At PPF On My Car, we are proud to align ourselves with what we believe is the best product on the market, Xpel PPF. Bring your vehicle to our detailing studios in North Hampshire, close to Hook & Basingstoke, and it is this premium film you’re investing in.
There are many reasons we have chosen to work with Xpel PPF. However, one of those is the comprehensive Xpel template catalogue.
Xpel PPF – A back catalogue to rival the Rolling Stones!
Xpel PPF provides us with an extensive catalogue of templated patterns with which to work. There are literally thousands, and these have evolved as tastes have changed.
For example, when we look back at the catalogue (ten years and beyond), many of the templated patterns are for front ends and sills. Then coming back to more recent models, the patterns available expand dramatically. This is because, these days, clients often choose to cover their whole car.
Furthermore, Xpel provides us with different templated patterns for different models. For example, take a modern Porsche 911. This comes with or without the SportDesign package. Therefore, the lower bumper is different, as are the sills and wing mirrors. If the vehicle has the exterior vision pack, where multiple cameras are fitted, then it will affect the patterns for the bumper, mirrors, and potentially other parts too. Xpel identifies all of these options and provides patterns accordingly.
The Xpel PPF database is updated daily, potentially multiple times a day. Their worldwide design teams are constantly adding and updating the available library.
Xpel works closely with some of the largest manufacturers to stay ahead of the game. For example, Land Rover. For example, the Xpel design team worked with Land Rover under an NDA 3 years before the new Defender model was released. This meant a seamless release of PPF templates in conjunction with the new model.
The new Defender is also available with a satin finish. But sensibly, the manufacturer decided to use Xpel Stealth satin PPF rather than impractical matte paint finishes.
Another example was the Porsche 911, 992 model. On this occasion, patterns were available for the full range of cars from launch, even before being delivered to the public.
Most importantly, and even above availability, we can rely on the Xpel PPF templates to fit beautifully. Xpel only design for themselves and only use their worldwide internal design teams. This means a fantastic consistency to their patterns. It doesn’t matter which person has made it because they are working to a common methodology.
Before working with Xpel, we worked with another big name film manufacturer. There was never a question about their film quality; it was fantastic. But, the inconsistency in their pattern making was incredibly frustrating. It turned out that their in-house team was tiny and had minimal capacity. The templates they made were very good, but most of their templates were bought in from freelance designers, with no auditing done to confirm the quality of their fit and ease of install. Some templates fitted like a tailored suit; then the next one made you wonder if the designer had even been in the room with the car when they made it. We threw many, many pieces of film on the floor in frustration! But these days, our detailing studios in North Hampshire, close to Hook & Basingstoke, are all peace and harmony!
When the Cap Doesn’t Fit
There are, of course, the odd occasion when we need to step outside the templates that Xpel provide. Although, we always use their premium protection film on any PPF job.
On modern cars, we rarely need to deviate from template designs. We can choose to add wrapped edges on every template where we think it will work well, for example, into wheel arches and shut lines.
We may well extend patterns that don’t have enough coverage for today’s requirements on older cars. In the early days of PPF, it was about protecting the literal forward-facing parts, but this would leave many exposed film edges across panels. Now, panels are covered edge to edge for a better look and more secure install.
We carry out a bespoke install if we are working on a vehicle where no patterns are available. This involves taking a piece of film larger than the panel to be covered and laying it over. Then we consider the shape and curvature of the vehicle. We identify where it needs to stretch and where might it need relief cuts. After that, we get some tension across the film and begin the process of squeegeeing it down, ‘reading’ the film as we go to identify when tension is required in a different direction. Finally, the excess film is trimmed off, leaving the panel beautifully protected.
Xpel PPF – Experience Counts
If you’re considering PPF installation, the fitter you choose must have experience. For many years, we’ve been installing PPF at our detailing studios in North Hampshire, close to Hook & Basingstoke.
Experience is essential when it comes to bespoke installs. The process requires an in-depth understanding of the film, its adhesive limitations, its stretch limitations, and so on. PPF doesn’t forgive like vinyl, where you can heat it and shrink it to deal with excess material. A bespoke install requires well placed, perfectly executed relief cuts to ensure it sits properly and stays in place long term. This is experience we have gained over the years; it can’t be taught in a course over a few days.
If you’re ready to invest in Xpel PPF, contact us HERE to book your car in for PPF Installation at our North Hampshire studio close to Hook & Basingstoke.