Paint Protection film: Here’s what you need to know before installing

Paint Protection film: Here’s what you need to know before installing

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Installation of a protective paint and varnish transparent film on the car. PPF polyurethane film to protect the car paint from stones, marks and scratches.

Who’s never had their car paint fade, crack, peel, and scratch? All those signs are constant reminders of what can happen without proper vehicle care and protection.

It’s a good thing there are a few solutions for those who want to keep their cars looking pristine but don’t have time for a regular care routine.

Paint Protection Film (PPF) is one solution. In this article, we’ll cover the main features of PPF, talk about its benefits, and how to make the most of this protective accessory.


What is paint protection film (or PPF)?

PPF is essentially a protective film for car paint. But to understand the tech behind this film, we need to backtrack a little and look at some history. Let’s check it out?

The first PPF project was originally a tool designed for military use. During the Vietnam war (to be more precise), the US Department of Defense began getting frequent complaints of helicopter damage.

3M™ engineers were the experts they called to come up with a solution.

This textile and chemical giant was determined to solve the problem. They commissioned some of their most brilliant minds to develop a layer of protection as resistant as it was transparent and lightweight.

After making changes to the chemical structure of a super-resistant urethane film, 3M™ engineers developed a film that would hold against moderate surface damage from things like artillery shrapnel. 

Besides being low-cost, relatively easy to apply and replace, it’s resistant to the wear caused by UV rays and common aviation fluids. This film was so successful that they soon adapted the technology for civilian vehicles.

Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series

3M™ designed and perfected PPF for automotive applications, resulting in the Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series. These films are 8 millimeters thick and protect the paint from rocks, insects, sand, keys, road salt, UV rays, and more. 

Another advantage of Scotchgard™ is unique, self-healing technology that levels out minor scratches, even causing some to “disappear”. This without changing the color or design features of your car.

The protective film is exceptionally durable and guaranteed ten years of high performance under the harshest conditions.

Not used to keeping the same car for too long? Paint Protection Film Pro Series will add value to any vehicle. 

That’s because of its clearcoat technology, which is highly stain-resistant, weather-resistant, and abrasion-resistant, which keeps it looking as new as the day you bought it.

Paint protection film vs. Vinyl: which to choose?

It’s easy to overlook the differences between PPF and Vinyl. Here’s a breakdown of what sets these unique products apart.

Vinyl Wrap

Vinyl Wrap is relatively thick, making it easy to install, and you get that extra coverage. But it’s not transparent. 

On the other hand, PPF isn’t a type of shade. It’s usually crystalline, much lighter, and “self heals” when it comes to minor scratching. 

Paint Protection Film

It’s clear when comparing the two that Paint Protection film is lighter and much thinner. You can get it in a light or colored shade too.

Another advantage PPF has over Vinyl Wrap is its combination of surface protection and “self-healing” properties. Vinyl is limited in both.

While Vinyl offers some paint protection, it’s normally used for decorative or marketing purposes. 

In contrast, PPF is transparent armor that won’t cover up the shine of your car.

The main benefits of  Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series

The main benefits of  Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series

How long does paint protection film last?

When installed by a 3M Certified expert, Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series is warranted for ten years, covering yellowing, blistering, and cracking.

For more warranty information, contact Pelicar, your 3M™ Pro Shop Dealer in Massachusetts and the area.

Recommended Applications

According to the Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series manual, the recommended application includes:

  • Door edges
  • Door handle cavities
  • Full or partial hoods
  • Fenders/rocker panels
  • Front bumpers
  • Side mirrors
  • Trunk ledges

3M™ customers can choose their level of protection from Platinum, Gold, and Silver package deals and whether they want a glossy or matte finish.  

Here’s what our package deals include:

According to the Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series manual, the recommended application includes

Have experts install your paint protection film

After reading this article, you can tell how valuable paint protection film is, right? But to make sure you get a high-quality application and enjoy all the benefits, having professionals who know what they’re doing is a must.

Official 3M™ distributors receive hands-on, practical training, videos, and information to equip them for a quick and flawless application. 

Pelicar Window Tinting: Your 3M™ Pro Shop Dealer

We are 100% committed to the high quality and durability of our products. That’s why we work with 3M™ paint protection film.

By using state-of-the-art technology, we can guarantee outstanding client satisfaction.

Our technical skills and know-how also ensure a quick and flawless application of PPF to give your vehicle that world-class protective finish.  

A clear demonstration of how 3M technology helps drive the automotive industry forward with practical application and exceptional results.

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