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February 21, 2024 by Doug Harrison 0 Comments

Everything You Need to Know About XPEL PPF Before Buying

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Your vehicle represents one of the most significant investments in your life, both in terms of finances and practicality. Unfortunately, the financial costs don’t stop once the car is paid for. The harsh realities of road life – from pebbles and debris to environmental contaminants – can take a toll on your vehicle’s appearance and integrity, costing you thousands. That’s where XPEL comes in. XPEL’s products offer an essential first layer of defense, preserving not just the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle but also its long-term value.

We’re Apex Auto Shield, Austin’s premier PPF and window tinting experts, and whether XPEL is a familiar name to you, or you’re just discovering it, we’ve got you covered. This guide will dive into the essentials of XPEL Paint Protection Film and more.

Who is XPEL

XPEL, an American company rooted in San Antonio, TX, has built a reputation for itself for its quality and innovation in the automotive scene. Beginning its journey with a mission to offer superior paint protection solutions, XPEL quickly rose to the top, propelled by revolutionary products like the XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS. They now offer a multitude of protection products across vehicles, boats, homes, and offices. Their growth from a small-scale operation in San Antonio to an international industry leader is a testament to their dedication to excellence and customer satisfaction. Why get lost in the maze of generic foreign PPF brands when the best is waiting right in your backyard? Embrace American excellence and local business with a choice that elevates your vehicle’s protection beyond the ordinary.

What is XPEL PPF?

Man installing PPF

PPF (Paint Protection Film) is a thermoplastic urethane, often self-healing film, applied to the interior or exterior of vehicles to protect the paint from damage. Its primary function is to act as a shield against scratches, chips, and contaminants like bird droppings, tree sap, and dirty rain, which can worsen the vehicle’s appearance and paint quality. PPF is incredibly useful, as it not only maintains the aesthetic appeal of the vehicle but also enhances its longevity. By guarding against everyday wear and tear, it preserves the car’s value and keeps it looking newer for longer. XPEL PPF is also self-healing, meaning minor scratches can disappear with heat exposure, meaning the PPF continues to work hard even after it’s installed.

What types of XPEL PPF are there?

XPEL Stealth PPF

The epitome of sophistication in vehicle protection, boasting a satin-smooth finish designed for factory flat finishes, be it matte, magno, frozen, or frosted. Its self-healing technology ensures that your car retains its flawless, pristine appearance with minimal effort. Flat finishes are notoriously difficult to maintain, clean, and even repair. Stealth PPF enables you to easily wash and dry your car without damaging its sheen.

XPEL Ultimate Plus PPF

Ultimate Plus is the flagship PPF from XPEL. This industry-leading paint protection film is designed to keep your vehicle’s exterior safe from common damages like scuffs, scratches, and chips. It’s almost invisible, blending seamlessly with your car’s paint. The revolutionary part of this film is its self-healing properties, which can repair light scratches and swirl marks with heat application, perfect for that Texas heat. The PPF is also non-yellowing, ensuring long-lasting clarity, and stain-resistant against harsh elements. With ULTIMATE PLUS, your vehicle is not just protected; it maintains its pristine look for years, thanks to the film’s durability, Edge Seal Technology, and 10-year warranty.

XPEL Ultimate Fusion PPF

Fusion is all about bringing together the best of both worlds – the rugged protection and self-healing properties of XPEL Ultimate Plus and the sleek advantage of a hydrophobic top coat, much like ceramic coating. Thanks to its ultra-sleek surface, water and grim slide right off, making washing, drying, and maintaining your car easier than ever. 

How long does XPEL PPF last?

While cheap dealer-installed PPFs typically last only 1-3 years, XPEL Ultimate Plus PPF is designed to last, with a 10-year warranty guaranteed against yellowing, delaminating, cracking, peeling, bubbling, and more. XPEL films are the best of the best with regard to quality and durability. XPEL films are often installed by certified professionals who have undergone specific training, ensuring a precise and effective application. This is extremely important to ensure that your PPF is installed properly to carry out the expected warranty.

