If you care about the way your car looks, you will do the small things to keep it looking right. It is an unfortunate fact that many people overlook the basics of car paint maintenance, assuming that what they got from the factory was enough. Without extra protection, your car is vulnerable to many different obstacles on the road. Sticks, rocks, pebbles, sand, and other debris can cause havoc on a finished paint job, costing your hundreds of dollars in repainting fees. It makes sense to protect every single aspect of your vehicle, which is why protecting your paint job with paint protection film is so important.

No matter the season, the weather does have consequences for your car. The constant sun in the South and Southwest is hard on your paint job. Within only a few years your paint can dull and fade, making your car look old. This is unfortunate given all that you have likely invested into your car over the years. Gas, oil changes, and other maintenance is an important part of keeping your car in working condition. Though many do not put this same attention to detail when it comes to the paint job. There are plenty of things that can scratch your car on the road that you might not even be aware of. This is not a matter of good or bad driving either, things can pop up on you when you least expect it.

Paint film protection is like an extra layer of paint that goes on your car. This is a clear film that will protect your paint from all the airborne obstacles that try to scratch it. The film is nearly invisible and acts as a silent protector of your finish. Another advantage of the film is it protects in those hard-to-reach places that you might not even be aware of. Obscure hoods and fenders are protected when you have this film. Knowing that your car will always look its best is a great feeling, and one that any driver can be excited about.

Paint protection film is the silent protector of your car’s aesthetic appeal. There is no reason not to give it a try.


Routine waxing gives your vehicle good protection against airborne dirt and acid rain, but the only way to avoid rock chip damage is paint protection film. Also known as clear bra material, paint protection film shields painted surfaces, headlamps, and tail lamps from scratches and chips due to direct impact.

It eliminates paint trading in parking lots. The film can also protect trunk lips and rear bumpers that tend to get damaged when unloading luggage, golf bags, bicycles and other large items. Ditto for door sills that take a daily beating from high heels. In addition to preventing pitting around the front of a car, the paint protection film prevents headlamp lenses from oxidizing in areas of the country where there is strong year-round sunlight.

Times have changed for paint protection film. It no longer “yellows” over time. Certain brands even make claims that the film can protect paint from a 120 mph hit from a rock particle.

The choice between doing the installation yourself or hiring an installer depends on the area being covered. Small areas such as headlamps, tail lamps, door sills, and door edges are easy DIY weekend jobs. But areas with multiple complex curves such as bumpers and hoods require professional installers.

If you are installing the paint protection film on a painted surface, prepare it by removing all wax. This may require a clay bar. Use solvent to remove the residue. When positioning a piece over a larger area such as a headlamp, a solution of isopropyl alcohol in water will get the film to bite better. It creates a slight barrier that enables you to more easily move the piece of film around. Once in place, use a squeegee to secure the film.

The film requires 24 hours to cure following installation. After that, it should protect the paint surfaces for the life of the vehicle.