What is Paint Protection Film and why do I need it?

Paint protection film, or "clear bra" as it is sometimes known, is one of the best ways to preserve the showroom quality finish on your vehicle. The tough, durable, virtually invisible urethane film will keep your vehicle looking newer longer, without changing the design features or color, by creating a barrier and protecting vulnerable areas such as front bumpers, hoods, side mirrors, door handle cavities, door edges, rocker panels, and rear fender panels. Preserving the finish of your vehicle with paint protection film (PPF) keeps your vehicle looking newer longer, and can enhance the resale value of your vehicle in the future.


How does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series compare to other paint protection films on the market today?

Scotchgard Pro Series construction provides many features, advantages and benefits over other films. In addition, when you buy film from 3M you know you are buying a recognized brand from a trusted company with staying power.

  • Exceptional clarity: Scotchgard Pro Series has low orange peel, making it one of the clearest films in the industry and virtually invisible on the vehicle.
  • Unrivaled stain and scratch resistance: The revolutionary clear coat technology produces exceptional stain and scratch resistance, making it easier to clean and harder to scratch, ensuring that it keeps the vehicle looking newer, longer.
  • Self healing properties: Innovative technology allows minor scratches to disappear by themselves, keeping the film and your vehicle finish looking new.
  • Excellent durability: The new formula for the Scotchgard Pro Series has superior resistance to yellowing and cracking, ensuring that your vehicle finish retains the showroom quality, color and design features.
  • Maintenance Free: Scotchgard Pro Series film does not require any special maintenance to keep it looking great. You can wash and wax your car as you would normally. 


Where can I put Paint Protection Film on my vehicle?

Paint Protection Film can be professionally installed anywhere you want to protect your vehicle finish from scratches, chips, stains and other damaging elements. 

  • Rocker panels from sand and stones kicked up by tires
  • Trunk ledges from golf clubs, luggage and strollers
  • Hoods, bumpers and mirror backs from flying gravel, bug acids and tar
  • Door handle cavities and door edges from rings, keys, belt buckles and purses
  • Full hoods, trunks and roofs from bird droppings and tree sap


What is the warranty for Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series?

Our comprehensive warranty for Scotchgard Pro Series film is 7 years from the date of purchase, and includes coverage against defects, yellowing, bubbling and cracking. Visit the website at 3M.com/paint protection film for more details and to see the full warranty disclosure.


What is the pricing for Paint Protection Film Installation?

View our general pricing here or get a quote for a more detail cost analysis.


Is Paint protection Film removable?

Yes. The film is intended to be permanent, but can be removed without damage to the finish. Clear Bra Ohio recommends that you visit a Certified installer to have the film removed properly.


Can Paint Protection Film be applied over a vehicle that has had the paint touched up?

Clear Bra Ohio recommends that any repainted surfaces on your vehicle be professionally painted and fully cured before applying Paint Protection film. If you have touched up scratches or chips with a tube of "touch-up" paint and then apply Scotchgard film over it, the film will protect that area until it is removed. If the Scotchgard film is removed, it is possible that the area around the non-professional touch-up paint could peel off.


Can Paint Protection Film be applied over a newly painted vehicle?

The paint on a newly painted vehicle must be fully cured according to paint manufacturer's recommendations before installing Paint Protection film, usually 30-90 days. Your body shop should be able to provide you with this information.


Will Paint Protection Film change the color of my paint when I remove it?

Paint Protection film will not affect the color of the paint. Because the paint has been protected, the main difference will be gloss level. The gloss retention is better where the paint has been protected.


How is Paint Protection Film maintained?

Once applied, refrain from washing the vehicle in an automated car wash for 72 hours. Washing after that time presents no problem, and regular waxing helps maintain the beauty of Xpel or Scotchgard film.


Can I use wax over Paint Protection Film?

Yes. Clear Bra Ohio recommends you wax your vehicle with Performance Finish Synthetic Wax. If wax or dirt builds up along the film edges, use a Microfiber Detail Cloth to remove it. Do not use any waxes containing dyes or certain wax that are not recommended for urethanes. Abrasive polishes and/or rubbing compounds are not to be used.


How can I remove bug acid stains from Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film?

First, try this immediately – wash with soap and warm water. If that doesn’t remove it completely, use rubbing alcohol on the stain. After this, let the vehicle sit in the sun to help bleach the stains. This may take a few days and you should not wax film until the stains are gone.


Warranty for Consumer Questions:


What is a Certified Installer?

3M Certified Installers have been professionally trained at an Authorized 3M Training Center. They have passed the required written and installation tests.


How do I make a warranty claim?

You must have your Scotchgard film warranty card to validate your warranty. Contact the Certified Installer listed on your warranty card to have your Scotchgard film inspected. If the Certified Installer says that your claim is covered by this warranty, 3M will have the installer remove the old film and reapply new Scotchgard film. The complete warranty statement, including "Remedies and Limitations," is available on the Warranty Card, available from a Certified Installer.


What if I cannot reach my original Paint Protection Film Certified Installer?

Contact 3M at 1-800-643-0955. 3M will direct you to a Certified Installer selected by 3M to have your Scotchgard film inspected and, if your claim is covered by this warranty, 3M will have the installer remove the old film and reapply new Scotchgard film.