In many ways the quality of the install is going to determine how well the film works, looks, and how long it lasts. The dramatic growth in the industry has also brought a lot of organizations into the business to help meet the demand. Everybody from window-tinters to vinyl shops to dent removers to detailers have jumped in. Some are quite good, and some are quite bad, know what you are getting for your money.
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Some are factory trained and some are self taught; again know what you are getting for your money. Our installers are all factory trained professionals and picky by nature. While nothing is ever 'perfect', (perfection is by nature unattainable - it is a goal & something to strive for) our installers are constantly on the quest for the 'perfect install'.
The past few years have seen a dramatic growth in the 'clear' paint protection industry. This growth has brought more players into the market, from a material, design, and install standpoint. 3M is by far the market leader in paint protection film material manufacturing. 3M has been developing the film for more than a decade! If you don't start with the highest quality film, how can you hope to have a high quality result? We use 3M Scotchgard Pro Series Paint Protection Film exclusively.
While there are companies who lay a large piece of material on your vehicle and cut away the excess, most use patterns produced with aid of a computer controlled cutting system. This serves to increase quality and reduce the cost to the consumer, while insuring the customers paint is not cut during the install.
Below are close-ups of custom cut clear bra installs that resulted in deep cuts in the vehicles finish - completely defeating the purpose of paint protection film.
Deep cuts on the fender! And a jagged hand trimmed corner.
Deep cut across the entire hood! (vertical line near the center of the photo) And then covered by a second larger coverage application...
Deep cuts on the fender! (curved line near the center of the photo) And then covered by a second larger coverage application...
There are a variety of choices when it comes to the pattern databases that businesses can use to cut the required parts for your vehicle. Like everything, there are differences.
We utilize patterns designed exclusively for use by highly trained and seasoned experienced paint protection film installers. This typically means large single piece applications where some competitors cut down coverage to low ball the price. For most vehicles Modern Armor offers three levels of protection.
Additionally some make use of multi-piece patterns where one piece patterns are possible. By chopping the pattern up they say it makes it more installable, but really just saves them 50-80% in material cost. Imagine what cleaning all those seams would be like.
Modern Armor utilizes industry leading manufacturing software applications with thousands of available applications. Our patterns are second to none in design and fit! In the end, your vehicle is the second or third most expensive investment you will ever make. Be aware of what you are getting for your hard earned money, and protect it right.