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So I had xpel installed on the car and everywhere the xpel transitions from the paint to the stripe there is a pretty big line where the xpel has air under it. Kinda looks like a grey line running the length of the xpel. On a black car with carbon flash striping it looks terrible to me.

Anyone else have this done and what kind of results did you get??

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I had a full hood done with xpel and I have a stinger stripe. All looks good, they say its all in the installer, installer, installer
 

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I've decided to put up a couple pics to get your guys opinion. The first one is with the xpel and the second is without. Your guys thoughts?
I'm thinkin I might need to go back to have this redone or get my money back. image.jpg image.jpg
 

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An good installer would/ should have never done this....
That was my thoughts. That being said however I have never had xpel installed before so I wanted a second opinion. When I questioned him about it at the time of pickup I was told it will dry out and get better. I didn't think it would but again it's a first for me.
 

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All wraps look, and get better as they dry out on a warm day, in fact depending on temperature, often two days. Whether that improvement turns this problem install into a good install, not sure it will, but am sure two days with the front of your car facing toward the sun in warm, or better yet hot days, will improve its appearance. Would see if a couple of days improves this install to your satisfaction.
 

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All wraps look, and get better as they dry out on a warm day, in fact depending on temperature, often two days. Whether that improvement turns this problem install into a good install, not sure it will, but am sure two days with the front of your car facing toward the sun in warm, or better yet hot days, will improve its appearance. Would see if a couple of days improves this install to your satisfaction.

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If someone wanted both the stripes and Xpel, would it make sense if Xpel was installed and then the stripe(s)?
 

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Hi guys,
So I had xpel installed on the car and everywhere the xpel transitions from the paint to the stripe there is a pretty big line where the xpel has air under it. Kinda looks like a grey line running the length of the xpel. On a black car with carbon flash striping it looks terrible to me.

Anyone else have this done and what kind of results did you get??

Thanks
Wade
Wade,

As others have said, it's best to give it a couple days (or couple weeks depending on the weather) to fully dry and cure. You may also be able to chase the air pocket out one direction with your finger. After that time, if it still isn't satisfactory then take it back to the installer to have them fix it.

Hope this info helps, let us know if there's anything else we can do.

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Michael Dobbins
XPEL Technologies Corp.
 

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Wade,

As others have said, it's best to give it a couple days (or couple weeks depending on the weather) to fully dry and cure. You may also be able to chase the air pocket out one direction with your finger. After that time, if it still isn't satisfactory then take it back to the installer to have them fix it.


Hope this info helps, let us know if there's anything else we can do.

Regards,

Michael Dobbins
XPEL Technologies Corp.
Thanks guys,

I do appreciate the info. I do plan on giving it a couple weeks. I did speak with the installer today though who told me that installing xpel over stripes will cause this and unless I cut the film it will always be there. I did advise him that I was gonna wait to give it time to cure once the weather warms up. I already tried running a finger over the line and it only corrects it for a couple seconds. Here's to hoping it gets better. If it doesn't I suspect based on my phone call that they will want to install it in five pieces across the hood.

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Wade - I will be having the same done to a Blade Silver car with Carbon Flash full length stripe. I can't tell by the picture, but would you think this would be less noticeable on a silver car than on a black one?

Michael - When you say the installer will correct this, is the fix to install the film in multiple pieces as Wade mentions in his last post? I want to discuss that with the installer up front. Also if you don't mind saying, what position do you have at Xpel Corp in case my installer asks where I got this info.

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XPEL with Stinger Stripe

Thanks guys,

I do appreciate the info. I do plan on giving it a couple weeks. I did speak with the installer today though who told me that installing xpel over stripes will cause this and unless I cut the film it will always be there. I did advise him that I was gonna wait to give it time to cure once the weather warms up. I already tried running a finger over the line and it only corrects it for a couple seconds. Here's to hoping it gets better. If it doesn't I suspect based on my phone call that they will want to install it in five pieces across the hood.

Thanks guys.
Keep us posted on this. We do offer a kit that includes the Stinger Stripe in it.
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Wade - I will be having the same done to a Blade Silver car with Carbon Flash full length stripe. I can't tell by the picture, but would you think this would be less noticeable on a silver car than on a black one?

Michael - When you say the installer will correct this, is the fix to install the film in multiple pieces as Wade mentions in his last post? I want to discuss that with the installer up front. Also if you don't mind saying, what position do you have at Xpel Corp in case my installer asks where I got this info.

Thanks.
Exactly. I would suggest that the install be done in pieces like the image above of the pre-cut pattern. I am the Brand Ambassador (Marketing team) at the corporate headquarters in San Antonio, TX.

Hope this info helps,

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Keep us posted on this. We do offer a kit that includes the Stinger Stripe in it.
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Exactly. I would suggest that the install be done in pieces like the image above of the pre-cut pattern. I am the Brand Ambassador (Marketing team) at the corporate headquarters in San Antonio, TX.

Hope this info helps,

Michael Dobbins
XPEL Technologies Corp.
Is there a kit for the full length racing stripe too? And if not would the installer then have to hand cut the pieces?
 

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Is there a kit for the full length racing stripe too? And if not would the installer then have to hand cut the pieces?
There is not currently a design with the full length racing stripe. We have done dozens of Corvettes here but have not had one with the full length stripe yet. This means the installer would have to hand cut the pieces.
 

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Wade,

As others have said, it's best to give it a couple days (or couple weeks depending on the weather) to fully dry and cure. You may also be able to chase the air pocket out one direction with your finger. After that time, if it still isn't satisfactory then take it back to the installer to have them fix it.

Hope this info helps, let us know if there's anything else we can do.

Regards,

Michael Dobbins
XPEL Technologies Corp.
Michael,
Can you recomend a installer in the Louisville, KY area?
 

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Hi guys,
So it's been approximately 6 weeks since I started this thread. I can now say that the lines (air) did not change. I have spoken to the installer who said he could redo it but it would be required to be hand cut on the car. No offence to any installers but there isn't a chance in hell that I'm going to let someone cut that on the car. Had I had known that the car was going to have lines that are so prominent I would have looked into other options. In my opinion when you pay 2 grand for something like this it should be invisible. A small line where it ends is normal but to see what looks like grey lines on a black car is terrible. I would not recommend anyone install this over stripes.

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All the problems mentioned are installer booboos. I have XPEL wrap on front end with no bubbles and air pockets. I suspect your installer did not saturate the surface well and did not keep the product wet wet while installing. Take it back.I had one bubble on headlight, took it back and they changedf it right away. It is NOT THE PRODUCT.
 

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All the problems mentioned are installer booboos. I have XPEL wrap on front end with no bubbles and air pockets. I suspect your installer did not saturate the surface well and did not keep the product wet wet while installing. Take it back.I had one bubble on headlight, took it back and they changedf it right away. It is NOT THE PRODUCT.
Just so we are all on the same page, no one said it was the product. The problem is when transitioning from paint to a vinyl stripe there is a little ridge from the vinyl. That ridge caused a line where the air couldn't be removed. The installer said he can fix it but it would involve cutting the film at the edges of the vinyl. I refuse to let someone cut the vinyl on my car.
 
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