What is paint protection film?
Paint protection film is used to protect the integrity and beauty of your vehicle's painted surface. The 8mil (.008") thick, clear polyurethane film adheres to the vulnerable painted areas of a vehicle (ie. hood front, fenders, side mirrors, grille, front bumper, etc.). Paint Protection Film is a nearly invisible way to stop rock chips, gravel, salt and insect acids from permanently damaging your vehicle's paint.
Does it really stop rocks from chipping the front of my car?
Absolutely! Paint protection film material was originally designed by engineers to protect the leading edges of aircraft propellers and rotor blades from chips. The film was then used on military vehicles in Desert Storm and eventually used by professional race car teams. For years, it has been available to the general public to protect their personal vehicles. Rocks, stones, and gravel are no match for this product. It has lasted the test of time and millions of daily-drivers!
Is it really invisible?
Paint protection kits are very difficult to see when they are properly installed. A slight line on a partial coverage kit is visible from certain angles. For example, picture the top edge of a hood and fender section. These edges run across the painted surface which makes them more visible than the kit edges which run along the edge of the bodywork. The bumper kits are nearly undetectable because all the edges of the kit match up to the edges of the bumper panel itself. The average person will walk by the vehicle and never notice it is there until you point it out to them.
Is installation difficult? Can I do it myself?
The installation difficulty varies depending on the vehicle. Some vehicles are quick and easy while others with heavy contours can take more time and patience to install a kit properly. We provide you with detailed written instructions and installation videos for a sample vehicle on our website. Our videos are broken down by section (ie, hood, bumper, mirrors, etc.) and show the process of a typical installation. Ninety percent of our customers choose to install the kits themselves and have great success. Customers also have the benefit of our installation experience. We are always available for questions and additional instruction if needed. We can also provide "tack diagrams" by request for vehicle kits. Picture paint by numbers. We number a kit to show where to begin and how to move through the installation number by number. Also, if you decide you do not want to attempt the installation yourself, we can always assist you in ways to find an installer in your local area.
How long will it last?
Our products offer a minimum 5 year warranty. We feel paint protection film has an average life span of around 5 years. Some manufacturers offer a longer warranty but in warmer climates this film rarely lasts longer than 5 years. Paint Protection Film should be treated and maintained just like the paint on your car. Keeping the vehicle in a garage, washing the vehicle regularly and waxing the car and bra with dye-free spray waxes regularly will help the film looking new longer.
What area of my car will be covered?
We offer the best coverage possible for all makes and models but each pattern is unique to that specific vehicle. Most vehicles will include options of a partial hood, fenders, side mirrors, front bumpers, wear and tear kits and headlights. Additional options may include grilles, rocker panels and luggage area kits for the rear bumper. As the customer, you get to pick and choose which options you prefer. We sometimes offer full coverage options, but these are only offered when calling our customer service department so they can provide a quote over the phone or by email.
Is there a Certified Installer in my area?
Many film manufacturers have trained certified installers. If you wish to have a professional installer apply the paint protection kit, we can help you find a local installer in your area. If you live in a large city, most likely we can give you a few installers to choose from so you can locate the best installer for a reasonable price. We always recommend contacting us before purchasing a kit if you need an installer. Depending on the popularity of the product in your area and the size of the city or town, the choices in an installer may be limited or not available at all. We do not want you to purchase a kit and then not be able to find an installer.
Can I reuse this material?
No, paint protection film can not be reused. The film must be applied to the vehicle once it is removed from the backing paper. Once the film is applied to the car, it starts to adhere and should not be removed. If you were to pull the material off the vehicle after installing, it will begin to stretch and loose it's shape.
What is the return policy?
Will this product damage my paint?
No, paint protection film is meant to protect your paint from many damaging agents. It will not damage your vehicle's original OEM paint in any way. However, we do not recommend applying paint protection film to a repainted surface without contacting a professional installer. A professional installer installs paint protection film quicker and with less adjustments than a DIY type. They are used to working with repainted surfaces. A repainted surface is never as strong as the original manufacturer's paint.
