Everything You Should Know About Paint Protection Film For Your Car

Every time we take our cars out on the road, we risk damaging them. While you can never completely plan for an accident, there’s something a little more frustrating: the random paint damage that occurs for a number of reasons. 

We all remember a time when you got stuck behind a truck carrying a load of rocks, you drove down a loose gravel road, or some debris flew out of nowhere, and you ended up with scratches on your fresh coat of paint. This happens all the time and unfortunately, a few small pebbles may cost hundreds of dollars worth of damage to your car’s paint job. 

Protecting your paint job is one of the many advantages of a paint protection film. Here’s how you can use it to not only protect your car but also make it look amazing.


Does Paint Protection Film Really Work?

Paint protection film is one of the best ways to protect your car’s exterior. And this is for everything, not just random damage but also damage from water spots, the sun, and more. 

Paint protection film extends across your vehicle including your roof, mirrors, fenders, rear bumper, and other areas. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it. You put a screen cover on your $600 phone, shouldn’t you do the same thing on a $40,000+ vehicle? Paint protection film (PPF) is one of the easiest ways to protect the exterior of your car


What Types of Paint Protection Films Are There? 

Below are some of the most common paint protection films for your car:


Sprayable Paint Protection Film 

Sprayable paint protection film is a new addition to your paint protection options. It comes in a spray can and can be applied to a vehicle by spraying onto desired areas. Once applied, it dries into a clear film. 

Like other forms of paint protection, it can protect your vehicle from small to large scratches and sun damage. Sprayable paint protection film gives the appearance of a clean finish and can last up to one year, which is shorter than film sheets. However, it is just as durable. 


Paint Protection Film Sheets

The most common type of PPF comes in sheets or rolls. Professional installers prefer it because it lasts longer than sprayable PPF and is highly durable. Modern Image offers two different kinds of film: Standard Clear Bra Kit and Custom Clear Bra

With the standard kit, you’ll be able to protect 85% of your vehicle, with coverage that extends to the edges of your car’s panels. 

The Custom Clear Bra option extends this even further by protecting 99% of your vehicle. Since it is specially molded for your car, it also has fewer visible lines and seams creating a sleek appearance.



Clear Bra Installation

Our team carefully installs clear bra on your vehicle, ensuring it will provide the maximum paint protection for your vehicle without taking away from the beauty of your high-quality paint. Clear auto bra packages are all custom made to fit every contour of the covered panels on your car.

Our clear bra auto package provides protection to the following areas of your car: 

  • Full Front Bumper
  • Full Hood
  • Full Roof
  • Headlights
  • Full Mirrors
  • Full Front Fenders
  • Full Rockers
  • Full Doors
  • Full Rear Fenders 

Watch the clear bra installation process below! 



How to Prepare Your Car for Paint Protection Film Installation

Thoroughly clean your car’s exterior

The best way for you to ensure the paint is installed quickly and perfectly is to make sure your vehicle is clean beforehand. Take fifteen minutes and head over to the car wash to remove all dirt before you bring it over for the film installation. Be sure also to have a few towels to dry your car before you hand it over to us. The cleaner it is, the more smoothly we can apply the coat of film


Locate a trusted professional

While it may be tempting to install a PPF at home, we recommend you take your car to a reputable installation center. Covering small areas of your car is an easier task to take on than applying paint protection film to an entire vehicle. A trusted professional will make sure the film fits your vehicle perfectly and doesn’t leave any vulnerable areas. 


Repair pre-existing damage

You’ll also want to make sure your paint job is in the condition you’d like to keep it. Typically, the paint protection film is applied to new cars. However, if you decide you want to apply PPF after owning your car for a while, you may want to get your car detailed. Rust and scratches will show through the coating so taking care of any blemishes beforehand will give you a beautiful result. 


How to Protect Your Windshield From Damage

If you are going to take the time to protect your car’s exterior, you should also consider windshield protection. Your windshield is one of the most fragile parts of your car while also being the most likely to get hit by rocks and debris. Some small cracks go unnoticed and can deteriorate the quality of your windshield over time. When a visible crack is left, immediate repair is necessary and expensive.  

At Modern Image, we know the importance of protecting and maintaining the quality of all parts of your vehicle. That’s why we also offer ClearPlex Windshield Protection, an automotive glass protection that can be installed on all types of windshields. Aside from providing a sturdy additional layer onto your windshield, ClearPlex utilizes unique self-healing nanotechnology that ensures your windshield looks good even after it’s been hit by something. 


Paint Protection Film is the Best Way to Protect Your Car’s Appearance

With paint protection film, you have the best, most affordable vehicle protection to ensure your car’s appearance always looks great. At Modern Image, we offer not just protection film, but even more ways to spruce up your car’s appearance. We are also your top choice for custom car wraps in San Diego and can offer you a wide variety of different ways to customize your vehicle.