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Definitely an untapped market here in the uk. I would love to be able to buy precut paint protection film (ppf) for the door mirrors and the front bumper. I can always do my own for the mirrors but the bumper is more difficult. Especially for the black accents. It would be even better if there was ppf for the piano black around the centre console. Seems much more popular in the US. Has anyone come across any in the UK that aren’t an arm and a leg. 

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Hi, I had the front bumper of my Corolla TREK done in PPF as well as the upper part of the rear bumper below tailgate, and rear door shuts. When you see it done professionally, I'm not sure how easy a  DIY job would be. Although that as always comes down to individual skills. My car was in the workshop a couple of days to be done. Much of the time was down to drying in a heated area.

The templates do exist as the workshop that did mine had numerous car patterns including Corolla on a computer application, which was attached to a cutter which pre cut the front bumper and front area where Toyota logo is. The other parts were hand cut as they were smaller areas at my request. I did the load area of rear bumper as that is where I often get marks from loading/unloading, changing my boots etc. I think that protective PPF area on rear bumper is available pre cut from Toyota for the Corolla. The rear door checks from previous experience of dog getting in/out rear hammock.

If it hadn't been for cost I would have done full rear bumper. The centre console is a great idea, as it easily marks, and if I'd known might have done that. That might be the easier bit to do DIY as less chance of contamination while applying if you can't do indoors.

It certainly seems to work in protecting areas its applied to. Check ebay or call a specialist as they may be wiling to supply the pre cut PPF from their software application.

The piano black area on bumper, I'm sure was also covered by the pre cut pattern. I should add the TREK is slightly different on bumpers and the pre cut PPF was modified slightly (cut down) to allow for additional plastic trim surround. No specific pre cut at that time for TREK edition

 

 

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From what I see online there aren’t many places to buy the quality ppf from apart from eBay. I did the wing mirrors today but it was too cold to be honest even in the garage. I have the piano black at the front under the number plate (vacant remember if they all do) and I know from experience it’s going to get a hammering from motorway driving so I would really like to protect it. As you said I may just have a ring around and see if anywhere has templates. 

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PPF is very expensive because of the labour that goes into it. On top of that a meter of material costs around 100 EUR at the wholesaler, which is a lot more expensive than any other regular vinyl. PPF is usually thicker hence harder to work with. 

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11 hours ago, pmf said:

Hi, I had the front bumper of my Corolla TREK done in PPF as well as the upper part of the rear bumper below tailgate, and rear door shuts. When you see it done professionally, I'm not sure how easy a  DIY job would be. Although that as always comes down to individual skills. My car was in the workshop a couple of days to be done. Much of the time was down to drying in a heated area.

The templates do exist as the workshop that did mine had numerous car patterns including Corolla on a computer application, which was attached to a cutter which pre cut the front bumper and front area where Toyota logo is. The other parts were hand cut as they were smaller areas at my request. I did the load area of rear bumper as that is where I often get marks from loading/unloading, changing my boots etc. I think that protective PPF area on rear bumper is available pre cut from Toyota for the Corolla. The rear door checks from previous experience of dog getting in/out rear hammock.

If it hadn't been for cost I would have done full rear bumper. The centre console is a great idea, as it easily marks, and if I'd known might have done that. That might be the easier bit to do DIY as less chance of contamination while applying if you can't do indoors.

It certainly seems to work in protecting areas its applied to. Check ebay or call a specialist as they may be wiling to supply the pre cut PPF from their software application.

The piano black area on bumper, I'm sure was also covered by the pre cut pattern. I should add the TREK is slightly different on bumpers and the pre cut PPF was modified slightly (cut down) to allow for additional plastic trim surround. No specific pre cut at that time for TREK edition

 

 

How much did that cost you?

 

wondering whether to do it

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I was a little over £300 for the work I had carried out. However I was fortunate as he had an off cuf for the rear bumper and I paid less on material costs because of that. I think basically for full bumper it would be around 200/250 each. Hence my reluctance to fully do rear as well. Cost aside, I would have done both. There are quite a lot of parts for the front bumper covering right up to the bonnet. Good quality PPF also apparently self heals above certain temperature so very minor abrasions such as swirls, surface level scratches heal. My previous Auris TS suffered from loads of stone chips on front bumper, so I chose to do that fully and just what I felt was most vulnerable part of rear re loading/unloading. I also have the Toyota rubber protector strip on rear bumper lip. He removed that fitted PPF then placed back over PPF. He also then treated the PPF to ensure that water beaded on PPF the same as polished bodywork.

I'm sure he sent me a couple of short clip videos of car being done, I'll try and find them and post. The car was sat in heated area at 26°C to properly dry. 

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