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I'm sorry to crash the party as I'm just a car owner looking for advice. Having said that there is so much knowledge here I think it's the best place to ask a few pointed questions. I bought a new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider that will be delivered tomorrow morning. It has the Rosso Competizione tri-color paint which of course is really soft, chips easily and is very difficult to match so I want to protect it properly. I've got a quote for $5,500 for a full PPF wrap including the wide carbon fiber door sills, head lights, etc. He said I can either go with SunTek Ultra or Stek*DYNOshield. The current promo includes either CQuartz Finest or Professional ceramic coating over the top at no extra cost if one does a full PPF wrap. He recommended Stek since it has a ceramic top coat built in and has more shine than any other PPF on the market. My concern is I've seen photos of a Stek PPF failing after less than a year (two cars on this forum). He said that was with an older material. Here's the thing... Stek hasn't been into the US for long. My inclination is to go with SunTek Ultra since SunTek has been around forever and has a proven track record. I've also read mixed comments on whether a ceramic coating should be applied over the top of SunTek Ultra (there's even a question whether the warranty is affected). As you know both of these PPF's have a 10 year warranty. The installer is good... he routinely details and wraps 6 figure cars and he detailed a car that went to Pebble Beach last year so I'm comfortable with him doing my car. What do you guys think? If applilying a ceramic coating over either of these PPF's isn't advised then maybe I can get him to treat the wheels and interior instead. Please give me some advice. Thanks! 

 

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At the same price point I would be inclined to go with the Suntek over the Stek for exactly the reasons you're inclined to, they have a long proven track record and they aren't likely to be going anywhere anytime soon if you ever did need to have warranty work done. I haven't tried Stek so I can't really comment about it directly. Same with top coating with a ceramic coating, I would just voice your concerns with your installer and go from there.

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55 minutes ago, highplains said:

At the same price point I would be inclined to go with the Suntek over the Stek for exactly the reasons you're inclined to, they have a long proven track record and they aren't likely to be going anywhere anytime soon if you ever did need to have warranty work done. I haven't tried Stek so I can't really comment about it directly. Same with top coating with a ceramic coating, I would just voice your concerns with your installer and go from there.

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Italian paint is pretty weak.  We did one of those Alfas with Suntek (least aggressive adhesive of all leading brands) and when the customer damaged the film on the bumper, the clearcoat separated from the paint during removal leaving a big white bubble.   

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Suntek since not only having a longer track record, but it is probably the widest used film which makes the track record more impressive.  As said above, get with your installer on doing the ceramic coating since he will be the one warranting it.  However, the ceramic coating should allow the paint protection to last longer as it is creating a barrier between it and the elements.  The few installers that I know that offer both, do this all the time.

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5 hours ago, Speed said:

Italian paint is pretty weak.  We did one of those Alfas with Suntek (least aggressive adhesive of all leading brands) and when the customer damaged the film on the bumper, the clearcoat separated from the paint during removal leaving a big white bubble.   

 

This can also happen on oem paint as well. When The bumper grazes or bumps into something it causes the paint to break from the polycarbonate. Still held in place but weaker from impact. when it comes time to peel the film it can take the paint off. 

 

This is a pretty nice car! I would do the suntek ultra. The film is super clear. I doubt you would notice the difference in clarity between the two films unless its side by side. Buying Paint protection is like a wall of TV's at a big box store. You may see a SLIGHT difference between the major brands side by side. Once you take it home it all looks the same. LOL

 

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True that blackoutauto, but this damage was far from the impact area.     Jagman, its a beautiful car and I understand your wanting to protect it.  If it were mine, I'd put several coats of wax down first before application of the film and use as little tack solution as possible during the install.  

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