Is Paint Protection Film a Good Investment?

Today we are going to take a look at what could be the most important question to ask as a consumer. Is paint protection film a good investment?  There are a multitude of things to consider before purchasing PPF. How does clear bra protect my paint? What are the benefits? What does paint protection film protect against? Before making a conscious decision to purchase PPF, these questions should be inspected and considered. Paint protection film is growing immensely popular with consumers and auto enthusiasts alike. As we look at the many benefits of paint protection film, we hope it gives you an idea of what kind of consumer you are, and if this is the right investment for you.

What does paint protection film protect?

This might seem like a simple question to answer. You might think to yourself “my paint of course” However, if we think about paint protection film as a tool instead of a product, you might start to think about that question in another way. It goes without saying that paint protection film is just that, it is a film that protects your paint, but what else does it protect? Your investment in the vehicle you own! Whether you are a consumer who is looking to preserve the originality of your car or a person who needs a tool to ensure preservation for the purpose of reselling, clear bra is the answer. Your hard-earned money goes into purchasing a vehicle and maintaining it. These films give you the special opportunity to uphold the value of your vehicle, nothing becomes more costly to a vehicle owner than when damage occurs. Given the rising costs of what feels like every product on the market, this could lead you to spending hundreds of dollars on repairing a cosmetic issue if you are not prepared. There is a reason why paint protection film has become a household name, it is recommended by everybody and has large lists of pro’s. Are you interested in learning more about PPF? Visit our Blog page to read more articles about paint protection film. 

How does paint protection film protect?

Paint protection film acts like a safeguard against the harsh elements. Your vehicle’s paint can be susceptible to damage such as road debris, rock chips, even the sun’s harmful UV rays. Clear bra puts a layer of protection between the natural dangers of the outside world, and your vehicle’s paint. PPF is a polyurethane composite designed with durability in mind. It is specially formulated with self-healing properties as well. What does that mean for you? This means if a rock jumps up off the road and scratches the PPF (not your paint) the paint protection film goes to work. Internal fibers work together to absorb the surface scratch to make it invisible to the eye. Not only does PPF protect your paint, it maintains its clarity by itself! Protection and clarity paired with cutting-edge technology is how PPF protects your paint.

What does PPF protect against?

PPF protects against a few things. Even before you get into drive, PPF is hard at work. The sun’s harsh UV rays can be damaging your vehicle’s paint on a microscopic level. Depending on the weather conditions of where you live, the sun can play a vast role in the integral breakdown of your car’s paint. The sun emits harsh ultraviolet rays that hit your vehicle’s paint and breaks down the paint’s internal compounds. Years of this process unfolding can result in paint starting to oxidize and fade right before your eyes. A reason why when you see a car’s paint start to fail it usually starts on the roof, hood, and trunk! Paint protection film has the power to absorb the UV rays before they hit your car, just one of the scientific ways PPF protects. On the subject of natural weather affecting the integrity of paint, rain water is considered to be very harsh to the health of a vehicle’s paint. Rain water is considered “hard water” hard water is water with a high count of dissolved calcium and magnesium. When hard water hits your paint, the result is very harsh stains left behind. These stains are very hard to get rid of if left unattended. PPF blocks these hard waters from reaching your paint by putting a physical barrier between the two. If you ever had to deal with hard water spots on your car’s paint, you will understand how important it is to prevent it from happening. All aspects of how PPF protects are vital, however when people think PPF they think of protection against road debris, such as rock and small sharp objects. Creating a physical barrier between your paint and outside elements are the bones of how clear bra works. Rocks fly up, hit the clear bra and bounce off. Keeping the scratches on top of the clear bra keeps your paint staying fresh and healthy.

Who should invest in paint protection film?

No matter what type of driver you are and how you use your vehicle, paint protection film is hugely beneficial.  The question is, “should I invest in paint protection film?” our answer is YES. Now, the amount of PPF you should apply to your car is a deeper question dependent on how you use your vehicle. If you drive in town to get to work every day, and rarely use your vehicle, a basic clear bra package might be the choice for you. Offering front bumper and headlight protection might be all you need to protect your investment. If you are a weekend canyon warrior and want to protect the new sports car you picked up, perhaps a full coverage option would be for you. Full coverage PPF packages would be the ultimate protection as it covers the entire vehicle. Any thought of a paint damaging element can be put to rest, the PPF will fight off any trouble, and it will do it while looking good.  Paint protection film installation shops usually offer multiple tiers of PPF packages, Please visit our PPF page to figure out which packages we offer.

