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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.