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Defending the Defender


Land Rover Defender Detailed and PPF

Introduction.

At Autotrilogy, our passion is the art of vehicle transformation and protection. Recently, we had the privilege of working on a Defender, a project that perfectly encapsulates our dedication to elevating the aesthetics and durability of each vehicle that enters our workshop.


This particular Defender underwent a comprehensive transformation with a full XPEL Stealth PPF conversion, transforming its grey gloss paintwork into an elegant satin finish. The end result ensuring that we enhanced the vehicle's look and also ensured its longevity and value with a 10-year warranty.


Key takeaways.

  • XPEL Ultimate Plus PPF to all gloss black areas for unmatched protection.

  • XPEL Gloss Black PPF additions to the bonnet, front grille, and sides

  • Every inch of PPF received a layer of Gtechniq Halo Ceramic Coating

  • Wheels coated with Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour


Works Completed.

Initial Inspection of the Vehicle.

Believe it or not, the very first step is a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle. Without knowing the condition of the paint, location of swirls or scratches, we're unable to achieve a truly exceptional result as these need to be paint corrected before the PPF goes on.

So the first thing we always do, is to take some time to inspect the vehicle. Once we've identified key areas for improvement and / or damaged areas, we can then start removing all that grit, grime and muck on the vehicle.


Multi-Stage Wash.

This initial deep clean is crucial, not just for aesthetic purposes but to ensure the vehicle's surface was in the optimal condition for the stages which follow. We need the vehicle clean, really clean, before we can do anything because any grit or dirt left on the vehicle will be sealed under the PPF for years to come. Not something we want.



Defender after 21-stage wash


Paint Correction Phase.

Following our 21-stage wash, the vehicle underwent thorough paint correction, a critical step to rectify any imperfections and ensure that the paintwork was flawless. This preparatory work was essential to guarantee that the surface underneath the Paint Protection Film (PPF) would be perfect, ensuring the vehicle's aesthetics would be preserved at their peak beneath the film.


That's a part of the benefit of PPF, which is often overlooked. It's easy to focus on the protection from stone chips, dirt, scratches and so on whilst forgetting that it will help to preserve your paint keeping it as good as your car looks when the PPF was applied.


Paint Protection Film Installation

Once all the paint correction was completed, we left the vehicle in our climate controlled detailing bay overnight. This ensures the vehicle is both clean and at an ambient temperature ready for installation of the various XPEL PPF films the following day.


  • XPEL Ultimate Plus PPF applied to all gloss black areas

  • XPEL Gloss Black PPF applied to bonnet, front grille and sides

  • XPEL Stealth PPF applied to all remaining grey painted areas


XPEL Gloss Black PPF

Bonnet

Land Rover Defender Bonnet
Before PPF was applied.


XPEL Gloss Black PPF being Applied
XPEL Gloss Black PPF being Applied

After XPEL Gloss Black PPF installed
After XPEL Gloss Black PPF installed

Sides


Before PPF Applied
Before PPF Applied


After PPF Applied
After PPF Applied



XPEL Stealth PPF

XPEL Stealth Paint Protection Film on Sides
XPEL Stealth Paint Protection Film on Sides


Ceramic Coatings

Gtechniq Halo Ceramic Coating

For an even greater level of protection we applied Gtechniq Halo Ceramic Coating over the entirety of the PPF on this vehicle. This helps provide a bit of protection to the self-healing films but also makes it a lot easier to wash & maintain the vehicle. A double dose of benefits that can only pay dividends in the future.


Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour

The wheels were then removed and cleaned before Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armor was applied to them, along with the brake calipers. With some vehicles, the brake dust coming from the pads can make cleaning somewhat troublesome. As with the Halo Ceramic Coating, the C5 Wheel Armour also makes maintenance very easy and helps to stop the brake dust sticking to the rims.


Looking for the Ultimate in Ceramic Coating?

We offer a variety of ceramic coatings all the way up to Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra with its incredible 9-year guarantee. The specialist nature of this paint protection means it can only be applied by a Gtechniq Accredited Detailer, and with Autotrilogy proudly holding that certification, please contact us to discuss your requirements.




A Guide to the Materials We Used.

  • XPEL Stealth Paint Protection Film ™

  • Matte Finish: Transforms glossy paintwork into a satin finish, providing a unique aesthetic appeal.

  • Durability: Offers a high level of protection against scratches, stone chips, and environmental contaminants.

  • Warranty: Comes with a 10-year warranty, ensuring long-term satisfaction and peace of mind.

  • XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS 10 ™

  • Clarity: This film is optically clear, ensuring the vehicle's color shines through without alteration.

  • Self-Healing: Features self-healing properties that make minor scratches and swirls disappear with heat exposure.

  • Resistance: Offers exceptional resistance against staining, yellowing, and cracking.

  • Gtechniq Halo Ceramic Coating ™

  • Protection: Forms a chemically bonding layer over the PPF, offering additional protection against environmental contaminants.

  • Hydrophobic: Creates a water-repellent surface, making the car easier to clean and maintain.

  • Longevity: Extends the life of the PPF by providing UV resistance and preventing premature peeling or lifting.

  • Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour ™

  • Heat Resistance: Designed to withstand high temperatures, making it ideal for wheels and brake calipers.

  • Durability: Offers long-lasting protection against brake dust adhesion and road grime.

  • Easy Maintenance: Treated wheels are easier to clean, maintaining their pristine condition with less effort.


In Conclusion

At Autotrilogy, we blend artistry with precision, transforming and protecting vehicles with all the dedication you would expect. The journey of the Defender, detailed above, is a testament to our commitment to not only enhancing the aesthetics of each vehicle but also ensuring its protection and longevity. Our approach, from the initial inspection to the final touches of ceramic coating, we hope, reflects our passion for excellence and our desire to exceed expectations.


We understand that protecting your vehicle correctly can be a significant investment. That's why we offer a suite of services, backed by our expertise and the industry's leading warranties. Whether it's the stealth elegance of XPEL Stealth PPF or the rugged protection of Gtechniq ceramic coatings, we're here to ensure your vehicle stands out and stands the test of time.


Contact us today to discuss your requirements, and let us show you what makes Autotrilogy the preferred choice for discerning vehicle owners.

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