We recognize that you’ve invested a lot in your car – which is why you want to protect it, but also get your money’s worth out of that protection. That’s why we put together this guide to understanding the basics of paint protection film installation – which is one of the best methods for protecting your car’s paint job.

What is paint protection film?

Paint protection film is a thin, clear urethane film that protects your car’s paint job from scratches, debris, and other road and environmental hazards. The film is flexible, lightweight, and most importantly, damage-resistant. When someone inevitably accidentally scuffs or scratches your car, your car’s paint protection film will absorb the force, protect your car, and heal itself – leaving your car looking brand-new.

Where can I put paint protection film on my car?

Paint protection film can be installed on nearly any portion of your car, including the:

  • Hood
  • Bumpers
  • Doors
  • Rocker panels
  • Headlights
  • Mirrors
  • Fender

How long does paint protection film last?

If you drive your car daily, good paint protection film will likely last five to six years before it needs to be replaced. However, at Paint Protection Fresno, we provide a 10-year warranty against film lifting and staining, so you can drive worry-free for up to a decade.

What brand of paint protection film should I use?

A detailed breakdown of every paint protection film brand would take more space than we have here, but in short, we recommend auto owners use XPEL film.

Can I install paint protection film myself?

While you can technically install paint protection film yourself, we (and XPEL) highly recommend that you do not. The installation process requires a level of training and expertise that most auto owners don’t have, and that a qualified paint protection film installer does. Additionally, many manufacturers’ warranties remain valid only if you have a professional installer install your paint protection film.

How do I locate a local paint protection film installer?

If you’re not located near us (in Fresno, CA), we recommend you visit XPEL.com/Clearbra-Installers to find an authorized XPEL installer near you.

How much does paint protection film installation cost? (And why is there a range?)

Installation can cost anywhere from $699 to $6,000, depending on the paint protection solution you choose and the make of your car. Factors like the size of your car, the condition of your paint, the shape of your car, and your car’s appraised value can all affect your paint protection film application. Additionally, you can choose to protect just portions of your car (which will cost less) or the whole thing (which will cost more).

How long does a paint protection film installation take?

A full paint protection treatment takes anywhere from three to five days. When you bring your vehicle in, we give it a thorough washing to ensure it is decontaminated and ready for treatment. Then, we inspect your car’s paint and make any necessary corrections.

After another wash, we start actually applying film – a process that takes a minimum of two days. After a final night’s rest (so the film can be set), we perform a final inspection of your car and (if necessary – it usually isn’t) fix anything we missed.

How do I maintain paint protection film after installation?

We recommend you avoid automated car washes and have your car inspected and detailed regularly. We provide free inspections and detailing to those who have their cars protected by us.

Is paint protection film removable?

Yes, though we wouldn’t recommend you do so unless the film is already lifting or staining. (After all, you bought your film for a reason!) If you need or want to remove your car’s paint protection film, we recommend that you visit a professional paint protection film installer.

Convinced That Paint Protection Film Is Right for Your Car?

If you’re located in the Fresno area, visit paintprotectionfilmfresno.com or call (559) 213-8061 to schedule your free paint protection estimate appointment.

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