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Paint Protection Film Frequently Asked Questions

Paint Protection Film Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about paint protection film? We’ve got answers! Below we’ve compiled some paint protection film frequently asked questions including what it is, it’s benefits and how it’s applied.

What is paint protection film?

Paint protection film (also known as PPF or clear bra) is a thermoplastic urethane film applied to painted surfaces of a vehicle, offering a barrier of protection against rocks, road salt, bug splatters, and scratches and abrasions from road debris.

How is it installed or applied to my vehicle?

PPF has to be bonded to the surface of your vehicle and to prep for application, we’ll ensure that the surface is clean, free of debris and damage with a thorough wash and clary bar treatment. We’ll then use our cutting software (more on that below) to cut the film to the exact measurements of your vehicle and the coverage option you’ve chosen. We then spray the coverage area down with an application solution that will allow us to adjust the piece of film as we work. We then carefully lay down and glide the cut film pieces into place on your vehicle. Once it’s in place, we use a squeegee to remove excess application solution from underneath the film. All that’s left now is drying, which allows the adhesive to restrict and create an incredibly tight fit.

Paint Protection Film Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get the film to fit my vehicle?

We carry SunTek PPF and that gives us access to their exclusive pattern cutting software ensuring ideal fit and smooth installation. It’s an easy to use platform with powerful design tools giving us an extensive library of patterns shaped to match a vehicle’s particular make, model, and year.

Can I install or remove it myself?

Paint protection film is absolutely not a DIY project. Our PPF technicians are specially trained by SunTek in the ins and outs of application and removal to ensure it’s done properly and professionally every time. We do not recommend trying this yourself at home.

Should I wax my car prior to PPF application?

It’s not recommended to apply wax or any coatings to your vehicle prior to having PPF installed. We do go over and try to buff out blemishes and clean the exterior of the vehicle before we apply the film. Any extra waxes or coatings can interfere with the proper adhesion of the film to the vehicle.

How soon after install can I drive my vehicle?

We like to the keep the vehicle for about 24 hours after application to monitor the film for any lifting edges or imperfections before releasing it to you. Once you pick up your ride, you’re free to drive it!

What are my coverage options?

Our most popular options include:

  • The Clear Bra – partial hood, partial fender, mirrors, and bumper coverage.
  • The Full Front End – full hood, full fender, mirrors, and bumper coverage

You can also pick and choose exactly what you want covered. We can help you in store or you can check out different options using the Paint Protection Film Viewer on our website: HERE.

Paint Protection Film Frequently Asked Questions

Will I see the seams on my car?

Depending on the coverage you choose, the most common answer is yes. But, those seams are not all that noticeable. (It is a clear film after all).

Can I take my car through a pressure wash with PPF?

It’s best practice to wait 3 days before washing your car after application. You can use a pressure wash eventually, but use caution near the edges as it can cause lifting.

My PPF has a stain that won’t come off, what do I do?

If a stain won’t wash off with a regular car wash, you can apply some isopropyl alcohol to a microfiber towel and clear the stain. If that doesn’t work, we recommend you use a mild-abrasive wash and polish the surface of the film to restore the original appearance. Of course, we can always help you with this!

PPF is “Self-Healing”, how does that work?

SunTek PPF contains a proprietary top coat that protects the urethane against surface scratches. The majority of surface scratches will self-heal when exposed to heat (the sun, a warm panel, warm water, etc).

Will my paint protection film turn yellow?

The ultra series is protected against yellowing. SunTek’s top coat protects the film against harmful solvents that are in gas, oil, bird droppings, car exhaust, etc. that can absorb in the film and cause yellowing.

Will areas without PPF on my vehicle fade differently than the areas with PPF?

PPF is a clear film, so your vehicle’s paint will fade at the same rate whether it’s protected or not.

Polarized sunglasses make PPF look iridescent, is this normal?

Absolutely. This is purely an interaction between light reflected from the car surface through the film and polarized glasses. You’ll see this with most window tint film too.

Got more questions about paint protection film? Contact us today and we can talk you through the entire process.

Paint Protection Film Frequently Asked Questions

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