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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the film installed?

The film is installed using a combination of water and slip solution. We also use a tack solution which is designed to assist in aiding the film to sit into sharp curves and bodylines.

Can you see the film once it is installed?

Yes and no. It is dependent on what panels are being wrapped. Edges that can be wrapped such as bonnets, doors and the top lip of a fender will be hidden. Where there are edges that cannot be wrapped, the film will be visible on the flat face (1-2mm from the end of the panel). Darker panels hide the film better.

Can you remove the film once it is installed?

Yes you can. Using boiling water, cover the film and begin peeling an edge. Start pulling the film back on a 90 degree angle ensuring you hold tension to avoid leaving adhesive behind. This is also achievable using a heat gun, steamer or even a hairdryer. Applying heat will help to loosen the adhesive and in turn make the film removal easier. While it is achievable to remove film this way, we will always recommend you bring the vehicle to a certified installer as they know the safest removal techniques.

How do the self-healing properties of the film work?

FlexiShield has a flexible component in their film called thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) A combination of hard and soft co-polymers reacts to rebind and retain their shape causing the film to reseal and heal themselves with the assistance of heat. As long as the scratch doesn’t exceed the top layer of the film, run boiling water or a hot hair dryer over the surface scratch and watch it disappear. Alternatively leaving the vehicle in the warm Australian sun will have the same effect.

Why do I have to bring my vehicle to your workshop?

The main reason is the quality of the overall installation. By bringing us the vehicle we have the ability to control and minimise the amount of external factors which have an impact on our finished product such as light, temperature and cleanliness.

What is the warranty period?

We warrant vehicles including cars and 4×4’s for 10 years. We warrant trucks for 5 years due to the excessive km’s that these vehicles do in comparison to cars.

Is there anything you CAN’T wrap?

Think about it like this – have you ever tried wrapping a basketball in wrapping paper? It’s impossible right. The same applies for PPF. Any shape with multiple curves going in different directions will only ever achieve a limited amount of coverage unless of course the film is joined or relieved. We will ask for an image of what we are wrapping or to sight the vehicle first so we can explain the limitations of the film and set realistic expectations before commencing work.

How does it hold up to UV?

Extremely well. Not only will the film repel up to 97% of UV Rays but more importantly it eliminates oxidisation which is what more commonly affects the appearance of your paintwork fading long-term.

How long does a clear wrap last?

A professionally installed PPF will last over 10 years.

Why should I wrap my car in PPF over vinyl or a ceramic coating? Pros/cons?

Vinyl is usually applied for stylistic improvements with minimal protection. Vinyl will protect the paint from the harsh UV rays however it does not eliminate the risk of stone chips, scratches or water stainage.

A Ceramic Coating is a liquid polymer that is applied to the exterior surfaces of a vehicle. After application, it chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, establishing a layer of protection. A ceramic coating carries hydrophobic qualities and adds to the overall shine of the paint work. Despite the wild claims of some manufacturers and installers, a ceramic coating does not reduce the risk of stone chips, scratches, nor water spots.

Whereas, PPF is thicker than ceramic coatings and vinyl, it is a physical film that acts as a barrier. PPF has a chemical composition that allows it to self-heal; that is, it returns to its original form after receiving an indentation or abrasion. Ceramic coatings and vinyl can not achieve this. These qualities make PPF able to absorb stone chips, scratches, and water stainage without being permanently disfigured making it the toughest of all protective options available on the market.

What detailing/cleaning products can and can’t be used in PPF?

CANT:
• petrol or acid based products
• silicon products

CAN:
• Car wash
• Detailers spray
• Hand polish without a cutting compound

Can I install PPF on my own car?

Yes you can. DIY Kits are now available to purchase for certain Australian makes and models on our online store. These kits are designed as a temporary solution warranted for 1 year, perfect for that upcoming cape trip or off-road adventure. If you’d prefer a more permanent, seamless solution then it is advised you visit your nearest certified dealer for a professional installation.

Will it damage my paint once removed?

No, FlexiShield has an impressive adhesive bond that is strong enough to hold to paint for many years but can also be removed. Your paint will be in the same condition as the day the Paint Protection Film (PPF) was applied.

Will it go yellow?

No, unlike inferior older films on the market FlexiShield will not turn yellow even after many years. With new and improved technology we have been able to tweak the film to ensure unwanted yellow never shines through.

Is there a particular way to clean the film?

You are able to wash your vehicle as normal even with the film on. It is recommended by the manufacturer that you do not use silicon products or heavy degreasers as they will eventually wear the protective topcoat of the film. If you opt to use a gurney ensure you apply a strict 1m rule and never hold the gurney to the very edge of the film as you risk catching and lifting the film.

Can you polish the film?

You most definitely can polish and wax the film as you would your normal paint. Maintaining the surface of the PPF is a great way to keep it in great condition for years to come. It is not recommended that you use a polish which contains cutting compounds or a buffing machine as it is too abrasive for the film and can damage the self healing topcoat.

How long does it take to put on?

Application time depends on the area and how much of the vehicle you are covering. Application times range from 1-5 days depending on the surface area.

What if I have scratches already?

FlexiShield will help hide light scratches! The PPF creates a bridge over the paint lesion and causes light to refract and seemingly “fill” the gaps. We have some impressive examples on our website, so be sure to check it out. If you have a deep scratch, we can still apply the film over the top. The film will not hide the scratch but it will protect it from the elements.

What does the warranty cover?

We are very confident in the technology behind our PPF and are happy to offer a 10year warranty on all FlexiShield products. We will remove and replace any film that has a manufacturing fault such as bubbling, cracking, fading or delamination so long as it adheres to the warranty guidelines.