Accelerating gR8tness: The Origins of @PetrolGirl

VEHICLE SPECS & MODIFICATIONS 2012 Audi R8 V10 Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection from Protective Film Solutions Vorsteiner Wheels Trim Blackout Package from GI Automotive Group GMG Racing Exhaust   Accelerating gR8tness In our latest Customer Spotlight, we meet up with the most influential lady of the internet automotive world. The one & only PetrolGirl, Ms. Aimee Shackelford. Filmed on location at Protective Film Solutions, we sat down with Aimee to talk cars, family, and discover the origins of her widely recognized web handle. Take a look! From Car Spotting to Trend Spotting Aimee's interest in automotive began at an early age. Growing up, it was stories of track days that got passed down from family members. Her great uncles built sprint midget racers back in the 40s & 50s. Like many car fanatics, the Petrolgirl started spotting cars with her dad, and the rest is history. To learn the true origins of Aimee's Petrolgirl name, one must fast forward to the rise of social media. Right around the launch of Instagram on the very first goldRush Rally, a kid approached her. "You're the Petrolgirl. You love cars, you're all about cars." And it's true. The title stuck, and her personal brand has grown forth from it. At this point, it's evolved beyond the bounds of an ordinary screen name. "Most people don't even know my name's Aimee" she jokes. That said, the decision to run with the name was a brilliant one. It's wide recognizable. Embodying Petrolgirl created an easy avenue for promoting her work within Cali car culture & the world at large. Hard Work Pays Off Aimee's introduction to the industry started with a popular automotive forum, Luxury4Play.com. In 2008. She joined the site as an enthusiast with no exotic ownership, and members took her in as one of their own. As she became more established, the site's owners approached her to see if she could help them find sponsorship opportunities. Without hesitation, she set to work. At first, the numbers were in single digits. By the end of the year, around 100 brands were on-board thanks to Aimee's efforts. Upon securing sponsors for the forum's founders, she decided to bring Luxury4Play to Facebook. With the launch of fan pages, she soon realized she had a serious knack for growing things on social media. The potential for further opportunities with even bigger brands was evident, and Social Bolt was born. As a consultancy for marketing & promotions, Social Bolt grew rapidly from a mere four clients to a whopping thirty two - and it's all cars. "This is a dream job for me." #GoldBlooded Since the Beginning The phenomenon that is goldRush rally began much smaller than many may realize. Near the end of 2008, the Luxury4Play collective decided to organize an official drive. At the time, the rally was a group of friends, enjoying their vehicles and the freedom of the open road. Traveling from SF to LA and ending in Las Vegas, the very first goldRush began with a mere 35 cars over 3 days. "It was much smaller & easier to deal with, but it was a lot of fun." Nine years later, the rally has grown to a full nine days in length spanning multiple states & stops. It encompasses two track days, dinners, club nights, and all sorts of antics. The goldRush rally has become something truly larger than life. Many of the rally's participants have been on-board since the beginning, too. With that, the friendships they've developed reach far beyond the nine days they spend driving. Cali Livin' Outside of her life in car world, Aimee focuses on caring for her family & personal health. She's a San Pedro native through & through with roots spanning three generations. With a love of heavy weightlifting, surfing, skiing, and other action sports, the California coast is a perfect backdrop. On top of that, CA's supercar culture is one of the largest in the United States. Aimee would be hard pressed to find a more suitable locale to continue her Petrolgirl pursuits. Of course, as it has for many self-employed go-getters, the support of her family plays a major role in her life. "If it weren't for my Dad I couldn't do anything I do -- without him, none of this would happen." Scarlet Fire Certain vehicles attract people for a variety of reasons. With Aimee's Audi R8, it was a mix of superhero status meets natural progression. After watching the first Iron Man movie, the gears started turning. Tony Stark had sparked her interest. "I have to have this car someday - I need to be Iron Man." As with many auto enthusiasts, ownership is a ladder you work your way up. She decided to retire her BMW M4 and switch from roundels to rings. Now, the V10 R8 is her new everyday supercar. While she still misses the transformative qualities of her BMW, Aimee strives for more. What's next on the list is anyone's guess. A McLaren, koenigsegg, or LaFerrari rank high - but "we'll have to wait for that," she says with a widening smile. Hopefully we wont have to wait too long! Petrolgirl Power All in all, we had a blast on on our 3 day shoot with Aimee. Her insights about the ins & outs of automotive marketing are eye opening. She's a force of nature within the supercar scene, and we couldn't be happier to have her as a supporter of the XPEL brand. If you aren't already, be sure to follow along with her on Instagram for a day-to-day look at all things PetrolGirl. ___________________________________ Special thanks to Ryan & the team at Protective Film Solutions for allowing us to use the shop for the interview segment. We greatly appreciate it.

