Paint Protection Film

Paint Protection Film Product Information

3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film

Answers to Questions About 3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film (PDF, 2 Mb) 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Film maintains the beauty and integrity of automotive finishes on vulnerable exterior painted surfaces such as leading hood edges, fender end caps and rocker panels. This rugged urethane film helps protect against stone chips, bug damage, abrasion and weathering. 3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film is transparent and nearly invisible, and it does not alter vehicle appearance.

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Paint Protection Film OverviewInstalled on new and used vehicles, 3M Paint Protection Film, also known as “clear bra,” is a nearly invisible film that is applied to the painted surfaces of your car (hood, fender, bumper, mirrors) to protect them from road debris such as rocks, bugs, salt, etc. Made of a 6 mil (.006”) thick clear urethane plastic (8 mil when you count the adhesive), 3M Paint Protection Film was initially designed to protect helicopter blades from debris during the Vietnam War. Since then, it has been used by various auto manufacturers and NASCAR teams to protect painted surfaces from rock chips. Maintain the appearance of your vehicle and enhance its trade-in value by protecting its paint with 3M Paint Protection Film.


We offer all the major manufacturers of paint protection films.

3M manufactures three lines of PPF: 3M Scotchgard™ Pro Series (Best); 3M Scotchgard™ (Better) and 3M VentureShield® (Good).

Xpel Ultimate, Nano Fusion, and SunTek are competing brands that all have outstanding qualities like a self healing clear coat finishes, superior stain resistant, and they are guaranteed not to yellow.  All of these can be installed using 3M or Xpel patterns customized to your vehicle for a perfect fit.


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3M Scotchgard Pro Series represents the latest technology in paint protection film. The unique technology that separates this product from its competitors is a true testimony to 3M’s innovation. Industry-leading clarity (less orange peel) and self-healing and stain-resistant characteristics, 3M Scotchgard Pro Series is designed to give you years of protection and performance without ongoing maintenance. Unlike your car’s paint, when 3M Scotchgard Pro Series is scratched, the scratches virtually disappear, keeping your film looking newer longer. It is warrantied* for labor and material by 3M Company for seven (7) years. Virtually nothing can protect your vehicle better from scratches, stains, and chips than 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Film Pro Series. It’s truly the ultimate protection for paint.


Nano-Fusion Protection film is a patent pending film technology that makes existing topcoats obsolete.
A topcoat is a layer of generally stiffer material laminated to a flexible urethane film base. Current topcoats make PPFs more difficult to install and weather poorly over time. There can be separation at the boundary, causing crazing and stress cracking, which really affects the appearance.
Nano-Fusion Technology infuses the urethane film with clear penetrating protection. Nano-Fusion PPF is more conformable, easier to install, retains its gloss, and resists yellowing and cracking better than other films on the market. Warranty*


XPEL’s Ultimate Paint Protection Film combines best-in-class durability and clarity not previously available in the market. With its very low surface energy, XPEL ULTIMATE sheds contaminants that would otherwise stain or yellow conventional films. In addition, the clear coat employs special elastomeric polymers that “heal” over time eliminating swirl marks and other fine scratches without having to do anything. This product carries a 10 year warranty* against, yellowing, cracking, peeling, staining, and hazing, and reimburses both film and labor in the unlikely event of a failure. XPEL ULTIMATE is truly the most revolutionary Paint Protection Film ever invented!


3M Scotchgard is an 8 mil thick film that installs with slight orange peel due to its clear-coat. That means you can treat it like you treat your paint. 3M Scotchgard does not require ongoing maintenance. However because 3M Scotchgard is not manufactured 60” wide, in many cases you can not have full hood coverage without a seam. It is warrantied* for labor and material by 3M Company for five (5) years.


SunTek PPF-C offers breakthrough technology for paint protection applications. Features and benefits include invisible protection from damage caused by rocks, salt, insects, and other road debris, a proprietary, self healing top-coat formulation that is scratch and crack
resistant with a high-gloss finish, superior optical clarity, and easy installation with increased longevity. It is warrantied for labor and material by SunTek for five (5) years.


3M VentureShield is an 8 mil thick top-coated paint protection film that installs smooth, without any orange peel, giving your car a glossy look. Because it is not clear-coated, 3M VentureShield requires ongoing cleaning to maintain its clear and glossy appearance. It is warrantied* for material only by 3M Company for five (5) years, but not against yellowing.

Not sure which one is right for you? Here is a comparison:


Film Thickness 8 mils 8 mils 8 mils 8 mils 8 mils 8 mils
Urethane Thickness 6 mils 6 mils 6 mils 6 mils 6 mils 6 mils
Top Coated
Clear Coated
Best Film
Better Film
Good Film
Warranty* 7 Years* 5 Years* 5 Years* Limited Lifetime* 10 Years* 5 Years*
Warrantied Against Yellowing
Requires Ongoing Maintenance
Full Coverage Hood
Full Coverage Fenders
Stain Resistant
*Limited liability warranty, non-transferable, see dealer for details.

Paint Protections Coverage Options:


Package Standard Deluxe Ultra Optional Parts
Starting Price: From $295* From $550* From $795*
Partial Hood
Fender Tips
Mirror Backs
Front Bumper
Door Edges
Door Cups
Fog Lights
Cab Top
Trunk Ledge
Rocker Panels
Full Hood
Full Fenders*
*Pattern is not available for some cars. Contact us for details.

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