SweetCars, Northern Indiana’s 1st and Only, XPEL Ultimate Paint Protection Factory Trained Installation Center!


Many of us can still remember those old black car bras from the eighties and early nineties. It’s funny to remember that those things were all the rage back then, and people were extremely proud of maintaining them shiny and glossy. But people quickly learned that those bras were notorious for holding dirt behind them and usually caused more harm then good. And let’s face it, they weren’t the best attribute on a car. So they quickly went the way of the rear window louvers when the clear bra made it’s appearance. PPF was developed by 3M for use on military helicopters during the Vietnam War and was then later adapted for automotive use. 

There was little doubt that protection film was a better alternative. But it also had a lot of drawbacks such as excessive texture or “orange peel”, and add to that the difficulty of the installation. Then clarity and yellowing soon became an issue after a short time of being on the vehicle. To make matters worse, these early films were difficult to remove and sometimes caused damage to the paint it was intended to protect in the first place. Understandably, there were a lot of mixed emotions about this type of protection. For many of us in the detailing world, we were not huge fans either.

Fast forward a decade and the PPF industry’s evolution brought about XPEL. XPEL was a company that first developed PPF technologies for companies such as 3M, but in the early 2000’s devoted themselves to now compete in the PPF market. The company went forward to specialize in PPF and developed much improved adhesives, clarity and technologies such as self-healing film.

It was apparent to everyone that this newly developed film was far more advanced than anything that had come before it. After all, it’s a little know fact that all PPF film urethane base technology is created at the same company. From there, each company adds their own adhesives, layers and so forth. So it’s really up to those PPF companies to build their own product from that base product. XPEL takes it’s film to another level by adding polyurethanes that maximize flexibility and coupled with their reengineered adhesives that resist distortion, can be easily removed without damage when being removed, and with a clarity not previously achieved by it’s competitors. Then topped off with XPEL’s layer of elastomeric polymers to create a clear coat that resists discoloration and can repair itself from swirls and light scratches! This gives Ultimate the ability to fearlessly go through automated car washes without that damaging effects that would otherwise be noticeable on other films. XPEL Ultimate is 2 mills thicker by comparison of the 6 mills commonly found on other film.

With nothing more than heat from the sun, heat from the engine bay or even warm water, it can heal the swirls in mere seconds! XPEL even offers a 10 year warranty on their film when installed by an authorized installer. When SweetCars visited XPEL’s Headquarters, we quickly recognized XPEL’s passion, confidence and pride in their product. It’s no doubt the best of the best in my opinion. Being convinced of PPF was not easy for me personally, as I was never a fan of PPF from the detailer standpoint. XPEL’s Ultimate product changed all of that for me. For about a year I researched, monitored and consulted numerous detailing colleagues of mine that had started installing XPEL. At the same time, the demand for XPEL was growing within our area and so we decided that we were ready to move forward.

We were excited to learn that our glass coating services can also be installed on top of XPEL Ultimate for UV protection and added benefits of glass coating. XPEL’s Design Access Program (DAP for short) gives us the ability to manufacture our own precision-cut kits in house. We can manipulate the design to delete sections or even stretch the size for higher quality installations. Our DAP allows us to custom cut on the spot without having to wait for pre-cut kits to arrive, pay shipping and then hoping that the correct kit was ordered and sent. One more big advantage is that every installer at some point will have a piece that may need to be redone, we simply go into the software and cut that piece on our plotter and move on. Instead of having to order a piece, wait for shipping and so on.

Installing PPF is no easy task. It requires extreme patience and extensive knowledge of the mechanics of manipulating a 2 dimensional product on a 3 dimensional component. Needless to say, XPEL gave us the training skills necessary to tackle on even the most challenging of installations. As factory authorized installers of XPEL, we are committed to ensure that all of our installations are of the highest quality. We take pride in our studio’s highly regarded reputation. So if XPEL sounds like the solution to your paint protection problems, stop in and see us and say goodbye to rock chips! 

-Mike Cardenas


SweetCars XPEL Packages & Pricing

*All kits are cut in-house using XPEL’s Design Access Program for superior installation and fitment.

Headlight Protection Package: $100.00 USD

Includes: Headlights in Ultimate XPEL Protection Film.

Wear & Tear Protection Package: $200.00 USD

Wear & Tear Protection Package includes: Door Edges, Door Sills, Door Cups and Luggage Area in Ultimate XPEL Protection Film.

Standard Protection Package: $600.00 USD

Standard Protection Package includes: Partial Hood, Partial Fenders and Mirrors in Ultimate XPEL Protection Film.

Extended Protection Package (Partial Front Clip):  $1,200.00 USD

Extended Protection Package includes: Partial Hood, Partial Fenders, Front Bumper, Mirrors and Door Cups in Ultimate XPEL Protection Film.

Full Protection Package (Full Front Clip): $2,400.00 USD

Full Protection Package includes: Full Hood, Full Fenders, Mirrors, Front Bumper, Headlights and Door Cups in Ultimate XPEL Protection Film.

*Please allow 1 to 2 business days for installation. Pricing for PPF does not include detailing services such as paint correction or glass coating applications. Prices are applicable to most vehicles but may change depending on what components are covered in PPF, vehicle size or specialty type. 

To schedule an appointment, contact SweetCars at: 260-207-2277 or email Mike Cardenas at mike@sweetcars.com

SweetCars Ceramic Pro Services & Pricing

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Ceramic Pro is SGS Tested!

