What is Paint Protection Film (PPF)?

PPF is Polyurethane film that is applied to a vehicle to protect it from stone chops, bird/bug droppings, swirl marks, light scuffs, key mark vandalism and other road debris that can damage the paint of your vehicle. Most frequently this film is applied to the entire vehicle but we can also apply it on the front end only as well as any other painted areas that you wish to.

What is the XPEL Ultimate film warranty?

XPEL Technologies Corp. warrants XPEL Protection Film – ULTIMATE to be free of any manufacturing or workmanship defects for ten (10) years from the date of purchase. The warranty does not cover damage to XPEL Protection Film – ULTIMATE caused by erroneous application, accidents or collisions, intentional misuse or ordinary wear, nor damage, dents or chips to the protected surface or film caused by impact of rocks or any other debris. XPEL will replace any film that does not meet this warranty. The replacement of damaged film is the exclusive remedy; liability does not extend to any other damages, incidental, consequential or otherwise.

Can Paint Protection Film be used on headlights?

Yes it can but some car manufacturers apply a coating over the headlights which can be damaged if the PPF is removed from the headlights. Covering the headlights is a no cost option to the customer on all our packages.

What are the benefits of having PPF on my vehicle?

The primary objective is to protect your vehicle from the elements. Whilst it will not stop a large stone from high speed damaging your vehicle, it will keep it protected from general stone chips and everyday life. This is good news for aesthetic reasons and aids the value of your vehicle by keeping it original and as new as possible. If the PPF remains undamaged, the paint beneath will look good as new if you ever decide to remove the film.

Can I remove the PPF and should I worry about the paint being damaged?

The answer to this should be a simple No. Most factory paint jobs are properly cured and prepped in most cases and extremely rare to have any issues with paint damage and it is extremely rare that paint work is damaged when removing the PPF.

Does Paint Protection Film resist yellowing?

Our PPF will not yellow or crack for 10 years after installation. XPEL Protection Film – ULTIMATE is a very low surface energy film designed to resist staining and offers superior environmental resistance and gloss retention. The clear coat employs special elastomeric polymers that allow scratches in the surface to “heal” over time, eliminating the need for frequent polishing to maintain a just installed appearance.

Can I wax Paint Protection Film?

Yes, but take extra care not to build up wax against the edges of the film. Do not polish or used any chemical which are abrasive.

Can I use detailing clay on the film?

Yes. The process is the same as with regular paint: wet the surface with a lubricant such as soapy water and then gently rub the surface with the clay bar. For stubborn insect, bird dropping, or hard water stains, use Simple Green as the lubricant for the detailing clay.]

Can XPEL film be applied to Chrome?

Any of our films can be installed on Chrome, though the finish will look slightly different than if left unprotected.  We recommend having your installer apply a small swatch to the desired surface so you can see what it looks like before deciding.

Will XPEL ULTIMATE yellow over time?

XPEL ULTIMATE is warrantied for 10 years against a range of issues including yellowing.  More information about the warranty can be found here at http://www.xpel.com/xpel-protection-film-warranty/

How deep of a scratch can film still heal?

The clear coat is the self-healing layer and is approximately 13 microns thick.  If that layer is penetrated, the film will not heal.

Can I use a pressure washer, and how soon after install?

Yes, pressure washers can be used on XPEL paint protection films, provided the film has completely dried after installation (typically 48 hours) and provided the high-pressure water is not pointed directly at the edges of the film.

Will removing the film harm the vehicles paint, once removed?

It is highly unlikely for paint protection film to harm OEM paint.  Paint systems used on modern assembly lines today produce a minimum bond strength of 16 MPa and maximum of 25 MPa between the panel and the paint depending on color, iridescence and the system used.  Our film’s bond to the painted surface at normal state (immediately following installation) is .0753 MPa. Even after years of heat and sun, the bond between the film and the paint increases to only 0.17 MPa.  What that means is in the absolute worst case scenario, the bond of factory paint to the panel is over 94 times stronger than the bond of our film to the paint.  In the best case, the paint is 332 times stronger.

That being said, it is still recommended to have a professional remove the film in accordance with our published guidelines.

How do I wash the film, can I use a quick detailer or detail spray?

You may use any standard car wash soap, rinse free car wash, or detail spray to clean the film, provided that the product does not contain more than 5% naphtha or kerosene.

Can XPEL be applied over a vehicle that has had paint touch ups?

Yes. Though you can install the film over any quality of touch-up, the best possible appearance will be obtained if the touched up area has been color-sanded smooth and buffed after the application of the paint.