Most customers install this kit themselves. Some experience with PPF installation is helpful, but not necessary.
Installation time: 8-12 hours
Recommended Temperature: 65°F – 75°F
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Whew, I'm so glad that I've accomplished this DIY Front PPF kit installation. Couldn't have done it without all of the great tutorial videos at courses.tesbros.com; the TESBROS DIY PPF Course Facebook group, the practice kit, and of course the great kit from Tesbros. Packaging and all of the included materials are great. It's perfect that all of the tutorials use exactly those same materials: solutions, bottles, squeegees, microfiber cloths, etc. On the day before, I removed my Tesbros front mudflats and cleaned those areas especially well. All together it took me about nine hours yesterday to do everything including the preparation steps and then working through it piece by piece. I started early yesterday morning while it was cool outside. I worked slowly with the tutorials on a laptop nearby for a refresher and carefully using lots of slip solution to make sure I could still move the pieces around as needed. I ended up using the standard slip solution formula of 5ml of soap. I did try it once with 6ml during the practice kit steps, but then the vertical PPF pieces were sliding down the fender. Really, installing all of the PPF pieces went pretty well. The job of seaming - putting two pieces together edge to edge - was the most painstaking aspect. I think I did pretty well at it, not perfect. Time will tell. After I did the two fenders I still had time in the morning to do the hood PPF. It was the easiest piece of the whole kit and looks great! Then took a lunch break before starting on the bumper. After bumper piece A I went back to the hood to turn down the edges which worked great. The bumper is complex and has some big pieces like the hood PPF -- my wife was a great help getting those carefully in place without them touching anything else. Then after doing the bumper I finished with the two mirrors. I'd previously used the Tesbros headlight PPF kit so didn't need to do those again. Whew - success! I used two additional things that helped a lot. We had two 4'*8' tables that I put together as one workbench to let me spread out all of the big PPF pieces. That was a big help. Also, lighting is critical and not very good for super detailed work in my garage. So I bought a bright LED work light (4500 lumen) that really let me do the work and was great for examining pieces for bubbles, etc. See photo attached. See my photos below that capture some of the process. and my celebrations on completion! Yep, I toasted my success with a Buoy Beer from Astoria, Oregon.
I wasn’t able to use my kit as soon as it arrived due to a busy work schedule. I did open the box and was impressed with the care and quality of the contents and packaging. I was a little intimidated by the idea of doing this all myself but still confident enough to give it a try. My confidence was further boosted by knowing that the kit is fully refundable as long as I only opened the practice kit. Eventually I found time to binge watch the tutorial videos. These videos are extremely thorough and helped me to feel ready to give it a try after a single view. It was awesome to see that even the expert makes mistakes and these mistakes are easily resolved. The only criticism that I have for the tutorial videos is that it is sometimes difficult to see the PPF after it has been smoothed. Maybe one day you could reshoot the videos using a tinted PPF that would be easier to see in the video. The next day I was excited to get started with the practice kit. I knew that it wouldn’t go as smoothly as the video but I was confident that I was prepared for my first attempt. WOW! This really is as easy as it looks. If you follow the step-by-step instructions it’s a piece of cake. I obviously wasn’t as fast as the expert, but the finished product is something that I am very proud of. I was skeptical about the necessity of PPF until my wife talked me into it, now I’m looking forward to buying more fancy stickers for my new car.