Let’s face it, our service is not cheap by any means. But on the other hand, you’re not spending that money for nothing. In this series posts, we will address some common questions we often been asked by potential customers: why should I spend more to choose you?
Paint Protection Film – The Game of Passion, Patient And Extremely Attention To Detail
Based on our experience, most customer didn’t realise paint protection film (PPF) cost so much. We’re talking about $6-7 grand for a small sized car full wrap. You might think, a full car respray is just cost this much, why should I spend so much to protect it? Simple, it would drastically decrease your car’s resale value if resprayed. It is very simple to measure whether a panel is repainted, it can also lead to another question if the car has involved an accident. Even worse, the after market paint job is no match to original paint finish. We’ve seen bubbles, uneven surface, over spray etc so many times on repainted cars.
With that being said, let’s break down the cost to see where the cost comes from.
For a sedan sized full car wrap:
- Film material cost $2-3k depending on the brand
- 5-6 days time for two people work on one car, based on Australia minimum wage, $1400 for two people.
- Cost to access digital pattern software $100
- Other essential chemical for installation $1-200
- Other machines and business running cost $4-500
As you can see, cost easily added up. Most money is spent on film material and manpower. So how can a shop offers $3000 for a full wrap? You should be able to tell now. First, by using unknown or cheaper film that’s thinner or yellowing over the years. Second, not give a sh*t about your car, not spending enough time, not paying enough attention to the small details and finishes. And third, they don’t pre-cut the film out of patterns as it involves a lot of investment upfront on plotter machine and monthly software subscription. A installer can only access the software after the factory training and get certified (at least for XPEL). They usually claim their job has “full coverage”, but often leave inevitable cutting marks you only find out years later when removing the film.
This is what a cheap job might look like.
That hurts our eyes. You basically trashed your car by spending $3-4k to put on these garbage. You’ve already decide to protect your investment, why not get it done properly, make your car look as good as new if not better? Follow below tips to find your quality installer:
- Most important thing first: ask which brand of film they use and prove it. Stick the major well known brands like we’ve mentioned in previews post How To Choose Paint Protection Film – Major Players In The Industry
- Ask if they use pattern to pre-cut the film. Don’t be fooled by “full coverage” if they hand cut. The pattern software has developed so much these days that fits exact shape of the panel and you’ll get clean and smooth edge cut by machine. Especially XPEL DAP, offers the most comprehensive vehicle database in the world and have the ability to customize the pattern to extend it to where you want to wrap the edges.
- Check their past work in person. Pay attention to edging and corners, see if there is dirt line or lifting edge.
- Check their customer reviews and how they response to customer’s inquiries.
- Visit their shop to see the installation process in person. Some shop just outsource this to a third party, which they have little to none quality control.
Here is what a quality job should look like