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.