Paint protection film was first developed by 3M™ at the request of
the US military during the Vietnam War in order to help protect the rotor
blades of helicopters taking off and landing in battle zones. Although not
originally designed to protect the paint or finish of the blades but rather
to protect their structural integrity, these films soon found
their way onto the race track as drivers saw their ability to protect the
exterior of their cars at high speeds. The first films were thicker and less pliable, because their purpose
was to help keep helicopter blades from eroding in the harsh, sandy
environments to which they were exposed. Because the blades were flatter and
less complex than auto-motive surfaces, they didn’t demand a highly
flexible, conformable film. However, as the films began to be adopted by
race car teams and, later, luxury car makers, the film was reformulated to be
thinner and easier to work with.
Today's Paint Protection Films (PPF) are thermoplastic, urethane
films generally applied to the painted surfaces of a new or used car in
order to protect the paint from stone chips, bug hits, minor abrasions and
UV damage. Whether you buy Avery Dennison™'s cutting-edge Supreme
Protection Film XI (SPF-XI), ORAFOL's Oraguard or Stoneguard Series PPF or prefer a 3M™ Protection Film,
none of these wraps or kits will affect appearance or aerodynamics. In fact,
they are specifically designed to be virtually
invisible from just a few feet away. Best of all, with minimal maintenance, the film
will last many years, keeping your paint protected while looking great.
Although we have listed primarily automotive applications, you can use any
of our PPF kits on airplanes, RVs, cell phones, electronics, screens,
motorcycles and in a growing number of applications.
At Rvinyl, we make it job to bring you only the highest quality films
which is why we currently carry paint protection films made by the top three
manufacturers in the country: Avery Dennison™, 3M™, Hexis and ORAFOL.
Although you can be sure of getting the highest perfromance and value if you
buy a paint protection kit made with film from any of these brands we do
have our own preferences and we will list them in order below.
Avery Dennison Supreme Protection Film XI (SPF-XI) improves and protects a vehicle’s appearance, while helping to retain its resale value. A high quality, top coated polyurethane film protects the paint from stone chips, road debris, insect stains, weathering and minor abrasions.
Know as the industry standard, its unique technology separates this product from its competitors. Pro Series can give you years of protection and performance without ongoing maintenance. Unlike your car’s paint, when this Pro Series Film gets scratched, the scratches virtually disappear, keeping your film looking newer longer. Almost nothing can protect your vehicle better from scratches, stains and chips than 3M™ Pro Series Protection Films.
BodyFence is a relative newcomer on the automotive protective film scene.
With a 7 year life span, it comes in just under Avery Supreme Protection
Film and 3M™ Scotchgard™ Pro Series which boast 10 year life
spans. One notable difference of this Hexis film, however, is that it is
self-cleaning (if not totally hydrophobic). BodyFence is a transparent adhesive-coated film, specially developed for protecting car
bodywork. Its excellent shock-absorbing properties protect your bodywork against chips caused
by stones, insects, car doors, washing brushes, etc.
This PPF provides medium-term paint protection for automotive fenders, rear bumpers, deck or side skirts and other outdoor applications. Intended for use on flat and slightly curved surfaces, it is an inexpensive alternative to 3M™ and
Avery™ SPF-XI products that is thinner as well.
Yes, PPF can be removed without causing damage to your
vehicle. However, reasonable care should be taken during removal to ensure
that the vehicle's clear coat is not damaged. We offer instructions for
removal in our Resources section.
Because the PPF films are made using optically clear adhesives
the material is over 95% clear. It is hard to detect even from a few feet
away although it will add a glossy sheen to your vehicle's paint.
Uncut film is available in a variety of widths and lengths and, depending on
the manufacturer, can range from 4 mil in thickness to up to 15 mil.
Professional or DIY installers can use uncut film to wrap and protect those
areas of the vehicle for which pre-cut kits are not available. In general,
pre-cut paint protection kits are made for the hood, fender, mirrors and
front and rear bumpers. In addition, many companies offer pre-cut door cups
and door panel strips as well. Although pre-cut kits can be easier to
install they normally end about 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch from edges.
Yes. PPF films can be applied to
plastic or polycarbonates. In fact, headlight lenses are the most common
plastic component for which PPF is used.
At the time of writing, we are unaware of
any PPF product that can be removed and reapplied. This s due to the nature
of the adhesive and the physical properties of the film itself.
No. The recommended waiting time for a proper cure is 30 days. It is best to
contact your body shop. Body shops use a wide range of suppliers for their
paint materials. Tell your body shop to contact their paint supplier for
information if they are unsure. The paint supplier or manufacturer will be
the best source for the correct cure time.