What is Ppf?
Paint Protection Film, commonly known as "clear bra," is a transparent film that is applied to the exterior of a vehicle's surface to protect its paint and headlamp from scratches, chips, UV Fading, and other forms of damage. Below are popular questions people also ask:
Yes, paint protection film, also known as clear bra, is a highly effective way to protect your car's paint from damage. This transparent protective film, also known as Clear Bra covers the surface of your vehicle's exterior, reducing the risk of paint damage caused by rocks, debris, scratches, and other types of wear and tear.
Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra is a valuable investment for any car owner who wants to keep their vehicle looking great for years to come. It provides an invisible layer of protection against outdoor elements that not only helps maintain the appearance of your car but can also help preserve its resale value.
While there are other options available, such as ceramic coatings, paint protection film is often considered the most effective solution for protecting a car's paint.
Unlike ceramic coatings, which only provide a thin layer of protection, paint protection film is a thicker and more durable layer that can absorb impacts and prevent damage— while also being a replaceable product.
Newer Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra products will also be Ceramic Coated Infused which has the coating built INTO the Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra Film.
In general, a properly cared-for paint protection film and clear bra can be expected to last between 7-10 years. This means that many car owners who choose to install paint protection film can enjoy its benefits for the life of their vehicle without any issues.
According to Zebra.com, 64% of car owners have only owned their current cars for 5 years or less.
It's important to note that the lifespan of paint protection film can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the quality of the film, the conditions in which the car is driven and parked, and how well the film is maintained throughout its lifespan.
Regular washing, cleaning and maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of the film and ensure that it continues to provide maximum protection and maintain its clarity.
Despite the initial cost of installation, paint protection film is often considered a worthwhile investment for car owners who want to protect their vehicle's paint from damage and maintain its appearance and value over time. Given that car owners sell or trade in their vehicles every 8 years, on average, many clients who choose to install paint protection film can enjoy its benefits for the life of their vehicle without any issues.
Upfront Costs: It's more expensive to apply a paint protection film than to simply leave the paint as is. However, the additional costs are more than made up for in long-term value gain—especially in high-risk areas of the vehicle.
Purchasing low quality grade material brands can also be a disadvantage since the film will not last or protect the way it should. Poor quality paint protection film will hurt the vehicle's aesthetics and its resale value.
For example in one of the videos you will see on this page, Texas Tint Masters™ compared 2 different types of paint protection films at about 4 years after they have been installed.
Click Here To Watch The PPF 4 Year Comparisons Video
We have written a full blog post on the comparisons between a quality Paint Protection Film and a bad quality.
Read about it here:
PPF jobs usually cost more than vinyl wrap jobs. You can expect to pay around $5000 - $7000 + for a full PPF wrap on a vehicle.
Meanwhile, a full vinyl wrap will typically cost you around $3400 for a similar sized vehicle.
Although both products seem to provide similar benefits, they are different and intended for different purposes.
Vinyl wraps are mainly used as an alternative to paint and for color changing purposes while Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra are made to enhance and protect surfaces since the PPF is much thicker than a typical vinyl wrap.
However, given the superiority of paint protection films and clear bra, manufacturers are beginning to create colored paint protection films and clear bra.
This is an advantage to vinyl wraps because the overall finish of the product looks much glossier and since paint protection film and clear bra have natural UV inhibitors in the film, it also protects the color from fading.
Color fading is one of the main disadvantages of vinyl wraps.
Partial Front Paint Protection Film packages typically cover the areas of a car's front end that are most prone to damage from road debris, rocks, and other types of wear and tear. This can include partial hood, partial fenders, full bumper, and mirrors.
Full Front Paint Protection Film packages provide comprehensive coverage for a car's entire front end, including the hood, fenders, bumper, and side mirrors. This complete coverage helps protect the car's paint from damage caused by rocks, debris, bugs, and other types of wear and tear.
Full Vehicle Paint Protection Film packages offer complete coverage for a car's exterior. These packages typically include coverage for all painted surfaces of the vehicle.
PPF: 4 years later review
How does Paint Protection Film (PPF) look after 4 years?
In general, a properly cared-for quality paint protection film and clear bra can be expected to last between 7-10+ years. This means that many car owners who choose to install paint protection film can enjoy its benefits for the life of their vehicle without any performance issues. Although Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra is designed to protect your car, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOUR CAR WILL NEVER BE DAMAGED.
Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra are the sacrificial layer between outdoor elements & your vehicle paint. It is designed to be removable and replaced as needed.
Below is a durability test we created to demonstrate the longevity of modern day Paint Protection Films:
PPF Durability Test
How durable is Paint Protection Films?
The lifetime of Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the film, the type of environment the vehicle is exposed to, and how well the film is maintained.
Generally, a high-quality Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra can last anywhere from five to ten years, or even longer in some cases. However, it is essential to note that the lifespan of Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra can be reduced if it is exposed to extreme environmental conditions, such as high heat, extreme cold, or harsh chemicals. Regular maintenance, such as washing and waxing, can also help prolong the lifespan of Paint Protection Film and Clear Bra.
PPF Service Process
Paint Protection Film Installation has unlimited ways of installing the product. Every professional tailors their own methods to their liking. So here's how we approach it in full transparency — The Way You Want It:
At Texas Tint Masters™ Paint Protection Films, we follow a detailed initial inspection process to ensure that we provide our clients with the highest quality service and maintain full transparency throughout the process.
To begin, we use an operating software (Tint Wiz) that allows us to document the condition of the vehicle in detail before we begin the work. This software allows us to capture and document any scratches, chips, or imperfections on the vehicle's windows, body, or interior through pictures.
We understand that vehicle owners value their vehicles, and we want to ensure that we take the utmost care in handling them during the window tinting process.
Our inspection process includes a thorough review of the vehicle's exterior paint condition. We carefully examine each panel for any existing damages. We also check for any debris or contaminants that may affect the installations process.
Notify & Finalize:
Once we complete the inspection, we document our findings and notify the vehicle owner of any existing imperfections or issues. This ensures that the owner is fully informed and can make informed decisions about the service. All of our documentations are time-stamped in our system to ensure that we maintain proper care of the vehicle during the service in full transparency.
Texas Tint Masters™ Difference:
Our initial inspection process is a key part of our commitment to excellence, and we strive to make every Tesla owner feel confident and comfortable with our service.
When installing paint protection film, it's important to properly prepare the surface to ensure a strong bond between the film and the paint. One effective method for preparing the surface is to use a wash and clay bar to remove any surfactants or contaminants that may be present.
First, the car is thoroughly washed with soap and water to remove any dirt, debris, or surface contaminants. Then, a clay bar is used to gently remove any embedded contaminants that may be present on the surface of the paint. The clay bar helps to lift these contaminants away from the surface, leaving a clean and smooth surface for the paint protection film to adhere to.
Once the surface is clean and free of contaminants, the paint protection film can be applied.