Use Best Car Paint Protection Brands to Avoid Ugly Marks and Scratches

There’s a whole host of car paint protection products, designed to shield your paintwork from unforeseen damage. Many of these products are invisible coatings that are applied to your vehicle’s bodywork to protect it from scratches, scuffs, chips, road debris, bird droppings, oils, or chemicals. Some products also help protect the paintwork from signs of weathering and fading caused by overexposure to UV rays.

So, who uses paint protection products? They’re most commonly used by owners of new, expensive, antique, or rare models or cars. They’re installed by people who have invested in a factory-fresh paint job and want to protect it for as long as possible. Sometimes paint protection products are also purchased by car owners who just enjoy keeping their possessions looking good and recognize the importance of maintaining resale value.

There are many different types of car paint protection products. Here at Tinting Chicago, we believe the most effective way in which to protect your vehicle’s paintwork is using high-quality paint protection films. To learn more, contact Tinting Chicago at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493.

Different types of car paint protection products

Car wax

Waxing the paintwork on your vehicle protects the paintwork from dirt and grime but doesn’t prevent it from getting scratches and scuff marks. Depending on the brand of car wax used and the frequency with which the car is washed, a coat of car wax can last up to 4 months. Spray wax is easily applied and removed using a mild detergent.

Paint sealant

The best car paint sealant brands protect a vehicle’s paintwork while also improving its shine. Many brands of car paint sealants offer solid protection against tree sap, chemicals, and UV light for between 3 and 6 months. Sealants can be removed using detergent.

Ceramic coating

A ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that is designed to protect a vehicle from UV damage, salt, tree sap, and chemicals. Unlike wax and sealants, ceramic coatings cannot be washed off and last for between 2 and 4 years.

Paint protection film (PPF)

PPF or Clear Bra, as it is also known, is a 6 to 8mm thick thermoplastic urethane film that’s applied to a vehicle’s paintwork to shield it from light scratches from stone chips, swirl marks, bird droppings, acid rain, and other debris on the road. Paint protection film is the most durable form of paint protection on the market, lasting between 5 and 7 years, and often comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. Importantly, PPF doesn’t alter a car’s appearance in any way.

Best car paint protection products and brands

Here, at Tinting Chicago, PPF is by far the most popular form of paint protection sold because of the long-lasting protection it offers.

Throughout our 13 years in business, we have tested multiple car protection brands and discovered that 3M Scotchgard™ and XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS ™are the best of the best. For this reason, we only install these two brands in our workshops.

Why install 3M paint protection film brand?

  • Scratch resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Virtually invisible
  • Heat-activated self-healing properties
  • Non-yellowing
  • Incredibly durable
  • Easily removed
  • 10-year warranty from installation date
  • USA manufactured
  • Only PPF officially licensed to protect NASCAR race cars

Why install XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS ™ paint protection film brand?

  • Scratch resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Virtually invisible
  • Heat-activated self-healing properties
  • Non-yellowing
  • Incredibly durable
  • Easily removed
  • 10-year warranty from installation date
  • Edge seal technology

Can you install PPF brands yourself?

Theoretically, anybody can install paint protection film onto a car’s paint surface. In reality, it’s a time-consuming, fiddly job that requires patience, practice, and a fair amount of expertise to get a perfect result. If you’re a new car owner looking to cover your entire vehicle with paint protection coating, be aware that it’s a big job that’s probably best left to the professionals.

In addition to skill, really good PPF installation requires a well-lit, totally dust-free workshop environment to ensure the film adheres as well as possible to a vehicle’s paint. This environment is unachievable in many domestic homes.

How to care for paint protection film

  • Hand wash your car
  • Avoid automated car washes
  • Dry it with a microfiber towel
  • Polish it with a microfiber cloth
  • Remove dirt, bugs, and road grime as quickly as possible

Frequently Asked Questions

Do most brands of paint protection films include UV protection?

Quality Clear Bra brands offer protection against UV rays and sun damage, reducing the possibility of your paintwork suffering from any form of fading.

Do any paint protection products heal existing scratches on paintwork?

No, paint protection products won't heal existing scratches on your car's paintwork, they only provide a protective layer to prevent you from sustaining additional damage. If you're looking to install paint protection film on your vehicle, make sure you repair any damage to the paintwork beforehand.

What length of warranty comes with car paint protection film?

Most paint protection film brands offer a 5 to 7-year warranty against cracking, discoloration, or peeling. Some brands even offer a 10-year warranty.


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