Paint Protection Film FAQ
“How do I care for my paint protection film?”
Complete care instructions are available at www.xpel.com/care
“Will Opticoat or cQuartz hurt the film?”
Sealants such as Opticoat and cQuartz will not hurt the film or interfere with our ULTIMATE paint protection film’s self-healing properties.
“Can/should Opti-Coat or similar coating be applied to the car before the film is installed?”
We do NOT recommend applying sealants such as Opti-Coat or cQuartz to the parts of the car that will be covered with film. The low surface energy of paint sealant products such as these will cause adhesion problems both during installation and over the life of the product. In addition, it is worth noting that there is really no benefit to applying sealant to the paint before the film, since the film will provide far more environmental protection to the paint than a sealant ever could.
“How long should I wait to apply your product if my car has been repainted?”
You will need to talk to your body shop and see what they recommend. The time will vary depending on the paint system the body shop used. In any case, the time that they recommend you should wait to wax the paint, is the same time you will need to wait to install our product.
“How does XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film heal itself?”
XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film uses a special polymer in its clear coat that flows even though it is cured. This allows the clear coat to find its natural level again after being disturbed on the surface.
“How deep of a scratch will heal?”
The clear coat is designed to heal surface scratches and common swirl marks that occur during routine washing of the car. If the scratch penetrates through the film’s clear coat, it will not heal.
“How long does it take for a scratch to heal?”
The time for a scratch to heal depends on the severity of the scratch and the ambient temperature. Minor scratches usually heal in one hour at room temperature (72°F). In warmer climates, healing time will be shorter. The healing process can be accelerated at any time by pouring hot water over the scratched area.
“How many times will the clear coat heal itself?”
With this technology, there is no limit to the number of times the clear coat can heal itself. As long as the clear coat is not penetrated it will heal over and over again.
“How long will the clear coat last?”
Depending on how the film is cared for, the clear coat can last indefinitely. Regular washing and waxing will keep the clear coat in top condition for years to come.
“How does XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film resist staining?”
The clear coat on XPEL ULTIMATE has a very low surface energy, which makes it extremely difficult for organic compounds to stick to the film. Insects, bird droppings and environmental contaminants (which would normally cause yellowing) such as road oils, exhaust smoke, and pollution can be removed during regular washing.
“What if a stain does not come off the film during normal washing?”
If ordinary car wash or soap and water will not remove a stain, there are a variety products available to do the job. In most cases simple isopropyl rubbing alcohol will remove anything on the surface of the film. In cases of more severe staining, or where something has been left on the film for a long period of time, a sparing amount of lacquer thinner can be used. Bug and tar remover available at any auto parts store is also effective. If you are unsure about the use of any other chemical on the surface of the film, please contact XPEL Support at 800-447-9928 for assistance.”
“Can I wax the film when I wax the rest of the car?”
Unlike most paint protection films on the market, XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection film can be waxed and sealed just like your paint. Though XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant is still the preferred product, Any automotive wax or sealant may be used.
“Will XPEL ULTIMATE make the paint underneath the film fade at a different rate?”
No. XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film allows UV to pass through the film and fade the paint underneath at the same rate as the exposed paint.
“Can I apply a coating on top of the film and how does it affect the self-healing feature of XPEL?”
Yes. But it’s important to note that the coating should only be applied AFTER the paint protection film is installed. The coating will not interfere with the self-healing properties of the ULTIMATE and STEALTH paint protection films.
“What can I use to clean the film with if the Film Cleaner isn’t working?”
We recommend using the film cleaner and a soft paint safe brush to clean the affected area. You may also use acetone or lacquer thinner in moderate use.
“Can I install STEALTH on aluminum or brushed metal accents on the car?”
Yes. It will not affect the color of the metal, and will add the protection you need.
“Can I use a pressure washer, and how soon after install?”
Yes. But wait 48 hours after installation and be mindful of the edges not to get too close as it could cause the edge to lift up.
“How do I wash the film? Can I use a quick detailer or detail spray?”
Yes, you may use any wash, wax, detailer, etc… that does not contain high amounts of petroleum distillates such as naphtha or kerosene. Often times, a good detail spray is all you may need.
“What is the expected life of XPEL?”
Our ULTIMATE and STEALTH films are warrantied for 10 years. This warranty covers: yellowing, staining, delaminating, cracking, peeling, bubbling, and more.
“How do you remove XPEL?”
To remove the film please see the attached diagram in the link www.xpel.com/care. You’ll want to use a steamer or heat gun and pull in an 180-degree motion.
“Will coating stealth make it shiny?”
It depends on the coating. Some may deepen the finish while others may add unwanted gloss. It depends on the coating and the install quality of the coating.
“How can I wax stealth without it looking shiny?”
We recommend using our XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant.
“How much does it cost?”
Cost varies based on location, labor rates, and installer experience. The following are general rates you could expect to find when getting a quote for protection.
- Partial Front End: 18” – 24” up the hood and fenders, full front bumper, and mirrors. This is typically $895.00 – $1,195.00.*
- Full Front End: This is the entire hood and front fenders, full front bumper, and mirrors. This is typically $1,895.00 – $2,195.00*
- Full Vehicle Wraps: This is typically every painted surface for $5,500.00 – $9,000.00*
- Rates may vary *