FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT EXACTLY IS 3M CLEAR BRA?

Originally brought to market by 3M, clear bra is a heavy-duty yet virtually invisible urethane film applied to high-impact areas that are susceptible to damages. Examples include hood, bumper, door handles, and the trunk lips.

REASONS FOR INSTALLING PPF?

  • Preserves the original condition of your paint for as long as the film is installed.
  • Protects against scratches, bumper scuffs but most importantly rock chips
  • Significantly increases resale value

How does 3M Paint Protection Film heal itself?
3M Scotchgard Pro Series Paint Protection Film uses a special polymer in its clear coat. This allows the clear coat to find its natural level again after being disturbed on the surface.

How deep a scratch will heal?
The clear coat is designed to heal surface scratches and common swirl marks that occur during routine washing of the car. If the scratch penetrates through the film's clear coat, it will not heal.

How long does it take for a scratch to heal?
The time for a scratch to heal depends on severity of the scratch and temperature. Minor scratches usually heal in one hour at room temperature (72°F). In warmer climates, healing time will be shorter. The healing process can be accelerated at any time by pouring hot water over scratched area.

How many times will the clear coat heal itself?
With this technology, there is no limit to the number of times the clear coat can heal itself. As long as the clear coat is not penetrated it will heal over and over again.

How long will the clear coat last?
Depending on how the film is cared for, the clear coat can last indefinitely. Regular washing and waxing will keep the clear coat in top condition for years to come.

How does 3M Scotchgard Pro Series Paint Protection Film resist staining?
The clear coat on 3M film has a very low surface energy, which makes it extremely difficult for organic compounds to stick to the film. Insects, bird droppings and environmental contaminants (which would normally cause yellowing) such as road oils, exhaust smoke and pollution can be removed during regular washing. An example of a similar technology would be Teflon, where a Teflon pan is easy to clean because nothing will stick to it.

What if a stain does not come off the film during normal washing?
If ordinary car wash or soap and water will not remove a stain, there are a variety products available to do the job. In most cases simple isopropyl rubbing alcohol will remove anything on the surface of the film. In cases of more severe staining, or where something has been left on the film for a long period of time, a sparing amount of lacquer thinner can be used. Bug and tar remover available at any auto parts store is also effective. If you are unsure about the use of any other chemical on the surface of the film, please contact us at 301-244-8275.

How is care of 3M Scotchgard Pro Series different than other films?
3M Paint Protection Film requires very little maintenance.

Our general care instructions are:

  • Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car
  • Remove insect or other stains with bug and tar remover
  • stubborn stains can be removed with 99% isopropyl alcohol or lacquer thinner. Take care to keep these chemicals off the vehicle’s paint
  • Seal with sealant like Sonax Polymer Net Shield, Menzerna Powerlock, or 1Z Einszett Glanz Wax at least once every 3 months to preserve high gloss
  • Light scratches in the film will self-heal in 20-30 minutes at room temperature. In colder conditions, or to accelerate the process, pour warm water (120°F) over the affected area

Can I wax the film when I wax the rest of the car?
3M Paint Protection film can be waxed and sealed just like your paint. 

Will 3M film make the paint underneath the film fade at a different rate?
No. 3M Paint Protection Film allows UV to pass through the film and fade the paint underneath at the same rate as the exposed paint.

Does 3M Paint Protection Film install the same way as other films?
All paint protection films on the market install at least slightly different from one another. This is due to differences in adhesive chemistry, clear coat density, etc. 3M film is an extremely installer friendly film when applied using 3M's recommended installation guidelines.

Can I stretch the film if it has an automotive clear-coat on top?
3M Scotchgard Pro Series can be stretched just like any other paint protection film.

What does the Scotchgard Pro Series' 10 year warranty cover?
3M warrants Scotchgard Pro Series' Paint Protection Film to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for ten (10) years from the date of purchase. Covered defects include: yellowing, staining, cracking, blistering and delaminating. This warranty does not extend coverage to damage caused by normal wear and tear, road debris impact, accidents, collisions or intentional damage of any kind.

Does the warranty include labor to replace the film?
Yes, for customers in the United States. Reimbursement for labor charges covered by the warranty will be made directly to the Authorized 3M Dealer performing warranty replacement. Specific rules and restrictions apply,

 

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