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Old 03-10-2018, 06:18 PM   #1
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Buying a car with aull PPF fitted?

Oh man.I sure hope this is the correct forum section?
..but.I'm going to view a car tomorrow with the aforementioned paint protection film fitted

this one infact... https://www.rsdirectbristol.co.uk/ve...an-Gt-R-U1265/

I would be trading in my existing Datsun

So what are the pros and cons with PPF?At this moment I have no idea who fitted it.So was it dye cut? or hand cut to shape potentially leaving scapel mark cuts all over the paintwork.Plainly it will help with minor stone chips but completely remove the ocd pleasures of polishing the bluddy thing

Any thoughts?..might it discouler?the edges start lifting allowing all the dust to adhere to its edges

Interested to here from anyone who has it fitted,as I gather it is not a cheap option asI would never,ever consider buying a car that was wrapped(similar thing?)..many tia

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Old 03-10-2018, 06:54 PM   #2
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GTR's get full PPF for a reason, if its in good nick, leave it be. There is no fun in trying to keep that paint relatively swirl or water spot free.

Don't polish it, just use silica sprays to enhance beading and dirt repellency
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If it has been installed by a reputable company the chances are the kit will have been pre designed and cut using a plotter, therefore no cutting required on the vehicle.
As long as the film is in good condition and no edges are lifting I would leave it well alone personally.
PPF has evolved over the last few years and the latest products are clearer and less likely to yellow than the traditional, thick 3M films.
As Matt mentioned, just clean it and apply silica coatings.
You can however lightly machine polish it with a dual action machine and apply a hydrophobic layer over the top such as Gtechniq EXOv4 or GYEON Cancoat in order to satisfy your urge to detail it!

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Old 03-10-2018, 07:51 PM   #4
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Not sure if this is more expensive but if it’s similar to others your looking at then it can only be of benefit. If it’s all good - loads of protection. If not, whip the bad bits off and you’ve got some protection still
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I see that you've bought the car great spec and don't worry about the PPF, if it's been applied correctly then it will protect your clear coat from stone chips and it should be self healing so any swirls that you see can be sorted with applying some heat to the effected areas with either a heat gun or hair dryer.

There are videos out there highlighting how easy it is to maintain your PPF.
Find out what the name of the PPF is if possible, this will give you some guidance on how best to look after it

Nice car by the way
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Thanks all.Yes I did indeed buy it

..and the kit was obviously dye cut and fitted perfectly,in some places its hard to even see it!.However there are a couple of small pieces that have attracted dust particulary around the rear 'Nissan' boot emblem...but that can be removed without any bother....all in all chuffed to bits
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...First wash today after 2 weeks or so

Watched some 'how to' care for PPF vids and Blimey O Riley this stuff is almost too good to be true!

usual two buckets,wash mit,towel dry..blah blah

but the clarity,gloss,shine and reflections are unreal





and that was just a quick once over finished with Chemical Guys spray sealant.The wheels however were a different matter,it has taken 3 attempts and 1 entire Megs clay bar to rid them of all their 12 months of brake dust well and truly stuck on them


My last 2 cars have been white but they never shon like this thing
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