The benefits of PPF


The Ultimate Protection:


Create a barrier between the harsh outside elements and your vehicle’s paint. PPF is unlike any other paint protection product on the market today. Large pros with practically zero cons. For somebody looking for the best way to protect their vehicle’s paint, we can’t think of a better way to do it. 


Cutting-Edge Technology:

PPF shops near you will prepare clear bra to be put on your vehicle in one of two ways. Laying the films across your vehicle, then hand-cutting the shapes out to fit your vehicle. Here at Polished Protection, plotters and cutters, the second method for PPF preparation. Using major PPF brand names like Xpel here at the shop allow us to use their huge database of plotter files. This database has virtually every car and their shapes stored in one place, allowing us to cut films out precisely and safely before applying. This is hugely important because it allows us to take the risk factor of scratching your paint with a knife when applying PPF. Traditional hand cutting methods are known to be more vulnerable to scratches made by a PPF installer. This cuts that problem out completely.


Peace of Mind:

You get peace of mind! If you have invested your hard-earned money into obtaining the car of your dreams, the last thing you want to worry about is an outside element damaging your car. PPF eliminates 99.9% of that worry. Enjoy your vehicle with peace of mind, all the time.


Backed by a Manufacture’s Warranty: 

Manufacturer warranties are one of the huge bonuses you will receive when purchasing PPF. We use Xpel paint protection films here at the Polished Protection for a number of reasons. High quality, unmatched technology, and backings by the manufacturer. A 10-year warranty on all Xpel PPF products is something you can keep in your pocket for up to 10 years. If there are any indiscretions in the manufactures’ product they will cover it, where else will you find such a great warranty? To learn more about Xpel and their warranty, please visit their warranty page.

Is PPF a good investment?

Absolutely! We would recommend paint protection film to any type of driver. We believe it is better to be prepared with the tools to combat unexpected scratches and paint chips, than to wish you had them after the fact. You never know when a rock can bounce off the ground and hit your car, or that person who dings your door because they parked too close. To explore what kind of PPF packages we have here at Polished Protection, Please visit our paint protection film page. For more in depth questions, please give us a call! We would love to hear from you!


Tesla getting Xpel Paint Protection Film Installed

We Want to Answer All Your Questions About Paint Protection Film.

We get a lot of questions about paint protection film here at Polished Protection Signal Hill. We thought this would be a good time to create a comprehensive guide for answering all the common questions on paint protection film. With paint protection film being unique in its class, we will always recommend it for a couple reasons. Not only do we find it to be the ultimate way to protect your vehicle’s paint, we also find it to be the best way to protect your investment in your vehicle. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of this amazing protection film.

What is PPF?

PPF, or paint protection film, also known as “clear bra,” is a thin, clear film that is applied to your car’s paint to protect it from the abrasive elements. Scratches, debris, and the sunlight are all things your paint is susceptible to when driving on the road. Paint protection film acts as a shield from these harsh elements. PPF is made out of polyurethane and is specially made with an adhesive backing that will stick to your vehicle’s paint without damaging it.

Why should I purchase PPF for my car?

 PPF serves a multitude of purposes for many people, but the main reason we believe you should purchase PPF for your vehicle is peace of mind. If you want to protect your investment in your vehicle, paint protection film is the best way to do so. In the same way a jacket protects you from the outside elements, PPF protects your vehicle’s paint from the harsh elements that could potentially damage the health of your vehicle’s paint. Besides the apparent scratches and rock chips that hit your paint and damage it, elements such as the sun are abrasive to your paint every time you drive it. Unseen to the naked eye, the sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate your paint on a molecular level, breaking your paint’s compounds apart and resulting in chipping and flaking. PPF protects your paint from these ultraviolet rays reaching it. In cases of scratches or rock chips, paint protection film is specially formulated with self-healing properties, which can allow freshly scratched paint protection film to absorb the scratch and make it invisible on the outside. Want to learn more about paint protection film? Visit our blog here!