Tested and certified by “SGS”


Ceramic Pro has been officially tested and certified by “SGS”. SGS are the world’s largest and leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company trusted by millions.

Ceramic Pro is constantly tested to ensure it meets the highest  standards.


Gloss Level – High (depends on substrate)
Viscosity #2 Zahn Cup – 12~14 seconds
5% Salt Spray (ASTM B117) – 350 hrs
Pencil Hardness (JIS 5400) – Above 9H
Adhesion  Cross-Cut Tape (ASTM D3359) – 5b (no coating loss)
Mandrel Bend (ASTM  D522) – 0 mm coating loss at 180° rotation
Impact (ASTM D2794) – 80/80 inch-lbs

Official SGS Test Documents

Hardness by Pencil Test  (500g), Alkali Resistance, Acid Resistance, Salt Solution Resistance – http://www.nanoshine.com.au/HV805153X.pdf

Hardness by Pencil Test  (1000g) – http://www.nanoshine.com.au/HV905689X.pdf

Toxicity Test  (Non Toxic)Scratch tests/Hardness – http://www.nanoshine.com.au/HV301642X.pdf

Pricing & Warranty

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SweetCars: 22PLE Factory Authorized Center of Excellence & Pricing


In the summer of 2011, SweetCars Detailing was approached by 22PLE to try their VX1 PRO. The results were extraordinary! 22PLE VX1 PRO and VX1 offered gloss that was unmatched by anything else we’ve ever used before. The durability was also something that added to the quality of the product. At that time, high end waxes and taking numerous steps for paint correction were en vogue. Glass coating was not as common in the United States as it had been in Europe and Asia. The quality and results we were achieving with 22PLE were enough for us to make it our go-to coating. Since then, SweetCars has been working closely with 22PLE in support of these amazing products. Together, our two companies have come a long way since then. From our days of using VX1 PRO to the present time being the first studio to introduce and name the new but exclusive ZX Mistico Elemento. So what is 22PLE?

22PLE ZX Mistico Elemento, photo by Isaac Fingerle for SweetCars

22PLE ZX Mistico Elemento, photo by Isaac Fingerle for SweetCars

22PLE is product based on the highest quality Silica available today. Unlike a wax or a sealant, when exposed to air 22PLE literally turns to glass. Hence the name 22PLE, (that’s name you see in the reflection of the logo on a surface). This glass surface makes the vehicle’s finish highly hydrophobic which gives optimal water beading and gives the surface a resistance to light swirls and scratches. Once applied and cured, the coating will give a wet-look gloss that is breathtaking. The coating can be safely handled and washed after 24 hours but takes about 5 days to fully cure. Before glass coatings became available, paint was being painstakingly corrected and then it was totally up to the client to maintain that corrected finish. Unfortunately, waxes and sealants don’t offer much in terms of scratch resistance, and with old habits being hard to break, the finish was back to it’s old state in a matter of months. Glass coatings such as 22PLE give clients a fighting chance to maintain that paint corrected finish.

Mini Cooper S coated in 22PLE ZX Mistico Elemento

Mini Cooper S coated in 22PLE ZX Mistico Elemento at SweetCars. Photo by Isaac Fingerle for SweetCars

SweetCars is an authorized and factory approved installer by 22PLE. Our experience and performance with 22PLE has made SweetCars an approved Center of Excellence by the founder and developer of 22PLE. Your vehicle will go through an expertly performed process which ensures a proper installation of 22PLE. We also provide trim restorative treatments using 22PLE VR1, coat wheels and calipers to resist brake dust using VM1. When coating wheels and calipers, we remove all wheels and then they are cleaned, polished, prepped and finally coated with 22PLE VM1. With wheels removed, the suspension and wells are also detailed. Wheels are then re-installed and torqued to factory specs.

Lamborghini Diablo VT coated in 22PLE VX1 PRO. Wheels coated with VM1

Lamborghini Diablo VT coated in 22PLE VX1 PRO. Wheels & Exhaust coated with  22PLE VM1   Photo by Mike Cardenas for SweetCars

SweetCars is the first detail studio to offer ZX Mistico Elemento from 22PLE for the ultimate in gloss with extended durability. At SweetCars, we are more than just an installer of one of the best glass coatings on the planet. Our contributions to 22PLE and in-field testing of upcoming products make us one of the leaders in the glass coating.  Count on SweetCars for knowledge, experience and our commitment to excellence in every installation. This is the SweetCars difference!


*paint correction not included in pricing

22PLE VX1 PRO Application ——————————————- $400.00 USD

22PLE ZX Mistico Elemento ——————————————– $500.00 USD

22PLE VM1 Wheel Application —————————————– $200.00 USD

22PLE VR1 Trim and Plastic Restore ———————————– $100.00 USD

22PLE Maintenance Package (Wash & VS1 Final Coat)—————–$75.00 USD

Call us at 1-260-207-2277 for information and scheduling.

1969 Pontiac GTO Detail


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In the world of muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO has always held it’s ground as one of the best ever. And of course, many will argue about which model or year is the most significant. Last summer, we had a … Continue reading

Headlight Restoration Services

I can see clearly now!! If your headlights are looking pretty dull, let SweetCars restore your headlights for dramatically improved performance and looks. Priced at $125, this service improves your visibility for safer driving. Lenses are first wet-sanded to remove the dull layer of plastic, and decaying UV coating through various stages of sanding. Then they are polished to reach optimum clarity. Finally, a UV coating is applied to protect the plastic surface from fading. Call today to schedule your headlight restoration and maximize your visibility while looking great! 1 (260) 207-2277