Protection Film Installation Guide

Features
• 165 micron gloss clear top-coated aliphatic polyurethane
• X-Proof Plus top-coated high gloss finish
• Self-healing - helps small scratches in the film disappear at room temperature with gloss and matt finishes and when the film is exposed to heat.

Supreme™ PPF Material is a new generation conformable top coated Polyurethane (PU) film, designed to provide excellent protection. Supreme PPF is available in clear high gloss, Supreme PPF Matte is a clear smooth matte film. These films can resist light scratches to the specially designed topcoat, these scratches will disappear at normal room temperature, the application of heat can aid in scratch removal. Scratches that penetrate deeper than the topcoat cannot be removed, this is a normal characteristic of a PPF film and not deemed a failure of the material.

This instructional page provides information and recommendations for the successful installation of the product. Important Note: As with all graphics films, it is important to avoid using any hard solvents (i.e. IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) directly on the surface of Supreme PPF during the application process or afterwards when cleaning. Use of these products directly on the surface may cause matting, loss of gloss and prematurely degrade the film.

Bike surface must be OEM paint in good condition and must be cleaned thoroughly to remove all dirt, grime, grease, oil, wax, polish, copolymer or ceramic coatings and other contaminants.

Remove all dirt and grime with water and detergent solution.

For optimal application performance, the recommended slip solution is a mixture of 1 Litre  of water per 2ml of baby shampoo. Eg. For 5L of water add 10ml of baby shampoo.

Spray slip solution onto the substrate before applying the film, ensuring the surface has an even and generous covering. Spray fingers with the slip solution to avoid any fingerprints in the adhesive. Remove the PET backing liner and spray the exposed adhesive side with a generous covering of the slip solution. Position the material on the substrate, if necessary, slide the film until you have reached the correct positioning. The surface of the film should also be sprayed with slip solution throughout application to allow the squeegee to slide easily across the film and to avoid scratching or damaging the surface.

Once the material has been positioned, gently start to squeegee the film. Start in the middle of the panel and gradually increase the pressure in order to remove all the air and slip solution from under the film. Overlap the squeegee strokes by about 50% to avoid remaining air/water entrapment. Work from the middle towards the outside edges of the panel, ensuring no slip solution or small air bubbles remain under the film.

Re-positioning of the film is only possible during the initial positioning and after low squeegee pressure has been applied to the film. If done at a later stage small marks or lines might remain visible in the film surface.

Conforming: For curved areas, it is necessary to apply tension and firmly pull the film in order to conform the film around the surface. Whilst the film is under firm tension, squeegee the area, gradually increasing the pressure. The use of a small amount of heat from a steamer (30-50°C), or alternatively a heat gun can aid in conformability. A steamer is the preferred option as the steam provides uniform heat that dissipates a lot slower when compared to a heat gun. Although Supreme PPF Material is top coated and is highly resistant to cracking, care should be taken to avoid overstretching or applying too much tension, fine cracks in the top coat can result from incorrect stretching or over tensioning the film. It is recommended to experiment with the film prior to installation to find the elongation limit of the film compared to your installation technique. Conventional convex, concave and compound curves are mostly suitable to be covered with Supreme PPF Materials, but in some deeper corrugated shapes and recesses it may be necessary to make an incision or relief cut in order to avoid overstretching the film. Ensure any incisions or relief cuts are made with a rounded cut, not straight, this will avoid any unintentional tearing of the film. Incisions or relief cuts do not jeopardize the functionality or durability of the product.

Trimming: In cooler climates (below 16°C) some additional drying time may be required before commencing trimming of the film. If you start trimming the film without sufficient drying, it may not have achieved suitable levels of adhesion, and it may move, therefore longer drying time is required. For optimal cutting of the film, make sure to use a new and very sharp blade: dull blades will result in rough cuts or insufficient cutting depth. Use light blade pressure and only score the top half of the film, an audible squeak can be heard when the correct trimming pressure is used. Do not apply too much pressure as you may cut through the entire film and damage the substrate.  Once scored, break the film on an edge where cut and the excess material will easily come away from the applied material. If the film does not break away easily check your blade is new and sharp then re-trim with slightly more pressure.

Washing:  Supreme PPF Material provides long-term protection during the lifetime of the product. It's recommended to hand washing of the film. Commercially available cleaning products may be suitable but need to be tested prior to use on an inconspicuous area of the film.

Important Note: As with all graphics films, it is important to avoid using any hard solvents (i.e. IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) directly on the surface of Supreme PPF Material during the application process or afterwards when cleaning. Use of these products directly on the surface may cause matting, loss of gloss and prematurely degrade the film. Within the limit of its expected lifetime and if applied on properly cured OEM paint.

Supreme PPF Material can be removed cleanly. Clean removability is not warranted if the film is applied to existing graphics, improperly cured automotive paint or surface types other than OEM automotive paint. 

Take a look at the video below to see how easy it is to apply the protection kit to your bike: