Hood is not cheap - the paint matching effort is even more costly. Heck just the flimsy plastic rear bumper cover will run you $1000 for the cover and another $1000 for paint matchJust out of curiosity. Does anyone know how much a new painted hood costs?
It might be best to just buy a spare hood at those prices. Or, wait and buy one off a parts car if needed and get it repainted when the time comes.
Otherwise, definitely get a hood protector protector for your hood protector. I hate it when I get dings in my hood protector.
I guess it depends where you are. I am presently in LA and had to drive over an hour to a certified 3M installer of which there are TWO listed on their website within 100 miles of New Orleans. So at first he was trying to get me for over a thousand dollars... NO WAY!Depends on where you live the roads you drive on etc. By the way $700 should get you real 3M film developed for Army helicopter blades - which is bought by the roll and cut by the install shop on a computer run plotter. They should be covering your front bumper - your hood - your mirrors and in some cases they will cut a template for the pillars driver and passenger side. $700 seems a tad high know my high end custom car shop in CA charges from $600 and up pending how much you want them to cover the $600 fee is bumper - hood and mirrors on most cars.
LOL - Even in CA the number of custom car shops that actually have plotters and do the real deal are rare today. Though still probably easier to find in CA vs LAI guess it depends where you are. I am presently in LA and had to drive over an hour to a certified 3M installer of which there are TWO listed on their website within 100 miles of New Orleans. So at first he was trying to get me for over a thousand dollars... NO WAY!
But in California for example there is a ton more competition there so the prices should be lower.
That is why I cannot wait to leave this dump and get back to California so I can have other parts of my car done.