Pentagon: Paint Protection Film
What is paint protection film?
Our products are self-adhesive polyurethane films designed to protect automotive paint, and other surfaces, from harmful effects of stone chips and minor abrasions. They also have the benefit of a self-healing top coat to ensure a high gloss finish.
Will my paintwork end up as two different colours due to sun damage?
Unlike window film, paint protection film does not contain any UV inhibitors so your paint will fade at the same speed as untreated paintwork.
Will the film cover up scratches and marks in my bonnet?
Paint protection film will cover up very fine scratches but it is designed and warrantied for paint on new cars. Any stone chips or poor quality aftermarket paint repairs will actually be highlighted by the film. Unlike car glass which has few flaws or manufacturing imperfections, car paint even on new cars has a much rougher surface and because of the nature of its application is never completely flat or smooth. The 'orange peel' effect common in most new cars will still be visible, having a clean preferably new surface to start with is ideal for the best outcome.
What film do you use?
We believe in fitting the best films we can source. As a result we recommend Xpel Ultimate and Suntek Ultra PPF, both of which offer a ten year warranty.
Will it stop stone chips?
Yes. The film is designed to absorb the impact and deflect the stone away. In some instances impacts that have cause dents in a car have still had completely undamaged paint underneath the film - this allows the dent to be removed without any trace of damage or the need for a respray. That said, nothing is impenetrable, but when you consider this product was designed to protect helicopter and large turbine blades it gives you an idea of the damage it can prevent.
How does the film self-heal?
The self-healing top coat is made of elastomeric polymers; a scratch is just a realignment of these polymers. Warmth from the sun, from your engine, warm water or a heat gun gives these polymers the mobility to return to their original position - and the scratch is healed. A video of the technology behind it is shown here.
How deep a scratch will self-heal?
Swirl marks and fine scratches will heal, deeper scratches which break the top coat will not. The self-healing top coat is 0.5mils or 12.5 microns thick - which is about as thick as a supermarket plastic bag. A video shown here demonstrates how much abuse the top coat can take - with normal care you can have a high gloss better then showroom look for many years.
How is it fitted?
To put it very simply, the film is cut to shape on a computer plotter, to fit the various shapes/parts of the car as required. The car should be thoroughly cleaned/detailed before fitment; we will perform a final clean right before fitment. A slip solution is used to align the pieces with various emblems/ bodylines of the car, the solution is removed using squeegees, film edges are wrapped if requested where possible, heated and checked before handover.
How much does it cost?
We have a price list for all models but depending on the car, coverage and film chosen anything from £200 for a standard small kit up to a few thousand for the best film and complete coverage.
I have been offered the same film as Pentagon use at a much cheaper price will you price match?
We don't price match. We believe our quality, customer service and warranty already make us excellent value for money. More importantly as we have been in business since 2000 we are more likely to be here in the future to honor that warranty.
Do you take panels/bumpers off to fit the film?
No, the patterns are cut to size on the plotter and edges that are available to wrap are done so upon request.
Do you cut the film out on the car?
PPF existed long before computer cut patterns - so, while we are sure there are obviously individuals who possess the skills to do this without damaging the paint, at Pentagon Glass Tech we prefer to use pre-cut patterns or make our own patterns rather than risk potentially damaging your paint. There is however a few instances where we may have to trim on the car - this happens on less than 5% of installs.
Occasionally a very complex pattern might not fit correctly, due to a plotter miss feed, or because it has been installed slightly out of alignment this can cause a slight overlap somewhere which needs to be trimmed off. We have special/equipment ways of doing this which involves scoring the top surface of the film and tearing the overlapping piece off - the same method one would use for cutting a ceramic tile. Done using the correct technique and equipment this causes no damage to your paintwork as shown in the video here. This is generally done in a small localised area and as the video shows there was no damage to the paint underneath. Another reason for using a good computer cut pattern is perfect contours they give to bodylines which blend in much better with the car then a free hand cut on the paintwork ever could.
Can I wash my car with a pressure washer after fitting?
You probably can with care with the nozzle a couple of meters from the bodywork. In an ideal world we say not to but if you do, ensure you do not aim high pressure water close to the film edges which can cause lifting. In our opinion pressure washers can cause water ingress and damage to cars, especially modern models with their wealth of electronics. Also, do not use a steamer to clean your paintwork as this is the method we use to remove the film.
Can I wax my car as normal once fitted with Paint Protection Film?
Yes you can - in fact we recommend you carry this out on a regular basis as you would normally on your car. It helps to protect the film and keep the high gloss finish. We would recommend that you purchase a wax/polish that is made for use on paint protection film which are widely available and can be purchased online direct from Xpel.
Can I take my car to the local car wash?
We would advise you inform them that the car is fitted with paint protection film so they can adjust their cleaning accordingly. Some very cheap car washes use high strength degreasers/truck wash and TFR (traffic film remover) which they spray all over the car and then jet wash off. The paint protection films are very resilient to solvents but the damage these products do to your paintwork and plastic trims over time is clear to see with that in mind long term use can't be good for the film.
Will the film stain or mark?
No, the films top coat as a by-product of its self-healing is also resistant to stains and in fact if cleaned regularly is actually easier to keep clean then your cars original paint work. Dirt and bug stains wash off far easier.
Will the film turn yellow?
We only offer (in our opinion) the top two films available - Suntek PPF-C and Xpel Ultimate. These films will not yellow, bubble, or crack for the length of the warranty. We would advise proper care be taken of the product as you would your car - as a build-up of road grime will mean marks are more difficult to get off.
Will there be any noticeable gaps?
The patterns for the areas covered are almost invisible and certainly something you would not notice in everyday use - but if you look closely enough you will be able to see the edge of the film. The pictures below show a finish around a parking sensor and on a bumper of an Aston Martin and gives an idea of what can be expected.
Will I get a build-up of dirt on the film edge?
This can happen, but a clean sponge or cotton bud can get rid of this quite easily.
What warranty do you offer?
The two films we offer have a ten year warranty.