XPEL Stealth Audi RS3 paint protection film



Performance28 are delighted to announce our partnership with the Worlds leading Paint Protection ‘Xpel’ and the installation of our new cutting machine, the Graphtec Cutting Pro FC9000. 

Often referred to as “PPF,” XPEL Self-Healing Paint Protection Film is perfect for protecting high impact areas, or even doing full coverage car wraps . Keep your paint safe from chips, scratches, and road debris with glossy ULTIMATE PLUS or satin finish STEALTH

XPEL (Paint Protection Film) FAQ's

  • Can The Film Be Waxed?
    While you can wax the film, be sure the product you are using doesn’t contain Naphtha or Kerosene in concentrations over 5%, and avoid waxes that contain dyes. For best results, we recommend using our XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant or XPEL Ceramic Boost. This product has been specially formulated for use with polyurethane paint protection films to provide the maximum protection and gloss, while containing no ingredients that would cause discoloration over time.
  • Can XPEL Be Installed On Signs?
    Yes. Paint protection film can be applied to most smooth painted surface.
  • What Is The Expected Life Of XPEL?
    Our ULTIMATE PLUS PLUS Series Films are warrantied for 10 years. This warranty covers: yellowing, staining, delaminating, cracking, peeling, bubbling, and more.
  • Can I Use Detailing Clay On The Film?
    Yes. The process is the same as with regular paint: wet the surface with a lubricant such as XPEL Detail Spray or soapy water and then gently rub the surface with the clay bar. For stubborn insect, bird dropping, or hard water stains, use an all-purpose degreaser such as Simple Green as the lubricant for the detailing clay.
  • How Do I Maintain XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS?
    No special maintenance is required for XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS. However, the film will last longer and will be easier to clean if treated twice a year with XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant.
  • Can XPEL Film Be Applied To Chrome?
    Any of our films can be installed on Chrome, though the finish will look slightly different than if left unprotected. We recommend having your installer apply a small swatch to the desired surface so you can see what it looks like before deciding.
  • Will XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS Yellow Over Time?
    XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS is warrantied for 10 years against a range of issues including yellowing.
  • How Deep Of A Scratch Can Film Still Heal?
    The clear coat is the self-healing layer and is approximately 13 microns thick. If that layer is penetrated, the film will not heal.
  • Can XPEL Be Installed On Your Windshield?
    No, XPEL Paint protection film cannot be installed on your windshield. Due to the impact absorbency of paint protection film, the refractive index of the film is too different from that of the windshield. Because of this difference, putting the two together causes a distortion when looking through the glass that would be unacceptable to the vehicle’s occupants.
  • Can I Cover My Whole Vehicle With XPEL Film?
    Yes. Most smooth painted surfaces can be covered with paint protection film.
  • How Can I Wax STEALTH Without It Looking Shiny?
    If you want to protect your STEALTH paint protection film, we recommend using our XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant or XPEL Ceramic Boost. When applying the sealant, work in small areas thoroughly wiping away all excess before moving on to the next section. Test an inconspicuous spot for application technique as installation is difficult due to the satin finish.
  • Can I Run My Car Through An Automatic Car Wash?
    Yes, but please wait at least 48 hours after installation to allow the film to dry completely.
  • What Happens If You Put Acry-Solvent On The Film?
    Acry-solvent, or any other Xylene based solvent, will not harm the film unless left sitting saturated in it for an extended period. To use this type of solvent on the film (for removing stains, etc.) wet a microfiber towel with the product and wipe the film for one or two minutes. If the stain remains, allow the solvent to evaporate and then repeat the process.
  • Can I Use A Pressure Washer, And How Soon After Install?
    Yes, pressure washers can be used on XPEL paint protection films, provided the film has completely dried after installation (typically 48 hours) and provided the high-pressure water is not pointed directly at the edges of the film.
  • If I Apply A Ceramic Coating To STEALTH, Will It Make It Shiny?
    It depends on the coating. Some may deepen the finish while others may add unwanted gloss. We recommend testing the coating on a swatch of unused film or in an inconspicuous area before coating a protected panel. We recommend using XPEL FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating, our ceramic coating was designed with paint and XPEL Paint protection film in mind.
  • Will Removing The Film Harm The Vehicles Paint, Once Removed?
    It is highly unlikely for paint protection film to harm OEM paint. Paint systems used on modern assembly lines today produce a minimum bond strength of 16 MPa and maximum of 25 MPa between the panel and the paint depending on color, iridescence and the system used. Our film’s bond to the painted surface at a normal state (immediately following installation) is .0753 MPa. Even after years of heat and sun, the bond between the film and the paint increases to only 0.17 MPa. What that means is in the absolute worst case scenario, the bond of factory paint to the panel is over 94 times stronger than the bond of our film to the paint. In the best case, the paint is 332 times stronger. That being said, it is still recommended to have it professionally removed by us here at Performance28.
  • Can I Have XPEL Installed Over My Vinyl Wrap Or Racing Stripes?
    Yes. XPEL film can be applied over a vinyl wrap or graphics. However, if there are any hard edges that film must cross (as in the case of stripes), it could result in some air being trapped along that edge.
  • Can XPEL Be Installed On Your Vehicles Headlights And Fog Lights?
    Yes, XPEL can be installed on your cars headlamps and fog lamps
  • How Do I Wash The Film, Can I Use A Quick Detailer Or Detail Spray?
    We recommend using the XPEL Rinse Free Car Wash, combined with the XPEL Detail Spray and Ceramic Boost for increased cleanliness and slickness
  • Can XPEL Be Applied Over A Vehicle That Has Had Paint Touch Ups?
    Yes. Though you can install the film over any quality of touch-up, the best possible appearance will be obtained if the touched up area has been color-sanded smooth and buffed after the application of the paint.
  • Can XPEL Film Be Installed On The Glossy Interior Panels Of My Car?
