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ClearPlex or Not...?

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Recently bought a 2020 Huracan EVO - all wheel drive. Haven't driven much, as I had been waiting to get it 100% wrapped in Xpel and windows tinted, that's finally all done and have been able to put those first few hundred miles on it.

I'm considering putting ClearPlex on the windshield...minimal cost of around $500, no big deal. The question is to do it or not. I am completely OCD about my vehicles (wouldn;t even drive the EVO until fully wrapped to keep paint perfect). I certainly like the idea of windshield protection from rocks and road debris. Have read many negative reviews on less than perfectly clear, once you do get a few minor rock hits it dimples and looks horrible and vision through it gets worse and worse. I understand it may only "last" a couple years and then need replaced, I'm fine with that...just not sure whether to do it or not.

Any real world experience and input is appreciated.
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I just figured if my window gets chipped I will use my window insurance protect on my State Farm policy. I am OCD about my glass, has to be perfect and I would be worried it would have small imperfections is I ClearPlexed it which would drive me nuts.
 

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No idea on the install and if you can do it yourself. I know it is a tricky install as the shop that installed it the first time had to redo it the first time as they did not quite nail the install the 1st time around. Price per windshield is quoted between $500 and $600. I hope this helps.
Doesn’t sound like a DIY job, thanks.
 

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So, I finally had a chance to get DYNOflex installed. Short story? It's AWESOME. It feels like PPF, and goes on much like PPF. The forming process is ridiculously easy - granted, the windshields on Huracans are more or less flat, so there weren't many fingers to "iron out", but wow. NO heat gun required, at all - not even close. I just squeegeed to the edge, trimmed the edge with the recommended blade, and....done.
The clarity is MUCH better than ClearPlex - zero haze, and only a very, very slight waviness, in places. The hydrophobic properties are excellent. I was going to apply a ceramic coating on it, but I think the built-in ceramic layer is sufficient.
Downsides? It tears easily. I was moving it around on the slip solution to reduce the fingers, gripped an edge, and it tore about an inch straight towards the centre of the film. I almost [email protected] myself, but was able to shift the film over, so the tear was just off of the windshield, and I could trim it off the affected side. It is much softer and more pliable than ClearPlex, which is great for forming, but when you are squeegeeing, you have to have a LOT of slip solution underneath, or you risk pushing up a little crinkle in the film. It feels much softer than ClearPlex, so I don't know if that is a good or bad thing, with regards to longevity? The way I look at it, it doesn't have to last long. It's so easy to apply, I'll just do it once a year, if needed.
Once I had the film on the windshield, it was literally ten minutes - squeegee, trim the edge with a blade, squeegee the edges again, and.... done like dinner.
100% recommend it. I think even if you don't install it yourself, it is a superior product than ClearPlex - time will tell if it lasts as long.
If you are vacillating about having it done, just do it. Once installed, it is very difficult to tell it's there (and I am SUPER anal retentive about even the tiniest of flaws).
Have a great week, everyone.
That was great, thanks!
 
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That looks totally professional, great job.
 
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