Clear Bra Frequently Asked Questions
 

What is Paint Protection Film (PPF)?
PPF, (aka Clear or "Invisible" Bra), is a virtually invisible, energy absorbent, durable urethane film that is used to protect the paint finish on a vehicle's impact zones, such as the leading edge of the hood and the bumper. It helps protect a car's finish from nicks, stone chips, bug damage, abrasions and bumper scuffs.

How does it work?
PPF comes in rolls of varying widths, backed with clear adhesive. Patterns are computer cut into the film on a plotter to fit vehicle panels precisely, and installed on the impact zones of the vehicle.

How much does it cost?
UltraShield of Orlando provides exemplary service at competitive pricing. Standard coverage (leading hood & fenders, back of mirrors, front bumper) for most vehicles costs $500 - $700, plus sales tax. Mobile service within Orlando is complimentary. Please call or email for a quote, 407-251-4108.

Is PPF really "invisible"?
The film itself is clear and colorless. What may be visible under some circumstances (i.e. distance from vehicle, darker colored cars, certain lighting) is the trailing edge of the film on the hood/fenders and/or a slight texture in the appearance of the film. Because 3M's film is clearcoated, the texture is natural and designed to match the gloss of your factory paint. In certain areas, the film's texture may be more pronounced due the stretching of material that is required to properly install it around compound curves and recesses. Even under these circumstances the film is still virtually imperceptible from more than five feet away.

Will it cause uneven paint fading?
No, the film is UV stabilized, allowing light to penetrate so the paint under the film will not be affected any differently by sunlight than the exposed paint.

Can it be removed?
Yes, paint protection film can be safely removed from the factory finish without damaging the paint. In fact, we encourage removal after 5-7 years, or upon any sign of deterioration. On repainted vehicles, it is highly recommended that quality assurance is obtained from the bodyshop before the installation of paint protection film. The workmanship and quality of paint repairs can affect film removability. Paint lifting is more likely to occur when removing film from a repainted surface. Since we have no way to determine the quality of your paintwork, neither 3M nor UltraShield of Orlando are responsible for any resulting damage. If a vehicle has been poorly repainted (sometimes evident by finish irregularites, peeling, or bubbling), we do not recommend the use of paint protection film.

Will it increase my resale value?
Yes, by protecting the areas that typically indicate the most wear PPF increases the value and appeal of your vehicle. It can also greatly reduce lease turn-back charges.

"I spent $800 at the dealership on a lifetime paint sealant, why do I need paint protection film?"
Spray on sealants may help reduce the severity of bug acid damage, but these expensive "coatings" can't do anything to help prevent rock chips, debris damage, scuffs or abrasions. PPF puts a durable 8 mil layer of clear protection between your paint and the elements. Read the fine print on your sealant's warranty - the coating is so delicate that if you use a washbrush or automatic car wash, that warranty may be worthless.

Why not just use a regular bra or bugshield?
Decades ago those were the only alternative, but you no longer have to conceal your paint to protect it. Black, vinyl bras are high maintenance and can severely damage your paint if not removed and cleaned frequently. Many automakers have even stopped offering OEM vinyl bras for new models.
Bugshields typically require drilling to install, only protect the leading hood edge, and they alter the vehicle's aerodynamics.

"I don't like the seam."

The alternatives are:
1) A black vinyl bra which is exponentially more visible than a thin, clear film edge.
2) No protection whatsoever risks stone chips and bug damage.
3) If available and within your budget, full hood coverage* eliminates the trailing edge.

What is Rocker Panel and Trunk Ledge coverage?
Shown here in yellow outline- Rocker panel coverage varies by vehicle but typically includes the painted beam that runs under the doors and between the wheels. Trunk ledge coverage also varies, but typically covers the lip of the upper rear bumper, covering the most vulnerable width of the trunk opening (designed to help protect from loading/unloading of cargo).
paint protection film rocker panels and trunk ledge coverage

Do you accept Credit Cards?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards.



How do I maintain it?
Due to an integrated clearcoat in the film itself, PPF can be maintained just like the rest of the car. Simply wash regularly and wax every 2-3 months.

Do I have to wax every three months?
Waxing this often is not required but it is recommended. Under normal conditions (on the film or on paint) wax protection gradually diminishes - even the most expensive waxes can't last more than 8-10 weeks. Keeping your paint and Clear Bra well waxed will protect them further from the elements, prevent fading, and make them easier to keep clean.

How long will it last?
3M Scotchgard paint protection film is warranted by 3M for 5 years to be free of manufacturing defects (including yellowing, bubbling, and cracking). With regular care (proper washing and waxing), the film can last about 5-7 years. After this time, or upon any signs of deterioration, removal is highly recommended.

