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Clear Bra or Full Wrap? The Extent of Your Paint Protection Film – Some Things to Think About

The title of today’s article would certainly be a puzzle for those not familiar with paint protection film for your car or truck.  But, to all my car enthusiasts out there, you know that this article is not about intriguing undergarments or lunch specials.  The gist of today’s discussion has to do with how much paint protection film you think you need for your car.

Getting paint protection film for your vehicle is really a personal choice.  We at Tint Tech, Calgary’s paint protection film professionals, have had the discussion with many of our clients regarding how much protection is enough, or too much.

This article will cover some of the fundamentals on what to keep in mind with paint protection film.  However, there is nothing better than talking to someone who knows paint protection film issues inside and out.  We at Tint Tech regularly install paint protection film for our customers.  So, our Tint Tech specialists are rockstars in giving you the best advice on paint protection film.  After you have read this article, give us a call at 1-403-968-8468.  We’d be happy to speak with you.

Paint Protection Film:  Some of the Basics

As you likely know since you are researching information on paint protection film, paint protection film is a thin film of urethane that bonds to the painted portions of your vehicle once installed.  It protects those portions of your car from all kinds of road debris and items that might scuff, scratch, or scrape your car’s surface.

In fact, the technology of today’s paint protection film is fascinating.  The film has a self-healing quality whereby most scratches to a film-covered surface will vanish with just a little exposure to heat.  You should definitely check out our other blogs on the self-healing properties of paint protection film.  The film is so innovative, you may feel that you are reading a sci-fi novel.

As you also likely know, paint protection film can be installed on all of the painted surfaces of your car – i.e., the “full wrap” – or you can get it installed on only parts of your car, such as the front bumper, hood, rocker panels, fenders, etc.

In fact, the majority of drivers who choose to install paint protection film do so only on certain areas, which are those areas most prone to chips and other damage from road debris.  However, some owners want the peace of mind of having the “full wrap” so they know that their entire car is protected.

That being said, let’s take a look at some reasons why you may want the “full wrap” for your car.

5 Reasons Why You May Be In for the “Full Wrap”

#1       You Can’t Predict Where Those Rock Chips Might Go

Just the other day, we had a customer come in with a side-view mirror that had a huge hole in it.  How did it happen?  Well, a pretty sizable rock got kicked up on the highway, and it blew right through the side view mirror.  Thank goodness it did not go into the windshield instead.  From the hole in the front of the mirror casing, it seemed to be a rock that could do some damage.

That is all to say that road debris does not always focus itself on your car’s “bra” area or rear wheel arch.  Passing cars can kick up some rocks or debris that might hit any part of the side of your vehicle.  So, why not make sure that your front and rear side doors have the protection of paint protection film as well?

#2       Birds Will Go in the Darndest Places

While there is some way to predict what parts of your car might get the brunt of road debris, it literally is a “crap-shoot” when it comes to bird droppings.  The real problem there is that it is easy to underestimate the issues that bird droppings present.  You may think that cleaning it off is a simple matter.  However, that is not always the case.

Bird droppings, if left for a while particularly in sunlight, could permanently damage the clear coat on your car.  Those chemical stains could greatly impact the appearance of your car.  Moreover, while the hood of your car may not have to deal with road debris as much as the front fender, paint protection film for the hood and roof of your car are essential in the battle against our winged friends, who may be hanging out on the nearest electrical line.

#3       Tree Sap – Nature’s Unfriendly Car Adhesive

Similar to bird droppings, tree sap can go anywhere on your car’s surface (depending on where you park) and can leave a nasty problem for your clear coat if not removed immediately.  Tree sap is somewhat acidic, which could etch into your car’s paint job and will be very difficult if not impossible to remove.

#4       The Sun Always Shines on TV, and On Your Car

While it may take a long time to become noticeable, the UV rays emitted by the sun will eventually have an impact on your car’s paint job.  Paint will slowly oxidize under the heat of the sun’s UV rays, thereby giving your car a matte or faded look.  If you only install paint protection film on part of your car, it is possible that the unprotected portions will fade faster than those parts that have the extra layer of film.

#5       The Careless Parking Lot Driver or Out-of-Control Shopping Cart

One customer came in last week with a typical story.  He just got his new car.  He loved it and loved how it looked.  Within a week of buying the car, he was in the parking lot of his local supermarket.  Call it Murphy’s Law, but of course a thoughtless driver who parked too close to his new ride opened his or her car door just a little too far.  Our customer comes out some time later only to see his perfect new car with a small scrape in the passenger door.  We’ve all been there.  Hopefully, somewhere the car gods are giving the stink-eye to the thoughtless driver in that story.

To sum up, you now have five new things to keep in mind when you make the decision whether to protect parts of your car with paint protection film, or go for the “full wrap.”  If you have more questions, call us at 1-403-968-8468.  When it comes to paint protection film, we know it all – without acting like a “know-it-all.”  We at Tint Tech hope to chat with you soon!

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