How to Maintain Paint Protection Film

3M paint protection film is easy to clean and maintain. For this reason, it has become quite popular among vehicle owners. At Interwest Automotive, we offer 3M Pro Series Paint Protection Film (PPF), in addition to others, that all provide exceptional benefits.

Easy Maintenance Process

Vehicle owners with paint protection film installed are not required to implement a complicated or expensive process to maintain the PPF on their vehicles. You can wash PPF, which is not advised or permitted for vinyl or leather bras. PPF adheres very tightly to a vehicle’s paint job and therefore cannot infiltrate between the layers and damage the painted surface.

After application, 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Film will function effectively for about seven years. Since this film is 99.5 percent clear, it is not easily noticeable to onlookers.

Washing the Vehicle

Washing and waxing a vehicle with 3M PPF installed is a straightforward and easy process. Any wax used should be urethane safe. Since the 3M PPF consists of urethane, any wax that’s not urethane-safe may damage the coating.

After the application of paint protection film, the vehicle should not be washed for at least 24 hours. This gives the film time to attach properly to the vehicle’s surface. After this time, it is safe to wash the vehicle the same way as before the PPF was applied.

Using common car shampoo along with warm water, a sponge, and microfiber cloth will not cause damage to the paint protection film.

Avoid using abrasive materials, such as brushes, terry cloth, or paper products to clean or wipe the PPF surface. These products may dull or potentially damage the surface.

Rinse the vehicle first and then soak a sponge or microfiber cloth in the shampoo solution and apply it to various parts of the car. Rinse the vehicle again to remove the foam and remaining dirt on the car surface.

Try to remove dirt droppings or dead bugs from the surface promptly to avoid permanent staining of the PPF surface. For extra tough spots, soak with soapy water for several minutes, or as needed, use lacquer thinner or 99% isopropyl alcohol.

Pay attention to the edges of films where dirt tends to build up.

Waxing the Vehicle

You can wax the vehicle after cleaning. You should separately wax the portions of the vehicle which are covered and not covered by paint protection film to prevent wax from gathering in the very thin seam between the coating and the rest of the vehicle. The accumulation can cause an unaesthetically appealing thin white line. Preferably, use a special kind of wax offered by 3M, which is compatible with your PPF product. You can use a detailing cloth to remove any wax buildup.

To learn about the 3M Pro Series, Scotchgard, and Matte paint protection film we offer, give us a call today at 800.242.8468, send us a message through our contact form, or use the quote request form on our website to contact a local dealer.