I finally took my car in today for some protective & preventative mods, plus the one playful mod that I wanted to try. I ended up doing more than I originally planned, since I plan to keep this car for some time, & wanted to get it protected from the harsh Southern Arizona environment & such as much as possible. Only the release of an authentic Toyota TNGA Yaris SE/XSE hatchback in the U.S. will tempt me away from this girl - and I won't hold my breath on that one.
(1) Tinted FULL front inside windshield with 3M Crystalline grade 70% tint. This stuff blocks the incoming windshield heat & UV to such a degree that my automatic climate control system has the fan blowing on low settings at 110+ degree temperatures outside. It is barely darker than untinted & outside visibility is unchanged.
(2) Had a 3M clear bra put on headlights to protect them from ever hazing/pitting/scratching or otherwise not looking clear & new. I had this on my 2015 Yaris, & was very happy with the performance of it. It has a 10 year warranty to not discolor or otherwise degrade in any noticeable way.
(3) Had the "full frontal" Suntek Ultra Paint Protection UV/Scratch/Chip film package applied, which covers the full hood, side mirrors, & front bumper painted areas. It also has a 10 year warranty to not discolor or otherwise degrade in any noticeable way. It really is invisible unless you are actively looking for it on the car.
(4) Decided to try the surgical front 3M vinyl wrap experiment that I mentioned in other posts, to break up the long horizontal front dark-gray grill/housing area of the SE/XSE sedan. I was going to go with white, but decided to try a sporty 'SE red' to match the rear SE badging color, just for the fun of it. I may switch to white later on down the road to give that a try. I'm sure white will give it a more conservative/traditional pulled-together front fascia look & vibe. It's also easy enough to remove if I ever want to get back to the normal factory look.
NOTE: The side & rear windows were already tinted by dealership with Suntek CXP tint, so I am sticking with that.
So, here is a pic of the modified front fascia of the car after the small vinyl grill/housing project idea that I had was installed yesterday. I like how it breaks up the giant gaping dark-gray/black front maw of the stock/factory SE/XSE sedan appearance.
Should I stick with 'SE/XSE badge red' up front, or switch it to a white that closely matches the color of the paint?
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Can you tell me where you got the Paint protection done and do you mind letting me know what the cost should be for our cars?