What is Paint Protection Film (PPF)
We're assuming since you made it this far, you have questions of what PPF is and how it might help your vehicle or investment. We're hoping we can help you answer those questions or concerns with the information below. If you still have questions after reading the follow, don't hesitate to contact us.
What is paint Protection Film (PPF)?
Paint Protection Film, also known as PPF and clear bra, is a thin layer of flexible material places over a vehicle's body panels to protect them from flying rocks or road debris. This type of protective film can even save your car's paint from light hail damage or low-speed scrapes that would normally scratch and scar the finish. And while various forms of paint protection film have been around for more than two decades, the technology behind these films has evolved rapidly in recent years.
PPF can also be referred to as:
- Clear Bra
- Clear Mask
- Invisible Shield
- Clear Wrap
- Car Protection Film
Types of Paint Protection Film
While 3M may have created PPF, and fine-tuned it for automotive applications, there are a handful of other manufacturers out there offering paint protection films. Other companies that manufacture PPF include Expel, Suntek, and Llumar, with more coming to market each year. Here at All Your Graphics, we only use 3M Scotchguard Pro Series.
Difference between PPF and Vinyl Wrap
There’s a lot of confusion about the differences between PPF and vinyl, or if there is any difference whatsoever. So here’s a breakdown of the nuts and bolts that make each of these clingy products unique.
Vinyl wrap is a relatively thick substance, which makes it much easier to install and provides additional coverage, but it is not transparent. The PPF, on the other hand, is not a tint. It’s usually crystal clear, is much lighter, and self-heals when scratches occur.
Paint Protection Film
When placed next to a run-of-the-mill roll of vinyl wrap, it becomes apparent that PPF is a far thinner, and far more lightweight alternative. The perks of procuring it in either a clear or tinted shade are also unique unto PPF, as are its ability to offer superior surface protection and “self healing properties,” both of which vinyl has in limited supply.
So while a vinyl wrap may offer some level of paint protection, it is typically installed for aesthetic or marketing purposes, because shipping trucks are basically rolling billboards, right? In contrast, a PPF is going to either be a matte-like armor, or if transparent, a see-thru shield that allows glossy painted surfaces to safely shine underneath.
Benefits of Paint Protection Film
You won't see 3M paint protective film in action, but you'll know that it's doing the job well. Give your car an unseen coat of strength.
Why spend hundreds or thousands of dollars fixing damage that you can prevent from the start? 3M protective film gives your pocketbook a break.
Your car doesn't back down, and neither should our paint protection film. We recommend 3M premium film for its durability and effectiveness.
When your vehicle is armed with 3M film, you don't have to sweat the small stuff. From marks that wipe away to scuffs that disappear quickly, 3M delivers.
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