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Old 03-14-2019, 01:38 AM
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I have my car PPF'd on the front end of the car.
Had a stone hit the PPF, it pushed the film up some, the hood had no damage.
Can the PPF be healed through some sort of heat treatment by me or is a detail shop fix?

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Old 03-14-2019, 01:57 AM
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Originally Posted by wforider View Post
I have my car PPF'd on the front end of the car.
Had a stone hit the PPF, it pushed the film up some, the hood had no damage.
Can the PPF be healed through some sort of heat treatment by me or is a detail shop fix?
I have had small scratches I’ve poured hot water on and the XPel re-forms. I had a small gouge/tear from a rock. I took it back to the installer and he “shaved” / cut it back the best he could. Looks better, but there is still a minor nick there... oh well. Something has to give.
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Originally Posted by wforider View Post
I have my car PPF'd on the front end of the car.
Had a stone hit the PPF, it pushed the film up some, the hood had no damage.
Can the PPF be healed through some sort of heat treatment by me or is a detail shop fix?
If it’s Xpel, I know you can pour hot water or use a hair dryer on it and a microfiber towel to smooth things out, depending on the severity of damage. If the film is torn, there may be no way to fix it, but that is of course why you got the film in the first place, and you can just replace it.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:20 PM
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Yes its XPEL, so I took the wife's coffee pot with thermometer
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and heated water to 145 degrees and poured it on for about a minute. on the pushed up PPF did flated down some, but It didn't heal its self.
It looks better, does anyone have a hotter temperature you think is safe, thinking about going to give it another try but don't want to end up with a blister.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:47 PM
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Wait until summer, leave the car out in the August sun for a while. That will take care of it.
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by wforider View Post
I have my car PPF'd on the front end of the car.
Had a stone hit the PPF, it pushed the film up some, the hood had no damage.
Can the PPF be healed through some sort of heat treatment by me or is a detail shop fix?
The self-healing characteristics of paint protection film/clear bra are relating to light scratches and swirls. The self-healing will not fix impacts or chips in the film.

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I have had small scratches I’ve poured hot water on and the XPel re-forms. I had a small gouge/tear from a rock. I took it back to the installer and he “shaved” / cut it back the best he could. Looks better, but there is still a minor nick there... oh well. Something has to give.
This is correct- look to take the car back to a qualified paint protection film installer and they can trim the lifting area where the impact occurred. This won't address the eyesore, but it would remove the annoying flap that was left.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:23 PM
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Thanks, Esoteric, what the Hell was I thinking...lol

My situation wasn't a healing situation...more like minor surgery....In my brain healing sounded soooo good....
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:51 PM
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This is what PPF is for- to get beat up and torn by debris so the paint underneath doesn't. I wouldn't pay money to replace/repair it until it is so pockmarked that it is not offering protection anymore. If you replace it now , of course Murphy's Law says that there will be stone with your name on it that will fly up and hit your bumper on the way home from the detail shop.
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Originally Posted by kuma1416 View Post
This is what PPF is for- to get beat up and torn by debris so the paint underneath doesn't. I wouldn't pay money to replace/repair it until it is so pockmarked that it is not offering protection anymore. If you replace it now , of course Murphy's Law says that there will be stone with your name on it that will fly up and hit your bumper on the way home from the detail shop.
Not going to replace the whole hood, just a little trim
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:47 PM
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Agree with kuma1416 and Esoteric_Detail. Once PPF is torn nothing can be done.

Last fall was on US41 North of Chicago coming back from a spirited drive in Wisconsin. Was following a large truck with a tail gate, but far enough back to not have any issues. Went to pass and the truck hit a bump and the back tailgate opened and dumped gravel all over the road and peppered my car. I punched her and accelerated away, but damage was done.

Stopped a mile or 2 up the road to examine the damage and PPF was nicked and tour in areas on the hood and leading edge of the roof. Went to my PPF installer and they removed the film and no damage to the paint. It was perfect. Installed new PPF and was a happy camper.

I had my new Audi A7 PPF'd a month ago. Firm believer in PPF forever.

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Got a gash in my PPF in the driver side fender. Kinda pissed, but the PPF did its job. Better the PPF than the paint. Put some heat on it, but as already said, self healing is only for the small stuff. If I take it to my guy, he probably won't be able to do anything about it, so guess will leave as it.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:35 PM
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Yep, meant to be used. Most of us on this forum really care about our cars, but at the end of the day, it’s just a car. Film gives some comfort and can be replaced. Humans much more important.
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Just replace it.

Don't be so cheap.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:26 PM
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Porsche nuts how did u get the damage ? show some pics
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:46 PM
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I had 4’ fluorescent light lens pop off and fall on my hood. Gouged the PPF. Had it removed. No damage to the paint. Well worth the investment.
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