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Old Apr 9th 2019, 07:32 AM   #1
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Xpel PPF / thetankslapper review

Thought I'd post something useful for a first post

I called around locally (Sydney) for PPF and quotes were around the $1500-2000aud mark, give or take. That seemed a little too much and I came across a website 'thetankslapper' who was selling full PPF kits for $350aud shipped. Good thing I like to do things myself LOL. Noone locally would sell me just the film (they all wanted to do the install too) so I was forced to order from USA. Turned out that Lucas the owner was really nice and helpful and gave me phone support so in the end I'm glad I went this way.

I've never done this before and the hands were busy juggling the film and being wet and slippery, so I only managed to snap one pic of an easy piece on the tail:




My tips:
- follow the instructions
- use lots of lube *ahem* - you might want to buy 2 satchels of lube cos I ran out
- go slow / do it over a few days
- the material is tough so don't be scared to stretch and pull on it

One big thing I screwed up on was ink. The kit is shipped on a long ass roll so to handle it you should cut out the individual pieces. Because the backing paper was white and the film is clear it wasn't easy to see the edges of the film so I took a red non-perm whiteboard marker to draw around each piece - that way I can easily see where to cut. DON'T do this!

After cutting it out I took the piece to the garage - in this case the nose piece - and proceeded to pull the film off the backing paper. Trying to juggle the water bottle, wetting it, not letting it stick to itself, pulling it off, bla bla bla the film somehow wiped itself across the red ink... with the sticky side... so now I have red ink permanently stuck behind the film in a few spots



I tried to get the ink off but didn't have much luck. Lucas suggested a few things which I'm yet to try, but I'm prepared to re-order just the nose piece and do it again. Also I'm not sure if the edges of the film is meant to go right to the edge of each panel because some pieces do and some don't, it wasn't consistent.

I haven't ridden much yet - the bike is still being broken in - but so far so good. No peeling. The edges are visible but step back a few steps and they disappear. All in all it took me ~20 hours over a few days and I'm happy with the results.

Would I recommend Xpel? Yes but it hasn't been "tested" yet
Would I recommend thetankslapper? Yes

Here'a a few finished pics showing the edges:


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