Paint protection film (PPF) is a clear, thin urethane cover that protects your vehicle’s paint against small road debris, bird droppings, UV rays and other minor abrasions. This might be the only bit most people know about paint protection film. But this article hopes to enlighten you further.
So here are a few facts you may not have known about paint protection film
#1 Paint protection film is also known as clear bra
So when you hear your installer referring PPF as clear bra don’t be too surprised. It’s not really clear who invented the term ‘clear bra’ but the term ‘bra’ came from the ladies bra.
#2 It was first developed for military use
So during the Gulf war the military helicopter rotor blades and other parts could get damaged frequently by minor debris. These unfortunate incidents pushed the military to look for a solution to curb the damages, and that’s how PPF came into existence. Later the automotive industry adopted the concept.
#3 Clear paint film is not a spray product
Some people often think clear bra is sprayed like paint. Well, that’s not the case. This paint film is installed directly on the car surface and not sprayed as perceived.
#4 A perfect clear film is a myth
When it comes to clear bra, there is no such thing as a perfect film. So it doesn’t matter which brand you buy from or how much you pay or what you are told, but you will never find a perfect film.
#5 A clear bra is not just a clear bra
As much as they all serve the same purpose, these films are created differently. They vary with respect to material hardness, pattern, warranty as well as the gloss level. So that’s why you find some cars shine more than others and some films tend to last much longer. As a result, prices tend to vary.
#6 No petroleum based waxes or sealants are used on PPF surface
Any product that contains petroleum is never used on clear bra. Those products tend to weaken the film, which leads to yellowing and deglossing of the shiny surfaces.