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Detailing/Wrapping

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Apoclyps, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Apoclyps

    Apoclyps Member

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    I am going to get my car wrapped with XPEL Ultimate film. Do/Should I get the car detailed first? the installer just said to have it washed the night before, and that he would fix minor blemishes with a clay bar. He did mention not to buff any areas.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Johnnymack2

    Johnnymack2 Member

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    Same question from me. I went with a loaner with 2,500 miles. Sadly, there is some light scratches/swirls in some areas like the hood. Wondering if I should have a detailer try to buff them out before I wrap. Probably looking to do a full body wrap.

    Was also wondering if the XPEL might help hide the swirls since it sort of serves as another top coat/clear coat.
     
  3. EarlyAdopter

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    The adhesive layer in the film will fill in minor swirls and scratches. What it won't do is properly adhere to the car where there is any dirt. Even a tiny speck of dirt can cause a bubble in the film. Most reputable installers will wash the car thoroughly before applying the film, and wet down each panel as they apply the film.
     
  4. Apoclyps

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    so..getting the car detailed (handwashed, clay barred, application of sealant) would be a waste of money if the installer will do a wash and cover any flaws with film?
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    No because it will reduce the time the installer has to spend prepping the car. However, a new car shouldn't need clay barring, so you can skip that step.
     

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