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Frequently Asked Questions - Paint Protection Films | Clear Bra

Car Owner

Q. What is paint protection film (which is also known as clear bra)?

A. 3M’s highest quality car paint protection film is Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series. Pro Series offers the ultimate car paint protection available in clear or matte. It sets a new industry standard with technology improvements, including superior scratch and stain resistance, outstanding clarity (clear film), and deep satin finish (matte film). 3M car paint protection film has a flexible, clear top coat that has exceptional stretch and is self-healing to eliminate minor scratches.

Q. How does 3M paint protection film clear and matte compare to other paint protection films on the market?

A. Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear and matte provide many features, advantages and benefits (PDF, 123 KB) over other films:
 

  • Outstanding clarity – Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear has low orange peel, making it one of the clearest paint protection films and virtually invisible, even on white cars. Our matte paint protection film offers a deep satin finish to match most OEM matte paint systems or turn your clear paint into a matte finish.
  • Durable clear coat – The clear coat technology on both the clear and matte paint protection films make our auto paint protection film easier to clean and harder to scratch, which keeps cars looking newer longer.
  • Self-healing properties – Innovative technology in the paint protection film causes minor scratches to disappear, which keeps the paint protection film and car’s finish looking new.

Get additional car paint protection film care tips here (PDF, 107 KB).

Q. Where can I put clear paint protection film on my car?

A. Clear bra can be professionally installed anywhere you want to protect your car finish from scratches, chips, stains and other damaging elements. Scotchgard paint protection film pro series protects:
 

  • Rocker panels from sand and stones kicked up by tires
  • Trunk ledges from golf clubs, luggage and strollers
  • Hoods, bumpers and mirror backs from flying gravel, bug damage and tar
  • Door handle cavities and door edges from rings, keys, belt buckles and purses
  • Full hoods, trunks and roofs from bird droppings and tree sap

Q. What if I cannot find a 3M car paint protection installer in my area?

A. Please contact a 3M authorized paint protection film distributor to get assistance locating a clear bra installer near you.

Q. Can I install 3M clear paint protection film myself?

A. 3M strongly recommends having a 3M clear bra installer apply Scotchgard paint protection film to your car. Clear bra installers have the installation training and experience to ensure the highest quality fit to your car. The warranty is valid only if the clear paint protection film is installed by a 3M paint protection installer.

Q. What does self-healing paint protection film entail?

A. Innovative technology in the paint protection film causes minor scratches to disappear, which keeps the paint protection film and car’s finish looking new. 

Q. What is the warranty for paint protection film?

A. The 3M comprehensive warranty for Scotchgard paint protection film pro series is valid 10 years from the date of installation and covers against defects, yellowing, bubbling and cracking. Click here for additional clear bra warranty details.

Q. What is the price for paint protection film?

A. Pricing varies. Get a free quote for car paint protection film installation from an installer near you.

Q. Is clear or matte paint protection film removable?

A. Yes. Paint protection film is intended to be permanent, but it can be removed without damage to your car’s finish. 3M recommends that you visit a 3M paint protection film installer for removal.

Q. Where can I buy clear or matte paint protection film?

A. Clear or matte paint protection film can be purchased and installed by one of our 3M clear bra installers. Click here or call 1-800-328-1684 to locate a paint protection film installer near you.

A. Clear or matte paint protection film can be purchased and installed by one of our 3M clear bra installers. Click here or call 1-800-328-1684 to locate a paint protection film installer near you.

Q. Where can I get additional information about the clear or matte paint protection film?

A. Call us at 1-800-328-1684 or click here to send us a message.

A. Call us at 1-800-328-1684 or click here to send us a message.

Installer

Q. What is paint protection film (which is also known as clear bra)?

A. 3M’s highest quality car paint protection film is Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series. Pro Series offers the ultimate car paint protection available in clear or matte. It sets a new industry standard with technology improvements, including superior scratch and stain resistance, outstanding clarity (clear film), and deep satin finish (matte film). 3M car paint protection film has a flexible, clear top coat that has exceptional stretch and is self-healing to eliminate minor scratches.