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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2017: Camaros, Corvettes & Clear Bra

For the collector car enthusiast, there's no better event series than Barrett-Jackson. Touted as "The World's Greatest Collector Car Auction," it's nothing short of a spectacle. As National Sponsors, we're always excited when auction season starts. The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach show may not be the largest of what the auctions have to offer, the experience this year was top-notch. Bringing Black Rose Metallic to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach While there's always plenty of cool cars to see at Barrett-Jackson, we love bringing something unique to display. For instance, this year we welcomed a brand new Chevy Corvette into the booth. By and large, the Corvette is easily our most popular candidate for clear bra coverage. They're a great car for highlighting the importance of high-impact protection, and it doesn't hurt that they're nice to look at too. The variant that accompanied us to Palm Beach was none other than a 2017 Black Rose Metallic Z06. Color-wise, we couldn't have asked for a more stellar selection. Discontinued in the early 90s and revived for 2017, the paint seemed to surprise & delight everyone who passed by. Many questions arose about the origins of the Corvette's finish, and in turn, the benefits of protecting such a unique hue with clear bra. Surveys, Giveaways & Self-Healing Film Demos Another highlight of the XPEL experience at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach was our new survey platform. To liven things up, we created a custom questionnaire for attendees to complete while they visited the booth. Everyone who participated received a complimentary microfiber towel. one lucky show-goer even won a car care kit valued at $75! We also had quite a few people interested in the self-healing power and installation of XPEL ULTIMATE. There's something about first hand film handling that proves the value of paint protection. Thanks to local installers from Zen Auto Concepts & the Sign Savers, we had fresh clear bra on our demo hood daily, ready to take a beating. Show Cars & Top Sellers Beyond the XPEL booth, the massive manufacturer displays loomed. Dodge brought out an eye-catching satin purple Viper, but all eyes were on the simulator. Positioned on motion-sensitive actuators, the Viper SRT sim is no joke. The system relays real-time force feedback for a accurate adaptation of road racing. We didn't have a chance to try it out for ourselves, but judging by the wait line it was a big hit with spectators! Be that as it may, the real bread winner of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach came with a bowtie. We're not talking fashion accessories either. Chevrolet brought out the very first example of their high-performance Camaro, the 2018 ZL1 1LE. With a revised carbon aero package, adjustable suspension and 650hp, Chevy calls it the "most track-capable Camaro ever." It's exactly the type of turn-key monster that's worthy of ULTIMATE paint protection. We had the pleasure of watching the ZL1 1LE cross the blocks during primetime on Friday. The stage filled up so quick it was next to impossible to even see the car. If you're following us on instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of it during a brief live stream. In a matter of minutes, we witnessed the new monster Camaro hammer down at a whopping $250,000. That may seem like a bit of sticker shock, but 100% of the Camaro's proceeds went to charity benefiting United Way. Of course, part of the draw of an event like Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach is the sheer variety of cars. Ordinarily, one may think of "collector cars" as something more akin to classics or muscle. On the whole, there's something for everyone. From resto-mods to time capsules, wild exotics and even a number of off-roaders, Barrett-Jackson has it all. Walking the grounds, we saw a couple GT-Rs, a vintage Land Cruiser, and even Sung Kang's Ford Maverick from SEMA. Between the tents of auction cars, Bentley had new models on display including the new Bentayga. If you're in the market, we've already got quite a variety of coverage options available in our database! If exotics are what you're after, Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach has you covered too. Back in the farthest corner of the auction vehicle display tents, there's a small building. Inside this building you'll find some real heavy hitters. An Aston Martin Vanquish, Rolls-Royce Phantom, and Ferrari F430 were front & center this year. A few steps away, we found ourselves face to face with some of ROUSH's finest. We're always excited to see what ROUSH brings to the table at Barrett Jackson. In the booth, two new performance Mustangs flanked either side of a monstrous F-150. With a slew of upgraded components & a throaty side-exit exhaust system, the ROUSH F-150 is a perfect support vehicle for track days or road rallies. Back inside the main pavilion we also spied a brand new DB11 and McLaren 570s on display. We've seen a number of the new Astons receiving ULTIMATE paint protection lately, and it's a thing of beauty. On top of that, our latest install video features a stunning 570S at XPEL Houston. Be sure to check it out if you haven't had a chance yet! Just across from our booth, Ford Motor Company had quite the selection of vehicles to check out too. Despite not showing off the new GT, the blue oval exhibit was buzzing with action. An "XPEL Yellow" Shelby GT350 attracted a lot of onlookers, but the real special guest was up on a turn table. At the far corner of Ford's display sat a brand new 2018 Mustang GT convertible. We'd seen it in press photos, but this was the first time viewing one in the flesh. It's sharp - with less visible plastics & angular, revised facia, the new Mustang looks, dare we say it, Fisker-esque. It will be interesting to see how the various iterations of Ford's latest pony car shape up. One thing's for sure, we'll have paint protection patterns for the new Mustang in our database in no time! Wrapping up Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach All things considered, our time in Palm Beach was well spent. The auction environment is an exciting one to be in whether your buying, selling, or simply enjoying the event. We'll be packing up & heading out to Barrett-Jackson NorthEast soon, so be on the lookout if you're in the area! XPEL at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach - Full Photo Gallery  

