Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale gets XPEL PPF

This is a Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale, one of a limited run of 1500 worldwide. The Speciale is the very top of the Ducati superbike range, with tech developed from their learning in MotoGP racing. Brimming with technology, achingly beautiful, and with 226bhp, it is more powerful than MotoGP bikes of just a few years ago. The Panigale is the first mass produced 4 cylinder Ducati motorcycle, based on their racing Desmosedici engine. (For fact fans, desmosedici essentially translates as ’16 valves working together’).

At Auto Curators, we are used to having the rare and unusual in our Studios. However, even for us, this stunning motorcycle was a treat. We love motorcycle detailing, having owned bikes ourselves, and always welcome the opportunity to work on one. When it happens to be an Italian superbike coming to us for Xpel Ultimate Plus PPF, we couldn’t be happier.

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale

The brief

Before transporting the bike to us, our client hadn’t ridden the bike at all, but has plans to enjoy this machine to the full. In addition, he purchased a spare set of lower fairings to fit for track use. Above all he wants to enjoy using his Ducati Panigale, whilst keeping it looking like it does here. Therefore, we recommended PPF installation using Xpel Ultimate Plus film, together with our Signature ceramic coating as a perfect solution.


Preparation

Ducati Panigale V4 SpecialeDucati Panigale V4 Speciale

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale

As it was un-ridden (apart from the dealer PDI process), the bike was clean except for a sprinkling of road grime picked up from being on an open trailer. We placed the Ducati Panigale on paddock stands as they are the best way to hold the bike securely upright. It was given a rinseless wash using Auto Curators Rapid Cleanse, before bring dried with an air blower. All surfaces were than carefully wiped with a degreaser to ensure perfect cleanliness.

Carrying out paint correction on a bike can be tricky, thanks to small and complicated panel shapes. Thankfully, our Rupes iBrid Nano polisher is perfectly made for this sort of thing.

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale and Rupes iBrid NanoDucati Panigale V4 Speciale and Rupes iBrid Nano

The paint was in reasonable condition upon close inspection, with only minor marring defects were present. We made sure the issues were all gone before continuing, knowing the potential this paint has to look utterly amazing. The little Rupes machine makes light work of defects with a good safety margin, so makes it invaluable for this sort of work.


Installing PPF

Xpel UK are planning to vastly expand their excellent PPF pattern database to include more bikes. Thankfully the Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale had already been in their hands. The patterns they provide are wonderfully comprehensive, offering excellent protection for the most vulnerable areas. We used Xpel Ultimate Plus film, except the satin carbon fibre mudguard, where we used Xpel Stealth satin PPF.

Xpel Stealth PPFXpel Stealth PPF installed

Xpel Stealth PPFXpel Stealth PPF installed

The beautifully patterned film is cut in house, using our state of the art Graphtec plotter. The plotter scores through the film allowing us to easily remove each part for installation.

xpel ultimate plus ppf

We use a special solution called ‘slip’ as the film is removed from the backing sheet, to prevent it sticking to the panel until it’s in the perfect position. The fluid is then gradually forced out from under he PPF using a rubber squeegee.

Xpel Ultimate Plus ppf being installedXpel Ultimate Plus ppf installed to fairing

Xpel Ultimate Plus ppf being installedXpel Ultimate Plus ppf installed to fairing

The panels above are the spare belly pan fairings for track use, therefore are a slightly different shape to accommodate a race exhaust system. Consequently we found it’s a lot easier to apply PPF to panels that are not a moving target!


The result

With the Xpel Ultimate Plus PPF installation complete, we coated any uncovered surfaces with our ceramic Auto Curators Signature Coating. Although this Ducati Panigale will lead a pampered life, not exposed to bad weather and salty roads, for example, we made sure it has the best protection available, everywhere possible.

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale detailed and PPF by Auto Curators in Hampshire

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Marchesini magnesium wheel

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Ohlins adjustable damper

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale detailed and PPF by Auto Curators in HampshireDucati Panigale V4 Speciale detailed and PPF by Auto Curators in Hampshire

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale detailed and PPF by Auto Curators in Hampshire


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