WHICH PAINT PROTECTION FILM IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR CAR?
We wouldn’t definitively say which Paint Protection Film is “best”. That’s because there isn’t an unequivocally, unilaterally “best” Paint Protection Film. You may choose to go with any of the three major brands, and you would be happy with any of the choices.
So before you make a decision, let me put your mind at ease: You can’t go wrong if you’re deciding between XPEL, SunTek, or 3M. You can go wrong with other films. But you are safe with one of these brands. With any of them you will get stalwart protection you’ll never see for years to come, and that’s what’s important.
Nonetheless, here are a couple questions you can ask yourself to arrive at a decision.
FIRST, WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU IN A MANUFACTURER?
Do you want the biggest company that has been in the industry the longest and has the most resources at their disposal. That would be 3M. Do you want a company that has a more exclusive focus on Paint Protection Film and has gained an impeccable reputation in the industry. That would be XPEL. And then you have LLumar and SunTek that both have solid reputations in the whole automotive films industry and have developed some of the most recent technological advances in terms of their hydrophobic films.
SECOND, ARE HYDROPHOBIC PROPERTIES SIGNIFICANT TO YOU?
Certainly if your car is an everyday driver and you are going to need to wash it every couple of weeks, it will be nice to have hydrophobic properties built into your film. However, as we mentioned earlier, you may be planning to put a Ceramic Coating on top of your Clear Bra, which will then give you the benefits of having a hydrophobic surface. So this question relates both to what plans you have for protection beyond Paint Protection Film, and then how you plan to care for your vehicle in the future.
Now our third and final question (probably the biggest question of all) may surprise you, because it doesn’t actually relate to the specifics of the films.
THIRD, FILM THICKNESS AND CLARITY
Based on manufacturer claims, XPEL Ultimate Plus is 8.5mils thick, Suntek PPF CAP 6mils thick, PPF Ultra 8mils thick, 3M Scotchgard Pro 8mils thick. All measured without liner and with adhesive. Based on the number XPEL obviously has slightly advantage over the others in terms of thickness. The new XPEL Ultimate Plus film also claimed to has no orange peel and superior clarity compared to competitors. Which based on our experience to be true.
FOURTH, WHAT DOES YOUR REPUTABLE INSTALLER USE OR RECOMMEND?
A Paint Protection Film is only as good as its installer. Period, end of story. You could have the best film in the world, but if it is installed poorly, such that it blisters, bubbles, and peels prematurely, it won’t do you any good. Now, no install is 100% flawless, but there is a big difference between a professional, quality install and one that’s done quickly and carelessly. So make sure you find a reputable installer, consider how invested they are in the industry, take a look at the work that they’ve done and the reviews they’ve received, and once you’ve found someone you can trust, ask them what film they enjoy installing the most. All of these films act differently during the install process in terms of their flexibility and tack. The important thing is that you get a high quality film (as all of these films are) and that you get the best install possible. If you get those two things, then you will get what we’re really after here, which is the peace of mind that comes from knowing your car has the best protection you’ll never see.
At Prime Finish, by using XPEL DAP software we have access to the world’s most comprehensive vehicle pattern database that has been tested and fine tuned by thousands of installers around the world. Combined with our experience and reputation in the industry, you will get the best installation possible here in Melbourne. Without the need to worry about knife cutting your paint, digital pattern installation with precise fitment and great attention to detail is what you want to look for when it comes to choose the right installer.