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Paint Protection Film Overview

paint protection film
Installed 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.

3M manufactures three lines of PPF: Scotchgard™ Pro Series (Best); Scotchgard™ (Better) and VentureShield® (Good). All three can be installed using 3M patterns customized to your vehicle for a perfect fit.

3m scotchgard paint protection film

Scotchgard Pro Series (Best)

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, Scotchgard Pro Series is designed to give you years of protection and performance without ongoing maintenance. Unlike your car’s paint, when 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 Scotchgard Paint Protection Film Pro Series. It’s truly the ultimate protection for paint.

Scotchgard (Better)

Scotchgard is an 8 mil thick film that installs with orange peel due to its clear-coat. That means you can treat it like you treat your paint. Scotchgard does not require ongoing maintenance. However because 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.

VentureShield (Good)

VentureShield is an 8 mil thick top-coated paint protection film that installs without any orange peel, giving your car a glossy look. Because it is not clear-coated, 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
Urethane Thickness 6 mils 6 mils 6 mils
Clear-Coated xout
Top Coated xout xout
Best Film xout xout
Better Film xout xout
Good Film xout xout
Warranty 7 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Warrantied Against Yellowing xout
Requires Ongoing Maintenance xout xout
Full Hood Coverage xout
Self-Healing xout xout
Stain Resistant xout

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