This is not recommended, for there is a danger that the coating will break down more quickly. Particularly during the prewash phase in carwashes highly alkaline shampoos are applied which attack the sealing. In this case, the customer forfeits any claim under the guarantee.
Yes. To maintain your warranty, you need to attend an annual service. This is to ensure the Ceramic coating performing properly for the entire length of the warranty. If an annual inspection is missed, the warranty defaults to the lesser package at the time of the missed annual inspection. i.e. 3 years warranty becomes a 2 year warranty when an annual service is missed.
Yes, pressure washers can be used on paint protection films provided the film has completely dried after installation (typically 72 hours) and provided the high-pressure water is not pointed directly at the edges of the film.
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 is allowed to 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.
The self-healing clear coat of PPF 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.
Yes, Coatings can be applied to PPF. 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. 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 will still remain.
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 a number of different multi-layer surfaces (not just paint protection film) made of glass or plastic.
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