About Paint Protection Film or “Clear Bra”

Ferrari 458 Hood with Film applied waiting to be installed.

Ferrari 458 Hood with Film applied waiting to be installed.

Clear bra installation is an extremely time consuming and meticulous process – the film is thick, extremely fragile to handle (when uninstalled) and difficult to contour 3-dimensional shapes. It has taken us years, chemicals, solutions, manufacturers & thousands of feet of film to learn to install properly.

Essentially, we are stretching and installing an extremely durable film about 8mil of an inch thick over your paintwork. Your total paint thickness (primer, base coat & clearcoat) is generally 5-7mil of an inch thick. This film has an extremely aggressive adhesive & when left for years forms a semi-permanent bond to the paint – to ensure ZERO lifting, peeling, shrinking or cracking.

Clear bra has been around for decades, but in the past 5 years or so – the use of TPU Film or “Thermo-Plastic-Polurethane” Film has allowed installers like us to lay this self-healing, extremely clear film – and manipulate it to protect the varying contours of your vehicles exterior body panels.

This new technology, costs us nearly 5x as much as traditional film – but the results are worth Every.Single.Penny. Traditional PVC film is rated for about 2 years – but commonly is left for much longer – until it becomes a cracking, yellow, peeling mess. These problems are completely irradicated with TPU films – like the ones that we proudly install.

The Installation Process

Installer using squeegee to remove installation solution under neath the film - this bonds the film to the body panel.

Installer using squeegee to remove installation solution under neath the film - this bonds the film to the body panel.

Understanding what PPF is, and how it is installed is important in regards to how it will look on your car. Every part of the installation process is done with the utmost care and preparation – starting with a full wash, degreasing & decontamination of the vehicles exterior body panels where the film is to be installed. Cracks, Crevices, Nooks & Crannies are cleaned – where dirt is trapped, that may cause contamination in the film during the installation process. Following this is a very thorough drying and Isopropyl alcohol wipe down to ensure a completely clean and residue free surface. 

Once the vehicle has been prepped, it is pulled into our clean room which is specifically designed for the installation of Film. The room, climate controlled and completely separated from our detail shop – ensures that no in air debris can be trapped between the film and body panel during installation.

Next – all of the film is cut using an extremely accurate and tediously-designed film cutting program on our top of the line Graphtec Plotting system. This machine cuts the film to the exact measurements of your body panel – ensuring NO cuts are made on the exterior of the car – risking your paint to nasty strike-throughs.

The film is then carefully installed and manipulated to fit – through the utilization of many different solutions, a few different pieces of equipment & some very talented hands – one may add..

During an advanced install – which can be requested by a customer for an additional fee – body parts & panels can be removed for a completely seamless installation. Front bumper covers & headlights are commonly removed for a totally seam-free finish.

What You Should Expect

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 after full front PPF.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 after full front PPF.

We go head over heels to provide a completely defect free finish – but there are certain imperfections that either must be addressed – or understood once PPF is laid upon them. All cars – even new cars have imperfections, chips, & scratches that either must be leveled and polished before PPF is laid. This can be a very tedious and time consuming process – and is not included “standard” with every PPF installation. Correct paint touchup may take DAYS not *hours* to fully fill, level and correct.

Each install we put our stamp on is fully heated to ensure a proper bond before delivery – but it is important to let the film completely dry, shrink, contract and expand for about 2 weeks after your installation before a heavy wash. Waxing & Polishing is a thing of the past – because your film has a built in hydrophobic top coat that is warranted for up to 10 years. It’s Self Healing too - So no more swirls - ever.

The end product results in a finish that is completely unidentifiable & contains copious amounts of gloss, while duplicating factory texture and clarity. On some paints, the film even looks better than the original paint’s texture/finish.

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MOBILE clear bra installation is AVAILABLE serving up to 3 hour Travel time from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Real Reviews From Real People

“ I am very pleased with the full front clip clear bra installed on my car by Polishworks. The Porsche I recently purchased had an awful clear bra installed previously. Drew was able to remove the old bra, fill in any scratches, and install new PPF. The installation was outstanding and the time & cost estimates were right on. I did an extensive search of other companies in the area and very few came close to the consistent positive reviews by customers. Drew answered all my questions before and after the install. The price was fair and the bra looks great on the car. As always, good products are not cheap but getting them installed right the first time is important! The install was outstanding! Overall the job the guys at Polishworks did for my car was first rate! The entire process from my initial contact with Drew to scheduling and the actual installation was easy. Thanks Polishworks! ”

Darrell Davis

“ Drew does fantastic work. I had the entire front of my car coated with protective film to help keep it from getting rock chips and scratches. You can't even tell the film is there, that's how good of a job he did getting it perfectly aligned. I had the headlights covered in protective film too, and a few weeks after the application, I noticed a small bubble at the edge of the film on one of the headlights. I notified Drew about it and he had me bring it in a few days later and took the old film off and put a brand new one on in less than an hour. Top notch work is being done here, and if you notice the kinds of vehicles that are coming into the shop you can obviously tell that people love their cars respect his workmanship.”

Kurt Conwell