Several weeks ago now I had the misfortune of seeing a lump of rock come hurtling across from the other carriageway and hitting the side of my Evora. Although it hit a part that had the factory PPF fitted it went through that and damaged the paint and glass fibre beneath. It could've been a lot worse I guess but I needed a respray and a fresh piece of PPF fitting.
A couple of photos showing the damage:-
I managed to get the panel resprayed by a company local to me who I've used on a couple of occasions previously, namely L W Smart Repairs in Alfreton and once again was very pleased with the work they did. The section of film that was damaged ran the full length of the sill and to replace it would have necessitated removal of the barge board. The replacement piece of OE film was also listed on DeRoure at £138-38 plus VAT and delivery so based on that I opted to have the existing film cut and then a small replacement section fitted.
2 more after the respray by L W Smart:-
Leigh, the owner of L W Smart Repairs recommended a company in Giltbrook for fitment of the PPF - Mint Car Enhancements - situated very near IKEA. So after some 4 weeks of the car being off the road letting the paint fully cure I yesterday took it to them to have the PPF fitted. They're generally pretty well booked up in advance but as mine was a small job they were able to fit it in with just a few days notice. Laine, the guy who did the job for me, came across as a real enthusiast and was more than happy to chat with me and show me some of the many cars he's worked on whilst working on mine (Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Astons and the like). I've tried applying small sections of PPF myself, not very successfully it has to be said, so it was a real pleasure to see an expert at work. He really did make it look so easy. The film he used was a self-healing film produced by Suntek. It's expensive stuff but impressive in that you can attack it with a wire brush and then with the application of some heat the scratches will seemingly disappear again. I needed a 0.5m square piece for mine which worked out at £90 for the film and then a very reasonable £30 labour, both plus VAT. He offered me the offcuts too in case I want to apply some local protection elsewhere, around door looks or the like.
And finally 2 photos after application of the PPF by Mint Car Enhancements:-
Apologies, the photos are only off my phone and it's not the easiest thing to get across in photos but anyway, it's a big thumbs up for Mint Car Enhancements from me, I will readily go there again
Their website is still work in progress but they have a facebook page:-