Trying to get an idea of what the going rate is for having paint protection film (aka "clear bra") installed. My research has yielded several options: - Xpel Ultimate (10-year warranty; self-healing) - DuraShield+ (7-year warranty) - Avery Nano-Fusion (7-year warranty) - 3M VentureShield (5-year warranty; yellowing not covered by warranty) From the above list I think the Xpel product is the best of the bunch, but the quotes I've received for having it applied are all north of $3,000 and as high as $7,000 for non-custom work (meaning that they apply it from pre-cut "kits" rather than making minimal cuts as required to minimize seams). Seem like a bit much for what it is, but I guess since most of the people buying it are using it on expensive cars they feel like it's OK to fleece their customers. Now I'm sure that we might get a guy who sells this stuff chiming in and telling us how a ridiculously high price like that is "justifiable"...but here's what they never seem to mention: - You could have a damaged panel repainted for less, or if you purchase a paint warranty, for free. - Typical install is 6 hours, less if a pre-cut kit is used. If they charge you $3,000 to install a pre-cut kit and they take 4 hours you are paying them $750 an hour to apply a sheet of plastic to your car. Really? - The paint covering can be damaged by tree sap, bird poop and certain waxes/polishes, requiring it to be replaced. So after paying $5K plus to "protect" your car you need to worry about protecting the protection? GTFO! - Even the new films lose clarity over time, and become yellowish or cloudy. Long warranties do not ensure that the film will not degrade or discolor; only that they may replace the film if it does. - Who else charges $750-$1000 per hour for any type of service? DC lobbyists, Brain surgeons, Wall St Investment Consultants...and....uh...oh yea, that guy who uses windex and a squeegee to apply a piece of plastic film to your car.