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Product Information

3M™ Paint Protection Films maintain the beauty and integrity of automotive finishes on vulnerable, exterior, painted surfaces such as leading hood edges, fender tips, bumpers and rocker panels. This rugged urethane film helps protect against stone chips, bug damage, abrasion and weathering. 3M Scotchgard™ Pro Series is transparent and do not alter vehicle's appearance.

WHAT IS PAINT PROTECTION FILM?

Paint protection film is a transparent polyurethane film that adheres to the painted surface of vulnerable areas on your vehicle. It can be removed without any damage to your paint and does not effect appearance and aerodynamics. It is not visible from just a few feet away and with minimal maintenance the film will last many years keeping your paint protected while looking great.

WHY CHOOSE YOUR KITS OVER THE COMPETITION?

See We feel the 3M Scotchgard Pro film is the best in the industry. 3M is the inventor of paint protection film and continues to innovate and improve. The film comes with a 10 year warranty (with professional installation) and is self healing. Our patterns are designed with our "do it yourself" customers in mind. With an easier installation it means a better outcome. If you combine the easy to work with film and our superb patterns then you have the best product you can buy.

ARE YOUR PAINT PROTECTION KITS DIFFICULT TO INSTALL?

We went through extra efforts to find the perfect product/film that would allow a first timer to have great success in installing our product. The patterns were designed with the do-it-yourselfer in mind without sacrificing coverage. We supply the tools needed, instructions, customer support and a great product so you can succeed with a perfect installation. The majority of our customers install the kits without any prior experience and are very satisfied with the outcome. In fact, a lot of our business is repeat business.
Please note, we have no way of knowing any persons skill level or if they will have a successful outcome in installing our kits. It is up to the individual to decide to take the kit to a professional installer or install the film themselves. The kits are all tested to fit correctly and unless you take the kit to a certified installer we can't guarantee the fit or outcome of your installation.

DO YOU CUT OUT FOR PARKING SENSORS AND HEADLIGHT WASHERS?

It depends. We may have the design for your bumper kit but don't have the design for these areas already precut. If you don't see the diagram showing the cutouts and want to be 100% sure please contact us and we can give you this information. On our website we do ask the question on the bumper kits "Does your bumper have headlight washers or parking sensors" but this does not mean we have a pattern available. We simply ask it to get as much information as we can about your car. Usually, we do have every option available.
 

DOES THE MIRROR KIT COVER THE ENTIRE PAINTED AREA OF THE MIRROR?

This is a common question we get once someone receives the product. Mirrors are usually very curved and if the design covered the entire painted surface of the mirror it would be very tough or impossible to install. A lot of our kits are designed to cover the most vulnerable area of the mirror. It is very unlikely the mirror will get chipped on the top since most debris is coming from the front so often the top is not 100% covered. If you want to be sure you can email us and we can give you a measurement of our kit. In some cases, if the mirror backing is pretty flat, the film will cover the entire surface.
 

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL TOOLS NEEDED TO INSTALL THE PRODUCT?

Yes, but we supply them for free on precut film orders over $75.00. We include 2 quality 32 oz. sprayers, rubber squeegee, razor type knife, mirco-fiber towel and online video installation instructions. This kit eliminates difficulties due to not using the proper tools. (note: the installation kit is supplied on precut paint protection film orders only. We don't supply this kit for free on bulk film orders sold by the foot) We supply one free installation kit if multiple orders are made by one customer for the same car. The installation kit can be used on dozens of installs without the need for anything new.
 

WHAT IF I BUY A COMPLETE KIT BUT NEED TO REORDER AN INDIVIDUAL PIECE FROM THAT KIT?

Sometimes a customer may not be happy with a section of their installation, like a mirror piece, or perhaps the larger hood piece. Contact us with the individual piece you need and we will send just that piece at a very low cost.

I SAW A CHEAPER PRICE FOR THE SAME CLEAR BRA KITS YOU OFFER. WILL YOU MATCH IT?

We will not only match it but in most cases, we try to beat it. But keep in mind when shopping around, a cheaper clear bra kit may be smaller and provide less coverage or use cheaper film than we offer. We need to verify it is a comparable product before we can match it and this usually means us taking a look at where you saw this cheaper price. mind, we do check these price match orders for accuracy so be nice to us. Just email us the details and we will respond right away with the price match.

IS HEADLAMP FILM DIFFERENT THAN PAINT PROTECTION FILM?

Paint protection film is 8 mil in thickness and some companies feel thicker is better for headlamp kits and provide 20-50 mil thick kits. In our experience, these materials are much more difficult to install and can actually trap in more heat. We use the same film for headlights that we use for paint protection. You won't be disappointed. (Note: We offered tinted, yellow, and blue headlight film which is a thinner Oracol brand and not meant for protection. It is strictly a cosmetic film and you will need to check with your local laws before applying this type of film)

WHAT AREA OF MY CAR WILL BE COVERED?

