It's Here!

Dec. 5th, 2014 12:25 am
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Finally, after 50 weeks of waiting, it's here.

And it's beautiful. The crap iPhone pics don't do it justice. Real pics coming when I put the wrap on (the weekend next).

2015 RS5 Lava Grey Pearl

2015 RS5 Lava Grey Pearl

2015 RS5 Lava Grey Pearl

Date: 2014-12-05 05:43 am (UTC)
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That is one fine automobile!

I'm looking forward to the "good" pictures. And a ride. ;)


Date: 2014-12-05 09:14 am (UTC)
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and good hearing from you :)

Date: 2014-12-06 01:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-12-06 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2014-12-07 02:12 am (UTC)
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Wrapping the car in an optically clear film to prevent paint chips/swirls/scratches.

Date: 2014-12-07 10:51 pm (UTC)
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LJ ate my reply, but yes, all the panels (not the undercarriage). The lamps as well. It's my only car, so it's gonna be parked and drive in some rather unfortunate conditions which warrant a full wrap.

Date: 2014-12-07 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I'll be keen to learn how the wrap holds up, particularly over the lamps. I suppose the idea is for the wrap to be a sort of replaceable sacrificial epidermis.

Date: 2014-12-07 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, my original eaten reply went into far more detail. A few things about the film: no seams. All the edges of the film get wrapped into panel gaps. This way you don't get an unsightly line of dirt often seen with half-bonnet installations. It's also self-healing, so minor scratches and swirls fix themselves. Obviously anything sharp/deep enough will break through, but the film is *very* tough, and reasonably thick. Lastly, it ostensibly acts as a standard clearcoat, so anything you can do (polish, wax, seal, wash, etc), you can do with the film.

The tech is also mature enough that the cracking and yellowing of older iterations of similar products no longer happen (it was mostly the adhesive that did this originally).

This is a link to the product:

Date: 2014-12-07 11:46 pm (UTC)
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I wondered if it might be an Xpel product. As I say, I'll be keen to learn how it holds up in front of the headlamps.

Date: 2014-12-07 05:56 am (UTC)
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Date: 2014-12-07 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Come over and pop into the passenger seat and test it against your A4 ;-)

Date: 2014-12-08 07:12 pm (UTC)
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OMGz! Amazing!

Thanks for the info about the wrap. I didn't know you could use it as a protectant around the entire car. Interesting... I thought that stuff was only for the front-end.

Oh - and I did get a new cabin air filter installed for my car the other day. (Sorry, that's all I have in the automotive subject area!)

Date: 2014-12-09 01:50 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the cool part about it is XPEL has templates for prettymuch every car, so if the shop has a laser cutter/plotter they can literally print out the templates on huge rolls, altering them as needed (for example, if you wanted to take badges off, and it had a hole for badges, you could fill the hole). They also provide additional tabs to wrap the film into the panel gaps (effectively extending the template an extra cm or so). It's pretty slick. They also have a 'stealth' product which turns your car into a matte finish (but leaves the colour to show through. It's really beautiful.

Date: 2014-12-10 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Fingers crossed for many happy RAPID miles!


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