What Is Paint Protection Film – Is It A Good Option For Me?


Paint Protection Film, or PPF (sometimes referred to as Clear Bra), is a thermoplastic urethane film that is most often applied to the forward or leading painted surfaces of a vehicle. Originally, this type of protective film was designed for military use on helicopter rotors to protect them from sand particles, and over the years it has expanded to general aviation, racing, and finally consumer vehicles and even electronic devices such as mobile phones. Paint Protection Film has been in use on privately owned vehicles for several years now, and with good reason.

Man applying auto film to car Jeep grille
Our Master Films Applicator doing a tricky install

From a maintenance standpoint, PPF is an excellent investment for any vehicle. The clear-coated urethane film helps preserve the paint finish while protecting surfaces vulnerable to stone chips, bug damage, abrasion, and weathering. Not only will your vehicle’s paint be preserved from these types of damages, but the film will also allow your paint to age naturally, and will not yellow from prolonged sun exposure. Additionally, you can clean and maintain your vehicle the same as before. The nearly invisible film can be washed and waxed just like the rest of the painted surfaces to retain that high gloss shine you expect.

These protective films are typically applied to the impact zones on vehicle parts, or otherwise vulnerable areas such as hoods, fenders, side mirrors, bumpers, grills, rocker panels, headlights covers, floodlights, car door protection, luggage areas, rear bumper decks, roof, and A-pillars. Most vendors guarantee their product not to haze, yellow, or peel and offer a warranty of anywhere from two to five years when properly installed. The film contains ultra-violet stabilizers to prevent discoloration or degradation of the product itself while still allowing the sun’s rays to pass through to the paint so if you do decide to remove the film your vehicle will not be two-toned, or “sunburned”. Unlike leather car bras or plastic shields, these clear protective films are practically invisible and do not substantially affect the overall appearance of your vehicle.

Our goal at Automotive Protection Services (APS) in Fairfax, Virginia, as always, is to provide you with superior products and first-class installation service. If you are interested in taking advantage of the protection offered by automotive protective film, we would be happy to meet your needs. Call us or stop by our local store to learn more about our protective films and installation options.