Every year make and model are different. Generally, the hood, fenders, side mirrors, bumpers are included, and other kits have the option to include headlights, rocker panels, door handles, door edge guards. Patterns are professionally designed based on each year, make and model. You get to pick which pieces you want. We don't require purchasing a complete kit like some of our competitors.

HOW DO I INSTALL THIS KIT MYSELF?

On precut film orders over $75.00 we include our instructional video along with the proper tools needed (not just a squeegee like our competitors). We honestly feel this is a do it yourself product because our films and patterns are easy to work with. The videos & online written instructions will guide you through every aspect of the installation and if you still feel you can't do it then contact us and we will provide you with local installer information.

IS THERE A CERTIFIED INSTALLER IN MY AREA?

Most likely! There are certified installers all over the U.S. and we can provide our customers with full information upon ordering any of our products if you wish to have an installer apply the kit. After your purchase, email us at sales@armorwrap.com with your order # or full name for installer details.

DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO MAINTAIN MY VEHICLE ONCE APPLIED?

Wash and wax as you normally would, with mild soap and water as early as 24 hours after the film installation. Use waxes that do no contain dyes, abrasive polishes and/or rubbing compounds. 3M recommends 3M Performance Finish when waxing your car. Another wax we recommend is Meguires NXT. After waxing your car, you can remove any wax build-up along the film edges with a lint-free cloth.

CAN I REUSE THIS MATERIAL ONCE I APPLY IT?

No, Paint Protection film must be applied immediately upon being removed from its backing. The film can not be removed and reused once applied.

WHAT IS THE RETURN POLICY?

See this link to our Terms and Return Policy page

WILL THIS PRODUCT DAMAGE MY PAINT?

This product is designed to help protect your OEM factory paint, not damage it. Note: We do not guarantee the film, installation results or provide any type of warranty if applied to unpainted surfaces or non OEM factory paint.
 
Please note: Before applying any film or product to your car please make sure the paint surface is free of dust or dirt. The slightest bit of dust may cause scratches if using a dry cloth, setting the film on the hood and sliding the film around or even leaning against the car. If laying the film on the car to judge fitment it's best to thoroughly clean surface and then wet the surface with soap/water, wet film backing and then lay it down. Make sure film backing is clean.

TELL ME ABOUT THE WARRANTY?

If professionally installed by a 3M certified installer then you will receive a 10 year warranty on the film. But don't worry, if you install yourself we will still honor this warranty at ArmorWrap! If the film becomes defective, such as yellowing, cracking, peeling, etc then contact us with your order # and a photo of the problem area and we will replace that piece at no cost.

CAN IT BE REMOVED?

Yes. The clear bra can be removed safely and easily. Each installer has a unique way of removing film. In our experience the best way is to allow the car to sit in the sun to warm the film. If it is cold outside, you can warm the film with a heat gun but this is not always necessary. Start by peeling up a corner section of the clear bra. When you have a small section free, begin pulling the film towards you at a 20 degree angle. This actually stretches the film and releases it slowly from the painted surface. As new sections release, slowly progress across the vehicle until all material is removed.

HOW HARD IS IT TO SEE ON THE CAR AFTER IT IS APPLIED?

3M paint protection kits are not very noticeable to the human eye once they are properly installed. A slight line is visible from certain angles at the top of the hood and fender sections. The grille and bumper kits are nearly undetectable. The average person will walk by the vehicle and never notice it is there until you point it out to them.

WILL MY KIT FIT PERFECTLY, EDGE TO EDGE?

Some kits may appear to be shorter then required for coverage. These kits are designed this way to compensate for curves and contours on your vehicle. The kits are meant to be tacked with a squeegee and then stretched into place. Material should never hang over the edge. Kits should be stretched 1/16th to 1/8th of the inch from the edge. This allows air bubbles and solution to be squeegeed out to the edges and released.

HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO APPLY YOUR PRODUCT IF MY CAR HAS BEEN REPAINTED?

You will need to talk to your body shop and see what they recommend. The time will vary depending on the type of paint the body shop used, and whether or not the paint was baked. In any case, the time that they say you should wait to wax the paint is the same time you will need to wait to install our product. Generally, this is 30 days.

TELL ME ABOUT SHIPPING.

All orders exceeding $75 in total are shipped via USPS Priority mail at no charge to customers in the U.S. Orders under $75 are charged a $6.00 shipping fee within the U.S.. Express mail upgrades are available for a $40 fee. Priority Mail orders are usually shipped within 48 hours and please allow up to 3-6 days in transit.  Express Mail orders usually ship within 24 hours. Please understand that choosing (express) overnight does not necessarily mean your order will be in your hands tomorrow. We do not ship orders Sundays. IMPORTANT NOTE: All of our kits are custom made. We don't pull them off a shelf so it can take us a day or two before it gets shipped and with express mail we try to get it out right away but there is a possibility you may not receive the package until day 3 or 4 after ordering (if in the U.S.).

DO YOU SELL BULK FILM?

Yes. Click here to visit our bulk film page.