Smoothing XPEL Stealth Wrap On Matte Black Car

How much does XPEL PPF cost?

While PPF in its basic package starts out around $1099, full vehicle and customized packages and/or color changes will increase the price of some people’s budgets. Luckily, chatting with our expert team opens up a world of customizable options for XPEL Paint Protection Film (PPF) that ensures you can get exactly what you’re looking for at the right price. It’s all about finding that sweet spot that fits your needs and budget. Our experts know the ins and outs of XPEL’s lineup and can provide an a-la-carte list of options.

We’ll help tailor the perfect protection plan, ensuring your vehicle not only stays in top condition but also matches your style and financial comfort zone. ​

What is the right XPEL PPF option for me?

Xpel PPF Bumper Package

Bumper Package

Our Bumper Only PPF package focuses solely on safeguarding your vehicle’s front bumper. This is an ideal choice for those seeking a cost-effective solution to protect the most vulnerable area of the car from road damage.

Basic Package

The Basic Protection package aims at providing a shield to the most exposed parts of your vehicle. We apply XPEL PPF to the hood, mirrors, front bumper, and headlights/fog lights, ensuring these crucial areas remain as good as new for longer. The package offers a balance of protection and cost, providing comprehensive front-facing defense without covering the entire vehicle.

Xpel PPF Basic Package
Xpel PPF Full Front Package

Full Front Package

The Full Front Protection package offers an all-encompassing shield for your vehicle’s front end. By covering the hood, mirrors, fenders, front bumper, and headlights/fog lights with top-tier XPEL PPF. This package is perfect for those who prioritize comprehensive protection for all front-facing components of their vehicle.

Track Package

Our Track Pack or Off-Road Protection package is designed for vehicles regularly exposed to aggressive driving conditions. This package covers the hood, mirrors, fenders, front bumper, headlights/fog lights, A-pillars and rocker panels with XPEL’s reliable PPF. It’s a great option for those who need extra protection from the harsh conditions of the track or off-road environments.

Xpel PPF Track Package
Xpel PPF Ultimate Protection Package

Ultimate Protection Package

For those seeking total protection, our Ultimate Protection package is the perfect choice. We meticulously apply XPEL’s premium PPF to every exterior inch of your vehicle. This package provides the ultimate peace of mind, knowing that your vehicle is fully shielded from everyday environmental and road hazards.

Why choose us?

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Based in Leander, TX, we are your one-stop solution for exceptional vehicle care services. We specialize in XPEL window tinting, paint protection film, paint correction, ceramic coating, and meticulous detailing.

As an XPEL Certified Shop that has been through XPEL’s training and certifications, you can rest assured that your vehicle is being protected by an extremely knowledgeable staff.

Choosing Apex Auto Shield means you not only get the incredible warranty that comes with XPEL but also include our free 4-week follow-up inspection to ensure the film maintains its integrity and appearance. We meticulously clean every vehicle before applying any PPF, ensuring the best possible adherence and finish.

Our knowledgeable team is dedicated to guiding you through the selection process, ensuring you receive a protection plan that not only meets your vehicle’s needs but also aligns with your budget.

Give us a call or contact us to learn how we can ensure your vehicle’s elegance and durability in the greater Austin, TX, area, where your satisfaction is guaranteed.


Black and red jeep rubicon PPF wrap

We hope this guide has provided valuable insights into protecting your vehicle with Apex Audio Shield and XPEL’s advanced Paint Protection Film (PPF) technologies. For residents in and around Austin, TX, our range of XPEL PPF options, including the sophisticated Stealth PPF for matte finishes, the durable Ultimate Plus, and the innovative Fusion films, are designed to meet the unique needs of your vehicle.

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Apex Auto Shield, based in Leander, TX, is your one-stop solution for exceptional vehicle care services. We specialize in XPEL window tinting, paint protection film, paint correction, ceramic coating, and meticulous detailing. Enhance and protect your vehicle with Apex Auto Shield. Unveil the brilliance within today.

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(512) 585-9842


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