How is PPF installed?

There are two ways to install paint protection film, one is by laying a large piece of film across a panel and hand-cutting the piece to fit your vehicle’s shape, and the other way is by rolling the film through a cutter or plotter to cut out the exact shape of your vehicle’s panel before applying it. In our PPF shop, we use cutters and plotters before laying the PPF onto your car. While we do offer both methods, we prefer this method over the traditional way for a couple reasons: If we can avoid using a knife closely on your paint, we will do that! Although this is not usually an issue with professional PPF installation shops using a knife close to your paint, there is still that small risk of accidentally scratching your paint with a sharp knife. The other reason we like to use cutters and plotters to cut our films before laying them is how precisely the cutters and plotters cut the shapes! We use a huge database with the measurements of virtually every car to tell the plotters what piece to cut. This takes the inconsistencies out of cutting material, making it a higher-quality job for you, and it allows us to use the right amount of material.

When should I apply PPF to my car?

As soon as you want the ultimate protection! We recommend the sooner the better. You never know when a rock on the road will skip up and chip the paint on your new car, or when someone in a parking lot will scratch it. Applying a paint protection package to your vehicle as soon as possible will allow you to worry less every single time you get in your car and drive!

Who should I trust to install PPF on my car?

Paint protection film manufacturers offer certification programs for shops that want to become experts on their products. This should be the gold standard when finding a PPF installer. Polished Protection is a certified PPF installer for XPEL paint protection films. A certificate is important for a PPF installer because it gives them ultimate credibility. These certification programs are courses taught by PPF manufacturers to make sure the PPF shops are up to date on the technology that goes into creating these products and how to apply them safely and precisely. See what kind of work we have under our belt as an Xpel-certified PPF installer here.

Which brand of PPF should I go with?

There are a couple major brands in the clear bra industry, but our number one choice is Xpel paint protection films. We found that no other PPF company was as well-rounded as Xpel. Technology matched with unparalleled customer service and support makes this our go-to choice for our paint protection shop. 

How much PPF should I apply to my car?

When we are asked this question, we first look at two factors: what environment is your car used in, and what type of driver are you? Polished Protection provides four PPF packages based on the answers to those two questions. From a basic package that offers front bumper and headlight coverage to a full car package that covers all painted surfaces on your car, If you are a weekend warrior and enjoy offroading in your 4×4, then full coverage is what we would recommend to combat the abrasive elements of dirt, gravel and branch scratches. If you daily commute to work 1 mile away, maybe a basic or standard package is right for you, providing front end protection against those short street miles. Call to talk to one of our professionals today about which package is right for you and your vehicle.


How long does PPF last?

Depending on where you live and the kind of usage you put your car through, you can determine how long your PPF will last. However, if properly applied and maintained, PPF will last 5 to 10 years. Like any item you purchase, the more you take care of it, the longer it will last, and PPF is no exception!

How do you maintain PPF?

When maintaining and cleaning your car with paint protection film on it, we have a couple tips and tricks to help you. For starters, we recommend that you never use abrasive polishes or sealants on the PPF; this could result in the film losing its clarity or high protective properties. If you can help it, you should always use soft water to clean your vehicle with PPF on it; soft water will combat harsh water spots. For home washing, you should always use the correct soap, we recommend our Polished Car Care Cleanse Soap for the ultimate PPF wash. After washing we recommend applying our quick ceramic detailer Elevate to ensure protection and ease of maintenance next time you wash. Plush and soft microfiber towels for drying and wiping any excess water. Have a question about home maintenance? Call now to talk to one of our professionals about how you can maintain your new PPF. 

Does PPF come with a warranty?

All of our Xpel PPF packages are backed by a manufacturer’s warranty of 10 years. To learn more about Xpel’s manufacturer warranty please visit their warranty page here. Our PPF shop offers a warranty for any discrepancies in our installation work, to combat any issues, we offer check up appointments after installation to double check our work and get your feedback on the products we installed or serviced.


We hope you found this article to be informative and enlightening on the world of clear bra. If you would like to learn more about our PPF packages please visit this page or call us today!


