Is Covering the Entire Hood with Clear Bra Paint Protection a Good Idea?

Are you looking to protect you new vehicles finish from being eaten away (along with the resale value) by sand and road debris?  Thinking that paint protection film, aka a clear bra is the way to go? You are on the right track! Thinking covering the entire hood is the way to go? It is not. Yes that is correct, we are telling you no, you should not be covering the entire hood. It is not a practical application for the material.

From time to time we get requests to cover the whole hood and entire front fenders of a vehicle. The rationale is always " I do not like the line (where the hood and fender coverage ends)" On the surface a plausible thought, but there are other factors. The upfront cost goes up dramatically ($1,000 - $1,500 more than our typical Level 3 Coverage Package price). A steep upfront premium for something that is not going to have a large increase in useful protection. It is also a big liability down the road. All paint protection - no matter who makes it - is a wear item. Just like tires, belts, spark plugs they have a life. When it reaches the end it needs to come off. To make sure the material stays firmly attached to the vehicle during its life, the adhesive is strong. Each increase in applied area makes removal much harder. Go past its useful life and removal can get ever increasingly harder. Given today's thin panels, aluminum or composite hoods removing an entire hood section can result in a damaged hood. Totally defeats the reason for applying the film to begin with... The addition factored is the cost to remove. If it takes 10 - 20 hours to remove material from a third of the vehicle that is $$$. Can be more to remove it down the road that it cost initially.

A lot of expense and risk for 'the line'

All of our Level 2 and Level 3 Paint Protection package's hood section feature an arced back edge rather than the straight edge predominant years ago when we started. This trailing arch goes a long way to minimizing the shadow line that your eye was typically drawn to on the straight edge kits years ago. Take a look at some of the photos in the gallery linked on the left. Most do have a trailing arc, and most are fairly hard to see. 

If you do decide on going with somebody else to have everything covered, just do so knowing what that decision fully means.