Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do my own installation?
Installers go through an extensive training program to learn how to stretch and manipulate the material around hard lines and compound curves. Professional installation is required.
How many areas of the car can be covered?
All critical areas that can get chipped by stones get covered. The most common are the leading 8” to 24” of the hood, fenders to match, and front bumper cover. Many people will add rocker panels and rear bumper.
Can paint protection film be seen once applied?
Barely. If you are standing in front of the vehicle you might be able to see the edge of the hood kit from a few feet away. Since the bumper is completely covered, the outer edge of the kit follows the outline of the bumper and is invisible.
Will I be able to see where the kit stops?
Some cars may show the top edge of the hood and fender pieces from approximately 2 feet away. Many colors hide the kit so well that you have to lean into the car to find it.
Is the film permanent?
The paint protection film is semi-permanent. The adhesive has a strong tack so it can withstand many car washes but can be removed if needed.
Can the film be removed or will it damage my factory paint?
The material can be removed if damaged or if you plan on trading in your vehicle. It will not affect factory paint.
What happens if I am involved in a car accident or need to have my bumper/hood repainted?
Your body shop can remove any damaged area, repaint that section, call us and we will reinstall that part. Most insurance companies also recognize the product. To see how strong the material is, look at my photo gallery of “saved paint with clear guard”.
How long will the film last on my vehicle?
The film has been known to last as long as 8 years without incident. Lack of washing, cleaning, and proper care will shorten the lifespan.
How long does it take to install a kit?
The overall install average for an average job is 3 1/2 hours.
I have heard the film turns yellow. Is this true?
Tests have shown that some waxes with yellow or red dye will cause the film to turn yellow. Several years ago, new technology improved the UV inhibiters to prevent yellowing. White metallic cars can look yellow after a few weeks because of the gold/copper tint in the paint.
I have graphics on my car. Can I still put the paint protection film on?
Yes, some kits are designed specifically to cover cars with graphic stripes (Dodge Challenger or new generation Camaros, for example).
Does the film come in color?
Since the material is clear, every color imaginable is visible through the film allowing a virtually transparent installation.
How do I maintain the film?
Normal car washing and regular waxing with recommended polishes are all that is needed.
Can the film go through a car wash?
Yes, the material has an adhesive strong enough to withstand soft cloth car washes. High pressure, wand-type, do-it-yourself washes are not recommended!
Should I wax the film when I wax my car?
Yes. Maintaining the entire car enhances shine and beauty. Waxing the film removes airborne impurities that may be absorbed into the film.
What do I do if wax builds up along the edge of the kit?
Gently wash the kit with soapy water and wipe using a sponge or microfiber rag along the edge and rinse away.
What is the warranty?
3M warrants that Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film will be free of defects in materials and manufacture – including yellowing, bubbling, or cracking – or five (5) years from date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to damage caused by misuse, accident, misapplication, or ordinary wear, not does it apply to dents caused by physical impact of rocks or road debris. Some installers may choose to offer, on their own behalf, different or additional warranties or remedies, beyond the warranty and limited remedies offered by 3M.
Whom do I call to make a claim?
To make a claim under this warranty, simply contact us at Clear Guard For Cars, Inc. Our information is located on the warranty card you received at time of installation.