11 Common Paint Protection Film FAQs

At American Wrap Company, your complete satisfaction is always our top priority. In addition to providing award-winning paint protection film (PPF) solutions, our staff is more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

To help you better understand the numerous benefits of PPF, as well as our processes, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we hear at our paint protection film Thousand Oaks shop.

Please take a moment to review the following answers and see if they have addressed your inquiries. If you need further assistance, we’re more than happy to help.

Here are 11 common paint protection film FAQs you should know about.

1.   What is Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film, also known as clear bra or clear wrap, is a thin sheet of transparent film that is seamlessly outfitted to the exterior of your vehicle. PPF efficiently protects your car’s paint from bird droppings, UV-ray exposure, bug splatters, and chips and scratches caused by road debris and rocks. The urethane film’s “self-healing” top layer is made of elastomeric polymers that will return to their natural shape after being disfigured or scratched. To put it simply, paint protection film will always return to its flawless, pre-incident condition. 

2. What is the Best Paint Protection Film?

There are tons of different PPF options available on the market. Here at American Wrap Company, we believe that XPEL is the superior clear bra choice. That’s because it’s the most advanced paint protection film in the industry and will preserve your car’s integrity for years to come. XPEL’s advanced anti-corrosion technology protects your car’s paint from harmful corrosive materials, including tree sap, grease, bird bombs, acid rain, and even discoloration caused by UV rays.

3. How Long Does PPF Last?

XPEL warrants their paint protection film for 10 years. This covers cracking, staining, yellowing, bubbling, and delaminating. However, you can increase the longevity of your clear bra by properly maintaining it. Do not pressure-wash your car for 24 hours after the initial installation. When washing your PPF, avoid car shampoos with the words “gloss” or “wax” in the name or description. Use PH-neutral soaps and GENTLY wash your car with a microfiber mitt.  For best results, wash your car once every two weeks.

4. Will Paint Protection Film Damage My Paint?

XPEL PPF will NOT damage your car’s factory paint. The film’s innovative acrylic adhesive will not leave any residue or damage if it is removed by a team of professional technicians. If your car has been repainted – and it wasn’t a great paint job – there is a risk that the paint could peel upon removal. 

5. Can I Ceramic Coat my Clear Bra?

Yes! Getting ceramic coat installed over PPF will expand its lifespan and enhance the glossy finish. Additionally, adding ceramic coat will make it a lot easier for you to wash and maintain your ride. 

6. What Can I Wrap in PPF?

You can wrap any painted panel on your vehicle. At American Wrap Company, we offer four different clear bra packages. Our basic package covers your headlights and front bumper. Our most comprehensive clear bra package involves us covering every inch of your car in paint protection film. 

7. How Much Does Clear Bra Cost?

This will depend on the amount of coverage you choose to get. Our entry-level package starts at $500. A full wrap has a starting price of $4,000. You can choose to go mild or wild!

8. How Long is the Installation Process?

Again, this will depend upon the amount of coverage you get. Installation times will range from a few hours to a few days. Our team will always give you a time estimate before we get started.

9. Can Clear Bra Be Removed? Can I Remove It Myself?

PPF can easily be removed without damaging your car or leaving any adhesive residue behind. We highly recommend NEVER attempting a DIY clear bra removal in your driveway. Always let the experts do it.

10.  Can I Install Clear Bra If My Car Already Has Defects?

Yes, you absolutely can. However, we recommend getting paint correction before applying PPF. Clear bra can magnify your vehicle’s imperfections.

11.  What Makes American Wrap Company Different?

At American Wrap Company, we’re obsessed with perfection. When you bring your car to us, you can expect nothing but the best. With over 12 years of experience, our team will provide you with exceptional results.

To learn more about our paint protection film solutions, call us today at (661) 878-5587.

Tyler O'Hara