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McLaren 570S Treated to ULTIMATE Paint Protection at XPEL Houston

Wrapping Up a Pacific Blue 2017 McLaren 570S with XPEL Self-Healing Film With over 560hp on tap, seven sequential gears & a twin-turbo V8 handling the heavy lifting, McLaren's 570S is quite a performer. It's a new breed of high performance vehicle that's reshaping the way we think about life on four wheels.Between an impressive power-to-weight ratio & lightweight construction, the 570S delivers on all levels. McLaren Automotive themselves describe the 570S as the "ultimate sports car experience." No doubt, it's hard to disagree. When you've got the Ultimate sports car, only ULTIMATE paint protection will suffice. Cue the music! As you can see, before venturing out to Royal Purple Raceway for TX2K last month, we made plans for a slight detour to XPEL Houston. Incidentally, a beautiful Pacific blue 570S from McLaren Houston was ready & waiting for us when we arrived. In no time, the 570S got prepped and wrapped up with Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. If you're unfamiliar - Full Front refers to all the high-impact areas. In this case, coverage included the McLaren's entire front bumper, front fenders, headlights & mirror caps. Installation Process & Procedure To kickstart the installation process, the 570S got washed up. Once clean, we put McLaren's paint through a thorough clay bar decontamination stage. With a silky smooth clear coat prepped for protection, the 570S was ready for XPEL ULTIMATE. Thanks to our precision designed kits, fitting the film to the McLaren was a relative breeze. Each piece of the 570s' Full Front package contours with the natural body shape of the vehicle for a snug fit. Even with a curvaceous shape like the front fenders on a McLaren 570S, XPEL ULTIMATE lays down smooth. After the initial stroke, installing clear bra becomes a matter of working out the gel. With proper technique, the floating film adheres right to the paint. On average, a skilled installer is capable of producing a Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE protection package in a matter of a few hours or so. At XPEL Houston, that standard rings true. Our installer made short work of the McLaren 570S, powering through the installation with ease. The fit and finish of the end product is proof in itself. XPEL ULTIMATE is nearly invisible over the Pacific blue paint. Whether this McLaren is up carving corners or corralled at Cars & Coffee, it's now protected from whatever the road throws its way! ULTIMATE Protection for an Ultimate Sports Car Back outside, the McLaren's new XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra glistened in the Houston sun. The Pacific's metallic flake remains unchanged under its new protective film. It's quite a dynamic color, and knowing it's going to remain that way for years to come is even better. In addition, paring it with McLaren's signature papaya accents makes for a stunning spec on the 570S. By the numbers, the McLaren 570S can rocket from 0-120+ mph in a mere 9.5 seconds. That's faster than most daily drivers can make it to sixty. It's a power-to-weight equation that favors McLaren's technological advancements. The 570S owes much of its featherlight nature to the MonoCell II chassis design. Tipping the scales at around 165 pounds, the carbon tub in the McLaren is a key component to its success. Juiced up, the 570S weighs in at a slim 3,100 pounds, notably lighter than most everything that falls under the "premium sports car" heading. As a result, the McLaren remains nimble, grounded, and predictable in the best kind of way. On or off the track, the 570S is capable of a spectacular performance. All things considered, when piloting a vehicle as spectacular as a new McLaren 570S, it's all about the experience. Thanks to the protection provided by XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra, you can put your mind at ease & focus on driving.  Houston XPEL Install Center Interested in preventative protection for your personal vehicle? If you live in Houston or surrounding areas, don't hesitate to reach out for more information on coverage, installation cost, and aftercare tips. The XPEL Houston installation center can be reached via the links below. LOCATED AT: 220 Barren Springs Dr #3, Houston, TX 77090 CALL: (210) 678-3700 ONLINE: www.xpel.com  What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the clear bra industry with unrivaled clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and delaminating! Protecting your paint has many benefits. For example, clear bra will help maintain your vehicle's factory finish, make your car easier to clean, and can even help bolster the car's resale value! Check out this self-healing demonstration & see for yourself:   Click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: With Authorized Installers all over the globe, you can have XPEL Self-Healing Paint Protection Film installed on your vehicles no matter where you are. Can't find an XPEL Dealer in your area or looking to become an installer yourself? Shoot us an e-mail! Pacific Blue 2017 McLaren 570S Photo Gallery