What if my vehicle was recently repainted?
Paint must be allowed to fully cure before applying PPF. Curing time varies from one bodyshop to the next, but we recommend at least 30 days to be on the safe side. If a vehicle has been poorly repainted or improperly prepped (sometimes evident by finish irregularites, peeling, or bubbling), we do not recommend the use of paint protection film.

Why Scotchgard, aren't other brands more affordable?
Not all clear bras are alike. 3M is the original and leading manufacturer of paint protection film. Their Scotchgard™ PPF is the only film trusted by NASCAR and OEM's. 3M Scotchgard™ is the only PPF with an automotive-grade integrated clearcoat. Some competitors offer cheaper films that look good initially, but may fade or discolor more rapidly without an integrated clearcoat. 3M's Scotchgard™ film has decades of research and development behind it - offering the longest gloss retention, better stain resistance, and the most comprehensive warranty. Consumers can opt to save money by choosing a lesser film from an uncertified installer, but you may be sacrificing longevity, clarity, and warranty coverage in the process.

Some films offer a "lifetime" warranty, how is 3M Scotchgard's 5 year warranty better than that?
- First and foremost: All Paint Protection Films are meant for temporary use and should not be left on the car for more than 5-7 years. Especially in Florida, where the sun is unrelenting, PPF will eventually breakdown and must be removed before that occurs. Under no circumstances should any PPF be left on a vehicle for a "lifetime".
- Read the fine print. Many films with "lifetime" warranties cover materials only, leaving you with the expense of having the old film removed and the new film installed. If your 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Film is found to be defective within five years, 3M covers the materials and labor.
- Will this competitor be around for a "lifetime"? 3M has been around since 1902 and few companies can match their reputation. Not only did they invent paint protection film, they are the only company with decades invested in it. Over the last fifteen years, other film manufacturers have tried to get in on the PPF market - some of them are struggling and some have dropped their PPF line altogether.


Can I get it on my headlights & foglights?

Yes, if the lens surface has no significant protrusions then most vehicles can have film applied to the headlights. PPF will prevent cloudy headlights (typically caused by surface coating erosion after high mileage and highway driving) and greatly reduce the likelihood of a cracked lens - (a single headlight can cost hundreds of dollars to replace). It is important to note however that 3M does not warrant your film if applied to a non-painted surface (such as plastic headlamp lenses), and the Department of Transportation has not approved it for onroad use on headlamp lenses. Also, some aftermarket bulbs and vehicles with HID light systems may run much hotter than typical headlamps, which could distort the film.

Will you install film purchased elsewhere?
In some circumstances, yes, however you should use caution when buying film from low-cost retailers. Here's some advice if you are shopping around for paint protection film:
1) Ensure it is genuine 3M Scotchgard paint protection film from an authorized retailer, or you may have no recourse for warranty coverage.
2) Compare coverage. Low cost patterns are often cheaper because they are designed to fit on a smaller amount of film by utilizing more seams and sacrificing coverage.
3) Fitment. Make sure the retailer guarantees this. If the pattern does not fit properly you could be stuck with it.

Due to the high number of complications that may arise from installing low-cost kits purchased elsewhere, UltraShield cannot warranty any materials which were not purchased from us. For your protection as well as ours, we also will not attempt to install non-premium films or films of questionable origin. Please call us or email before buying elsewhere, we will be more than happy to offer advice and a no-pressure comparison.

I got a better quote somehwere else, why should I go with UltraShield?
The following criteria will help to ensure that you are comparing "apples to apples" when choosing an installer.
- What film are they using? Due to its proprietary integrated clearcoat, 3M Scotchgard™ is more expensive and more difficult to install than other films. Inexperienced installers may try to persuade you to use a non-3M film because it's cheaper and easier for them.
- Are they 3M Certified and authorized to install 3M paint protection films? 3M will not honor warranty claims unless the film was applied by a 3M Certified Installer.
- Are they using computer-cut patterns or lowering their costs by trimming on the vehicle itself? If it is computer-cut, compare the patterns carefully, our kits are designed for professional use with fewer seams and more comprehensive coverage.
- Experience? Don't risk your car being practice for a novice-installer. Wendy is insured, licensed, trained, 3M Certified, and has been working with 3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film since 2001. UltraShield of Orlando is not a tint-shop doing clear bras on the side, paint protection film is all we do.

Do you offer Window Tint also?
Though the application of window film and paint protection film may appear similar, the properties, techniques, and expertise for each are unique. Certainly, diversification benefits a business, but we believe that specialization benefits the consumer. For these reasons we do not offer tinting. To locate a 3M Certified Automotive Window Film installer, use the 3M installer locator.

Where is UltraShield of Orlando located?
We are fully mobile and equipped to perform paint protection film installations anywhere from a client's home garage to a dealership showroom. The typical application process takes about three hours, and we appreciate that you have more important things to do than sit in a waiting room.

More FAQ's available here from 3M.

*Due to roll width constraints on 3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film, seamless full hood applications may require the use of 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film.