|05-21-2013 12:20 PM|
I am glad you resurrected this thread. So one year later you are still impressed and definitely recommend? I have the True Blue color which will be hard to take care of and I am debating this Xpel. Does it shine as well as the paint would? If I washed and waxed my car without Xpel and it had a shine like no other, will it still have that same shine when Xpel is installed after washing and waxing? I don't want to take away from the shine and beauty of the car after a nice washing and waxing.
Thanks for the update!
|04-17-2013 03:07 PM|
the next day
Here are some shots from wheeling the next day.
|04-17-2013 03:06 PM|
Easter Just past, and I was at Easter Jeep Safari, so its fitting that I "Resurrect" this thread with an update.
here we are 15 months after installation and the xpel wrap is still saving my bacon!
We were in moab for easter Jeep Safari and were on a trail ride with Rock Krawler on monday. (after having driven 30 hours to get there.)
We were with about 50 Jeeps on the trail ride, and were the ROOKIES of the bunch. We also had the smallest tires and lift in the group. To cut to the chase, the obstacles in moab are far apart on the trail, so there are long stretches of dirt road between obstacles. On one of these stretches, there was a high banking turn. So high i was concerned about rolling the truck if I took it on the high side. The inside had trees growing into it, and being that they were cut at some point for the trail, they had jagged edges sticking out. Knowing the high side was too steep, We had to grit our teeth and take the low side, tipping our truck directly into the branches and stumps. There was no way to avoid them. The sound they made scratching the body as we went by was enough to bring tears to my eyes. Everyone in the truck discussed how severe the damage would be when we got out. Some predicted that the wrap would be gouged, others thought it would be all together ripped off.
When I could stop and look, the wrap was severely scratched. I though to myself, the wrap may be ruined, but the body and paint undneath should be ok..... or so i hoped. As we met the other trucks at the next obstacle, my passengers began to talk to the other jeepers about how i bashed my truck into the trees so all would have a good joke at my expense. I on the other hand went to inspect the scratches more thoroughly. it was hot and the sun was beating down. I licked my thumb and began to rub a deep section of the worst scratch. I couldnt believe when it disappeared. I dont know if it was the friction of my thumb that made it hot, but whatever. It came off. I called my friends over knowing they wouldnt believe it. seconds later, my 2 friends and 10 strangers were all licking their thumbs and rubbing the jeep. It was a hysterical sight. But when the pack dispersed, the truck was once again scratch free. (this is a healing wrap)
Here are some pictures, the first is a bend similar to the one i was on when I hit the trees, Its not the same one, but it is the closest picture i have to show an idea of what the turn looked like. The actual turn was much steeper and taller than the one in the pic, but you get the idea.
then you have 2 shots where you can see the scratches in the fender and rear quarter.
I also added a pick so you can see what kind of brush im talking about
|07-24-2012 06:34 PM|
|Keep Moving Forward||
I love it. You don't need to defend or justify this purchase or any other for that matter.
If you're happy that's all that matters. Thanks for sharing, best of luck with it, and Happy Jeeping.
|07-24-2012 02:04 PM|
Im doing wheels now with the xpel wrap.
Also, just because this thread popped back up, I'd like to mention, Ive driven that wrapped truck through every type of brush. I was in rausch creek a few weeks ago, and there were some lines that had to be taken that ran up the side of the trail. We would have branches coming in the windows of the truck, hitting us in the face.
obviously those same branches were dragging down the side of the truck, and you could see the drag marks that resulted, when we finally got out.
On the 3 hour ride home in the sun the marks healed. The truck looked new again when we got home. If anyone is in the north jersey area and wants to take a look, pm me.
over 5k miles and we have done everything to that truck but set it on fire.
|07-24-2012 11:08 AM|
Keep in mind that even if you don't plan on keeping your Jeep forever, the difference in trade in value between Excellent and fair usually adds up to thousands of dollars. PieFace has definitely gone above and beyond the norm with full body coverage, but you can also cover the highest impact areas at a fraction of the cost.
On older Jeeps, it is a great way to keep rust from starting without using a with a bedliner spray, which we all know is a deterrent to buyers for the fact that it could be covering up rust.
|06-04-2012 04:25 PM|
I get the truck plenty dirty. I drive through dirt roads completely overgrown. The branches are dragged across the sides of the truck.
The wrap just makes it so those are not scratches.
My Jeep is constantly filthy, but when its clean, its beautiful.
|06-04-2012 03:34 PM|
|Drakea94||Any final pictures ?,|
|06-04-2012 03:08 PM|
|lolpetewtf||Send me $2,000! Will be put to better use!|
|06-04-2012 03:00 PM|
|JPzilla||Just curious - I don't believe I've seen anyone ask this question... but why buy a jeep if you're so concerned about swirls and scratches? I'm not being critical was just wondering. I happen to live in the country/woods and would drive myself nuts if I was worried about getting the jeep dirty/nicked up.|
|06-04-2012 01:15 PM|
I bought my jeep, so I expect to keep it a long time. It looks new everytime I see it. I love that.
Im a little nutty about it, but yes, swirl marks would keep me up at night. Im not soft on using my truck, it gets beat on plenty. But when I throw a bucket of water at it, It looks NEW again. Not clean, NEW.
others may say "its a jeep, who cares", I say, sure its a jeep, but I love it and if you dont care about your paint thats fine. If you wanted another color like silver or tan that is just as sexy as the black but easier to keep clean and looking great thats fine. Black looks awful when its not properly taken care of. Especially the non metallic black, with the awful waterbased clear coat.