    Yes. XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS can be applied to any smooth surface, though care should be taken around any electronics and/or switches so that installation fluids aren’t allowed to get into sensitive areas.
  • Can XPEL Paint Protection Film Be Installed On A Brand New Vehicle?
    Yes, most factory paint is fully cured before the car ever leaves the assembly line.
  • What Can I Use To Clean The Film With If The Film Cleaner Isn’t Working?
    XPEL Film Cleaner is generally designed to remove dirt, grime and oils from paint protection film that lead to yellowing over time. To remove stains from other substances such as insects, bird droppings or other compounds, use acetone or lacquer thinner with a soft microfiber cloth.
  • If I Get A Partial Front End Wrap, Will The Edge Of The Film Be Noticeable?
    While the edge of the film can be seen from certain angles, people generally do not notice it unless they are looking for it. However, if the car is dirty and dust and dirt can collect along the edge of the film, it will be more noticeable. Once the car is cleaned, it will be once again difficult to detect unless looking for it.
  • A Piece Of Road Debris Scratched The Film On My Car. Will This Self-Heal?
    The self-healing clear coat of our ULTIMATE PLUS and STEALTH films is designed to repair itself from swirl marks and light scratches from car washes, etc. If a piece of debris has penetrated all the way through the clear coat on the film, it will not self-heal. The only way to fix this would be to have the piece of film replaced.
  • How Can I Remove The Excess Adhesive After I Removed The Film Myself?
    If there is left over adhesive upon removal, you can use a general purpose adhesive remover, often found at your local auto parts or home improvement store.
  • Does The 10-Year Warranty On ULTIMATE PLUS Transfer To Another Owner If Car Is Sold?
    The XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS Film Series warranty is transferable to another owner with proof of purchase.
  • Once The Film Has Been Removed From My Vehicle, Can I Re-Use It On Another Vehicle?
    No, the film once applied and removed cannot be reused.
  • Can I Install XPEL Paint Protection Film On Aluminum Or Brushed Metal Accents On The Car?
    Any of our paint protection films can be installed on aluminum or brushed metal, though they may change the appearance to some degree depending on the film you choose. We recommend having your installer apply a small swatch of the film to the surface in question to determine the appearance prior to full installation.
  • What Is The Best Polish To Put On Your Car After You Have Had It Wrapped With XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS?
    We recommend using our XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant. This product has been specially formulated for use with polyurethane paint protection films to provide the maximum protection and gloss, while containing no ingredients that would cause discoloration over time. We also recommend XPEL Detail Spray and/or Ceramic Boost for added slickness and ease of cleaning.
  • My Car Dealer Applied A Paint Sealant To My Vehicle, Can I Have XPEL Installed Over This Protectant?
    Waxes, sealants and protectants are typically designed to reduce the surface energy of the paint, making them easier to clean etc. A reduction in surface energy will reduce the film’s ability to adhere to the paint and could cause long term adhesion issues. Because of this, we generally recommend removing these types of products before installation. If these types of coatings are to be used, we recommend applying them AFTER installation of our paint protection film.
  • Can I Apply A Ceramic Coating On Top Of The Film And How Does It Affect The Self-Healing Feature Of XPEL?
    Yes, Coatings can be applied to the films. Adding a coating does not stop the film from self-healing. Coatings can add a protective layer over the film, which depending on the coating can provide different properties (Please contact your installer or coating company for more information). That additional coating layer, depending on the coating applied, may or may not self-heal. Once the coating wears down and deteriorates, the self-healing qualities of XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS and STEALTH will remain. We recommend XPEL FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating. Our ceramic was specifically formulated for your vehicles paint and XPEL Paint protection film.
  • Can I Have XPEL Paint Protection Film Installed On Top Of My Ceramic Coating?
    We would not recommend this, as it may result in poor adhesion to the painted surfaces. Professional removal of the ceramic coating is recommended. You may install XPEL FUSION PLUS on top of your XPEL Paint Protection Film. Check with your local installer for more details.
  • Can You Wrap A Whole Car In The Same Way You Can Color Change A Vehicle (Dismantling First) From Bulk Pieces Of Paint Protection Film?
    Yes, assuming you are comfortable with the risk, there is nothing about the film that would prevent this from being done. We also have designs for most body panels on nearly every vehicle, which would allow installation without dismantling the vehicle.
  • Can I Install A Vinyl Stripe On Top Of XPEL Paint Protection Film And Will I Be Able To Remove The Stripe Without Damaging The Clear Protection?
    Yes, you can install a vinyl on top of the film. We recommend waiting 48 hours after installation before doing so. You may also remove the stripe without damaging the film, if removed properly.
  • Do You Make A Clear Film That Could Be Used To Protect A Windshield Without Distorting One’s View, Or Breaking The Glass Due To Expansion/Contraction?
    No. We do not currently offer a windshield protection film.
  • When I Wear Polarized Sunglasses, My Paint Protection Film Appears To Have Blemishes And Distortions, Why Is That?

    This is a very common occurrence with Paint Protection Film of all brands. It has to do with the difference in refractive index between the layer of film and the paint on the car. It is most noticeable on compound-curved surfaces because the film must be stretched over these areas to allow it to be installed without wrinkles. When the film is stretched, it becomes slightly thinner in those areas which causes the phenomenon seen through polarized glasses.

    It can also occur on flat surfaces when the installer needs to use a drying solution (as opposed to a slip solution) such as alcohol and water to get the needed bond to the paint. This is due to the difference in viscosity of the fluids and their effect on the adhesive’s properties.

    Polarized glasses have this effect on several different multi-layer surfaces (not just paint protection film) made of glass or plastic.

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