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Our Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a high-grade colorless urethane, designed for application to high-impact areas of vehicles. This product offers protection from scratches, bug damage, bird droppings, automotive fluid stains, road tar and small rock chips, as well as the punishing outdoor weather. It is used by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to protect visible surfaces like rocker panels, wheel flares, door openings and the leading edge of the hood.

This product offers excellent clarity and gloss retention, with a proprietary, protective, scratch resistant, self-healing clear coat that includes anti-fouling properties. The scratch-resistant coating results in less scratching during the installation.

Recommended Storage Conditions: 60 F to 90 F (15 C to 32 C) 50% relative humidity. Acceptable Storage Conditions are 40 F to 80 F (4 C to 27 C) 25%75% relative humidity.

Any unused materials should be stored in the original packaging in a horizontal position. Storage of loose product not in original packaging is not recommended. If loose film must be stored, wind with liner in and no smaller than 2 inch diameter. The pieces should fit in a 3 inch tube. Winding less than 2 inch in diameter or with the liner side out can affect product stability.*

*User assumes all risks and liability for loss of performance when product is not properly stored. Shelf life is one year from original purchase date.

  Rubber Squeegees and Hard Cards (based on your personal experience)
  Knife with Break-off Blades
  Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths
  Heat Gun
  Drop Cloths to collect water during installation to avoid slip-and-fall accidents
  Tack Solution - 16 oz spray bottle containing a mixture or 75% clean and contaminant-free water to 25% of 70% alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol)
  Installation Solution (Soap Solution) - 16 oz. spray bottle of water with the addition of 4 to 5 drops of mild baby shampoo. Distilled water is preferred but not necessary, as long as the water source is free of contamination.

During installation, ensure that vehicle is removed from direct sunlight. Surface and air temperature should be 50 F to 90 F (10 C to 32 C). When applying PPF to a repainted vehicle, ensure that the paint is thoroughly dried and completely cured to avoid bubbling of the film due to the paint outgassing. Confirm manufacturing instructions with respect to cure time and method.

Wash the vehicle with a mild detergent, rinse and dry with a lint-free cloth. Ensure that all wax and polish has been removed. Special care should be devoted to the edges, corners, welding seams, rivets, etc. Ensure that these areas have been sufficiently cleaned, watching for debris from under any body trim. If the dirt area cannot be thoroughly cleaned to ensure that no debris is left behind, consider removing the trim for a cleaner install.

During the preparation examine the existing paint in detail, looking for possible repainted areas or other areas of concern that might cause problems when the product is eventually removed.

After the initial surface cleaning it might be necessary to repeat the degreasing and cleaning of the surface with a lint free cloth and IPA. This might need to be repeated several times dependening upon the level of contamination seen and/or felt on the surface prior to beginning the installation.

1) Cut approximate size of PPF from the box.
2) Spray installation solution onto the painted surface.
3) Remove liner and spray exposed adhesive with solution.
4) Position product on selected application area.

  a. Slide the product until you reach the correct position.
  b. During this stage you may reposition the film.
  c. Spray soap solution on the face of the film.
  d. Start to gently squeegee, gradually increasing pressure to remove all water and air from under the film.

5) Continue to apply soap solution to the face of the film during the squeegeeing in order to allow the squeegee to slide across the film.

  a. During squeegeeing, use 50% overlapping strokes to ensure that all water and air are removed.

6) For curved surfaces, the film might need to be pulled or stretched in order to fully conform to the surface. It is recommended that heat not be applied during this process. The PPF is intrinsically flexible to allow the materials to be stretched.

  a. If stretching is required the tack solution will be necessary.
  b. Lift the film and spray the adhesive side with the tack solution.
  c. Reposition the film and squeegee to "lock" in place. The tack solution washes away the soap, allowing the adhesive to instantly bond.
  d. The best results are normally obtained when you position and secure one half of the product at a time. Complete one side before moving to the other.

7) Be sure not to overstretch it to the point that lines start to appear on the surface.
8) Trim product as appropriate to allow for edge rolling if required.

Film may be washed and waxed as normal after one week. Do not spray edges of film with hose or pressure washers. Directly spraying the edges will result in lifting of the edges. Do not use abrasive or pigmented waxes and polishes.

Should you need to remove the PPF, use a pulling action with a 30- degree (preferred) to 90-degree angle. The more dramatic the angle, the more adhesive will be left on the paint. A heat gun can be used to soften the adhesive, but it will result in the adhesive splitting, requiring cleanup of more adhesive than necessary. The preferred method for removal is to use a wallpaper or clothes steamer, which softens the adhesive, makes it easier to remove and leaves less adhesive residue behind.

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