I was between sahara tan and black, and when they stopped offering the tan, i got the black. I just hate bad paint. This was an answer for me. If I had gotten the tan, I might not have put the wrap on, but with black, I thought it was a MUST.
|06-04-2012 12:58 PM|
Is it important to have the cleanest, least swirled Jeep in the parking lot?
These are the things we have to determine for ourselves.
|06-04-2012 12:44 PM|
To each his own,
and for me, my jeep is black and I want it to stay black without swirl marks. The wrap does that. It is not a mod I regret even though its the most expensive mod Ive done, and no one even realizes its there.
When people say "wow that jeep is CLEAN" they dont realize its because the wrap heals the swirls and light scratches that my off road use puts the truck through.
Next time you walkt through a parkinglot, check out a black car, you'll see that the paint is not showroom. Mine is.
|06-04-2012 03:44 AM|
|dimasin||This is absolute NUTS! Complete waste of resources! How long one need to keep their truck to justify this nonsense? If you gonna keep your truck until wheels fell off what would you do with "brand new" wrapped body??? This is exactly why Egyptian civilization collapsed - they wrapped their dead too much!|
|02-12-2012 10:17 PM|
Watch the video or call xpel for a sample and scratch it yourself. It does heal.
|01-27-2012 11:12 PM|
|01-27-2012 10:25 PM|
|JandS||"self healing" seems like a crock. Perhaps they have changed the product to allow wax to fill the scratches, but there is no way to "self heal."|
|01-27-2012 10:13 PM|
The product guy is for one of the companies that makes a paint coating that I was debating about. It's not a sealer, they're actual ceramic or acrylic coatings that are permanent (until you polish them off). He though he could come up with a self healing coating. That would rock because it would be MUCH cheaper than a film wrap, and you could do it yourself if you know what you're doing.
|01-27-2012 09:36 PM|
|01-26-2012 09:47 AM|
Total waste to do the whole Jeep.. The film scratches easier than the paint will. I had the whole hood done on my M6 (black)and I ended up pulling it off after three months.
Vinyl is soft and pliable, it will scratch and it will haze over time.
Doing the fenders, grill, door sills, and edge of the hood makes sense since those areas are most likely to get damaged by rocks.
You seem like me (anal retentive), doing the whole vehicle just opened up a never ending swirl/scratch fest. Your going to drive yourself crazy trying to keep it looking good.
Here is a tip... inspect EVERY towel you use for drying/wazing... use light pressure when you dry and wax too...
|01-26-2012 09:22 AM|
|lyle.ross.jones||The yellowing happens on light car. But not noticeable on dark.|
|01-25-2012 05:54 PM|
Buy wraping film and do by your self.
Wonna do good? Do by your self
|01-25-2012 05:49 PM|
|01-25-2012 05:47 PM|
Lets say u wonna sell it your jeep after 5 years?u remove the wraping and you have ogirinal paint look like new.
Wow a wiwa.hi 5
|01-25-2012 05:44 PM|
I still don't know what to think.
You could just re paint for that cost years down the road ??
Well paint/prep would be a bit more but....
It's a jeep
|01-25-2012 05:23 PM|
Here is the video of the wrap self healing. I dont work for xpel and was just as leery about it. I made them send me a sample of the wrap so I could scratch it up myself.
I used a brass wire brush from my gun cleaning kit and installed the wrap on a cookie sheet from my kitchen. Then did like they do in this video. Rubbed the hell out of the wrap with the wire brush until the marks were clearly visible.
They use warm water in the video to speed up the healing. And that works. My truck is outside in NJ and heat is neccessary for the healing to happen quickly. So Ill need a sunny day to scratch up the truck and test it without water.
Here is the vid from xpel
XPEL Ultimate Paint Protection Film / Clear Bra Self Healing Demo - YouTube
|01-25-2012 12:48 PM|
I have used this on a few cars and I plan on using it on the Wrangler because the front grill always gets hammered by highway rocks/sand/etc.
I don't see the point of doing the whole vehicle, however. This stuff scratches just like paint and it "yellows" over time. To me, it's use is limited to the areas that always get chipped with the idea that before selling the car you car remove the film and have a nice, unclipped surface.
My biggest question is where to stop the film on the front. There aren't too many natural points for them to stop the film.
|01-25-2012 12:36 PM|
|lyle.ross.jones||Looks good. I only had my hood, fenders and freedom tops. Wish I would have done the whole thing|
|01-25-2012 12:30 PM|
I wouldn't say it "self heals". That's a b.s. claim. This is the same wrap as the 3M I have on my cars. I gets scratched, it stays scratched. It gets nicked, it stays nicked. The wrap I have on the hood and front fascia of my race cars look like they've been sand blasted from high speed driving. It never healed. You can't polish it out. It's just there. But the paint under it has not been damaged at all.
Also works great on headlights to keep them from oxidizing and fading out.
Oh yeah, you'll probably have to have some panels re-done after a couple years. It won't start peeling, but it'll start to look like tihs from everyday abuse (salt, road debris, tree rash, ect)
|01-25-2012 10:31 AM|
I completely considered the line-x full paint job.
I didnt trust it tho. Its brand new where i found it in texas, and they guarantee that it wont fade, but Ive seen line-x fade before, and felt that they didnt have enough trucks on the road to make that claim.
And if it does fade, what then? chip it off? Seemed like a nightmare waiting to happen. I didnt want to do anything to the jeep that couldnt be undone. This wrap "self Heals" so it should stay in place and light scratches will disappear over time.
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