the pits, defects obtained from the long QA in KC, and blemishes left from the front plate bracket. Still waffling on replacing it, using the plugs, or fabricating a low profile bracket myself.

So happy to finally get it out on the freeway, first time over 50 mph after the install.

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Ah, so did they just do the PPF directly over the front bracket holes? Any patching or plugging first?





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Alright, so here is where I ended up....

Shop 1 will install the Llumar 10yr partial front PPF next week. 18” of hood, bumper, partial fenders, side mirrors, door edges. $899. They didn’t offer a long-term ceramic.

Two weeks later, Shop 2 will install a 10yr ceramic to all paint (inc PPF), trim, and wheels: two coats of IGL Quartz Plus. Will also coat all glass with IGL Ecocoat Window. $1,100. They didn’t do PPF.

It’s a lot of money but I’m really worried how unforgiving this grabber blue paint will be if I don’t protect it.
 

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They trim around the holes - leaving the film over the holes could potentially pull the film away from more area. If the dimples are there they will also trim around them.

I’m sure you could patch the holes and paint before doing the install, but that wasn’t my plan. Since the holes are there I will just reinstall the bracket/plate. Plugs would be the other way to go.

Ah, so did they just do the PPF directly over the front bracket holes? Any patching or plugging first?
 

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They trim around the holes - leaving the film over the holes could potentially pull the film away from more area. If the dimples are there they will also trim around them.

I’m sure you could patch the holes and paint before doing the install, but that wasn’t my plan. Since the holes are there I will just reinstall the bracket/plate. Plugs would be the other way to go.
Ok thanks. That’s what I figured. Maybe I’ll just put the front bracket back on and put a university novelty plate there or something. Trouble is, I destroyed the three plastic rivets when removing the frame. Is that a common item at auto stores or my body shop that’s putting on the PPF?
 

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Since the plate is required here in cali, and the damage is done, I decided to get the black 60s style plates that will look better on the front. The rivets have to be destroyed to get the bracket off, the dealer here gave me 3 from the parts dept. (normally $6 each.) You might be able to find replacements from other part stores, or less ideal replace with screws or another fastener (I would imagine that properly sized hallow wall anchors that expand similarly would work.)

The ford part number is W704342-S300 Since they are plastic, I would imagine they can be installed without a rivet tool.

Ok thanks. That’s what I figured. Maybe I’ll just put the front bracket back on and put a university novelty plate there or something. Trouble is, I destroyed the three plastic rivets when removing the frame. Is that a common item at auto stores or my body shop that’s putting on the PPF?
 

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Since the plate is required here in cali, and the damage is done, I decided to get the black 60s style plates that will look better on the front. The rivets have to be destroyed to get the bracket off, the dealer here gave me 3 from the parts dept. (normally $6 each.) You might be able to find replacements from other part stores, or less ideal replace with screws or another fastener (I would imagine that properly sized hallow wall anchors that expand similarly would work.)

The ford part number is W704342-S300 Since they are plastic, I would imagine they can be installed without a rivet tool.
Thanks. I’m gonna look for some plastic screws that will be gentle on the bumper but make it easier than the rivets if I want to take the frame off again.
 

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Thanks. I’m gonna look for some plastic screws that will be gentle on the bumper but make it easier than the rivets if I want to take the frame off again.
That's what I did. Advanced Auto had tons in store, don't remember which one's I went with eventually. Think I ended up using some of the screw in expansion type.
 

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That's what I did. Advanced Auto had tons in store, don't remember which one's I went with eventually. Think I ended up using some of the screw in expansion type.
Any chance on finding a picture or part number? I’m very interested in putting mine back on with the same setup.
 

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