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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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Old May 2nd 2019, 09:54 AM   #2
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I went and got tankslapper back in 2012 when I got my 1199S. The only thing I found was that after a few years dirt gets under the edges and it starts to look bad. But it has saved a lot of my paint from stone chips and a lazy boot over the tailpiece. For the price I think it is pretty good. Just a pain to apply.
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Old May 15th 2019, 04:02 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by bradp51 View Post
I went and got tankslapper back in 2012 when I got my 1199S. The only thing I found was that after a few years dirt gets under the edges and it starts to look bad. But it has saved a lot of my paint from stone chips and a lazy boot over the tailpiece. For the price I think it is pretty good. Just a pain to apply.
I guess I'll see in a few years. I have some mates that have PPF on their new cars and they're already complaining about the edge dirt problem :/
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Old May 15th 2019, 04:54 AM   #4
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i put it on as well in 2012 and it has held up to date
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Old May 15th 2019, 05:36 AM   #5
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i had this on my 13' 1199 (professionally installed) and it lasted up to when i sold the bike recently. some of the edges would start to come up and dirt get under, but for what it saved of the paint, it was worth the investment.

I am now getting my V4R done, there is no precut pattern for the V4R, so the Xpel installer has to cut most of the film by hand, which makes me nervous but, i have confidence.
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guys, I'm an Xpel installer in Sydney. Ask your questions if you have them. Also Wwiinngg I didnt get a call from you and yet we are the distributor for Xpel Australia, there are only three official installers here??? There is a kit for the Panigale. Currently it wont let me attach anything, maybe I'm too new on here but happy to answer or help.

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guys, I'm an Xpel installer in Sydney. Ask your questions if you have them. Also Wwiinngg I didnt get a call from you and yet we are the distributor for Xpel Australia, there are only three official installers here??? There is a kit for the Panigale. Currently it wont let me attach anything, maybe I'm too new on here but happy to answer or help.
Use a file hosting site like imgur for pics
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Looks like most people are relatively happy despite the dirt making it's way under the edges.


BenS5 if you're the official dealer for Xpel then I would've definitely called you/your team. It doesn't change much since I've already done my bike but for future reference perhaps you can quote a Panigale for full coverage in matte film, and secondly selling me the film to DIY the (re)install on the nose
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BenS5 - is the computer cut film suppose to reach the very edge of the panel, or does it come up short by a few millimeters?

And is it possible to remove the whiteboard ink off the sticky side of the film?
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I just purchased just the tank protector for my Speciale. I love the look of the tank but donít wanna F it up. I took her to the track last weekend and put a small scratch in the tank that I pretty much was able to get 90% out. I looked for a clear tank protector but heard mixed reviews and none I really liked. I was thinking of having a pro do the entire bike but decided against it for now. Iím not really a big fan because I have it on my H2 and itís ok at best. But thatís the black chrome paint so Iím hoping it will be much better with the red and white paint. If it comes out good Iíll look into doing more of the bike.
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