XPEL Film Care

XPEL currently makes more than one grade of paint protection film. Please be sure to use the care instructions for the type of film you purchased. If you are not sure which film you have, check with your installer or retailer for verification. Using the incorrect care procedures can permanently damage the film.

XPEL ULTIMATE

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 XPEL Film Cleaner.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with 99% isopropyl alcohol. 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. Installation instructions here: Sealant Instructions
  • 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.
  • Avoid using a pressure washer or high-pressure water source near the edges of the film, it can cause the film to lift and/or become damaged
  • Detailing Clay can be used to remove contaminants that are on the film.

XPEL STEALTH

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 XPEL Film Cleaner.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with 99% isopropyl alcohol or lacquer thinner. Take care to keep these chemicals off the vehicle’s paint.
  • You may use XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant to help preserve the finish, although beware if you do not apply in a uniform pattern, it can cause the film to look uneven. It is advised to be professionally applied. Installation instructions here: Sealant Instructions
  • 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.
  • Avoid using a pressure washer or high-pressure water source near the edges of the film, it can cause the film to lift and/or become damaged

XPEL XTREME

  • Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car.
  • Remove insect or other stains as soon as possible with XPEL Film Cleaner.
  • Seal with XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant at least once every 3 months to preserve high gloss. Installation instructions here: Sealant Instructions
  • Avoid using a pressure washer or high-pressure water source near the edges of the film, it can cause the film to lift and/or become damaged

XPEL Automotive Window Film Care

XPEL PRIME Automotive Window Films were designed to keep their flawless appearance and clarity for many years. Follow these tips to properly care for your windows and keep them looking their best:

  • Keep in mind that your window tint may have a hazy appearance or moisture bubbles for up to ten days after installation. These conditions will disappear once the moisture used to apply your tint dries up completely.
  • Wait 5 days after installation before rolling down or cleaning your windows.
  • Use a microfiber towel slightly dampened with water to clean your windows. If necessary, mild, non-ammonia glass cleaners may also be used.
  • Avoid the use of abrasive materials such as scouring pads, to clean your tinted windows.

See our Automotive Window Film Frequently Asked Questions page for more info. Click here. 

Removing Paint Protection 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.

See our Paint Protection Film Frequently Asked Questions page for more info. Click here.