As some of you may have noticed, Total Coverage vehicle wraps in XPEL paint protection have become somewhat of a signature service for us here at NWAS. We take great pride in our ability to produce near flawless, blemish-free installs, and being the first to do so with many new vehicles that come to market. When the chance arose to complete a full XPEL Stealth vehicle wrap on a brand new Maserati Ghibli, we knew it had to become something special.
As luck would have it, this Ghibli in particular is the newest sibling of a matte VentureShield wrapped Maserati MC Sportline that we completed a few years ago, so it was no surprise when the owner was ready to step up to Stealth. The car arrived in good company & looking lust-worthy as the evening sun set behind the shop.
In a mix of umber & grey tones laced with a warm medium flake, the Bronzo Siena Metallescent finish was just the type of dynamic paint color that makes a perfect candidate for an XPEL Stealth wrap. When the morning rolled around, we moved the Ghibli into the wash bay to begin prepping it for PPF installation with our standard New Car Detail package. Even the most luxurious autos need to receive the basics before something as extensive as a full vehicle wrap can be performed. A New Car Detail is the perfect introduction to some of the detailing services we offer here, and when protecting brand new vehicles like the Ghibli, it’s an essential step to ensuring the vehicle has received the most basic, primary care before installation takes place. After the 24-step hand wash was completed, we fully decontaminated the paint with a clay bar treatment & hit it with a single stage of polish to gloss it up.
Once the detail department was finished with the initial inspection & New Car Detail, our window tint installer set to work on hooking the Ghibli up with Prestige Film Technologies Spectra PhotoSync 35 all around. Spectra PhotoSync is our top-tier window tint film offering, and arguably the most advanced window tint on the market today. At 35%, the PhotoSync we installed will to offer just the right level of privacy while providing unmatched UV / IR protection for the Maserati’s beautiful blood red interior. We always recommend Spectra PhotoSync to all our clients, even over the other films we stock. When dealing with a luxury vehicle such as the Ghibli, there’s simply no substitute for the best products around!
With the Spectra PhotoSync window tint in place & fully cured out, it was time for Tim to start installation of the XPEL Stealth paint protection. The first bits to get wrapped up were the mirrors, and straight away we could tell this project was shaping up to be a looker. As far as we know, this is the first Maserati Ghibli to be completely covered in XPEL PPF, let alone Stealth, so of course a little vinyl customization would be in order to make it stand out above the rest.
As soon as the install bay opened up, it was time for some magic to happen. Tim had completed digitization of the Maserati so the rest of the larger panels were ready for cutting & application. There is little room for error when it comes to producing & installing a Total Coverage paint protection wrap, and while the Ghibli didn’t boast panels as large as a Tesla Model S, it still required quite a bit of film to complete.
Maximizing coverage is essential to a full Stealth wrap; edges must roll over and any seams need to be absolutely perfect. The smallest amount of deviation means exposed gloss paintwork will show through & ultimately the “illusion” will be lost. Every inch has to be handled with the utmost attention! Under direct lighting in the bay, the satin Stealth came to life over the Bronzo Siena Metallescent as Tim worked the paint protection into place on the front fenders.
Installing XPEL Stealth on the roof, pillars, and hood consumed quite a bit of yardage, requiring two sets of hands on deck. We’ve definitely been seeing an increase in demand & requests for XPEL Stealth this year alone, and have done our best to supply satin finishes to vehicles of every variety. It’s one of our favorite paint protection film options hands down, and it’s quickly becoming our go-to for anyone with a unique exterior color option. If it was up to us, we would probably just install a Total Coverage XPEL Stealth wraps on nearly every new car that comes through our doors!
After all the paint protection was in place, Tim set to work on wrapping up the various trim elements with Avery Dennison gloss dark blue metallic vinyl. It was a bold move to pair blue with a brown tonality like the Bronzo, but the finished look came together even better than we imagined.
A single vinyl stripe runs the length of the hood, encompassing the front trident badge on the nose, and expanding back towards the blood red cabin, creating a nice point of separation between gloss metallic and satin Stealth. The blue is carried over to the Ghibli’s snout, wrapping over the floating trim that surrounds the widemouth slatted grill & into the small slats that reach towards the headlamps. If you look closely, you can also spot a dark blue tongue inlay hiding in the shadows, adding even more depth to the top of the lower lip.
The Ghibli has been caught up in the winds of change since conception back in 1966, and while we’ll always have a soft spot for a classic V8 grand tourer, the latest incarnation is quite the looker. To bring a bit more excitement to this modern executive saloon, we also incorporated a lower pinstripe above the wrapped skirts, blue window trims, and an embossed Maserati logo under the rear stripe in the place of the deleted script badge.
While some may find the red interior to be too striking for such a fashion-forward duo-tone exterior, the color itself is specific to the Maserati logo color spectrum. We wanted the first Stealth Ghibli to be a defining example of the Trident’s newest luxury saloon, so picking an on-brand scheme that would correlate throughout the vehicle was vital to the wrap design process. The guts of the Ghibli are far from barren when it comes to accoutrement as well. While it might not boast some of the more race-centric elements of the elder MC Sportline, there is plenty of carbon & aluminum trim throughout the cabin with minimal badging to boot. It’s clean, simple, and functionally elegant.
From the backside, the Ghibli exhibits flame-surfaced body lines that are reminiscent of a close, more exotic Italian relative; accentuated by the flat Stealth finish, it becomes one of our favorite elements on the car. Maserati managed to make the Ghibli sharp in all the right places, while meshing just the right amount of voluminous curves with an otherwise sleek, low-slung composure.
We’ve been throwing around a variety of “special edition” monikers for the first satin wrapped Ghibli to spice up the debut, but it’s hard to pick a favorite with enough presence to stick. The obvious choice, it seems, would be to call it the “Ghibli Vestito Furtiva,” or Ghibli VF for short — as it’s wrapped up in a tailored suit of Stealth perfection.
Like we mentioned above, it’s been a good year for Total Coverage Stealth paint protection wraps, and even though the year is almost over, the heat is still on. If you’ve been keeping tabs on our social media channels, chances are you may have spotted a Stealth wrapped Lamborghini Huracan in-progress. We’ll have more on that later, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at another extra – Speciale Stealth debut that we’ve been keeping under wraps.
Ready to activate #StealthMode? Feel free to contact us with any inquires about installing a Total Coverage XPEL Stealth paint protection package on your personal vehicle & we’ll do our best to assist!