Photo 3/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Thorough Cleaning 2 | Before applying the XPEL film, do a thorough cleaning, preferably with a soft buffing pad and lots of soap and water.
Photo 4/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Pro Trim
Photo 5/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Pro Trim 2 | XPEL film is usually installed by a professional trim shop (especially for a custom, hand-cut application), as it requires a fair level of expertise and fitting time. First, the cleaned surface of the vehicle is wet down with XPEL’s special film gel solution. The XPEL film typically comes in pre-cut patterns mounted on white backing paper. The film peels off the backing paper as it’s attached to the body. The rest of the backing separates off as it’s unrolled.
Photo 6/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Gel Polymer | The gel polymer, previously sprayed on the body to keep things moist, allows the film to be adjusted to the exact position.
Photo 7/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Squeegeed
Photo 8/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Squeegeed 2 | Any excess solution and air bubbles are squeegeed off the body. Experienced hands are needed to get it right.
Photo 9/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Reapplication | To eliminate trapped air, some sections might require lifting, re-spraying, and reapplication.
Photo 10/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Intricate Sections | Some areas are more intricate than others, with multiple and reverse contours and cutouts for lights and/or emblems, which take a deft touch and might require using a heat gun to stretch and mold the film.
Photo 11/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Headlights
Photo 12/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Headlights Application | One clear advantage of XPEL film is that it can be applied to headlights. Pre-cut patterns make for much easier fitment, and the film protects lights from pitting and splatters.
Photo 14/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Invisible Protection 2 | Any area of the body that protrudes into the airstream can be protected with XPEL film to provide invisible protection. Fender edges, side mirrors, door handles, and other high-wear areas can all benefit from coverage. After frequent contact and wear, the film can be replaced easily if need be, as any residue of adhesive simply rubs off by hand.
Photo 15/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Fitment
Photo 16/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Fitment 2 | Once the film is fitted properly, any overlap is trimmed off carefully and then wrapped over the edges to match the contours of the body.
Photo 17/17 | Xpel Paint Protection Pricing | Once installed and dry, the XPEL film is barely visible. Prices range depending on the extent of coverage, starting as low as $500 for small sections. The cost of covering larger areas, including the entire vehicle, runs anywhere from $2,500 to $4,000 (but that’s still far less than a new paintjob, which would be more vulnerable to damage).