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What is PPF Paint Protection Film and why do I need to protect my vehicle with it?

Paint Protection Film, PPF, Clear Bra, is one of the best ways to preserve the showroom quality finish on your vehicle. The tough, durable, virtually invisible urethane film will keep your vehicle looking newer longer, without changing the look of your vehicle by creating a self healing barrier and protecting vulnerable areas of your vehicle. Popular area to protect are the hood, bumper, fenders, and doors. Applying paint protection film (PPF) keeps your vehicle looking newer longer, and can increase the resale value of your vehicle in the future!

How does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series compare to other paint protection films on the market today?

Scotchgard Pro Series construction provides many features, advantages and benefits over other films. In addition, when you buy film from 3M you know you are buying a recognized brand from a trusted company with staying power. 

Scotchgard Pro Series has low orange peel, making it one of the clearest films in the industry and virtually invisible on the vehicle. Scotchgard Pro Series has unrivaled stain and scratch resistance. The revolutionary clear coat technology produces exceptional stain and scratch resistance, making it easier to clean and harder to scratch, ensuring that it keeps the vehicle looking newer, longer. Scotchgard Pro Series has self healing properties. This innovative technology allows minor scratches to disappear by themselves, keeping the film and your vehicle finish looking new. Scotchgard Pro Series has excellent durability. The new formula for the Scotchgard Pro Series has superior resistance to yellowing and cracking, ensuring that your vehicle finish retains the showroom quality, color and design features. Scotchgard Pro Series film does not require any additional maintenance to keep it looking great. You can wash and wax your car (including protected areas) as you would normally.

Are all 3M 'clear bras' the same?

No, 3M makes three grades of automotive paint protection.

  1. Scotchgard Pro Series (the only grade we offer and the newest material)
  2. Scotchgard (the previous generation material and not self healing)
  3. VentureShield (oldest material and an entry level material).

Unfortunately there are also a few sellers on the internet selling 3M sign over laminate (a clear material designed to protect a flat vinyl sign) and calling it 3M paint protection. It is NOT paint protection and is NOT a clear bra. If the price seems too good to be true and / or the description is not very specific, buyer beware.  More info on the different grades of 3M Paint Protection.

How does it compare to others?

While all top brands have made great advances over the past few years, we believe 3M Scotchgard Pro Series is best in class

Is this the current generation of 3M Scotchgard Pro Series Paint Protection Film / How old is it?

An important question!  All our materials are current 3M offerings and usually only a matter of a few months old - from the time 3M made the material to the time you get it. We have very fast materials turnover insuring you the freshest possible material!

What is the shelf life of 3M Scotchgard Pro Series Paint Protection Film?

3M states the material must be applied within 12 Months of production. An important reason to know how old the material you are buying is.

Is it removable?

Yes, you can remove it at any time without harming your vehicles finish.   It is however a one-time use product, you cannot re-install it after the adhesive has set.

Is the 3M Logo printed on the release liner?

No. 3M is not able to print their logo on the release liner. The release liner is a smooth plastic material and is used to make sure you receive the smoothest possible paint protection film. A logo would interfere with that objective.

Can I wash and wax my vehicle with the bra installed?

Yes, you can and should wash and wax regularly with your regular car care, paying particular attention to buffing parallel to the edges of course. Waxing will help to seal the surface and increase its life expectancy.

Can I apply this if my vehicle has a ceramic coating applied already?

No. If the vehicle is ceramic coated, the ceramic coating should be fully removed prior to applying paint protection film to that area.

Can a ceramic coating be applied to the material?

Yes, a ceramic coating can be applied to the material after the material has fully cured. We would wait two weeks post application to have a ceramic coating applied.

What is the temperature range for application?

The material can be applied between 50 f and 90 f. The optimal temperature range for application is between 62 f and 71 f.

Do you have a thicker version of this available?

No, 3M does not have a thicker version of this material.

I want to wrap my entire hood. How much material do I need?
Can you export them?

No. 3M does not allow the exportation of their Paint Protection materials sorry.