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My car currently has its factory fit PPF, which looks to be fair to have done a good job.

But it is looking tired now (it is 8 years old after all) with a few chunks taken out of it, lifting in a couple of (small) places and the edges are more obvious than i would like them to be.

Has anyone removed the PPF and just gone for a ceramic coating or something like that? Does the Evora suffer badly from stone chips?

I haven't looked into it but I am guessing to replace the PPF would cost a lot of money?

Car is a daily so will see a lot of motorways but very few if any trackdays....

 

Any first hand experience?

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I wouldn’t be without the protection as it all gets a real battering. That said if you have barge boards it negates the need except for behind the rear wheels. Personally I wouldn’t be without the front bumper either or you are about 10k miles per respray. 

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It does get battered by the stone chips. Also, essential you have the headlights covered as the lacquer coating cracks with age and if you crack a lens that's £1000 to replace the unit.

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Thanks Guys, I don't mind the odd stone chip but respray at 10k sounds pretty bonkers.

Old stuff will definitely stay on over winter and I will investigate pirces locally...

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£10k would be a full strip down respray.

Front clam and sides would be nearer £2k max.

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Yep the front will get chips without the PPF.

When I first got my car (2010 S1) it had the original PPF and the edges had started to dirt in and were very obvious and looked crap so I asked for it to be taken off.  The car looked much better with out the obvious lines but yes as mentioned it picked up chips and I really regret taking the old film off and leaving it unprotected.

After about 15K road miles and 5 track days ... I have one large chip just under the badge, which started to flake off and become worse, so I really need to stabilise it at least if not fix it properly.  But otherwise there are a few smaller chips on the front bumper and the car looks used but not terrible and desperately in need of a respray.  I guess it comes down to personal preference and how close to concourse finish you like to keep your car.

I think next not the list of things to fix on the car is the front bumper paint and get a PPF.   I have barge boards on my car so the side and wheel arches are protected.

I did have my car ceramic coated and I find it really helps to keep the contaminants from damaging the clear coat and dirt just wipes away very easily with a damp cloth and the glossy shine is easily restored with out too much elbow grease. 

 

edit - I think Colin was implying 10K miles before you get enough paint damage that you need to respray the car.   Not £10K for the cost of a respray. 

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56 minutes ago, electro_boy said:

 

edit - I think Colin was implying 10K miles before you get enough paint damage that you need to respray the car.   Not £10K for the cost of a respray. 

Yep that’s what i meant but the front bumper only.  My S1 I sold with 24k miles and the front bumper had been resprayed twice. I got it ppf’d after the second respray. My 400 had ppf from new and is unblemished at 21k miles, although there are a couple of marks in the ppf. 
 

I did the headlights on both too. 
 

im a fussy bugger though. 

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Thanks all. I have never had PPF on any cars before and never felt I needed a respray but it appears the Evora suffers badly from stone chips.  

10k miles I would expect one or 2 chips but certainly not enough to need a respray. 

PPF it is!

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As you’re local to me, you are very welcome to pop over and have a gander at my car and see the damage it’s had in 2 years and ~15k miles and make a judgement. 
 

Also out of interest what would be a ball park figure to get ppf on the front bumper? 

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59 minutes ago, electro_boy said:

 

Also out of interest what would be a ball park figure to get ppf on the front bumper? 

£2-300


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7 hours ago, electro_boy said:

As you’re local to me, you are very welcome to pop over and have a gander at my car and see the damage it’s had in 2 years and ~15k miles and make a judgement. 
 

Also out of interest what would be a ball park figure to get ppf on the front bumper? 

Top plan! Thank you. 

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Thanks Colin, for that price it’s a no brainier to get PPF. Even more annoyed at my self for removing the old film and bit getting new one out on! Doh! Oh well live and learn!  

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I went for full front PPF from delivery and I have not regretted it, it's well worth the cost.  I've had a couple of sections replaced due to them having done their job and me being fussy, but I've no doubt that the film has saved the paint from quite a few unsightly blemishes.  The only downside is the gaps between the sections, as they tend to gather dirt, which is especially noticeable on a white car, but I'd rather put up with a bit more effort at wash time than chipped paint.

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20 hours ago, Colin P said:

Yep that’s what i meant but the front bumper only.  My S1 I sold with 24k miles and the front bumper had been resprayed twice. I got it ppf’d after the second respray. My 400 had ppf from new and is unblemished at 21k miles, although there are a couple of marks in the ppf. 
 

I did the headlights on both too. 
 

im a fussy bugger though. 

Oops, flipping idiot I am, I realised this morning that I forgot the miles already on the S1 when I bought it. Sold at 44K miles, so a front bumper respray every 20K miles, not 10K  :blush:

Worth saying that there is a member on here who has a rather large "flap" of PPF hanging off his front where he got hit by a brick from a skip lorry. Paint underneath unmarked, but it does need the PPF replacing. It's a job for the winter he says (though he said that last year too :)). I suspect that the PPF not only saved the paint, but probably a crack or hole in the bumper too.

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