Paint Protection
for my Ioniq 5

Mark D Larsen

February 13, 2024

Bug Repellent

My first EV, our Nissan LEAF, had come with Paint Protective Film (PPF) from the factory, and I learned to appreciate how well it shielded the front bumper from kamikaze bugs and rocks over the years. I therefore decided to have a “clear bra,” as well as Ceramic Coating, installed on our next EV, the Model 3, which kept it looking just as unblemished. Consequently, having such protection installed on our new Ioniq 5 was a no-brainer. As soon as I got it home, I contacted the business that had previously applied the ceramic coating, RENU Automotive, and was delighted to learn that they now also apply XPEL brand PPF on cars. I set an appointment to have them install it on the front end, and then apply a lifetime layer of ceramic coating on the entire vehicle. It took them a day-and-a-half to complete the work, and I am more than pleased with the results.

NOTE: You can click on the following photos to enlarge them.

I anticipated that it would be more of a challenge to install the PPF on the Ioniq 5 because it was designed with so many lines, nooks, and crannies. Yes, they had to pay particular attention to work the film into those areas, but managed to get them covered just fine.

Here the worker is applying the PPF to the louvers in the bottom of the front bumper that open and shut to keep the battery at an optimal temperature, depending upon the weather and driving style.

The Hyundai logo also necessitated cutting and fitting individual pieces of the film to its open cutouts.

They also applied strips of the film to the door edges, front and back, to protect them from striking objects next to the vehicle. That was a nice touch!

I now know that Ohm My will be better protected from dirt, gravel, and insects that hit its front end, and that it will be much easier to wash and keep sparkling clean for several years to come. My thanks to RENU for a job well done. Yes, taking these steps to protect a brand new car is fairly expensive, but I know from experience that the initial investment will prove well worth it over time.