Automotive Protective Films go by many different names: Clear Bra, Clear Mask, Invisible Shield, Clear Wrap, Rock Chip Protection, Car Scratch Protective Film, etc. The most common terms for car protective films are simply Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra.
PPF is a thermoplastic urethane often self healing film applied to painted surfaces of a new or used car in order to protect the paint from stone chips, bug splatters, and minor abrasions.
Paint protection film is installed on a limited basis by manufacturers on various pieces of cars at the factory, This film is most commonly applied to high impact areas of vehicles. The PPF is generally installed by certified trained professionals who receive supplies from outside distributors and dealers.
The PPF which is urethane clear film is highly resistant to acidic contaminants and corrosion, providing protection against bug splatter, bird droppings, mineral deposits, acid rain...etc.
The unique material also helps it to reduce oxidization due to excessive exposure to the sun or UV light.
The top layer of the PPF is comprised of an elastomeric polymer substance that helps the material maintain a natural shape once it’s been stretched or applied. This feature allows the PPF to “self-heal” when light scratches occur. It also minimizes future swirl marks on the paint job – which makes it an amazing clear paint protection product.
professional paint protection is something that every car owner should look into. Drive your car with pride while you own it, and when the time comes to sell it, sell your car for the best price.
Keeps your car new and shiny
PPF provides a permanent protective coat over your car’s paint, which helps you in keeping your car’s look new and shiny for a lot longer. Paint protection prevents your car’s paint from fading and gives it a polished glossy appearance at all times.
Makes car cleaning easier
PPF repels dust, so your car’s exterior will not have a dust build-up problem. This makes the cleaning job a lot easier because often you can simply use a soft cloth to clean your car instead of using water every time.
Protect from scratches and chemicals
Scratches build up moisture which eventually leads to rust. Similarly, chemicals from harsh cleaners and environmental elements lead to discolouration. PPF protects this damage by acting as a chemical barrier for your car’s exterior.
Prevention is the best practice when it comes to retaining your car’s new-like appearance. PPF helps protect your car’s exterior so that you don’t have to spend money frequently on damage repair.
Retains your car’s resale value
Used car buyers put great emphasis on the appearance of the vehicle. Even if your car runs smoothly, poor appearance can significantly lower its resale value. Paint protection is important to retain your car’s resale value as it protects your exterior from environmental and superficial damage.
Repels environmental damage
Harmful UV rays of the sun can damage your car’s paint and make it look old too soon. Paint protection not only prevents your paint from UV rays, but also from scratches, rust, nicks, burns, etc…
Invisible protection for your car
The best thing about PPF is that it’s completely invisible; no one would notice it. Paint protection will enhance the look of your car and keep its glossy finish. As long as you avoid harsh cleaners, you can clean your car like you normally would.
Paint protection films can be applied to areas of your car’s body where the paint may become scratched or nicked. Some vehicle owners will apply the film to the front of their vehicle to protect the paint from stone chips, sticky bug grime, and other debris. It can also be applied elsewhere on the car where the paint may become damaged, such as behind door handles or on the rocker panels.
While there's a lot of Paint protection film types out there, We at Tintix refuse to use anything except the BEST!
VViViD 3M Scotchgard
Why 3M? We Use 3M’s Scotchgard as it is a very long-lasting clear paint protection film. The 3M company is also a global leader in films, adhesive products, and laminates. The company’s paint protection film is a clear polyurethane film that is 8 mils (0.0008″) thick with adhesive backing.
This very thin, transparent film can be applied to the front of your vehicle, acting as a clear “bra” to shield your car from debris.
XPEL Clear Paint Protection Film
XPEL is a well-known purveyor of automotive paint protection products and we’d comfortably suggest its paint protection film to any vehicle owner. Like 3M’s Scotchgard paint protection film, XPEL’s product is a clear polyurethane film that is 8 mils thick. It’s available in three different sizes: 6″ by 25″, 6″ by 60″, and 6″ by 84″.
This film is nearly invisible when applied and goes on even clearer than 3M’s Scotchgard film. It’s not as protective as the 3M Scotchgard though.
XPEL also makes a very high-quality door sill clear film guard for protecting your door sills and rocker panels from scratches, swirls, or damage.