Q: What are the three most important things I
should I be looking for when looking for paint protection film?
A: 1>Quality of the install. Installing a clear bra is a very tedious and time consuming activity. While there is no such thing as a 'perfect install' our installers do everything possible to insure your clear bra is properly installed and does its job - protecting your paint. Check the install gallery.
2> Material. 3M Scotchgard Pro Series is the market leader and it is what we use exclusively. If one starts with an inferior raw material the quality and longevity of the install is doomed. (Most other manufacturers have not figured out how to clear coat their material).
more on the currently available 3M films here
Supplemental Note on 3M films:
Recently there have been a lot of companies using back channel
supply lines to provide an aerospace version of paint protection
film - sometimes known as Aerogard, AeroFilm, AeroBra. This film carries NO 3M WARRANTY
WHATSOEVER; it is not approved for the automotive market, it is
NOT CLEAR-COATED, and WILL dull and yellow. The main reason
for offering it is that it requires less effort and skill to
apply. Accept no substitutes, insist on Scotchgard!
3> Quality of the 'cut'. Some companies offer very inexpensive kits with a lot of small 'easy to handle' pieces that need to be fitted together and invariably leave gaps and unsightly seams that tend to attract dirt and grime. They do this to save money buy nesting small pieces tightly together during the manufacturing process. Some competitors also design their 'kits' to use the smallest bulk roll possible to further reduce cost buy further reducing coverage. i.e. only offering a piece on the leading edge of the hood. Our kits are designed with as few pieces and as few seams as possible. They are designed to offer the best compromise between coverage and install. This makes for a MUCH better final product.
Q: What should I be watching out for?
A: The number one thing we can say is watch out for claims that sound too good to be true! There are many small Online companies trying to be national companies via the Internet by making wild claims. As they lack the ability to install their kits on a national basis, some may 'Tell you what you want to hear' to close the sale. Without a professional install the material arguably has no particular value. The inherent value is the materials ability to protect your vehicle from stone chips right? It will not do much protecting if it lives in the closet still in the box it was shipped in. Like most things, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. We are a Texas company and are very proud to exclusively serve the Dallas Metro area's paint protection film needs!
Q: I am obsessive about my car can you guarantee my clear bra will be
A: No. As stated in other areas of this site, there is no such thing as a 'perfect clear bra' It is designed to protect your vehicles finish with a minimal trade-off. There will always be 'imperfections' - not really imperfections as they are acceptable - if you look close enough. If you stick your nose to the film you may spot a stray fiber, a speck of dust, etc. While we do everything possible to prevent these occurrences, you should know they are likely. The 8-Foot rule is the way to look at it - literally. Stand 8 feet away and you car will look paint chip free! If you think your clear bra install is going to look better than factory paint keep in mind we do not start with a sterilized flawless vehicle and we do not work in a Billion dollar TI Clean Room.
Q: Can it be removed?
A: If desired, film can be removed at any time by picking up a corner of the film and pulling the film off the vehicle surface at a 90-degree angle. If the film has been present a long time, or if the film and vehicle are cold, a heat gun or hair dryer may be used to soften the adhesive, allowing easier removal. If any adhesive remains on the vehicle after removal of the film, it can be removed using use 3M TM General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner (Part #08984), according to the package directions.
Q: Can I install it myself?
A: No, well probably not. All Modern Armor Paint Protection kits are sold on a professionally installed basis by factory-trained installers. Given that only 3% of our paint protection kits are rated consumer installable, and that the install is a critical part of the final result, we highly suggest professional installation.
Q: But other websites describe how I can
install it myself???
A: While a lot of websites describe in simple terms how easy it is to install, look at why. They are trying to sell something nationally - bulk pre-cut kits. They want to be Big but can't offer professionally installed kits on a national basis, so they try to sell the material. We are only looking to service the Dallas Metro area and thus don't need to convince you that working with an eight foot by two foot piece of adhesive backed material is easy. Just think of all the complex compound curves on the front of your vehicle, and then that you are going to put a piece of something flat on it and not get any creases or bunched up material during the install. The truth is the material can be very difficult to work with. If you really want we can cut you as many kits as you need to cover you vehicle yourself.
