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The paint protection film is a sunk expense. You will very likely not get that money back unfortunately, but it could still help sell the car. Worst case you could position it as having been there to protect the paint and it can be removed leaving a near-perfect finish underneath.

Are the red accents around the wheels easily removable? If you're trying to sell private party I'd consider removing them. The satin finish may be appealing to some, but the red accents seem like a lower likelihood for mass appeal and are more targeted for individual tastes. Removing them would restore a more neutral aesthetic that might get you more interest.

In any case, these cars' value rapidly deteriorate with miles, but at least you have less distance to fall from having bought used yourself.

Quick question on the Xpel, as I just had mine done in December- how is it for longevity? I've already noticed some pretty substantial scratches on mine that I thought would go away. Does it have to be warmer temps for the "self-healing" to take effect? I've heard that could be the case but I still figured the scratches would go away in time and they're still there... and it seems like they were created by simply drying the car with a microfiber towel. Actually sort of disappointed in it so far, but you do have to get right up on it to notice. Standing even 5 feet or so back and it looks fantastic but the micro scratches/scuffs being there every time I clean it are irritating me.
 

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I also have full Xpel stealth on mine (bought it used with it already on). I haven’t had it long enough to test the self healing but I remember reading something about it needing to be pretty warm in direct sunlight for it to start working. I’ve seen people pour hot water (not boiling) on it or use heat guns carefully to “heal” scratches. I’m having my local installer replace two panels and I’ll be asking him about this along with proper care/maintenance.

Also, never dry a car with just a dry microfiber towel. The drying process is the most common time scratches occur because there is no lubrication (water itself doesn't lubricate). Use a drying aid while drying the vehicle every time and this will significantly help reduce chances of scratches.
Yeah I'll be having at least one panel replaced soon and I'll definitely run this by the installer as well, was just wondering if someone who's had the film for a while can attest to the scratches/scuffs just being something to get used to.

And I know that drying can lead to scratches, but I thought that part of having the film is that I wouldn't have to worry about the "AMMO Hydrate" routine I used to do on non-film-covered paint. That was kind of part of the appeal... and also I use an electric leaf blower to get about 70% of the water off as well. Hopefully I haven't done enough damage to warrant replacement... most of the scratches are on the hood/top fender so I guess it would just be the one panel... but it has yet to be exposed to temps over 55 anyway, probably not enough to worry about at this point.

Thanks for the response.
 
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