Film Care

The top layer of the XPEL Ultimate Film is an automotive clear-coat. This provides a glossy top layer and helps to protect against elements and chemicals that are known to cause staining or yellowing with other film brands. We recommend special care and maintenance in order to maintain its glossy finish, overall look, and performance. Due to the true automotive clear coat on this film, it has grown a reputation to resist staining and discoloration. If the instructions outlined below are followed, then the film will keep its like new appearance.

The following items must be considered when cleaning and maintaining the XPEL Ultimate Film.

After Installation / Curing Time:

After installation, you may see gel bubbles or moisture under the film. This is normal and will go away once the film has fully cured (up to 4-5 days). During the curing time, it is important not to press or touch these areas. This may cause a permanent finger print mark in the film.

Keep your vehicle in a cool shaded area such as a garage for a minimum for 12 hours. Since an installation gel is used during the installation process, the gel needs time to dry out without being exposed to direct sun light and or direct heat. If this is not done then the uncured moisture from the gel might create a small blister like appearance under the film. If you notice this, the blisters will cure away over time once the gel cools down again. But keep it cool and you’ll have no problems.

Keep water away from the car (washing and rain) for 48 hours. Remember, we want all moisture to dry out from the edges during this time. We do not want to create moisture that doesn’t allow for proper curing.

Do not wash or wax the car during the 48 hour curing period. Applying pressure to the surface of the installed film can interrupt the curing process. After 48 hours is up, feel free to wash and wax at your leisure. NOTE: DEPENDING ON TIME OF YEAR CURING MIGHT TAKE LONGER.

XPEL ULTIMATE Protection Film: Care Instructions

To keep your film looking great, follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car.
  • Remove insect or other stains as soon as possible with bug and tar remover.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with 99% isopropyl alcohol or lacquer thinner. Take care to keep these chemicals off the vehicle’s paint.
  • Seal with XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant at least once every 3 months to preserve high gloss
  • Light scratches in the film will self-heal in 20-30 minutes at room temperature. In colder conditions, or to accelerate the process, pour warm water (120°F) over the affected area.

All Other XPEL Protection Films: Care Instructions

  • Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car
  • Use only soft terry cloth or microfiber towels on the film
  • Do NOT wipe or scrub the film in direct sunlight or when the film is hot
  • Do NOT use abrasive cleaners on the film
  • Do NOT use dyed or colored car waxes on the film

Removing Scratches

Most scratches in the film can be removed using a rotary or dual-action buffer. For best results, it is recommended to use 3M Perfect-It Machine Polish (part number 06064) used with their color coded buffing pad (Part number 05738). If needed, this product can be followed by 3M Perfect-It Ultrafine Machine Polish (part number 06068) used with the blue pad (part number 05733) to restore a deep, swirl free shine. Note: This process is not to be used on the Ultimate or Stealth film

Waxing the Film

Contamination from road oils, diesel smoke, pollen, and pollution can cause discoloration and deglossing of the film. While traditional automotive waxes can provide a small level of protection against contamination, XPEL Flawless Finish Film Sealant is designed specifically to provide the strongest possible barrier against these and other contaminants. Moreover, waxes that contain dyes and other chemicals such as naptha or kerosene may discolor or degloss the film over time and should be avoided.

Ask for XPEL Flawless Finish Film Sealant from your installer or purchase it online here.

Removing the Film

Professional removal of the film is recommended. However, when professional removal is not possible, the film may be removed as follows:

  • Warm the film with a heat gun or hair dryer to loosen the adhesive. 170° is the recommended temperature for this process. Keep the heat source moving to avoid melting the film or damaging the paint.
  • Peel one corner of the film up with your fingernail.
  • Pull the film towards you at a shallow angle less than 45 degrees (see figure 8a). This angle is important to ensure sure that the adhesive comes off with the film rather than staying on the paint. The film should “stretch” off the car.
  • If any adhesive is left on the car, use a general adhesive remover to help loosen it.