Hood Protection Film: A Super Durable Shield for Paintwork
Car paint protection film (PPF), or Clear Bra as it is also known, is a thin but durable thermoplastic urethane film that’s applied to the paintwork of a vehicle to protect against light scratches, bug splatter, rock chips, and other damage caused by road debris. PPF can be applied to the exterior of the whole vehicle, or just to some of the most vulnerable parts, such as the hood, front bumper, door edges, side mirrors, or fenders.
Paint protection film is between 6 and 8mm thick, totally transparent, and doesn’t alter the look of your vehicle in any way. Highly durable, when properly applied, a good quality film will last at least 7 years, sometimes even 10 years. When it reaches the end of its life, it’s peeled back to reveal pristine paintwork with no adhesive residue left behind.
Clear bras are most often applied to a new car or a sporty, high-value vehicle. Install paint protection film on your hood and maintain the resale value of your vehicle. For more information, contact the experts at Tinting Chicago at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493.
Cost of installing PPF on your hood
Customers can expect to pay from $500 to install PPF on the hood of their car. The exact installation price depends on the following varying factors:
- Size of the hood on a specific vehicle
- Full hood or partial hood cover
- Brand of film used
- Intricacy of job
- Skill of installer
What do paint protection films shield against?
- Light scratches
- Swirl marks
- Rock chips
- Bug splatter
- Acid rain
- UV exposure
- Road tar
Most common parts to cover with paint protection film
- Door edges
- Side mirrors
- Front bumper
How to maintain Clear Bra on the hood of your car
Clear Bra doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. There are however some rules you should follow when looking after automotive paint protection film on your vehicle:
- Wipe away dirt, oil, bug splatters as quickly as possible
- Hand wash, rather than using automated car wash
- Wipe with a soft microfiber cloth
- Never use abrasive brushes
‘Self-healing’ technology: how it works
All high-quality paint protection film today contains ‘self-healing’ technology. What does this do? Well, if you happen to get scratches or swirl marks in the topcoat film, they can be easily removed with a heat gun or hot water. If using a heat gun, apply heat for a couple of seconds to the affected area and the film will mold back into place. If using water, simply pour the hot water over the mark and leave until the film becomes smooth and flat once again.
The difference between vinyl wrapping the hood of my car and covering it in PPF
Vinyl wrap is installed on the hood of a car to change the color or texture, add graphical letting or help promote a particular business. Clear paint protection is installed with the express purpose of protecting your vehicle’s paint.
Should I install PPF on my hood myself?
Even though the natural shape of a hood is flat, paint protection film installation can still be fiddly. It’s best therefore to leave the installation to experts that have all the specific installation tools. For best results, PPF should also be installed in a light-filled, dust-free environment – not easily achieved at home.
The durability of Clear Bra on the hood of your car
If installed and maintained correctly, Clear Bra is extremely durable, lasting up to 7 years before it needs to be replaced. For this reason, it excels as the most durable protection product for your car’s paint.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for hood protection film to cure?
It takes up to 7 days for paint protection films on the hood of a car to cure. During this time, it's best not to wash or touch your Clear Bra finish as it could result in lasting marks on your film.
Will PPF on the hood of my car turn yellow in the sun?
High-quality clearcoat Clear Bra doesn't yellow in the sun. It contains technology that helps repel the sun's UV rays meaning it remains as crystal clear as the day it was installed.
Will Clear Bra on my hood get damaged in wintery weather?
Despite only being 6 to 8 mm thick, hood protection film is surprisingly strong and durable. It's been engineered to hold up against the harshest of winter weather conditions. So long as PPF is looked after correctly it will protect your hood from damage for up to 7 winter seasons.
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