Can it be removed?
Yes. The clear bra can be removed safely and easily. Each installer has a unique way of removing film. In our experience the best way is to allow the car to sit in the sun to warm the film. If it is cold outside, you can warm the film with a hair dryer but this is not always neccessary. Start by peeling up a corner section of the clear bra with your fingernail. When you have a small section free, begin pulling the film towards you at a 10 degree angle. This actually stretches the film and releases it slowly from the painted surface. As new sections release, slowly progress across the vehicle until all material is removed. Depending on the film type and how long the film has been on the vehicle, some films can leave adhesive behind. This will need to be removed with a solvent.
Do I need to do anything to maintain my vehicle once applied? What happens when I wax my car?
There is nothing special to maintaining a clear bra. Wash and wax your vehicle as you always have, but stay away from paste waxes with dyes. These can leave a residue along the edges of the film and some colored paste waxes can actually dye the film over time. Stick with clear spray waxes when possible. Plexus spray wax is a great product for polishing a clear bra. Spray it directly on the bra and wipe with a clean cloth.
What do I do if wax builds up on the edges of the kit when I wax my vehicle?
Q-tips, a soft toothbrush or a microfiber cloth does a great job in removing wax buildup. Abrasive polishes and/or rubbing compounds should not be used on a clear bra.
What if I want to take my car through a car wash?
Once the product has cured on the vehicle for a few days after installation, feel free to run it through any car wash. The clear bra will not be affected.
How long does installation take?
Installation times will depend upon the complexity of the vehicle and the knowledge of the installer. An average vehicle's clear bra installation should be around 3-5 hours for a typical front end.
What is the Warranty?
Film manufacturers guarantee the film will not yellow, crack or peel. Most films are warranted for at least 5 years from date of purchase, however the warranty will not cover any damage caused by ordinary wear and tear, accidents, misuse or improper installation.
Will my kit fit perfectly?
All kits are tested thoroughly by major manufacturers before the kit design is released for sale. Some kits may appear to be shorter or smaller than the actual vehicle dimensions. Kits are designed this way to compensate for curves and contours on your vehicle. The kits are meant to be tacked with a squeegee and then stretched into place. Material should never hang over the edge. Kits should be stretched 1/16th to 1/8th of the inch from the edge. This allows air bubbles and solution to be squeegeed out to the edges and released.
How is the kit applied?
Paint protection film has an adhesive back and will adhere to the vehicle surface. It requires a soap solution and an alcohol based solution (both can be made at home, no need to purchase) to wet the adhesive side of the film so it will slide across the painted surfaces of a vehicle. You then spray the painted surface so it is wet also. The kit section is then aligned into position and the soap solution is squeegeed away with some pressure to cause the kit to stick to the surface. The kit is then stretched to the next alignment point. You continue to align, tack and squeegee as you apply the kit. If the paint protection film section is difficult to lay down, the alcohol solution can be used to adhere the section more quickly. Please view our installation instructions and videos for a sample installation tutorial.
How long should I wait to apply your product if my car has been repainted?
Always, always, always consult the body shop who repainted the vehicle for their recommendation. Most likely, they will ask you to wait at least 30 days for the new paint to cure before applying the film. Applying a film kit to a repainted surface can be tricky. A repainted surface, 9 times out of 10, is not as strong as the original paint. If the paint protection film is allowed to sit on the surface too long, it is not wet enough or it is re-positioned after drying slightly, the adhesive side of the film can adhere and easily pull the paint. Installers must move quickly and maintain a wet surface so prevent damaging the new paint. This speed can be difficult for someone who does not regularly install kits.
Can paint protection film be applied over a vehicle that had the paint touched up?
Touch-up paint recommendations are similar to complete repaints. The repainted surface is never as strong as OEM paint. If you have touched up scratches or chips with touch-up paint, know that the adhesive of the film MAY pull the paint up. However, if you can work quickly enough and keep the film enough while working it is possible to apply the film successfully over repainted surfaces. The smaller the area that was touched up, the better.