Q. How does 3M paint protection film clear and matte compare to other paint protection films on the market?

A. Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear and matte provide many features, features, advantages and benefits (PDF, 123 KB) over other films:
 

  • Outstanding clarity– Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear has low orange peel, making it one of the clearest paint protection films and virtually invisible, even on white cars. Our matte paint protection film offers a deep satin finish to match most OEM matte paint systems or turn your clear paint into a matte finish.
  • Durable clear coat – The clear coat technology on both the clear and matte paint protection films make our auto paint protection film easier to clean and harder to scratch, which keeps cars looking newer longer.
  • Self-healing properties – Innovative technology in the paint protection film causes minor scratches to disappear, which keeps the paint protection film and car’s finish looking new.
  • Ease of installation – The elastic clear coat and forgiving adhesive give the clear bra maximum flexibility to hug the curves and contours of the car, which makes complex installations faster and easier. We even offer a 60 inch paint protection film that covers the entire hood of most cars.
  • Operational efficiencies – The newest paint protection film, Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series (both clear and matte) have better cutting ability, and requires no cap sheet, for faster cutting and weeding with less scrap and wasted paint protection film, resulting in quicker installations.

Q. Why should installers choose to sell and install paint protection film clear or matte from 3M?

A. No other company can offer the combination of superior performing car paint protection film, world-class marketing support, paint protection film technology development and the recognized and trusted 3M brand name.

The technology to produce Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear or matte allows you to master clear bra installations more quickly. The paint protection film’s characteristics include self-healing properties, exceptional clarity (clear film), faster cutting and weeding with less scrap, and most importantly, a revolutionary clear top coat that is flexible for quicker, easier paint protection film installations.

3M also helps you grow your business with auto paint protection film programs that include customizable marketing tools, 3M installer training, support in lead generation and the unrivaled power and recognition of the Scotchgard brand name.

Q. How does a paint protection film installer get added to the 3M clear bra installer locator web page?

A. The 3M Paint Protection Film Preferred Installer Program reward level determines your 3M clear bra installer listing. Please contact your local 3M sales representative or authorized distributor to find out more about the 3M clear bra installer locator.

Q. How does a clear bra installer get 3M paint protection film signage, apparel or literature for their shop?

A. Visit our paint protection film marketing material website to request an account at Orders.taylorcommunications.com. Click here (PDF, 1.9 MB) to see a menu of paint protection film marketing materials.

Q. What sizes are offered for 3M paint protection film clear or matte?

A. Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear and matte comes in the car paint protection film industry standard 100 ft. rolls and is currently available in 12 inch, 18 inch, 24 inch, 30 inch, 36 inch, 48 inch and 60 inch widths.

Q. What is the warranty for Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear or matte?

A. The 3M comprehensive warranty for Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear or matte is 10 years from the date of installation and covers against defects, yellowing, bubbling and cracking. Learn more about our warranty program here.

Q. What is the Scotchgard paint protection film service agreement?

A. 3M is the only auto paint protection film manufacturer to offer paint coverage with the paint protection film installation. The service agreement (PDF, 2.5 MB) covers the car’s paint under the areas where paint protection film has been applied. 3M will remove the damaged film, repair the damaged area and apply new film. Customers can choose between a five or three year agreement for coverage.

Scotchgard paint protection film and the underlying paint is covered if
 

  • Chipped or pitted by grave, sand or rock chips
  • Scratched from car washes, tree limbs, etc.
  • Stained from road salt, bird droppings, tree sap or bugs

For more information on service agreements (PDF, 2.5 MB), contact your sales representatives or your authorized paint protection film distributor.

Q. How much does it cost a paint protection film installer to purchase the Scotchgard paint protection film service agreement?

A. Contact your local 3M paint protection film authorized distributor for more paint protection film pricing information.

Q. Why should I sell the Scotchgard™ paint protection film service agreements?

A. You can build customer loyalty and increase customer satisfaction with the service agreement (PDF, 2.5 MB). The service agreement (PDF, 2.5 MB) is a great complement to the Scotchgard paint protection film pro series and serve as a new source of revenue for your business.

Q. How much does it cost for a paint protection film installer to purchase Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear or matte?

A. Pricing varies. Please call your 3M authorized paint protection film distributor to get more details about clear bra installation.

Q. Where can I buy Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear or matte?

A. The paint protection film can be purchased from one of our 3M authorized paint protection film distributors. You can locate a distributor in your area by calling 1-800-328-1684, or by clicking here.

A. The paint protection film can be purchased from one of our 3M authorized paint protection film distributors. You can locate a distributor in your area by calling 1-800-328-1684, or by clicking here.

Q. Where can I get additional information about the Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear or matte?

A. Please contact your local 3M sales representative or authorized distributor about paint protection film.

Q. What it the cost to use the 3M Pattern and Solutions Center?

A. Patterns are available to 3M customers at no cost.

Q. Why do I want to install a self-healing paint protection film?

A. It’s easy to scratch or chip your car’s paint. Have 3M’s clear protective film installed by a paint protection film installer near you before it even leaves the car dealership.

