Paint protection film

I’ve had a problem with the front of my jacket rubbing against the back of the petrol tank which in time will damage the paint. I fitted a typical tank protector but it lifted at the edges when we had some really hot weather.The next time I was heading out for a ride Mrs Tarsnakes hastily fitted some contact to the tank to protect it from my gut rubbing the paintwork – it looked pretty awful!

This was a temporary measure until I was able to get some paint protection film (PPF) professionally fitted. Today was the day, so I headed off to Melbourne to Pete’s place as the guys who install it offer a mobile service. The company is Invisable Car Bras.

Here’s James (standing) and Simon (I think) fitting the PPF.

Can you see where it’s fitted up the back of the tank and along the sides? Probably not, even though installation was incomplete in this pic, as they hadn’t finished the edges at this stage! It was quite difficult to get a decent pic with all the glare and reflections.

I will keep you posted on how it performs over time. They guarantee it against scuffing & deterioration – so time will tell. I didn’t think to ask James if the product is resistant to petrol spills, I guess I’d better be careful. Pete has the full kit across all the frontal surfaces on his ZX14 and you really have to know the product is there to detect where the edges are, otherwise if you are not specifically looking for it you just won’t see it.

It was a boring run back down the freeway to Geelong being buffeted by a hot northerly wind and was home by midday, just as the mercury hit the 30C (86F) mark.





4 thoughts on “Paint protection film

  1. From that picture it looks pretty hard to see. Looks like those guys are doing a good job. It would be pretty hard to put that stuff over a motorcycle tank and not get any ripples or creases in it.

  2. G’day Chillertek, it’s just about impossible to do all those curves and angles without a pre-cut piece and plenty of experience I’d say. We’ve self installed some film that I bought from Repco on the leading edge of the fairing lowers and down near the radiator where the two fairing halves come together. I was quite difficult to do and the job’s not that good! I’d like to get the whole front done but it’s just a bit too pricey right now. having seen the product in the flesh now, I’d actually like to get the front of the bonnet of our new car done.

  3. Jules , I was wondering if it’s possible to cover a shape like a tank in one piece I would have thought there will be laps and vee’s cut out of the stuff , did they use a heat gun to stretch the coating ?
    The other thing I meant to mention was the comment on the pasnit ride report where the reader after looking at all the great pics passed a comment like those chips look good , it made me laugh !

  4. Steve, welcome to Tarsnakes!
    I doubt that they could cover a tank in one piece as there are just too many different curves. They had pre-cut shapes from a set of stencils that they have. They sprayed lots of soapy looking fluid on the tank and under the plastic film (noticed that they both wore gloves for that part) and indeed applied a little heat as they settled the edges down. But the heat gun use was reasonably minimal. They then finished off by spraying on some stuff called VuPlex, which is a plastic cleanser – conditioner. The VuPlex is an Aussie version of an American product called Plexus. Both are brilliant to rejuvinate screens, plastic side covers, fairings or anything fibreglass etc. I bought some VuPlex at Bunnings yesterday – from the drapery section!!

    I smiled at that comment on Pashnit as well, I thought that the bikes and the bridge were the standout pics rather than the chip (fries). Maybe he was just hungry at the time?

    Cheers Jules.

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