Paint Protection Film vs Ceramic Coating

With the rise of information and technology, one industry that is rapidly growing in popularity is the world of automotive paint protection. It’s no news that ever since the invention of the automobile, man has become a fanatic for the culture and when huge leaps in culture are struck, roots of subcultures are born. We are far from the days of helping your grandfather wash his car with a single bucket and some tin wax though. Ingenuity and creativity has led us to know more about keeping the cars we love in pristine condition longer than ever before. Even if you haven’t dipped your toes into the ever expanding world of paint protection, there are two names you might have heard of, paint protection film and ceramic coatings. What are these products ? What do they do? Are they similar? Today We are going to shed some light on the matter in hopes you have a better understanding of what these are and what they do. Let’s dive in.

What is paint protection film?

Paint protection film, also known as clear bra or ppf, is a thin clear film that is applied on top of your car’s paint to protect it from everyday roadway hazards. Rock chips, & rogue road debris can cause potential damage to your paint everytime you drive your car. Paint protection film can be considered a shield of sorts, like a bullet proof vest or a screen protector for your phone. It adds a layer of security or stopping power before a scratch or stone impact can damage your car’s paint. Why is this good? There are many benefits to consider, like resale value, longevity of your vehicle’s paint, and even driving style accommodations. There is now a product to help you drive more and worry less.

What is a ceramic coating?

Ceramic coatings or paint coatings is another line of defense when it comes to protecting your vehicle’s paint. Unlike paint correction film, where you have a physical sheet applied on top of the paint, Ceramic coatings are a liquid that is applied by hand that chemically bonds itself to the paint. The appeal with ceramic coatings is its hydrophobic properties. Once a coating is applied water does not stick to the surface of the paint, it “beads”, allowing the water to roll off. Why this is a huge benefit is because the effects hard water has on your vehicle’s paint is extremely damaging. Hard water, such as the water that comes out of your garden hose has a hardness reading of 120 parts per million, where filtered “soft” water has a hardness reading of 15 parts per million. So in this case if the “bad” water can’t stick to your paint it can`t damage it! Other benefits include any contamination having a hard time sticking to the paint, bird droppings, dirt, grime will sit on the surface and not embed itself, making the washing process a lot easier.

How is paint protection film and ceramic coating different?

A common misunderstanding is that PPF & Ceramic Coatings are essentially the same thing. When in fact the only bond they share is the fact they are both paint protection products. Paint protection film is a transparent vehicle wrap designed to add a layer of protection from driving hazards that can cause knicks, chips, small dents & scratches. A ceramic coating is applied to protect your vehicle from the elements such as sun damage, water spots and other contaminants. A ceramic pro coating also makes exterior maintenance a breeze with its hydroponic properties. Ceramic coatings are sort of a clever science precaution, a way to understand the damages coming and adapt to best combat them. If rain water is the enemy, it simply will not allow the water to sit still. Both clear bra and ceramic coatings are protectors, but as you can see go about it in a completely different manner.

Which is the best? Clear bra or ceramic coatings?

When it comes to the subject of ppf vs ceramic coatings, here’s what to consider: what’s the application for? What do you wish to combat? If you asked us which one we would choose, truthfully… we choose both everytime. Now if this was a discussion of two items that are exactly the same, that wouldn’t be our answer. We would have to look at what dangers lie ahead and which product would we choose as our weapon. The truth is paint protection film and ceramic coatings protection your car in completely different ways, so why not double down on protecting your investment? What one lacks the other compliments, put them together and you have a personal paint bodyguard.

So which is better? Paint protection film or ceramic coating?

In conclusion both paint protection products are modern day marvels in the world of automotive paint protection. Both have great pros and little to no cons. The path for your vehicle’s paint really relies on its application, if you are one who enjoys the drive of a canyon and are worried about rock chips, road debris, or the sun on a long journey, perhaps paint protection film is for you. If you’re somebody who wants paint protection against the rain, or natural elements like bird droppings and mineral deposits, maybe ceramic coatings is where you should lean. Regardless of the choices you make, you can rest easy knowing these two products are state of the art in the industry.


Is Paint Protection Film worth it?

