Proper Care

Prestige Auto Armor - Care Instructions

 

Congratulations on your purchase and installation of Paint Protection Film.  This film is made up of a polyurethane material topped with an actual automotive clear-coat layer. This creates a paint-like gloss and protectes against elements and chemicals that are known to cause staining or yellowing with other film brands.  It requires special care and maintenance in order to maintain its glossy finish, overall look, and performance. Due to the true automotive top clear coat on this film, it has a wonderful reputation to not stain and/or discolor.  However, like everything, the more you take care of something, the longer it lasts.  If the instructions outlined below are followed, then the film will better keep its like new appearance. The following items must be considered when cleaning and maintaining the paint protection film.

 

After installation / curing time:

  • After installation, you may see water, gel and or soap bubbles, or moisture under the film.  This is normal and will go away once the film has fully cured (up to 45 days). During the curing time, it is important to not press or touch these areas.  This may cause the film to not cure properly to the surface of the vehicle. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH IT!
  • Keep your vehicle in a cool shaded area such as a garage for a minimum of 12hrs.  Since an installation gel is mostly used during the installation process, the gel needs time to fully dry out without being exposed to direct sunlight and/or direct heat.  If full drying does not take place, then the uncured moisture from the gel might create a small blister like appearance under the film.  If you notice this, the blisters should cure away over time once the gel cools down again. If you keep it cool, you won't have this problem.
  • 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 drying and/or 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: The time of year when you receive your service may affect the curing period due to outside temperatures.

 

Care and Maintenance:

 

The following list applies to XPEL Ultimate Self-Healing Paint Protection Film

  • Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car
  • Remove insects 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 month to preserve the high gloss surface.
  • 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.
  • Dust and clean the film regularly to prevent dirt build up around the edges.
  • Use a liquid-based car wash soap, extra-soft wash-mit, and water to wash your Paint Protection Film.
  • Wipe down or dry with a clean and dust-free soft micro-fiber drying towel.
  • Use a soft detailing cloth to softly remove any wax build-up around the edges.

 

Do Not Do the Following:

  • Do not use any clay products to clean the surface of your film. If the clay catches a certain way and lifts the film, your warranty will be voided.
  • Do not use a high-speed power buffer or polishing equipment, as you can burn the film by doing this.  This will void your warranty.
  • Do not use a high-pressure washer. There is no guarantee that the film will not lift if you catch the films edge when doing this.  This will void your warranty.
  • Do not pick the Paint Protection Film's edges. Once the material is lifted, it will not lay back down properly without damage. This will void your warranty.
  • Stay away from automotive cleaning or waxing products that contain "Petroleum Distillates".  This will break down all polyurethane products over time causing more damage and limiting the longevity of the clearbra.  This will void your warranty.

 

The following products have been tested as safe for use on all Paint Protection Films:

  • XPEL Flawless Finish Film Sealant
  • Carnauba Waxes
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Prestige Auto Armor

1046 Pittsburgh Rd, Valencia, PA 16059

724-996-7031

Adam@PrestigeAutoArmor.com