Paint protection film

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  1. AussieSurfer

    AussieSurfer Rookie

    Mar 25, 2018
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    Shane Dorney
    Is there a preferred brand. My dealer says Suntek is old technology but I’m not entirely sure he knows.
    Another installer says Xpel Someone else uses Hexis from Europe.
    Heard 3M is hard to remove.
    Getting a bit lost so appreciate any input. Cheers


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  2. ShadowLAP

    ShadowLAP Karting
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    May 15, 2017
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    SW Suburbs of Chicago, IL
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    Larry
    I had the entire front, side mirrors, rocker panels and rear bumper covered of my 2003 360 Spider covered with Expel Ultimate Plus. I highly recommend it. I was able to repair a small tear that I received from a rock on the rocker panel with a heat gun. The stone did not touch the paint but did leave a 1" tear in the film. With patience and the heat gun I was able to repair the film to a point that it is not noticable. I as amazed at its ability to really "self-heal".

    Also note that the installation is critical. My installer used sheets of film, not a pre-cut kit. He cut the film to closely fit the emblems, shields and lights. He also brought the film to the end of each panel and bent it slightly around the edges. There are no noticeable gaps around those areas and it is extremely difficult to see that I have the film installed.
     
  3. docf

    docf Formula Junior

    Sep 14, 2008
    861
    Florida
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    Gary
    I currently have Suntek on the 458, prior had Expel Ultimate Plus on the prev. 360. Suntek is a bit clearer, but I like the Expel better from the self heal characteristics& improved impact protection. Suntek bruises easily. Was told that the glue utilized on Expel is a new formulation & harder to remove. Don't know if that is true or not. I'm seriously thinking on removing the Suntek on at least the bumper and front fenders & replace with Expel.
     
  4. ShadowLAP

    ShadowLAP Karting
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    May 15, 2017
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    SW Suburbs of Chicago, IL
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    Larry
    A friend did something similar with his 2011 Corvette. He had 3m (non-self healing) installed when he purchased the car and when he saw the craftmanship of my 360 Spider installation had his old 3m product removed and replaced by the same company that did mine. His result equally as nice as mine.
     
  5. GTO Joe

    GTO Joe Formula Junior
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    Feb 15, 2013
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    Joseph Troutwine
    About a month ago Expel released an updated version of their ultimate which as luck has it was about six weeks after I had them do one of my cars. Shops should be getting the new stuff about now.
     
  6. fga4

    fga4 Rookie

    Jan 2, 2017
    34
    SF Bay Area
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    Jerry Cellilo
    C7 XPEL 430 Sunguard. Both look great. Sunguard guys say XPEL sucks, XPEL guys say Sunguard sucks.


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