From the minute your car leaves the lot, it's dealing with threats from all directions. Bugs, rocks, birds and even the sun will eventually take their toll on your pristine paint job. Thankfully, there are ways to tackle these problems and keep your paint looking bright and damage-free for years after you drive it home. Best of all? They won't cost you a fortune.
Paint protection is a must for anyone who truly cares about the appearance of their vehicle. Every car owner knows that you have three options if you want to keep your vehicle looking as good as the day you bought it:
We're going to have to believe that there's almost no one who's willing to choose what's behind door No. 1, but you may very well decide that installing a paint protection kit is either too involved or too complicated for you. If so, we wish you luck and advise you to hire a 3M™ Certified Installer to put on your film so you can take advantage of their 10-year warranty. If, however, you like to learn new skills or want to protect your vehicle while taking advantage of the huge savings, you'll want to choose the third option.
3M™ Pro Series Paint Protection Film is an eight-millimeter-thick layer of clear polyurethane that goes between your car and the elements. It is an excellent, affordable way for a car owner to protect their vehicle without sacrificing its look or paying for expensive installation.
The beauty of these paint protection films (PPF) is that they protect against a wide variety of common types of damage. Whether you're driving through trails in the forests or a well-kept city road, PPF can keep damaging agents away from your paint job. Some of the materials it protects your vehicle from include the following.
When you add a clear protection film on your car, you create a protective barrier that keeps the damage away from the paint. That thick layer of polyurethane absorbs the damage. Here's the best part, though — the self-healing paint protection film won't show minor damage. Scratches disappear and chips fill in. With nonprotective films, you may have to replace them as chips show up or discoloration occurs. They keep your original paint job in good condition, but don't always contain the technology to heal themselves and stay looking good. You may need to replace those films as they receive damage. The unique formulation of 3M™ Pro Seriespaint protection films allows them to adjust to these incidents.
Another reason people turn to these films is that they allow you to show off the natural beauty of your car's original paint job. You don't need to change it to add protection, and the film is crystal clear to let the original color shine through — no cloudy colors or tints in sight. You can even wax and wash your car like normal. The idea of these films is to be unnoticeable. They add protection without altering the look of your car.
When you're done with your protective film — which probably won't be for a long time, considering their service life of 10 years — it peels off easily without damaging the underlying paint. After all, it's meant to be protective. Whether you want to paint your car or sell it, you can confidently remove it without worrying about the paint underneath.
As you can see from the graphic above, there is no shortage of areas on your car to protect, and no lack of hazards to protect it from. That's why we offer a variety of precut kits made from Scotchgard™ Pro Series Films to protect your A-pillars, door cups, hood, fenders, bumpers, side mirrors and more. Plus, with the unparalleled protection of our PPF, you can rest easy knowing that salt, sand, bug hits, rocks, bird droppings and UV rays won't degrade the look of your paint job. And, since we have designed these protection kits specifically for the do-it-yourself installer, you will enjoy unmatched ease of installation.
Let's face it: When you purchase your protection kit or clear car bra from us, you can rest assured you're not just buying another run-of-the-mill auto accessory — you're making an investment in your vehicle that will keep it looking great for years to come. Precut Scotchgard™ Pro Series Protection Kits come custom-cut to your specifications. Select your vehicle's year, make and model, decide what areas of your car you want to protect and your order will ship within one business day. Be sure to enter your vehicle identification number to get the exact fit you need.
The customization options don't stop there, because we also offer the full line of precut protection kits a la carte. You can buy just the hood, fender, mirror or bumper kits or even complete kits, which include all the precut protection we offer for your vehicle. Whether you want to take care of just the high-traffic areas like the door sills and the bumper or go all-out and protect the entire car, we've got you covered.
Some of the different components you can purchase PPF for individually include:
In addition to individual components and complete kits, we also sell 3M™ films in rolls, so you can cut out any shapes you need.
You could pay thousands to have a professional install your protective films, but putting it on yourself is something that can do more than save you money. If you're like a lot of car owners, you may enjoy spending time in your garage, tinkering under the hood. DIYing your install provides a fun project that can keep you busy for a while and protect your car for much longer. Plus, you get to show it off and tell people that you put on that professional-looking film in the comfort of your garage.
Another plus is that when you DIY, you don't have to send your car into the shop for several days. Going without a vehicle can be a huge pain for many of us, and keeping your car with you is a massive bonus. You can do the whole thing at once, cover one part a day or break it down however you want. The schedule is up to you when you DIY a PPF installation.
Looking for a completely custom application? We carry a selection of only the best PPF in uncut sheets and rolls. We've made a handy infographic (see above) to help you choose the right film for you, but we'll go into further detail below as we break down the pros and cons of each brand of PPF available in this crowded market.
Don't feel up to hand-trimming film yourself, but still want to protect other delicate areas of your car? We've got you covered with precut protection strips custom-designed to protect high-traffic door sills and rocker panels and an assortment of universally sized door handle covers. We've all seen what day after day of wear and tear can do to the finish at the door edges and around door pulls, so stop the damage before it goes any further with these simple-to-apply, invisible paint protection kits.
We've devoted a whole section to how to install uncut PPF and the precut kits, so it doesn't make sense for us to repeat it here. Still, it won't hurt for you to consider assembling the following tools and supplies before you decide to install a paint protection kit yourself.
If this is your first time putting on a protective film, we carry many of these resources, so you can get everything you need in one place. We have a selection of squeegees, low-lint cloth, pre-mixed application fluid, and Olfa-style razor blades to help with the process.
You'll also need to get a few conditions right before you go to install your PPF:
If you want to keep your car safe from the dangers of everyday life, a protective film is a perfect pick. It won't affect your existing paint job, self-heals minor damage, and can prevent injury from a wide range of harmful objects.
DIYing a protective wrap from Rvinyl comes with several benefits beyond what the wrap does for your car. If you mess up part of the install, we provide replacement pieces at a discount. Plus, we can process warranty claims for the 10 years of service offered on 3M™ Pro Series PPF. If for some reason you experience a problem with your film, we're here to help.
Shop our paint protection films above by selecting your vehicle, or contact us if you have any questions.