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TX2K17: A World Record Weekend at Royal Purple Raceway

If you've never had the pleasure of attending TX2K, you may not know what you're missing out on. Some have referred to it as "The Super Bowl of Street Car Racing," and we'd have to agree. It's an event that's gone from being Supra-centric, to a full on clash of automotive titans. #TeamXPEL en route to TX2K17 After a brief stop at XPEL Houston, we pressed onward to Royal Purple Raceway for the main event. David set the pace in his XPEL ULTIMATE wrapped Dodge Challenger SRT 392. Consequentially, it was the perfect opportunity for snapping rolling shots! We weren't alone on the drive in either. A few miles out from the track, we came upon a lone Chicane Grey McLaren 570s that was also making its way to TX2K17. The driver surprised us with a lightning fast flyby before putting a few car lengths on our convoy. On Location at Royal Purple Raceway With our tent all set up close to the staging lanes, we were in a prime position for event's festivities. While the yellow XPEL Tundra is eye catching on its own, we opted to draw a crowd in proper TX2K fashion: horsepower. Over the course of our stay at RPR, we had a combined excess of around 3,000+ HP on deck between two Lamborghinis. First up was a beautiful Underground Racing Superleggera. The following day, a bright orange Heffner Performance Gallardo graced the booth. Amidst Facebook Live streams, we took some time to educate attendees on the advantages of XPEL ULTIMATE & STEALTH self-healing clear bra as well as our PRIME window films. We saw a lot of familiar faces and we also made a few new friends. One attendee even told us he's hoping to expanding the XPEL Dealer Network all the way to Jamaica! As luck would have it, our neighbors from Eat Sleep Race brought out a crazy RHD Rocket Bunny S15 with a Nissan RB26 motor swap. It was quite a sight to behold and definitely attracted a lot of attention from event goers. Car Spotting Around the Grounds There was a wide variety of vehicles to see at TX2K17, from tuners to exotics & beyond. Most of all, the Nissan GT-R presence at TX2K has grown stronger with each passing year, and 2017 was no exception. For example, it's not every day that we get to see a line up of GT-R's spanning four generations! Between the rows of tents & team trailers, we spotted a Radical RXC, the same elusive grey McLaren, and even a new Ford Raptor. One of the great things about an event like TX2K is that a majority of the cars there came to race. Hard parking isn't on the event schedule. Venturing over towards the dyno zone, we spied a lone Mazda RX-7 prepping for a pull. As spectators looked on, the FD grumbled to life in an eruption of boost. One of the nice things about dyno days at TX2K is the fact that it's open to all makes & models. Anyone can test their power output whether they're running AWD or 2WD. It's hard to resist snapping a pic of anything that's XPEL yellow. A well-kept Ford GT sat unassumingly near the tail end of the staging lanes a few feet away from the action. While it seemed to be stock in nature, you can never be too sure of what's lurking below the surface at an event like TX2K. Beyond our booth, there were quite a few cars on-site protected with XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra as well. A UR8 Lamborghini Huracan, Huracan Spyder, and a Murcielago sat near the track entrance looking as good as the day they got wrapped. Even a brand new 2017 Acura NSX found its way to TX2K, shining bright in metallic pearl white. No doubt, it was a perfect candidate for paint protection! Trackside at TX2K17 Exploring the pits at the track is an experience in itself, but the real reason to attend is the racing. As Gold Tier sponsors of TX2K17, we had access to get right up in the thick of it, and it didn't disappoint. With our team polos caked in tire fragments, permeated by the smell of exhaust, we ended every day wide eyed & grinning. As a result of our proximity, we may have suffered some minor hearing loss, but it was worth it. Next time we'll make sure to bring some ear protection. From the tower walkways, we got a bird's eye view of the action. If you're not familiar with roll racing, the concept is simple: cars have to maintain a designated speed as they approach the start point.  Once they reach the flag, it's wide open throttle till the end of the pass and as a result, whoever gets there first, wins. In a sense, roll racing brings the rush of freeway pulls to a safer, more controlled environment. With multiple brackets & classes competing, there was plenty of high-horsepower entertainment to take in. As the days events progressed, the anticipation for automotive insanity continued to elevate. WITNESSING HISTORY IN THE MAKING We saw quite a few passes during our four day stay at Royal Purple Raceway. Breaking records at TX2K is by no means a rare occurrence and it's always mind blowing to see first hand. With trap speeds reaching into the 200s, a few measly seconds can feel like a century waiting for the results to come in. One of the first record breakers was none other than a twin turbo UR4 Huracan piloted by KC Howeth of Underground Racing. In the first round of roll racing, KC set a new track top speed of 217 MPH. Working his way through eliminations, Howeth wound up in the finals placing 1st in the Unlimited Class. Excitement brewed over with exhibition drag racing from AMS Performance and ETS. While multiple teams were gunning for the elusive 6 second quarter mile pass, only one emerged victorious. Despite suffering an engine fire the day prior, the AMS Alpha G GT-R brought the quickness. For a moment, time seemed to slow to a near halt. The announcer boomed over the loudspeaker, and the clocks confirmed it: Gidi Chamdi set a new world record. Cheers erupted from the crowd. The media swarmed around Gidi & the AMS team while they took in the moment. For those who missed out, check out the video clip below and watch the Alpha G's insane 6.9 second pass for yourself. Video courtesy of 1320 Video WRAPPING UP & ROLLING OUT All in all, it seems safe to say that TX2K17 was one of the best ones yet. It's an epic showcase of automotive awesomeness, and exactly the type of event we love to sponsor. We're already looking forward to sharing the benefits of XPEL clear bra & window films with attendees next year. TX2K18 can't come soon enough! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF RACE RESULTS   TX2K17 GALLERY

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XPEL Dealer Conference 2017 – Celebrating 20 Years

