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I have been considering the kit as well, at least for the tank, but possibly the rest of the bodywork it the price is not too bad. Does anyone out there have any real-world experience with this type of product?
 

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Not with this brand directly, but XPEL does make some pretty sturdy and great protection films. Self healing and all of that good stuff and you bet they protect the paint beautifully. Lasts extremely long, holds up to the beating sun, rock chips, etc. It's good.
 

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Not with this brand directly, but XPEL does make some pretty sturdy and great protection films. Self healing and all of that good stuff and you bet they protect the paint beautifully. Lasts extremely long, holds up to the beating sun, rock chips, etc. It's good.
Cheers Snyped. They are at such a good price too.
 

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I've used the 3M equivalent and been very pleased with it. Model pre-cuts have been available for autos for a while. Glad to see that they are making them for bikes now. Ive also installed small areas myself and can say that it is best left to the professionals. About the only thing I can quibble about is that it is practically impossible for them to do a perfect job. Their work orders will have a disclaimer informing the customer of that. I use some high end finish protection so do not use any of the films on my bikes. However, the ss939 fairings look as though my feet will contact the bottom trailing corners on both sides. I intend to install a couple of small pieces to protect those areas. The material edge will cause a small bit of wax to remain on it after buffing. I use a very fine flat brush to remove that residue. The brush is labeled as 200 flat sable. Stiff enough to remove the wax residue but not aggressive enough to go under the film or scratch the paint.
 

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I use some high end finish protection so do not use any of the films on my bikes. However, the ss939 fairings look as though my feet will contact the bottom trailing corners on both sides.
Can you mention the high end finish protection. What makes me nervous of the films are possible creases. Are you referring to polishes or something else.
 

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A couple of friends have Venture Shield kits fitted (what the 3M stuff is called in the UK) they're bikes both look as new after many thousands of lime. They also make a satin or matte finish version which is what I'm waiting for.

I have some picture of the satin finish material on a Panigale. I'll try and find them.
 

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A couple of friends have Venture Shield kits fitted (what the 3M stuff is called in the UK) they're bikes both look as new after many thousands of lime. They also make a satin or matte finish version which is what I'm waiting for.

I have some picture of the satin finish material on a Panigale. I'll try and find them.
Steeve, pls don't forget the url link once you find a decent product and stockist. In SA I import everything, so no need for me to hunt down a local supplier. EU or US supplier will be fine.
 

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Can you mention the high end finish protection. What makes me nervous of the films are possible creases. Are you referring to polishes or something else.
Film application standards require no creases. If a crease occurs during application, the technician might have the ability to correct the defect by reapplying the material. If that is not possible, a new sheet of material will be applied. I have seen many film applications which were virtually undetectable from three feet. Quite amazing to watch them apply it. I called the protection products I use on my bikes high end because they are not the usual auto parts store products and they are expensive. I justify the expense by seeing that they protect and shine better and last longer. My current choices are the Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant topped with The Wolfgang Fuzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax. I buy them from Paint Sealants like Klasse, Wolfang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant I realize that some products are not universally available around the world. However, that site has a lot of useful educational information which can be used to select similar products in any country. It also has a detailer forum in which professional detailers share their experience. If the concern is paint protection from road debris, film is the way to go. If you are vain as I am, sealant and/or high end wax is the ticket.
 

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Xpel has a special application for Matt Finishes, my white SuperSport S will get this treatment if it can ever arrive (soon I hope). I use Xpel on my road race car and it has saved the front end significantly. The shop that does my work says there is a product that they apply to the protective wrap once installed that repels dirt and bugs, need only apply once a year, and cleaning is a snap. I will probably have the front light assembly wrapped as well.

Once I get it done i'll let the Forum know how well it works!
 

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Xpel has a special application for Matt Finishes, my white SuperSport S will get this treatment if it can ever arrive (soon I hope). I use Xpel on my road race car and it has saved the front end significantly. The shop that does my work says there is a product that they apply to the protective wrap once installed that repels dirt and bugs, need only apply once a year, and cleaning is a snap. I will probably have the front light assembly wrapped as well.

Once I get it done i'll let the Forum know how well it works!
Would like to see it done as well :)

But headlight protection films is always a good idea, never know what kind rock you can take to it and incur some damages. And a pitted headlight just looks ugly lol
 

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Sounds like a great product and it comes with a minimum 5 year warranty. My only worry with wraps is the chance of yellowing over time.
 

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Yellowing over time is a valid concern. Be interesting to see if the warranties address that. Do not know if it is specific to one particular brand, but I have seen one application which did yellow and crack, but pretty sure it had been on longer than 5 years.
 

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Today I finalised the deal to get my SS-S covered with premiumshield 'never scratch'. Throwing caution to the wind since it's the latest technology and there is little market opinion about it. All red bits fully covered (not only the leading edges like some kits) for £230, us$300 , including installation at my home. Now all I need is for the bike to be released.
 

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Yellowing over time is a valid concern. Be interesting to see if the warranties address that. Do not know if it is specific to one particular brand, but I have seen one application which did yellow and crack, but pretty sure it had been on longer than 5 years.
From what I have heard is that 3m and xpel yellows on the lower grade wraps or budget wraps.
 

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$300 and the convenience of it getting installed at your house, you really can't go wrong at all. Interested to see how it looks when it's done. Will they be doing any sort of paint correction before they apply it?
 

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Not with this brand directly, but XPEL does make some pretty sturdy and great protection films. Self healing and all of that good stuff and you bet they protect the paint beautifully. Lasts extremely long, holds up to the beating sun, rock chips, etc. It's good.
I've used the 3M films previously and like them, except:
- like any film, they don't work well if the surface is curved in more than one direction
- you can see a dirt line at the film edge over time (the white color will be very susceptible to this)

What I've also used is Armor Coat, a thick, clear paint applied over the factory finish; however, it requires spray equipment to apply.
 

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Yellowing over time is a valid concern. Be interesting to see if the warranties address that. Do not know if it is specific to one particular brand, but I have seen one application which did yellow and crack, but pretty sure it had been on longer than 5 years.
My experience with the 3M material is that it doesn't yellow over time, based on having it on a couple of bikes for multiple years.
 
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