PAINT PROTECTION FILM: WHAT TO CONSIDER?
When choosing a Paint Protection Film for your specific needs, what should you consider or ask the installer:
How thick is Paint Protection Film film? The accepted norm is between 140 and 200 microns, XPEL’s range of Paint Protection Film are between 198 and 205 microns thick. OEM films fitted at the Factory is 400 Microns;
Do not be fooled by people who sell you ‘Clear Vinyl’, this is NOT PolyUrethane Paint Protection film. Vinyl is plastic and can be anything from 40 to 60 microns thick and will not a) Protect your car against Stone Chips & scratches and will only last you 1 to 2 years.
How elastic is the film? The more elastic the film feels the more it will be able to absorb impact, the harder the film, the more likely it is to peel when picking up debris?
Does the dealer provide you with true computer generated pre-cut kits?Research the brand thoroughly, XPEL is an established International brand, the in the past few months there has been many new entrants into the market, and dealers go for the cheaper option films that they have not necessarily thoroughly tested over time.
CPP tests any film over a period of a year to check for its ability to give you true protection from day to day use, yellow, not fade (become matt).
What method of application does the installer use? A Heat Gun is generally used with Vinyl (plastic) wrap applications but NOT recommended on PolyUrethane Paint Protection films, except for drying edges. If an installer tells you they use a heat gun, stay away, as incorrect usage can also bond the glue to the paint work, which will cause a massive issue when you one day decide to remove the film.
The reason for this is that it hardens the film and affects it’s ability to absorb impact and can leave unsightly stretch marks.
Do not be fooled by ‘Life Time Warranties’ this is generally 7 years when you read the fine print.
XPEL Ultimate and XPEL Stealth also carries a 10 Year Warranty in SA.
Cheaper PolyUrethane Paint Protection films are developed and manufactured in the far east, where the climate conditions are either, colder, more humid and not as dusty.
South Africa tends to have warms day and cold night temperatures in parts and this is where a good, great or poor Paint Protection Film will either withstand yellowing or not.
Paint Protection films consist out our 3 key elements, the glue layer, the PolyUrethane Layer (which will protect your car or not) and the top layer.
The top layer typical protects the PolyUrethane from contracting/absorbing contamination, discoloration and will also give a film it Self healing or determine it’s scratch resistance. All three of these elements make for a poor, good or great PPF.