Q: I bought a kit online; how much do you
charge for the install?
A; We do not install kits bought online, period. In order to provide you the consumer with the best possible clear bra installation we need to make sure we control all the variables, material, material age, shape of the pieces, and the install of course. There is one genius selling what he describes as a clear bra online - but it is cut from an inferior design library and it is cut on SIGN MAKING MATERIAL, and is not worth the $9.95 we paid for one! We can't in good conscious take your money for an install that we know isn't going to work out.
The truth is you bought a do it yourself kit, which means you need to do it yourself. The reality is buying a kit online and not installing it yourself is like buying a window tint kit online and instead of trying to install it yourself you take it to a tint shop and ask them to install it for you. What do you think they would say if you brought them a piece of tint and said - install it?
Q: What is it made from?
A: We exclusively use a tough clear coated and adhesive backed 3MTM transparent urethane film. Both the clear coat and the film itself are manufactured to be UV transparent. This mitigates any differential fading issues associated with traditional bras. Not all manufacturers have figured out how to properly, if at all, clear coat the film.
Q: How tough is it?
A: A derivative of the film is used on helicopter rotors to protect them from being destroyed in hash environments.
Q: Is it really invisible?
A: The material is very difficult to see once it is properly applied. Most people will not even notice that it is on the car. Take a look at some of the vehicles in our install gallery. If you have a pure white vehicle the material will be easier to spot.
Q: How is the kit applied? Do you spray it
A: The material comes to us in a large roll. Our computer controlled machines cut the material into shapes designed to fit various parts of your car. These pieces are then applied to the vehicle. The pieces and the painted surface are wetted down with a solution and moved into position, and then the solution is squeegeed away.
Q: Will the film harm the painted surface?
A: If the film is properly applied to a fully cured painted vehicle, it can be removed, usually in one piece, without damaging paint surfaces beneath the film.
Q: Can you paint or apply a clear coat over
A: No, this is not recommended and is at your own risk. 3M film is supplied with an OEM approved clearcoat which is not formulated to be over-printed, painted or clearcoated.
Q: Can the film be applied over graphics?
A: The clear film will not interfere with vinyl or painted graphics and is designed to match the gloss levels of today's automotive factory clearcoat paint systems, providing virtually invisible protection. However, if the 3M paint protection film is removed, damage may occur to the underlying graphic during the removal process
Q: Can the film be used on windshields?
A: No, it does not meet the U.S. Department of Transportation's standards for optical clarity and abrasion resistance.
Q: Does the film resist yellowing?
A: Yes, it resists yellowing because the film is constructed of thermoplastic urethane, a tough, conformable material that is covered by a clearcoat layer. If you have a pure white vehicle the material will look slightly yellow depending on the lighting conditions, even when first installed. The film is designed to be UV transparent and UV stable.
Q: Can I still use a car wash?
A: Once applied, refrain from washing the vehicle for 48 hours. Washing after that time presents no problem. Special care should be taken as to the process used in the vehicle washing. Acids and harsh chemicals used by some dealerships, and automated washes are bad for your paint and they are bad for our material.
Q: What about waxing my vehicle?
A: When waxing the vehicle, some wax may build up along the film edges. This can easily be removed when dry with a Q-Tip. Liquid waxes are best as they tend to leave less residue to clean up. You can also use a low tack 3M Blue Painters tape along the edges during the waxing process thus avoiding wax buildup in the first place. Do not use any waxes containing dyes, abrasives, cleaners or waxes not recommended for urethanes. Additionally carnauba waxes should be avoided as they are yellow by nature and can stain the urethane over time.
Q: How long will it last?
A: The material has an average life span of about 5-7 years. It is much like the paint on your car. Whether or not the car is garaged and whether or not it is kept washed and waxed will make a big difference in the life span of the product.
Q:Does 3M guarantee the material?
A:> 3M now Guarantees the film for 10 years