The challenge is preparing the car’s surfaces for coating using ceramic paint protection. There has been a lot of assumptions and discussions about clear bra in general. Hence, there is a need for such assumptions to be clarified. This article however does not intend to challenge or agree to certain discussions/forums but its goal is to help Atlanta car owners gain a deeper understanding of the clear bra. Surprising facts below aren’t necessarily obvious but often overlooked.
1. It originated from the Military
Clear bra bases its origin from the military during the Gulf war. The delicate helicopter blades were getting damaged occasionally and a proactive solution was needed to solve the problem. Hence, clear bra proved to be a creative and effective solution to this problem. The automobile industry later adopted this idea.
2. Clear bra is also known as Paint Protection Film
For those unfamiliar with clear bra – it is commonly referred to as paint protection film. These two are one and the same.
3. It is applied directly to the surface of the car paint
Just to be clear PPF is not a spray product. It is a thermoplastic urethane film that is installed on the surface of the car paint. The installation process is delicate hence get a professional who specializes in the field.
4. All films serve the same purpose
No matter the manufacturing brand, all clear bra serve the same purpose- protecting paint from damage. It offers paint protection against chips, scratches, bird droppings, rock debris just to mention a few.
5. All films are created differently
Even though paint protection films serve the same purpose, they are not created equally. They vary in hardness, high gloss finish, pattern and warranty from one brand to another. Therefore, it’s logical to get stiffer or higher gloss finish films than others.
6. The end results depends on the installer’s expertise
The installer plays an important role in clear bra installation. After installation, your car can roll out like a ‘newly purchased’ automobile or look like a flaky skin ready to be peeled off. A high quality film installed by an incompetent installer is useless. You could benefit a lot with someone who knows what they’re doing.
7. There is no impeccable film
All film brands have their share of triumphs and troubles. As much as every brand claims its clear bra to be the best in Atlanta, there is no such thing as perfect in this world. Pros and cons are always there which is normal. Even so, get PPF that works best for your car and offers great value for your money.
8. Petroleum based polish products should never be applied to the film
Any wax or plastic polish that contains petroleum distillates should not be used. It weakens the films and subjects it to serious undesirable effects. Paint protection does not necessarily need polishing/waxing but if you wish to, use products designed for automotive clear coat. It’s also important to note, only clear or white polish/wax are used.