If you’ve invested in paint protection film, we salute you! It’s money well spent on any vehicle. Sure, we welcome many high-end supercars to our premises in North Hampshire, close to Hook & Basingstoke. But, it’s not always the vroom, vroom, vroom of Ferraris and Porsches. In fact, we have many clients who want to invest in PPF installation on their daily driver.
Paint protection film is the only true solution to keep your paintwork safe from impact damage. That damage may come from stones or other flying debris as you test the legs of your weekend toy. Or it may be scratches caused by hedges on narrow country roads as you ferry the kids to school. Your vehicle even needs protection when it’s stationary. Car park spaces are definitely getting tighter, and side scratches seem more frequent in the supermarket car park.
At PPF On my Car, part of Auto Curators, we are proud to offer our clients the best paint protection film in the business, Xpel Ultimate Plus. This product comes with a 10-year guarantee against yellowing, staining, cracking, blistering and delaminating. But, to ensure that you keep your installed paint protection film in tip-top condition, we recommend particular PPF aftercare. Read on to discover more.
Paint Protection Film – After your PPF Installation
Washing your car:
When your vehicle leaves our premises in North Hampshire, close to Hook & Basingstoke, following PPF Installation, we know it will be tempting to show it off on your driveway. This may mean a longing to carry out the regular Sunday wash. But, we ask our clients to refrain from washing their cars for seven days following a PPF installation.
After that, it’s safe to wash your car, with a couple of caveats.
- Avoid pressure washing close to the exposed film edges.
- Always stay at least 36” away.
Remember the Xpel warranty does not cover damage caused to film by incorrect washing.
Don’t burst a bubble:
Immediately after installation, you may notice some bubbles or a slight haze or pattern in the film. This residual moisture is nothing to worry about. At this time of year, it will evaporate through the pores of the film in the next 2-3 weeks. It may take slightly longer in winter.
You may even notice that some bubbles come and go. If you have a concern, please get in touch with us. BUT, please don’t poke, prod or pierce the film, as this will damage it.
A Bug’s Life:
During these warmer months, be sure to remove bug splats and other stains (such as bird droppings) as soon as you can.
These contaminants contain acid that can damage the top surface of your paint protection film.
Most debris can be easily removed during your normal wash routine, but for more stubborn stains, use a strong dilution of All-Purpose Cleaner, or a tar removing solvent. We can sell you suitable products from our premises in North Hampshire, close to Hook & Basingstoke.
To wax or not to wax:
Clients often ask if they can use wax as part of their PPF aftercare. It’s not really a question of whether you can, but the products you use…
Any wax you use must not contain Naphtha or Kerosene in concentrations over 5%. Furthermore, be sure to steer clear of any waxes that contain dyes.
We recommend using Sansom Hydra, a quick and simple way to add a long-lasting protective coating. It has all the benefits of a wax, with none of the hassles.
If you haven’t already invested in paint protection film, contact us HERE to book your car in for PPF Installation at our North Hampshire studio close to Hook & Basingstoke.