’24 BMW X5 M-Competition Receives Full PPF + Ceramic Coating

In Automotive Paint Protection Film, Southern Stylez News Category by Ethan WallerLeave a Comment

A monster hides underneath the hood of every X5 M. The 4.4-liter V-8 lurking there has two turbochargers force-feeding it air so it can generate 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. – Car & Driver With all of that power just waiting to be released, SunTek PPF should not be considered a want but rather a need. With Suntek’s Paint Protection Film’s self healing and HydroResist™ top coat as well as an industry leading 10 year manufacturer backed warranty and powerful CORE software; there’s not many reasons not to protect your vehicle with SunTek PPF.

We had the pleasure of protecting this beast of a vehicle on all areas of the vehicle from rocks, road debris, road salt and everyday hazards. All of these items are taking aim at the beautiful BMW paintwork every day. Not only did we protect every inch of exterior paint; we also protected every piece of black trim as well as headlights. To say this vehicle is protected is a severe understatement. The PPF portion of this project consisted of 115 pieces of Paint Protection Film meticulously installed to the highest standards.

Our Tried And True SunTek PPF Prep Process:

  • All PH neutral cleaning supplies.
  • 2 bucket wash system with grit guards.
  • Chemical iron decontamination.
  • Mechanical clay bar process.
  • Panel prep alcohol solution on all panels and edges.
  • All nooks and crannies blown out with high pressure air to remove hidden debris.

Once the PPF was completed, we installed IGL Coatings Shield on all PPF, Leather on all interior leather and Window on all exterior glass. All of these coatings provide exceptional protection for their intended areas of application. Lets take a dive below into what each coating provides clients.

Benefits of IGL Shield

Shield is a nanotechnology based coating designed to crosslink, impregnate and form a protective breathable barrier on the surface of polyurethane, vinyl, wraps, self healing paint protection films, and other flexible thermoplastics. It helps protects the film against yellowing, fading, etching and staining without affecting the self healing properties. The surface of the film has improved hydrophobics and is much easier to maintain. Shield is specifically designed for PPF and it receives our highest recommendation for application to PPF. Durability is 24 months.

Benefits of IGL Leather

IGL Leather crosslinks with the surface of the leather via nanotechnology to create an invisible layer that repels undesirable liquid, dirt, dye and UV-radiation. It can be applied on virtually any treated leather. The result is protection against unwanted liquids, dirt and stains without altering the flexibility, appearance or texture of the coated surface. Durability is 12 months.

Benefits of IGL Window

IGL Window is a REACH compliant ceramic coating based on nanotechnology for all glass surfaces, glazed ceramics, smooth polycarbonates or plastics. It creates a super water repellent surface and prevents water spots and is resistant to high wiper wear by modifying the surface. The result is safe driving condition during heavy rain, as the rainwater will roll off at the speed of 50km/h. The coated surface repels rain, dirt and increases the defrosting speeds that will last for up to 12 months.

 

Options and Wrapped Edges

On this particular project we opted to use SunTek Altered Black PPF for the mirrors. This provides an unmatched amount of gloss as well as virtually invisible installation. Black PPF is an amazing option for smaller areas of a project such as piano black mirrors. Wrapped edges were provided on the hood, upper and rear portion of the fenders, a-pillars, fender flares and bumper where possible. Wrapped edges vs. non-wrapped edges are a hot topic in PPF discussions. Ultimately which edges to wrap or not to wrap should be left to the discretion of your installer. The last thing anyone wants is to have an amazing installation but end up with failed edges later. Not all edges can be nor should be wrapped from a longevity standpoint. If this is a concern of yours, we invite you to schedule an in-person consultation with us to discuss.

PPF Perfection?

Perfection. Can you receive it with any PPF installation? The short and sweet answer is unfortunately, no. Perfection simply doesn’t exist in any film installation from any installer or shop. Due to variables out of an installers hands, a few minor pieces of debris or other installation flaws should be expected when heading into any PPF install. However, having a qualified installer, whom knows the film they’re working with will make all the difference. Our attention to detail is par-none, however we prefer being realist and this is discussed with all of our clients. If you’ve viewed our recent projects page you can also see that we are not afraid to take up close photos and hide nothing. We aren’t perfect, film and vehicles aren’t 100% perfect. Nonetheless we are overly detail oriented which in turn provides you with the absolute best film installation possible.

Ready To Start Your Project?

If you would like more information about this 2024 BMW X5 M-Competition project or the SunTek Ultra PPF we used or any of the other products or services we offer, click HERE. If you have questions about automotive window tint or would like a quote or to schedule an appointment, contact us by calling (910) 742-0579 or email us at info@southernstyleztinting.com. We service the entire greater Wilmington, North Carolina area and look forward to serving you!

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