XPEL Dealer Conference We would like to thank everyone who attended the XPEL Dealer Conference in San Antonio, Texas. It was an absolute blast, and we cannot wait for next years event. If you missed the Dealer Conference, be sure to keep and eye out for next year's event, dates will be coming soon. Over the course of two days, we had more than 120 attendees from our worldwide network of XPEL installers descend upon the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. We were fortunate to have many great guest speakers ranging from Indy Car Winner, Graham Rahal, to Bobby Bowden, the legendary Florida State Seminoles head coach. In addition, we had speakers from all different networks, including experts in social media, branding, and search engine optimization, all designed to help you, our customer, to build your business and brand. Aside from the guest speakers, show attendees were welcomed with various breakout sessions which focused on key points and topics to help them with their business and make a stronger impact in their market, more details below. The heavy hitter was the installation contests for both Paint Protection Film and Window film. Contestants could choose to enter both contests to win a grand prize of five thousand dollars! The winning didn't stop at first place, we also had cash prizes for second, third, and fourth place. Overall, it was a successful weekend and we thank you, our customers for attending. Installation Contest When we announced that there was going to be an installation contest, with over $14,000 in cash prizes, we had a flood of interest to install both Window Film and Paint Protection Film. Combined, we had more than eighty installers competing to win the title of best XPEL Installer for Window Film and Paint Protection Film. The PPF competitors had to install XPEL ULTIMATE on one full fender for the first round, a 24" partial hood kit for the second round and full front bumper for the final round. The Window Film competitors had to tint one roll-up window for round one, the opposite roll-up window for round two, and the back window for the final round. Competition winners are announced below. We'd also like to thank Northside Ford, for lending us six, 2017 Ford Mustangs for the installation competition. Install Competition Winners Paint Protection Film: 1st Place was Chris West of CCA Motorsport 2nd Place was Nick Blek of Premier Auto Armor 3rd Place was Gabriel Stefan of Protex Canada 4th Place was Lance Pugh of Clear Pro Window Film: 1st Place was Steve Valiquette of Protex Canada 2nd Place was Jose Castano of Affordable Window Tinting 3rd Place was David Dellinger of Dellinger Inc 4th Place was Ron Talley of Midwest Tinting Breakout Sessions Aside from the amazing line up of our guest speakers, we had breakout sessions that covered topics to help our installers with growing their business and becoming a better installer. Throughout the course of two days, we had sessions that included: Dealer Panel - Driving Price, Search Engine Optimization with Bill Leake, PRIME Window Film, DAP Q&A and PPF Installation Advanced Training Q&A. For those that attended, which did you like the best? If you will be attending Dealer Conference 2018, what more would you like to see for the breakout sessions? Day 1 Guest Speakers Graham Rahal - Taking home his first national championship race car win at Road America in 2003 to standing in the winner’s circle at several recent Indy Car events, including a win at Texas Motor Speedway last year.   This 9 year veteran of Indy Car has competed at the highest level and is only getting better. Jared Guynes - Beginning his professional career in 2004 as a graphic artist, he first became a marketing director in 2007 before heading up advertising for the nation's largest Nissan dealership in 2009. In 2015 he created the workshop "Jared's Facebook Masters Class" which is an interactive workshop for small business owners to learn Facebook best practices. Jared’s social media endeavors are all about delivering results and not likes. Bill Leake - CEO of Apogee Results, draws on a deep expertise in both business and marketing to help increase revenues for a wide range of clients. He has been involved in driving provable revenues through Internet marketing techniques since the early 1990s when, as part of the management team at Power Computing, he built the first company to sell $1 million of product over the Internet. Day 2 Guest Speakers Bobby Bowden - Coach Bowden has amassed a record of 377 wins over his coaching career. Which places him in second for all-time among Division 1 coaches.  From 1987 to 2000 the Seminoles finished every season with at least 10 wins and in the top 5 of the Associated Press College Football Poll, and the Noles won the national championship in 1993 and 1999. He leads thru his faith, his values and given his coaching success he has a proven formula for success. Juan Barrera - His leadership and consistently excellent creative execution have brought him peer recognition and lead to over 60 awards. Receiving awards from institutions such as the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, The Art Director’s Club, the American Advertising Federation, American Design Awards and the International Association of Business Communicators. Manny Diotte - For over 20 years, Manny has been empowering companies and individuals to leave their mark on the world. He is an expert in performance in both professional and personal development.  He is a motivator, educator and cancer survivor.  Manny has delivered his message to over 3 million people and has helped a great many in overcoming their obstacles. Record Attendance When the team at XPEL heard that we were bringing back the Dealer Conference in 2017, everyone was beyond excited and couldn't wait to get to San Antonio. When the announcement went out worldwide, many of you shared the same excitement and passion for the upcoming annual conference.  After all the number crunching and registration was completed we were at an astonishing 125 attendees. Next year we expect to exceed that number and make the event bigger and better, in every way possible.   Around the Hotel and Dealer Conference We can't wait to see everyone next year for a bigger and better event! Without you, our Dealer Network, we wouldn't be where we are today. We strive to be the best company with the best customer service. Thank you for attending! XPEL Dealer Conference 2018 | February 2nd – 3rd |

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BMW X5M Meets Its Match at XPEL San Antonio

