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Paint Protection Film After Care 

Due to its self-healing abilities, light scratches on STEK top-coated paint protection films (PPFs) may be removed by applying hot water or a heat gun over the affected area(s). Only a certified professional should attempt this on your vehicle. Note that if a scratch has penetrated the topcoat, it will not self-heal. This is typical of any top-coated PPF.

Paint protection film (PPF) is a thin, clear, and flexible film applied to a vehicle's exterior surfaces to protect against scratches, chips, and other damage. To keep the PPF looking its best and maintain its protective properties, it's important to perform proper maintenance. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your PPF:

  1. Wash your vehicle regularly: Regular washing is essential to keep your PPF clean and free from dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can cause damage or discoloration over time. Use a high-quality car wash soap and a soft microfiber wash mitt to avoid scratching the PPF. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or brushes that can damage the film.
  2. Dry your vehicle properly: After washing, dry your vehicle thoroughly to prevent water spots and avoid trapping moisture under the PPF. Use a clean, dry microfiber towel to gently pat the surface dry, starting at the top and working your way down.
  3. Use a clay bar to remove contaminants: If your PPF has accumulated stubborn dirt or other contaminants, you can use a clay bar to remove them. Wet the surface with a clay lubricant and rub the clay bar over the surface, working in small sections at a time. This will remove any contaminants that may have bonded to the PPF.
  4. Apply a sealant or wax: Applying a sealant or wax to the PPF can help protect it against UV rays and other environmental factors that can cause fading or discoloration. Use a product that's specifically designed for PPF and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
  5. Avoid parking under trees or in direct sunlight: To minimize the risk of damage to your PPF, avoid parking your vehicle under trees or in direct sunlight for extended periods. Tree sap, bird droppings, and other environmental factors can cause damage to the PPF if left on for too long.
  6. Repair any damage promptly: If your PPF becomes damaged, it's important to have it repaired as soon as possible. Even small chips or scratches can allow moisture to penetrate and cause damage to the underlying paint.
  7. We recommend hand-washing cars protected with PPF.
  8. While the topcoat may have self-healing abilities, using automatic car washes increases the likelihood of surface scratching. Though minor scratches may self-heal, deeper scratches may remain if they have penetrated the topcoat.
  9. Do not wash the vehicle for 48 hours following installation.
  10. Avoid directly spraying the edges of the PPF with a pressure washer or nozzle. Doing so may lift the edge of the film. If using a high-pressure washer, keep the nozzle at least 36 inches above the film’s surface.
  11. Do not use pigmented waxes, abrasive waxes, or waxes containing naphtha or kerosene.
  12. Do not use abrasive pads or harsh chemicals on the film.
  13. If desired, you can apply MAINTAIN over the car and film at least once every 6 months after installation.(Can purchase MAINTAIN on our virtual shop.)
  14. Remove stains as soon as possible. Use isopropyl alcohol to remove stubborn stains. Avoid cleaning the film in direct sunlight or in high temperatures.

Matte paint protection film (PPF) is a protective film designed to protect the matte finish of a vehicle. Unlike traditional glossy PPF, matte PPF has a flat or satin finish that helps preserve the original look of the matte paint. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're considering matte PPF:

  1. Matte PPF requires specialized care: Matte PPF is more delicate than traditional glossy PPF, so it requires specialized care to maintain its finish. It's important to avoid using abrasive cleaners, waxes, or polishes on matte PPF, as these can damage the finish and cause a glossy or shiny appearance.
  2. Matte PPF can be less forgiving: Matte PPF is less forgiving than traditional glossy PPF when it comes to installation. Any imperfections or wrinkles can be more noticeable on a matte finish, so it's important to choose an experienced installer who has experience working with matte PPF.
  3. Matte PPF is more expensive: Matte PPF is typically more expensive than traditional glossy PPF due to its specialized finish and installation requirements. However, the cost can be worth it if you want to preserve the unique look of your matte-finished vehicle.
  4. Matte PPF is available in different finishes: Matte PPF is available in different finishes, including satin and flat. Satin finish PPF has a slightly glossy appearance, while flat finish PPF has a completely matte appearance.

Caution: Dirt, debris, and stains left on the film may discolor the film if not removed immediately. Take care to prevent discoloration, which may be more noticeable on lighter-colored cars.

With white vehicles, debris tends to build up on edges, we recommend using some isopropyl alcohol on a microfiber and gently wipe the edge clean. If washing with a pressure washer avoid directing nozzles into the edges. When applying a detail spray/wax/coating or when wiping film in general avoid wiping into or towards edges. If you can see an issue, notify a certified installer sooner than later as to increase the possibility of fixing it rather than replacing it. And above all else, please do not try and fix yourself. Whether applying or removing, always have certified installers perform the task as to reduce risk of damage to vehicle paint.

By following these maintenance tips, you can keep your PPF looking its best and protect your vehicle's exterior from damage for years to come.