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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. Our Rshield™ films are perfect for
use on your car, truck, SUV, motorcycles and any other flat, non-porous
surface you want to protect. Want to learn a little more about what makes it
tick? Read on my friend.
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. It does not affect appearance or aerodynamics, being virtually
invisible from just a few feet away and with minimal maintenance the film
will last many years, keeping your paint protected while looking great. The
film is also used on airplanes, RVs, cell phones, electronics, screens,
motorcycles and in a growing number of applications.
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.