2016 BMW X5M - San Antonio XPEL Install Protected with XPEL ULTIMATE and PRIME XR Window Film This week in the shop we have this gorgeous 2016 BMW X5M, which boasts a mind blowing 567 horsepower. This is one of the coolest SUV’s that we’ve seen come in the shop lately. The owner knew the importance of protecting their pride and joy with XPEL. We didn’t stop at just our Clear bra aka Paint Protection Film, we also installed our XPEL PRIME Window film on the windows. The owner had all the windows on this powerful family hauler tinted with our PRIME XR nano-ceramic window film, which helps keep the vehicle cool during the summer and provides cabin privacy (click for more information about PRIME Window Film). Once the window film was completed, we started wrapping this German beauty with only the best, XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra. Installation begins on the 2016 BMW X5M When we begin the installation process, the first step is washing the vehicle. Once the vehicle is clean, the installers begin to use a clay bar to remove any surface contaminants on the vehicles paint. Contaminants can be industrial fallout, overspray, sap, etc. Once the vehicle is smooth and clean, our installers will wipe the surface down with isopropyl alcohol to ensure that any grease, wax, slime is removed before applying the clear bra. Now that the vehicle is fully prepped for the XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film, the installers apply/spray XPEL Installation Gel onto the vehicle, which allows the film to float so they can align the pre-cut kits precisely before using their squeegee to lock the film in place. Once the installers have the film aligned correctly, they start squeegeeing the film into place, which bonds it to the vehicles paint. Finished Product Once the installers finish applying the clear paint protection film, they will inspect their work and make any final adjustments before sending the vehicle back to the customer. After the final quality check is complete, the film should be barely noticeable to the untrained eye. This is done by competent installers, accurate and precise pre-cut kits that allow for wrapped edges. Always ask your installer for wrapped edges where possible, meaning that the film is wrapped over the body panel. I.e. the film would have wrapped around the edges of the hood, so there wouldn’t be visible seams to collect dirt and dust. Most vehicles allow for the film to be wrapped, although some vehicles do not.   Installation Gallery   Completed Pictures    San Antonio XPEL Install Center If you live in the San Antonio area or surrounding areas, contact us today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. XPEL has been local owned and operated since 1997 in San Antonio. For more information about XPEL San Antonio, please contact or visit our shop. Address: 618 W. Sunset Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78216 Website: www.XPEL.com Phone: 210-678-3700  What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below   Click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you:

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532 Horsepower, All Wheel Drive Tesla

2016 Tesla Model X P90D - Clear Auto Bra Wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE by Clear Auto Bra We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured some installation videos of the cars they had in their shop that week. The vehicle featured in this weeks' blog is the Tesla Model X P90D. Tesla Model X P90D There are many special attributes the Model X P90D features, but which is your favorite? Zero-to-Sixty miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds 532 Horsepower with 713 lb-ft of Torque High-Tech cabin with Third-row seating The Falcon Wing Doors out of a sci-fi movie Tesla's Autopilot Semi-Autonomous Driving (optional) The owner of this all-electric, AWD, powerful family hauler wanted to keep this gorgeous Tesla paint in the best condition of its life. How did they accomplish that? He had Mark and his team at Clear Auto Bra wrap it with only the best, XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film aka clear bra. With an estimate cash price at 120k, this P90D received the protection it deserved. ULTIMATE will help protect against rock chips, bug acids, bird droppings, fine scratches and swirl marks. This Tesla received the full front end treatment, meaning the whole front (full hood, fenders, front bumper, headlights, and mirrors) is wrapped in clear bra. To see the full installation video, please click below:  Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 Model X Installation Pictures  What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you:  

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The Best Thing You’ll Never See

