Protecting your Investment
In order to get the most out of your new window tint, PPF, or ceramic coating, here you will find the necessary information to help you keep them functioning at their highest levels for the longest possible time.
If you have any questions or concerns that aren't covered here, please feel free to call us at (360)778-2348.
XPEL Window Tint Film
Keep the windows rolled up for 3-4 days after installation, with the longer time being necessary when the weather is colder.
For the first few weeks after installation, it is normal to see moisture between the film and the glass. This is the adhesive, and it will fully cure out of the windows within 30 days. Do not attempt to push this moisture around underneath the film.
Wait at least one week before cleaning the interior windows where the film is installed. Clean the windows with a damp microfiber cloth. If necessary, use a non-ammonia based cleaner such as Spray Away or a 50-50 mix of alcohol and water.
Be careful of sharp or hard objects near the tint. There is a scratch-resistant coating on the outer layer of the film, but the film is still susceptible to damage from seat belt buckles, rings, and similar objects.
XPEL Paint Protection Film
Do not wash the vehicle for 7 days after installation.
Cleaning and Care
Remove insect remains, bird droppings, tree sap/leaves/needles, and other organic material from the PPF as soon as possible.
Difficult stains can be treated with 99% isopropyl alcohol. Do this carefully to keep these chemicals off of the vehicle's paint.
The edges of your film are wrapped around exposed surfaces where possible. In areas where the edges of the film are exposed, extra care may be required to maintain a clean appearance. If dirt builds up on these areas, you may use a cotton swab and a 50/50 water and rubbing alcohol mixture to safely remove this build up without damaging the film. Always make sure to neutralize the area afterward with warm soapy water.
Due to the self-healing properties of the film, light scratches will clear up on their own in warmer temperatures. During colder months, the process can be accelerated by using a heat gun or hair dryer on a low setting held six inches away from the affected areas for a short period of time. If you are uncomfortable attempting this at home, feel free to stop by and have a technician walk through the process with you.
Avoid using a pressure washer or high-pressure water source near the edges of the film, as it can cause the film to lift.
The use of a clay bar on PPF is acceptable for removing physical contaminants from the film.
CARPRO CQUARTZ UK 3.0
For best results, keep vehicle dry for first 24 hours after coating. Do not wash vehicle or apply any chemicals to the coated surfaces for 7 days.
Cleaning and Care
Ceramic coating provides broad-pH chemical resistance, but can be damaged with aggressive abrasion. Hand washing the vehicle is best; if an auto-wash is to be used, make sure it is a touchless wash as brushes used in touch carwashes will damage the coating.
Bugs, tree sap, and tar should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible, to avoid etching the coating. A microfiber cloth with water or a detailing spray can be used to gently wipe away the contamination.
Iron particles (e.g. brake dust or rail dust) are one of the few contaminants that can embed themselves in a ceramic coat. The iron particles can then hold water (reducing the hydrophobic properties of the coating) and rust (causing unsightly discoloration and surface damage). If the coating appears to have lost the ability to bead water like it could when new, the use of an iron remover can help restore coating performance.
Ceramic coatings can be waxed if you prefer. Polishing will remove a ceramic coating. Paint protection film, vinyl, and other surface products will not typically adhere to a ceramic-coated surface.
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