Hey guys I know most of us have Starsheild already installed but for those that don't I wanted to create a thread that is hopefully helpful to those out there needing some type of paint protective film or replacing existing ones.
This thread is also going to follow the process of my car getting paint protective film applied.
Starting with a little history I bought my car back in the May '12, Phantom Black Exige with no starsheild. This put me on the fence about buying it, but it was a very clean '06 with low mi. I plastered the front end with blue painters tape for the drive home. This is about the condition I brought it home in.
protective arch was added on by me.
Once I brought it home I looked around my immediate area and found some local places. One was extreme autowerks in Cerritos, I met with the guys they had a very clean and professional shop and did great work. Unfortunately I think their prices were too high. In my opinion it seemed like I got sized up because of the car. for all around coverage just like the original starsheild I was quoted well into the 4 figures, on top of that they recommended me to have the car resprayed or at least repaired with touch up. They seemed like good guys and have the reviews to back it up but I just couldn't afford all that.
Extreme-Autowerks | Paintless Dent Removal- Car Window Tinting- Vehicle Wraps
I kept the online searches going and checked out a shop in El Monte, Impressive Wrap. Things were going good until I came across this little gem. Appearently they charged an Audi owner $2300 for a clear bra wrap and then got caught joyriding it out to Pomona. They were out.
FW: IMPRESSIVE WRAP joyrides my car, I get surprise letter/ticket weeks later!!! - BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum - E90Post.com
That left a bad taste in my mouth so I stopped the search for a few months. Until I found a local mobile installer in Long Beach, Crystal Autosheild who runs a mobile operation and has a nice turn around time. This was BIG for me since they could come to me and I dont have to leave my baby with a stranger. They also use Xpel film which is basically the industry top of the line film. I talked with Koosha and he gave me a quick demo on how it "heals" from scratches, pretty cool. He also came out to me at work and quoted me a very good price.
Crystal Auto Shield Clear Bra Paint Protection Specialist
Looking on LT, I found a local installer in Orange, TJ wallace, who has been in the game probably longer than anyone else and offers many other services such as paint chip repair and paint restoration (polishing, buff, wax) all in one. I had reseached him but alot of his work is in his past rep. Only problem was that he needs the car until Friday and I felt uncomfortable leaving it with someone I didn't really know. In the end going with Koosha from crystal autosheild would have been cheaper and more comfortable but I would have always looked at the chips underneath the film and regretted not getting everything done at once. TJ made me a great offer for everything and was ready last night so I left him the car and will check tonight how its going. pics will follow.
The Clear Bra - Paint Protection
Also anyone with experience please contribute.