Pro-fresh-ional Paint Protection with XPEL Clear Film
How to Keep Your Work Truck Looking New With XPEL Clear Film
It’s a given that just about any time you head out on a job, your work truck is going to get dirty—and the paint will likely become pitted or contaminated, as well. There’s just no getting around that reality of the working guy’s world. But since you’re a pro and potential customers judge your company by the quality of your equipment, you want to keep your rig looking clean and undamaged.
This leads us to XPEL’s paint protection film. It’s designed to keep your paint looking as good as new, year after year, no matter how much grit and grime you encounter. It’s nearly invisible and can be applied not only to the hood and front valence but also to the headlights, side mirrors, and doors—actually, your entire pickup, if so desired. The big news is that this film is available in precut patterns for 70,000 different production vehicles and can be hand-cut and applied to unusual van or truck-body styles not often seen (if that’s the kind of rig your company operates). Note that not all brands of films are created equal. XPEL Founder Tim Hartt was originally a distributor and pattern maker for another well-known film manufacturer. Deciding to improve on the product’s clarity, longevity, and some other features, he introduced his own line in 2006.
Today, XPEL’s most popular clear film product is the Ultimate, consisting of a polyurethane film with an acrylic polymer adhesive on the underside, plus a clearcoat on top made of elastomeric polymers. Referring to this new, elastic topside coating, Hartt says, “That’s where the magic happens.” How so? XPEL’s Ultimate actually has the ability to “self-heal” micro scratches, he points out, since elastomeric polymer tends to flow somewhat, filling in lower spots, especially in the presence of heat. The main advantage, though, is that XPEL film is designed to prevent chipping from pebbles and other debris along with contamination from road oils that can collect in the pores of the paint and cause yellowing.
Hartt notes that certain areas of the country need extra protection, such as the Southeast, where, during mating season, love bugs can cake up on paint and eat into the paint finish (giving a whole new meaning to that old song lyric, “Love is in the air”). Also, road salt obviously poses a problem in cold climates, as do airborne pollutants in urban areas. With XPEL’s film, these contaminants wash off easily with standard car soap, and the surface can be waxed or polished for extra protection and a show-quality shine. Whatever your location or climate, having an extra layer of protection makes good sense, not only to avoid the cost of a repaint, but to keep your work truck finish looking “profreshional.”
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