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      08-01-2020, 11:36 PM   #1
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I had my mind set on getting the full car PPF done on the X5M before I even picked it up. After debating some options, I decided to go with Xpel Stealth satin finish PPF. I checked some photos of MBB M5 with Xpel Stealth and really liked the finish, plus it's still a smooth film so very easy to maintain (unlike matte/satin paint).

It took my detailer a little over a month to get it done completely. Besides Xpel, he also applied CQuartz Finest ceramic coating on the whole car and wheels. I got IND color-matched reflectors installed too. The gloss black trims are wrapped by regular Xpel Ultimate Plus, to provide a little contrast.

Reason for it taking so long is because:
1) the detailer is only a 2-man team, and for whatever reason people all decided to get PPF on their cars during COVID-19;
2) the X5M being brand new, Xpel didn't have the correct pattern in their system. My guy only got template for the front and had to hand wrap the entire back side.

The end result is amazing! It kept the "pop" in MBB color and added some depth with the satin finish and appears to be "bluer" in direct sunlight due to less reflection from the paint. I will let the pictures speak of themselves...
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A couple more comments:

My detailer complained about it's super difficult to wrap the rear spoiler. He had to do two pieces (with a tiny seam in between) in the end.

He also couldn't wrap the door handle in one piece. Ended up using black wrap instead.
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That looks amazing. I could see that the pop is still there but more subtle. I prefer the gloss version but this is def. more unique on the road.

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Gorgeous car!! Enjoy in good health and many happy miles!!
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That looks amazing. I could see that the pop is still there but more subtle. I prefer the gloss version but this is def. more unique on the road.

Alan
Yeah I like the MBB color as is too. The PPF is really just trying something different. I need to wrap the whole car anyway so figure I will give Stealth a try.
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Sooo nice!
Thanks! I've read your post on your Frozen MBB M5 ED when I was debating matte vs gloss PPF. Really liked how muted and non-reflective Frozen MBB is! Helped me make the decision PPF ain't factory paint quality but I think the result is close to what I've imagined.
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Looks really good and is def different. I'm more of a gloss guy but I like it. Nice choice with the CQuartz also, I love their professional and finest Reserve.
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I had my mind set on getting the full car PPF done on the X5M before I even picked it up. After debating some options, I decided to go with Xpel Stealth satin finish PPF. I checked some photos of MBB M5 with Xpel Stealth and really liked the finish, plus it's still a smooth film so very easy to maintain (unlike matte/satin paint).

It took my detailer a little over a month to get it done completely. Besides Xpel, he also applied CQuartz Finest ceramic coating on the whole car and wheels. I got IND color-matched reflectors installed too. The gloss black trims are wrapped by regular Xpel Ultimate Plus, to provide a little contrast.

Reason for it taking so long is because:
1) the detailer is only a 2-man team, and for whatever reason people all decided to get PPF on their cars during COVID-19;
2) the X5M being brand new, Xpel didn't have the correct pattern in their system. My guy only got template for the front and had to hand wrap the entire back side.

The end result is amazing! It kept the "pop" in MBB color and added some depth with the satin finish and appears to be "bluer" in direct sunlight due to less reflection from the paint. I will let the pictures speak of themselves...
Absolutelly amazing 👍👍👍👍
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I had my mind set on getting the full car PPF done on the X5M before I even picked it up. After debating some options, I decided to go with Xpel Stealth satin finish PPF. I checked some photos of MBB M5 with Xpel Stealth and really liked the finish, plus it's still a smooth film so very easy to maintain (unlike matte/satin paint).

It took my detailer a little over a month to get it done completely. Besides Xpel, he also applied CQuartz Finest ceramic coating on the whole car and wheels. I got IND color-matched reflectors installed too. The gloss black trims are wrapped by regular Xpel Ultimate Plus, to provide a little contrast.

Reason for it taking so long is because:
1) the detailer is only a 2-man team, and for whatever reason people all decided to get PPF on their cars during COVID-19;
2) the X5M being brand new, Xpel didn't have the correct pattern in their system. My guy only got template for the front and had to hand wrap the entire back side.

The end result is amazing! It kept the "pop" in MBB color and added some depth with the satin finish and appears to be "bluer" in direct sunlight due to less reflection from the paint. I will let the pictures speak of themselves...
Man, first of congrats on a awesome build, and enjoy in good health.
Second, thanks for making my life easier as this is exactly what I'm planning to do with mine and could never find someone who has done it to see how it actually looks on this car vs other cars like the M5. Absolutely amazing and now I can't wait for mine.
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Looks great, congratulations. The black door handles actually looks pretty good in black... goes with the rest of the motif.
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Wow! That really looks fantastic! Nice build and beautiful job. I like both gloss and matte. I love how your car looks without the PITA dealing with matte paint and chips/resprays/washing
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This is absolutely incredible! MBB is already a great color, and seeing a frozen variant through PPF really makes it come alive.

Could you let us know what this ended up costing?
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Man, first of congrats on a awesome build, and enjoy in good health.
Second, thanks for making my life easier as this is exactly what I'm planning to do with mine and could never find someone who has done it to see how it actually looks on this car vs other cars like the M5. Absolutely amazing and now I can't wait for mine.
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Glad I can help! I mainly looked at Frozen MBB M5 before I made the decision. Had to use some imagination on how that would translate to the bigger SUV. It turned out great
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Looks great, congratulations. The black door handles actually looks pretty good in black... goes with the rest of the motif.
My detailer said he showed it to couple people and asked for their thoughts on the door handle, since it's not my original plan. Everyone liked it and thought that it should come in black from factory.
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This is absolutely incredible! MBB is already a great color, and seeing a frozen variant through PPF really makes it come alive.

Could you let us know what this ended up costing?
Total with tax a bit over $8K. Keep in mind I'm in a town where there's no competition. The next closest detailer is 2 hours away (and the quote was similar). I got a quote from a St. Louis shop for less than $6K for Xpel Ultimate Plus, but it's too far.
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Total with tax a bit over $8K. Keep in mind I'm in a town where there's no competition. The next closest detailer is 2 hours away (and the quote was similar). I got a quote from a St. Louis shop for less than $6K for Xpel Ultimate Plus, but it's too far.
8k is a proper price. I paid 7k, but for a smaller car (X3M).
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