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  1. JoshVette

    2020 Toyota Supra

    It is based off a BMW Z4 so the oversized hood is like an oversized Z4 hood. Suntek has a 72' film now for hood like that, I've used it and it is awesome. See if you can get some and you won't have those lines across the top part of the hood and it's a way easier install for oversized hood, takes the stress and stretch out of it all.
  2. You might even call around to some of your competitors and ask what they charge for a full front and full car just so you can get some ideas. Josh
  3. Are you doing it by yourself or with a crew?? Try to figure how many panels you can do per day and you'll have a better idea.
  4. adhesive removers will not remove ceramic coatings, you have to compound them off but even if you do remove it the coating will likely still be in the edges and areas you may wrap and still make the film lift.
  5. Your'e going to try this yourself and of all cars it's an M3!!! Your'e so screwed. I'm pretty experienced at installing bulk and you know what the one car is I dread doing the most....... ding ding ding, you guessed it the M3, M2, M5, M anything..... The bumper is insane. Even the headlights are difficult and most headlights are the simple part of the install. Wrapping wheel well edges is not a big deal, I do it all the time, you just need to clean them extremely well. Also if you don't get the positioning and stretch just right with those patterns you'll have no extra film to tuck into the wheel wells. My advise is to not buy anything but the headlights and start with those so you don't waste a ton of money. Once you realize how difficult the headlights are pay a professional to do the rest. You're biting off way more then you can chew on this one. If it was a Porsche or Tesla hood and fenders I'd say you might be able to do it with minimal issues but not a M3. Josh
  6. JoshVette

    PPF Thickness vs. Performance

    Funny the 3M Pro didn't look any different then the others after being blasted with rocks then any of the others they just circled less marks?? lol Also makes you wonder since everyone basically claims to be 8 mils thick how come none of them were? did they squeeze those films tighter by chance? Too many uncontrolled factors to call this a scientific test. Josh
  7. JoshVette

    Toyota ClearShield

    Pay and get the bumper covered, that's the main panel that get beat up the most.
  8. I can only speak for my Suntek rep and the region they represent but I've had very good experiences with them. They usually answer the phone or text and call back quickly. They're very good about remedying any issues I may encounter with film and they're very professional and knowledgable and keep me in the loop about things coming out. They do come out and visit every few months which is nice too. I'm not even a big shop and only buy a few rolls of film per month so it's nice to feel like they value even us small businesses. I try to give them as much feedback as I can also about anything and everything. I don't use the software too much as I bulk most everything but when I have a Porsche door with the mirror in the way, I had them make me a custom kit just for that and they saved it to my computer so that will save me a ton of time trying to trim around that mirror and I do a lot of Porsches so it's nice to have them help me like that. Josh
  9. I actually do it solo. It takes a little longer but the quality is so much higher, this whole year I've been booked out nearly 3 months and taking deposits to secure appointments.... seriously. The Suntek software is good enough and for the price, I like it since I rarely ever use it and you only pay a monthly fee and no fee per kit. DAP is like a Ferrari and TruCut is like a Corvette. 😉 My only advice is don't try to make it big before you make it small. Hiring is fine if you have the demand and are booked out far enough but once you have a dry month all that overhead is going to bite you hard. If I had my way, I'd have one helper who did a lot of prep and secondary things or small simple things and I'd do all the main installs. I have a lot of competitors around me being in the Dallas area but I don't even think about them. They do lots of volume and have crew of kids whipping cars out so fast but I've seen their work.... I don't mind spending 3 days on a car and turning out amazing results when I know the guys down the street can do it in a day. Most people think being successful equals making it big and making tons of money but that's kind of like Walmart or McDonalds, I'd rather be the 5 star restaurant or the Neiman Marcus you know. Josh
  10. I prefer Suntek over Xpel in the area of stretching and adhesive tack and optical clarity. They are close in looks but Sutek has the edge over Xpel for clarity and stretches much better for sure. You may like the stronger faster adhesive but I don't. As far as software I think Xpel has the upper hand for sure but it's way expensive for my tastes as I do mostly bulk installs so I won't see the value of it like other installers will. Pro's and Con's to both but IMO Xpels has more con's and Suntek has more pro's but if you're good with Xpel and can get good clean installs then stick to what you're good at. Don't try to fix it if it aint broke. Josh
  11. They may be using the "surface prep" to force it to stick in those joints. Still not a great idea as they will lift up over time. it's too small of a ledge to tuck and the film actually stay down. Plus if you ever have to replace it, those seems will be the first area the paint will come off.
  12. JoshVette

    Need help with Shelby GT350 R PPF

    I did a full body wrap on a black one with stripes as well and I just trimmed right down the edge. It is a pretty easy cut since that stripe gives you a perfect edge/groove to trim on.
  13. JoshVette

    2018 Porsche 911 turbo S

    I've just recently completed several wraps on new GT3RS's and they are indeed using double side tape. You can easily fix this though by using a flat pry tool and just slide it in to break the bond, do not pry with it as you can dent the thin body panel, you must slide it in and out not pry it but it will easily come off.
  14. Also the rear deck lid will have to have some seems and lines, the rest is pretty easy.
  15. First off I would not let the client decide what film to use. You should be the expert on which film you are better at using. Pick the film you feel will give you the best results and use it. Tesla M3 is a pretty simple job, you should be able to wrap it with out a kit, I would not stress over it.