To find the answers of this common Paint Protection Film question we must first take a quick dive into the world of automotive paint protection. What is paint protection film exactly? Is it different from a clear bra? How do I know if I should apply this protection wrap to my car? At Polished Protection Signal Hill we strive to provide our customers with the best resources to make educated decisions when it comes to protecting their car. So, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions to get you a better understanding of this thing called paint protection film and if it is worth investing in.

What is Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film is a versatile thermoplastic Polyurethane product with a special formulated adhesive built in… what the heck does that mean and how does that pertain to your car?  Simply put,  Paint protection film, also known as Clear Bra, is a thin clear film that is carefully applied on top of your car’s paint to protect it from the elements. You can think of paint protection film as your first line of defense when it comes to protecting your vehicle’s paint from damage. No different than applying a case to a brand new iphone, the idea is to take precautions against damage.

Where did Clear Bra come from?

Clear bra has been mainly associated with the automotive industry. Early on you might not have known what clear bra is unless you were in the motorsports industry. Clear bra was used by racing teams to protect their race cars. But before the automotive industry adopted clear bra, its conception came at a time of war. You can find products of all kinds on the market today that were designed for military use, clear bra fall in this category. During the Vietnam War in the 50`s the American military needed a way to protect their helicopter’s rotor blades from damage. Helicopter tape , also known as clear bra in today’s world, was the solution. This clear film could protect the blades from debris and other elements without affecting how the blades operated. Thanks to ingenuity, the technology would find itself being used in a more everyday practice.

What are the benefits of Paint Protection Film?

Like anything we purchase with our hard earned dollars, the question becomes “how can I care for this product to make sure it lasts as long as possible?” Paint protection film is the solution to keeping your car looking new. It adds a layer of security to your vehicle’s paint that can last up to a decade with proper care and maintenance. (check out Polished Car Care for PPF maintenance) Worry`s of rock chips or road debris damaging your vehicle’s paint are eliminated. One feature of Paint Protection Film is its self-healing properties. Like our body working hard to heal from a scratch or bruise, ppf does the same thing when scratched or scored. Once the film is hit with a rock chip or scratch, it has the power to heal itself in minutes through a process called microreplication. The best part is you don’t have to do anything to help the scratched surfaces, simply driving under the sun kickstarts the self healing process. Layers inside the Paint Protection Film work together to get rid of top level imperfections. Not only does ppf protect your paint but it looks good doing it! Besides the relief of stressing over your vehicle’s paint everytime you drive your car, paint protection film can add benefits you might not have thought about. Take paint fading for instance, the sun’s rays are constantly beating down on your car’s paint, with some not having the luxury of shaded car storage, this can be a major problem in protecting your investment. PPF can add a shield against harsh light. Unlike other films, paint protection film is specifically designed with normal vehicle use in mind. This means that it will not fog or yellow under conditions. 

Why invest in Paint Protection Film?

We find this paint protection film lives up to its name. If you`re somebody who plans on keeping your car for years to come, it can offer the ultimate solution to keeping your vehicle looking new. Maybe you`re somebody who loves the driving experience, but are worried about the damage roads can cause. For somebody who loves the thrill of buying and selling, it can protect your investment from exterior damage for a better resale experience. For any type of person, paint protection film has huge benefits. The great thing about paint protection film is its applicability. Any vehicle can have ppf installed on it and we do this with precise large format plotters and cutters. Xpel Clear Bra is run through a machine that cuts pieces to fit your vehicle’s exact shape. This means that no matter what kind of car you have, paint protection is available for you.

The million dollar paint protection film question:

Is Paint Protection Film worth it ? In simple words, YES we sure think so. Many paint protection products have a list of cons, but we found none when it comes to Xpel Paint Protection Film. With its long list of protection benefits we find it a sure match for any vehicle. Not only that, any driving experience can be insured. You never know what harsh aspects the elements bring and depending on where you live, these elements can be twice as abrasive. The ” less worry, less stress” attitude protection wrap offers is why we consider this paint protection product to be a no-brainer. Here at Polished Protection in Signal Hill, we like to think of paint protection film to cars, as clothing is to our bodies. A small price to pay for the ultimate protection against the unpredictable ways of life.