Dealerships

Q. What is paint protection film (which is also known as clear bra)?

A. 3M’s highest quality car paint protection film is Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series. Pro Series offers the ultimate car paint protection available in clear or matte. It sets a new industry standard with technology improvements, including superior scratch and stain resistance, outstanding clarity (clear film), and deep satin finish (matte film). 3M car paint protection film has a flexible, clear top coat that has exceptional stretch and is self-healing to eliminate minor scratches.

Q. How does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series compare to other paint protection films on the market?

A. Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear and matte provide many features, advantages and benefits (PDF, 123 KB) over other films:
 

  • Outstanding clarity – Scotchgard paint protection film pro series clear has low orange peel, making it one of the clearest paint protection films and virtually invisible, even on white cars. Our matte paint protection film offers a deep satin finish to match most OEM matte paint systems or turn your clear paint into a matte finish.
  • Durable clear coat – The clear coat technology on both the clear and matte paint protection films make our auto paint protection film easier to clean and harder to scratch, which keeps cars looking newer longer.
  • Self-healing properties – Innovative technology in the paint protection film causes minor scratches to disappear, which keeps the paint protection film and car’s finish looking new.
  • Ease of installation – The elastic clear coat and forgiving adhesive give the clear bra maximum flexibility to hug the curves and contours of the car, which makes complex installations faster and easier. We even offer a 60 inch paint protection film that covers the entire hood of most cars.
  • Operational efficiencies – The newest paint protection film, Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series (both clear and matte) have better cutting ability, and requires no cap sheet, for faster cutting and weeding with less scrap and wasted paint protection film, resulting in quicker installations.

Q. Why should dealerships offer their customers 3M™ Paint Protection Film (also known as clear bra)?

A. Our tough, durable, maintenance-free 3M™ paint protection film pro series is easy to install, high quality and backed by a 10 year warranty to ensure customer satisfaction. 3M provides your car dealership with the unrivaled power and recognition of the 3M brand name and the tools you need to successfully introduce a profitable car paint protection film revenue stream, including:
 

Q. Can the 3M clear bra be installed on new and used cars?

A. Yes. 3M paint protection film can be applied to both new and used undamaged cars. If a car has recently been painted please allow 30 days for curing time before applying paint protection film.

Q. What is the warranty for Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series?

A. The 3M comprehensive warranty for Scotchgard paint protection film pro series is valid for 10 years from the date of installation and covers against defects, yellowing, bubbling and cracking.

Q. What does the Scotchgard paint protection film service agreement cover?

A. 3M is the only car paint protection film manufacturer to offer paint coverage. The service agreement (PDF, 2.5 MB) covers the car paint under the areas where paint protection film has been applied. 3M will remove the damaged film, repair the damaged area and apply new paint protection film. Customers can choose between a five year or a three year agreement.
 

  • Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film and the underlying paint is covered from:
  • Chips from road debris
  • Scratches from car washes, tree limbs, etc.
  • Stains from road salt, bird droppings, tree sap or bugs

Q. How much does it cost my dealership to purchase the Scotchgard paint protection film service agreement?

A. Contact your local 3M authorized paint protection film distributor for more pricing information.

Q. Why should I sell the Scotchgard paint protection film service agreement?

A. You can build customer loyalty and increase customer satisfaction with the service agreement (PDF, 2.5 MB). The service agreement (PDF, 2.5 MB) is a great complement to the Scotchgard paint protection film pro series and a new source of revenue for your clear bra business.

Q. Where can I buy paint protection film?

A. The car paint protection film can be purchased from one of our 3M authorized distributors. You can locate a clear bra distributor in your area and learn more by clicking here.

Q. What marketing support will I receive?

A. 3M provides your dealership with the tools you need to increase your bottom line, including sample kits and videos demos. Your dealership will also have access to brochures, posters and digital logos. 3M clear bra authorized distributors are available to help locate a 3M installer or train your dealership’s technicians to install paint protection film.

Q. Do you train one of my employees or do you provide a clear bra installer?

A. Our 3M authorized distributors can train one of your employees, or they can help you find a 3M clear bra installer in your area.

Q. What does paint protection film installation training encompass?

A. Quality of installations is important. That’s why 3M offers a three-day, hands-on training course located at your distributor. Our 3M clear authorized distributors also offer ongoing training information and videos to installers.

Q. What areas are commonly protected?

A. Dealerships that partner with 3M have the ability to tailor a sell sheet specifically to the clear bra coverage offered at their dealership. The most common areas for car paint protection film include:
 

  • Door edges
  • Door handle cavities
  • Full or partial hoods
  • Fenders/rocker panels
  • Front bumpers
  • Side mirrors
  • Trunk ledges
  • Full car wraps
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