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So I saw some advertising for a 'clear bra' kind of front end protection. It covers all non-glass surfaces in front of the doors-- the fenders, the hood and scoop, the nose, etc., plus the front facing housing of the rear view mirrors. It's custom laser cut for many vehicles and including the I-Pace, and I decided to look into it.

They linked to a local service shop that is their outlet, and I got them to install that PPF and also a ceramic coating all around.

They've been sending me short videos during the phases of the install, and it looks very good in the shop lights. High gloss and very reflective. I'll pick it up tomorrow morning and I'm excited to see it in daylight.
 

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What brand of ceramic coating? How many layers?
The good news is that the I-Pace does have a template for the PPF. It helps a lot for how it fits on the car
 

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I really want to do this ... it almost seems like the plastic bumper on my car does not have any clear coat on top of the paint, which makes the dirt kinda stick.

Please share more info on this, and is there anyone in the Bay Area that can recommend a shop for this sort of thing?
 

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I used Transparent Bra / JG Audio & Alarm in Berkeley to install 3m Pro PPF for all the leading edges + rear bumper. They did great work, and managed to get it done in a day. For some reason their website isn't loading for me, but they have a Facebook page. Looks good, and definitely helped on my trip to AZ for Christmas.
 

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I really want to do this ... it almost seems like the plastic bumper on my car does not have any clear coat on top of the paint, which makes the dirt kinda stick.

Please share more info on this, and is there anyone in the Bay Area that can recommend a shop for this sort of thing?
This particular paint protection film is from XPEL, and their authorized installers can be searched at their web page, here: XPEL Clear Bra Installers | United States | Florida

Ceramic coatings can be done by any shop, I imagine.
 

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What brand of ceramic coating? How many layers?
The good news is that the I-Pace does have a template for the PPF. It helps a lot for how it fits on the car
I'll get the ceramic information tomorrow on pickup. For some reason I think it was 3 layers, but IDK.

Edited to add: The ceramic coating is an igl product (find at iglcoatingsusa.com). It is apparently a Cambodian company or product, originally. (Wha?)

It was one or maybe two layers. The representative told me the idea that a whole lot of layers was better was just a marketing myth made popular by the Ceramic Pro line of products. He said the solvents that make up most of the liquid don't bond to themselves, and the extra layers end up being rejected by the first layers (not adding to them).

Is he right? No idea. He used to do work for the Lambo dealer exclusively before getting his own shop, and was working on a 2020 Lambo Aventador 2020 Lamborghini Aventador Review, Pricing, and Specs when I picked mine up. A little amusing gossip from him was that Lambo ships with a lot of needed paint corrections, a slight shock to hear considering the very premium cost!
 

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It's a very good idea to get PPF & Ceramic Coating.
For those that purchased their car, I would get a 5 year coating to protect the paint as long as possible.
PPF is also very important to prevent rock chips and scratches. The more places you put the PPF, the better

I would caution against using Ceramic Pro (most commonly used). It doesn't last as long as Other brands.
When you see it has a warranty, it usually means the installer will just put a lighter coat (Sport coat) as protection.
Also any qoute you get must include the proper paint correction stages. A Ceramic Coating is a sacrificial layer, but the paint underneath must be as close to perfect as possible. This portion is what can change the price so dramatically
 

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It's a very good idea to get PPF & Ceramic Coating.
For those that purchased their car, I would get a 5 year coating to protect the paint as long as possible.
PPF is also very important to prevent rock chips and scratches. The more places you put the PPF, the better

I would caution against using Ceramic Pro (most commonly used). It doesn't last as long as Other brands.
When you see it has a warranty, it usually means the installer will just put a lighter coat (Sport coat) as protection.
Also any qoute you get must include the proper paint correction stages. A Ceramic Coating is a sacrificial layer, but the paint underneath must be as close to perfect as possible. This portion is what can change the price so dramatically
I was quoted the ceramic coating without their seeing the car or how much paint correction they'd have to do.

However, he did ask the model year and how it looked in general. (And a low mileage 2019 looked good to my eye.) He did later say they had to do 'a lot of' paint correction when I picked it up, but the charge remained the same for that part of the service.
 

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I was quoted the ceramic coating without their seeing the car or how much paint correction they'd have to do.

However, he did ask the model year and how it looked in general. (And a low mileage 2019 looked good to my eye.) He did later say they had to do 'a lot of' paint correction when I picked it up, but the charge remained the same for that part of the service.
Even new off the lot with no miles will need pain correction. Our paint is very soft so just the dealer washing it will cause marring. I wont let the dealer wash my car, ever

Glad it all worked out. Do you notice a difference in the look? Ceramic coating looks different to a wax. Wax is warmer, not as synthetic looking. I personally love how ceramic looks

Please post pictures
 

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I really want to do this ... it almost seems like the plastic bumper on my car does not have any clear coat on top of the paint, which makes the dirt kinda stick.

Please share more info on this, and is there anyone in the Bay Area that can recommend a shop for this sort of thing?
If you are primarily interested in getting the surface to be much easier to clean and resistant to swirl marks, you can use a ceramic coating. You can even do this yourself if you are confident that you will be very diligent in following the application guidelines. I did this myself on the I-Pace and took a good part of the day working through the steps properly.

The only real hazard is if you get careless. If you put on too much and let it dry too long before buffing it off, it can result in a haze that has to be buffed off (like the Lexus dealer's installer did with my wife's Lexus!). I used GTechniq Crystal Serum Light along with their EXO hydrophobic coating and have been very pleased with the results. The total cost for the those liquids was about $170, but I got the 50ml bottle so I wouldn't worry about running out and ended up using some on the wheels too.

On my 911S I went to the expense of getting full-body Suntek Ultra self-healing PPF, which is comparable to Xpel's top-of-the-line product although I find the Suntek surface finish to be more glassy. My PPF installer also finds it easier to work. It is excellent at making bugs etc come off easily and on the chance a swirl or light scratch gets on its surface (without breaking through), just putting the car in the warmth of the sunlight or careful use of a heat gun will heal it.

I've never understood doing both since the much more-expensive PPF (if fully body) is already virtually scratch proof by its self-healing nature and is super easy to clean. If you have concerns about rock chips then PPF will protect the paint much better but can get nicked beyond self-healing limits. I could see doing a mix with PPF on the forward facing surfaces and ceramic elsewhere... but to each their own.
 
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