The top layer of the paint protection film is an automotive clear-coat. This provides a glossy top layer and helps to protect against elements and chemicals that are known to cause staining or yellowing with other film brands. We recommend special care and maintenance in order to maintain its glossy finish, overall look, and performance. Due to the true automotive clear coat on this film, it has grown a reputation to resist staining and discoloration. If the instructions outlined below are followed, then the film will keep its like-new appearance.

The following items must be considered when cleaning and maintaining the XPEL Ultimate Plus Film.


After installation, you may see moisture bubbles or moisture under the film. This is normal and will go away once the film has fully cured (up to 4-5 days). During the curing time, it is important not to press or touch these areas. This may cause permanent fingerprint marks in the film.

Keep your vehicle in a cool and shaded area, such as a garage, for a minimum of 12 hours. Since an installation gel is sometimes used during the installation process, the gel needs time to dry out without being exposed to direct sunlight and/or direct heat. If this is not done, the uncured moisture from the gel might create a small blister-like appearance under the film. If you notice this, the blisters will go away over time once the gel cools down again. But, keep it cool and you’ll have no problems.

Keep water away from the car (washing and rain) for 24 hours. Remember, we want all moisture to dry out from the edges during this time. We do not want to create moisture that doesn’t allow for proper curing.

Do not wash or wax the car during the 48-hour curing period. Applying pressure to the surface of the installed film can interrupt the curing process. After 48 hours, feel free to wash and wax at your leisure. NOTE: DEPENDING ON TIME OF YEAR, CURING MIGHT TAKE LONGER.


To keep your film looking great, follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car.
  • Remove insect or other stains as soon as possible with XPEL Film Cleaner.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with 99% isopropyl alcohol. Take care to keep these chemicals off the vehicle’s paint.
  • Seal with XPEL Ceramic Boost at least once every 6 months to preserve high gloss.
  • Light scratches in the film will self-heal in 20-30 minutes at room temperature. In colder conditions, or to accelerate the process, pour warm water (120°F) over the affected area.
  • Avoid using a pressure washer or high-pressure water source near the edges of the film, it can cause the film to lift and/or become damaged.
  • Detailing Clay can be used to remove contaminants that are on the film.


Professional removal of the film is recommended. However, when professional removal is not possible, the film may be removed as follows:

  • Removal of paint protection film should be done with a steamer. It will keep the film pliable and wet so that it can be “stretched” off the vehicle.
  • Peel one corner of the film up with your fingernail.
  • Pull the film towards you at a shallow angle less than 45 degrees (see figure 8a). This angle is important to ensure sure that the adhesive comes off with the film rather than staying on the paint. The film should “stretch” off the car.
  • If any adhesive is left on the car, use a general adhesive remover to help loosen it.

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