Install 3M Paint Protection Film in Chicago: Fast and Affordable

Paint protection is a thin polyurethane film that’s installed on a vehicle’s bodywork to protect it from damage caused by everyday use.  Paint protection film (PPF), also known in the industry as a clear bra, does an outstanding job of shielding your paintwork from minor scratches and swirls caused by rock chips, stones, bug damage, bird droppings, and other road debris.

Lasting between 5 and 7 years, 3M Scotchgard™ paint protection film pro series is a collection of superior films that offer the most durable form of paint protection on the market.  Some customers choose to cover their entire vehicle in paint protection film pro, others just protect the most vulnerable painted areas of the exterior. Clear bra comes in a clear or a matte finish and is backed by a 10-year warranty.

If you own a new car, a fully restored vintage car, or even a high-value sports car, it makes sense to protect the delicate paintwork on your investment. After all, when you come to sell your vehicle the fewer imperfections on the paintwork, the higher the resale price. Intrigued to find out more? Contact Tinting Chicago at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493 for a free quote.

Benefits of products in 3M paint protection film pro range

Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series

  • Transparent film with optimal clarity
  • Highly stain and scratch-resistant
  • Custom designed patterns to fit any vehicle
  • Self-healing technology (repairs film through heat application)
  • Doesn’t alter color or design features
  • Tough and highly durable
  • Maintenance-free
  • 10-year manufacturers warranty

Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series Matte

  • Satin matte finish (matches most matte factory paint jobs)
  • Transforms a gloss finish car to satin-matte finish car
  • Highly stain and scratch-resistant
  • Self-healing technology (repairs film through heat application)
  • Tough and highly durable
  • Maintenance-free enhanced adhesive
  • 10-year manufacturers warranty

‘Self-healing’ technology in 3M clear bra pro series

As well as protecting vehicles from damage to the original paintwork, 3M paint protection film also contains ‘self-healing’ technology that can get rid of light scratches and swirl marks sustained on the road, through the application of heat.

If you do sustain damage to the film, use a heat gun or hot water to apply heat to the damaged area of the film until it slowly remolds back to its original surface appearance.

Cost of 3M Scotchgard™ paint protection film

The cost of 3M Scotchgard PPF depends on the following variable factors:

  • Areas of vehicle covered (whole or partial coverage)
  • Complexity of installation
  • Expertise of installer

What parts of cars are most commonly covered with clear bra?

  • Hood
  • Bumpers
  • Painted side mirrors
  • Fender Panels
  • Rocker panels
  • Door edges
  • Trunk ledge
  • Door handle cavities

Should I install a clear bra myself?

Theoretically, you can apply 3M PPF yourself, however, it’s a time-consuming, fiddly job that requires patience, skill, and a super clean installation environment. For the best results, it’s best to leave it to the experts!

At Tinting Chicago 3M PPF is applied in a well-lit, dust-free workshop by an entire team of expert installers. All our installers receive hours of professional training before they can apply paint protection film to customers’ cars.

Are seams visible with 3M PPF?

When installed by a professional 3M clear bra is virtually invisible on a car, as are the seams. Professional installers are experts at cutting and applying protection films to minimize the visibility of seams. With a professional install, you won’t be left with visible seams in prominent areas of the vehicle.

Is there a 3M protection film that covers defects in paintwork?

No, 3M protection film offers superior protection from future damage, but its clear coat won’t cover up existing paintwork damage. If you’re looking to achieve perfection in your paintwork, it’s advisable to have any scratches, dints, or imperfections repaired before you apply the protective film.

Can you apply a ceramic coating to PPF?

Yes, you can apply a ceramic coating to 3M PPF to give it hydrophobic properties. While a quality clear bra will protect vehicles from road debris and bug damage, ceramic coatings repel water and quicken the process of washing a car. A vehicle’s paint will benefit in different ways from both 3M PPF and ceramic coating.

Tips for caring for 3M clear bra

  • Hand wash your vehicle rather than using an automated car wash
  • Wash and dry paintwork with a clean, soft microfiber cloth
  • Remove dirt, sand, bugs, and oil from paintwork as quickly as possible
  • Protect the film by avoiding the use of abrasive brushes or cloths

What’s the best paint protection film brand?

After more than 13 years in the industry and having tried and tested almost every brand, at Tinting Australia, we believe 3M and XPEL to be the best paint protection films on the market. For this reason, we only apply these two brands to our customer’s vehicles — we believe they offer the highest quality finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does 3M protection film last?

If looked after, 3M Scotchgard paint protection film™ will protect your paintwork for between 5 and 7 years. It's also backed with a 10year warranty that protects against yellowing, peeling, and cracking.

Does 3M protection film turn yellow in the sun?

No, 3M Scotchgard™ paint protection film doesn't yellow in the sun, no matter how much of the sun's UV rays your vehicle is exposed to. It is possible however that some lesser quality brands could discolor in the sun. Be sure to research PPF brands and their warranties before going ahead with the installation.

How do you maintain a 3M clear bra?

One of the best design features of Scotchgard™ paint protection film is that once installed, it requires no maintenance at all. Its clear coat performance will protect your car's paint for 5-7 years without needing to be replaced and with no maintenance required on your part. It is advisable however to make sure you only hand wash your vehicle and never scrub the surface with anything abrasive.

Vinyl wrap and 3M PPF: are they the same thing?

Vinyl wrap and a 3M clear bra are two different products. While vinyl wrap offers good resistance to damage, its primary purpose is to transform the look of a vehicle through the application of design work and graphics. Protection films on the other hand are much thicker and deliver amazing protection against scratches and light damage sustained to bumpers, door edges, fenders, and mirrors.


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