Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. Will the Paint Protection Film harm the painted surface if the film is removed?
A. If the film is properly applied to a fully cured painted vehicle, it can be removed, usually in one piece, without damaging paint surfaces beneath the film.
Q. Can the Paint Protection Film be applied over a vehicle that has had the paint touched up?
A. We recommend that any repainted surfaces on your vehicle be professionally painted and fully cured before applying the Paint Protection Film. If you have touched up scratches or chips with a tube of "touch-up" paint and then apply the Paint Protection Film over it, the film will protect that area until it is removed. If the Paint Protection Film is removed, it is possible that the area around the non-professional touch-up paint could peel off.
Q. Will the paint smear if the Paint Protection Film is applied over a newly painted vehicle?
A. The paint on a newly painted vehicle must be cured according to manufacturer's recommendations. Your body shop should be able to provide you with this information.
Q. Can you paint or apply a clear coat over the Paint Protection Film?
A. No, this is not recommended and is at your own risk. 3M film is supplied with an OEM-approved clear coat which is not formulated to be over-printed, painted or clear coated.
Q. Can I cover the whole vehicle with Paint Protection Film?
A.It is possible, but the application would be difficult and expensive. This product is really intended for the most vulnerable areas of the vehicle.
Q. Can the Paint Protection Film be applied over graphics?
A. The clear film will not interfere with vinyl or painted graphics and is designed to match the gloss levels of today's automotive factory clear coat paint systems, providing virtually invisible protection. However, if the Paint Protection Film is removed, damage may occur to the underlying graphic during the removal process.
Q. Does the Paint Protection Film stick to plastic?
Q. Does the Paint Protection Film come in colors?
A. 3M's Paint Protection Film is available only as a clear film. This feature makes the film virtually invisible while protecting the beauty of your vehicle.
Q. How is the Paint Protection Film film maintained?
A. Once applied, refrain from washing the vehicle in an automated car wash for 24 hours. Washing after that time presents no problem, and no special care need to be taken for the film.
Q. Can I use wax over the Paint Protection Film?
A. Yes. When waxing the vehicle, some wax may build up along the film edges. This can easily be removed when dry with a soft brush such as an old toothbrush. Do not use any waxes containing dyes or waxes that are not recommended for urethanes. Abrasive polishes and/or rubbing compounds are not to be used.
Q. If the Paint Protection Film is removed from the vehicle, can it be re-used?
A. Once the film has been applied and set, the adhesive will not stick a second time.
Q. After the Paint Protection Film has been removed, how do I get any excess adhesive off my vehicles?
A. If any adhesive remains on the vehicle after removal of the film, it can be removed by using 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner (3M part #08984), according to the package directions.
Q. Does the Paint Protection Film resist yellowing?
A. Yes, the film is constructed of thermoplastic urethane, a tough, conformable material that is covered by a clear coat layer. The film and clear coat layers contain UV inhibitors to counteract harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause yellowing.
Q. Does the film come with a warranty?
The Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Warranty
3M designs, formulates, and manufactures Scotchgard Paint Protection Film for optimum performance and durability. The 3M commitment to quality is the foundation for the warranty coverage we provide.
What is covered?
3M warrants Scotchgard Paint Protection Film will be free of defects in materials and manufacture--including yellowing, bubbling, or cracking--for five (5) years from date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to damage caused by misuse, accident, misapplication, or ordinary wear, nor 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.
Making a Warranty Claim: To make a claim under this warranty, simply contact 3M at 1-800-643-0955. YOU MUST RETAIN YOUR WARRANTY CARD TO VALIDATE YOUR WARRANTY. 3M will direct you to an installer selected by 3M to have your Scotchgard Paint Protection Film inspected and, if your claim is covered by this Warranty, 3M will have the installer remove the old and reapply new Scotchgard Paint Protection Film.
Remedy and Limitations. The 3M warranty and limited remedies stated in this document are exclusive and is made in place of all other express or implied warranties, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. 3M shall not be liable for any other damages or costs, including incidental or consequential damages, arising out of the use or inability to use Scotchgard Paint Protection Film or any vehicle to which it has been applied.
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