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 - Clear Auto Bra Fully Wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured some installation videos of the cars they had in their shop that week. This week's blog features a Racing Yellow Porsche Cayman GT4, which is completely protected with XPEL ULTIMATE. Porsche Cayman GT4 Track Capable and Road Worthy, are two words that sum up the Porsche Cayman GT4. The naturally aspirated 3.8L, out of the previous gen 911 Carrera S, is placed right behind the seats, offering the vehicle better weight distribution by keeping the center mass near the center of the vehicle. It borrowed the front suspension and steering from its more powerful brother, the GT3. With a few more components such as adjustable sway bars, GT3 Brakes, 918 spyder carbon fiber seats, complete Alcantara interior, the new Cayman GT4 is without a doubt, a car to be reckoned with. Now, what do you do to help keep the exterior of this track beast in the best shape? You wrap the entire vehicle with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing clear bra. Yes, you read right. The owner wrapped his entire GT4 with XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. With ULTIMATE you can drive worry free from rock chips, track rubber, bug acids, bird droppings and so much more. An added benefit of having your entire vehicle wrapped is ease of washing. The film is self-healing, which means swirl marks and fine scratches from automatic car washes, dirty towels, etc are a thing of the past. With a little heat from the sun, the little scratches that look like spider webs on the paint and film will dissipate over time. They didn't miss a square inch of this vehicle, the full hood, fenders, front bumper, headlights, mirrors, doors, rockers, a-pillars, roof, rear hatch, rear quarters and rear bumper are all protected with XPEL ULTIMATE. To watch the installation video from this vehicle, please see below: Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 GT4 Installation Pictures    What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: Stay tuned as we have one more video from Clear Auto Bra coming out soon, 2016 Tesla Model X P90D

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Good Things Come In Pairs

 GS and LX Lexus Twins - Clear Auto Bra Wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE by Clear Auto Bra We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured some installation videos of the cars they had in their shop that week. The two vehicles featured in this weeks blog are both Lexus', please welcome the GS350 and LX570. Lexus GS350 The 2016 Lexus GS350 features extreme curves, crazy angles, large bulges, and that's just describing the front bumper. When we design our pre-cut kits, they're designed with our installers and customers in mind. This allows our factory trained installers to install the paint protection film with precision. The XPEL pre-cut kits provide ultimate coverage against rock/stone chips, road debris and more. When XPEL ULTIMATE is installed on your vehicle, it will be nearly invisible to the naked eye. With an MSRP starting at about $50k, having XPEL ULTIMATE installed on your ride is a no brainer. The owner of this GS350 had the entire front end of his Lexus protected. This includes the full hood, full fenders, front bumper, headlights, and mirrors. To watch the installation video from this vehicle, please see below: Lexus LX570 The LX570 is the large and in charge, 6000-pound, four-wheel-drive luxury SUV from Lexus. It features a 5.7L V8 monster that cranks out 383 horsepower. With a combined 15 miles per gallon, you can still get across town comfortably and conservatively with the power you need to get up and go. With an MSRP that begins at $88k, why wouldn't you want to protect this big beautiful ride? The owner of this LX570 knew the value in keeping his front end free from rock/stone chips. The car received a partial front end of XPEL ULTIMATE. This includes 24" up the hood, 24" up the fenders, front bumper, headlights, and mirrors. To watch the installation video from this vehicle, please see below:   Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 GS350 Installation Pictures LX570 Installation Pictures    What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: Stay tuned as we have a more videos from Clear Auto Bra coming out soon. Including a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, 2016 Tesla Model X P90D

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Fully XPEL Wrapped Supercharged 1967 Shelby GT500

  Shelby GT500 - Clear Auto Bra Edition Fully Wrapped by our friends, Clear Auto Bra We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured amazing installation videos of the cars they had in their shop. One of those great cars is this beautiful 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500. Do you remember the Sesame Street tune, "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong"? In this instance, a '67 featuring a 5.4 Liter Supercharged V8 completely belongs. You may be wondering what a big, modern, supercharged motor is doing in an old classic vehicle? The owner had a few "minor" modifications done, and boy, does she purr. After this exquisite build was complete with the beautiful new motor and amazing paint job, they took her straight to Mark and his team at Clear Auto Bra. Over the course of a few days, they fully wrapped this American Muscle with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film, aka Clear Bra. Every panel on this classic car is now protected for the road, helping keep it free from rock chips, bug damage and much more. While this may not be the "Eleanor" Mustang made famous by the movie, Gone In 60 Seconds, it's prepared for anything the streets are ready to throw at it with its new second skin made of clear bra. The installation process is certainly a sight to see, to watch the installation video, please see below: Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 Installation Pictures    What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: Stay tuned as we have a more videos from Clear Auto Bra coming out soon. Including a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, 2016 Tesla Model X P90D, 2016 Lexus LX570, 2016 Lexus GS350

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