Paint Protection Film Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can the clear paint protection film be removed?  Yes. The protection film is designed as a semi-permanent application, but can easily be removed if desired from any OEM painted surface. For removal of the film, simply heat the surface to approximately 150°F and begin by working a corner of the film with your fingernail. After you have enough film to hold onto, pull the film slowly away from the surface. If any adhesive remains, simply use any adhesive cleaner that is safe for the surface and wipe clean with a soft cloth. If any sections are known to have been repainted, extreme caution should be taken on those areas during removal.
2. Can I see a line where the film stops?  A slight line is barely visible at certain angles where the protection film stops.
3. How hard is it to see the paint protection film after it is applied?  The film is over 99.5% clear. On any color darker than bright white, you can’t see the film. On a stark white car, you can see less than 0.5% of color, which is from the adhesive. So, it is practically invisible.
4. How long will it last, when will I have to replace it?  The Xpel Film as a limited lifetime warranty to the original consumer. Frequent washing and application of high quality automotive spray waxes similar to the care of your car’s painted surface is recommended.
5. Will the paint fade differently under the paint protection film than the rest of the car?  No. The protective film’s material contains UV inhibitors to prevent the protective film from reacting to the sun’s rays, but still allows a certain amount to filter through the material and onto the surface to let the paint “age” with the rest of the vehicle.
6. What if I go through a car wash, or have the car waxed? You can do anything to the material that you normally do to a car’s finish. Frequent washing and waxing will only prolong and enhance the beauty of the product. Yes, the material will accept wax and polishes just as the paint does and will last longer with regular applications.
7. What if I encounter wax build-up around the edges?  Use a soft, damp cloth, Q-tip, or soft brush to remove any wax build-up that may occur around the paint protection film.
8. Will it really stop rocks from chipping the car?  Yes. The material was originally designed to stop chips on rotor blades and airplane propellers. It is much easier for the product to protect your vehicle’s paint than a propeller moving at nearly the speed of sound.
9. What does the warranty cover?  The premium Xpel paint protection film product is warranted to be free of defects in manufacturing and workmanship, and will resist yellowing and cracking resulting from UV exposure. Limitation of remedies and liabilities are solely restricted to the original purchaser.
10. What should I consider when installing film on repainted surfaces?  Repainted surfaces can be a touchy subject as it is not as durable as the factory finish. Factory finishes are baked onto the surface at 350+ degrees which allows a much harder surface and better cohesion bond. Repainted surfaces can be baked only at 150 degrees to prevent damage to the vehicles components and therefore the surface can be more susceptible to lifting, however, if it is a quality job then the burden of concern should not be so much.