You just spent north of 100K on a new car that you absolutely love and you want to protect it, keep it like new. Believe me, I get it. You’ve heard about protective films. You remember something called the “Clear Bra Paint Protection Film”, but you’re not sure what it is, you don’t know how to find a good installer and you’re afraid it might somehow damage the exterior. Well, Sticker CIty can help you with all that. Today, we’ll introduce you to the premiere product and technique used for exterior car protection. It’s called the Clear Bra Paint Protection Film.
OUR CLEAR BRA PACKAGES
Choose the right protection package for your car
Little Bear Package
Coverage includes full hood, full fenders, headlights, mirrors and front bumper
For those who are looking for an inexpensive solution the Little Bear paint protection film package will provide great protection on a modest budget.
Papa Bear Package
Coverage includes full hood, full fenders, headlights, mirrors, front bumper and rocker panels
Our most popular option is the Papa Bear paint protection film package. True to its name, the full front provides protection at a moderate cost to the full front end. We do our best to make it look as seamless as possible by carefully wrapping each edge using our detailed proprietary process.
Big Mama Bear Package
Coverage includes all the painted portions of the vehicle.
For those who are looking for the best protection that money can buy we offer the full vehicle Big Mama Bear paint protection film package. This package is the ultimate option when it comes to perfectly preserving that high-end paint job. You can be assured that after installation your entire vehicle will be protected.
WHICH PAINT PROTECTION FILM?
Now that you know which Package to select, we use the best the industry offers for paint protection film — XPEL.
XPEL ULTIMATE (Gloss Finish)
What is XPEL paint protection film? Otherwise known as the “Clear Bra,” XPEL (PPF) is a clear polyurethane film that is applied to automobiles to shield them from scratches, dents, or scrapes. Too often, road debris, rocks, bird droppings and many other environmental elements assault your car. Why not protect that expensive paint job? XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS is a virtually invisible urethane film that protects your vehicle’s paint from damage and maximizes resale value. XPEL paint protection film is beloved by car enthusiasts everywhere. The best part is that it comes in three simple options so you can protect your paint job based on your desired budget.
XPEL STEALTH ULTIMATE Film (Satin Finish)
What is XPEL STEALTH? Perhaps you’re looking for the same elite self-healing and protective features as our XPEL ULTIMATE film, but your automobile has a matte finish. Well, XPEL STEALTH comes in a satin finish that preserves matte paint in its showroom condition. Matte finishes need a different type of protection. They are notoriously difficult to maintain and even harder to repair compared to a standard finish. Even something as simple as touching up a rock chip can be a challenge when you’re car is painted with a matte finish.
XPEL STEALTH protects against road debris and bug acids while it enables you to easily wash and dry your car with no change to the luster of the finish. Your car will stand out for the right reasons with paint protection designed specifically for a matte finish — XPEL STEALTH.
Once matched and applied to factory matte paint, XPEL STEALTH disappears. This makes XPEL STEALTH a phenomenal choice for transitioning between unprotected top surfaces and vulnerable areas on the front of the car. Marks and light scratches disappear in a matter of minutes in the sun or the warmth of your garage, just like they do with XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS.
What if you’re looking for a way to protect your car and change it’s appearance at the same time? XPEL STEALTH can transform glossy paint into a sleek satin finish. For literally thousands less than a custom paint shop would charge, your vehicle can have the look and feel of a high-end matte finish. Even better, it only takes a fraction of the time. Drop your car off with one of our authorized installers and drive away with what looks like a completely different magnificent car! Make your family proud and your friends jealous. You won’t believe the change.
STICKER CITY is an XPEL-Certified PPF Installer
Not all clear bra are alike (just read our FAQs below), just as not all Paint Protection Film installers will deliver the same service. We are certified by XPEL to deliver the best service for your car as far as installing the superb Paint Protection Film.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does PPF change my vehicle's appearance?
It depends on the type of film you choose or the surface where you will apply it. For instance, XPEL (used for color protection) usually is transparent. However, some XPEL versions give the painting a matte touch. On the other hand, the shine of paint protection film can change color if applied to a dark lusterless surface. You can request sample material if you want to know more about it.
Will XPEL yellow eventually?
By choosing XPEL, you get a 10-year warranty against various film failure issues, yellowing included.
Can I get Ceramic Coating over a Paint Protection Film?
Yes, Ceramic Coating provides a reliable ceramic layer that can be laid to XPEL and most color protection films to improve protection. It also helps avert possible staining from contamination. In addition, it makes the film simpler to clean due to the hydrophobic condition.
Is Paint Protection Film Less Glossy?
Unlike older films, new ones don’t yellow and turn hazy quickly, especially with ceramic coating.
What will happen with my vehicle's badges?
Suppose your automobile has badges on the hood or fenders from the factory. In that case, there are 3 ways to work with that. First, we can put the XPEL around it. It will look good, but you will notice a subtle line of protective film on it if you take a closer look. The second option is to remove the badges and place them back on top of the XPEL once we are done (RECOMMENDED). Or we can remove them and not put them back, depending on your decision.
What’s this stealth paint protection film?
It’s an XPEL film that gives your vehicle’s painting a luxurious matte/satin finish while the color remains the same. For example, suppose you have a shiny silver car. In this case, stealth protection will change it to a beautiful matte silver. You get custom styling and protection at the same time.
Should I do paint correction before applying the PPF?
This is an option that is available if your paint is so badly scratched that when place your finger nails on the scratches you can feel them. When you apply the clear bra it will visually make those minor fine scratches disappear like magic. Check out this video so you can see for yourself.
Is it better to get PPF right after I receive my car?
We always recommend bringing in your car right when you purchase it so that you get to keep that fresh paint looking brand new right from the beginning. We do have many people that bring in the cars even years after purchase but those will sometimes show their wear. So, the newer the better
Can PPF cause potential problems?
You’ve probably seen or heard about problems with the Clear Bra happening over time. Let’s look at some of the realities and see if we can shed some light on why these issues come up.
Peeling – While peeling can certainly result from a poor application or sub-standard film, it’s more likely the result of improper care. Let’s say for example that you’re using a pressure washer to clean your car. If the pressure washer is directed at the edge of the Clear Bra, it can lift the film and cause peeling.
Yellowing – Early on in the development and use of the Clear Bra there were reports of yellowing after some time. The companies that manufacture the Clear Bra investigated and discovered that the yellowing came from the adhesive. UV exposure was oxidizing the adhesive leading to discoloration. Eventually acrylic adhesives, which are UV resistant, were used. Today all quality film manufacturers use an acrylic adhesive but beware of inferior products.
Blistering – Small air bubbles in the Clear Bra create a blistering effect that is assuredly caused by a poor installation. Often, an air bubble occurs due to a contaminant trapped under the film. This creates separation between the film and the surface of the car. The vehicle’s surface must be very carefully prepped before the Clear Bra touches the paint. How should an installer do this? Washing, claying and polishing are all important steps to take, but equally important is a controlled environment where the air can be filtered.
Should I wax the car before installation?
No, please do not add any type of wax, sealants, ceramic or any other coating added to the original painted finish from factory. These add-ons to the paint can will make it more difficult to impossible for the adhesive to stick to the surface. Before any adhesive application we usually try to remove any of these protective products, so we suggest you save your money.
How do you apply the paint protection film?
- We cut it to fit your auto’s make/model.
- We then adjust these models to cover over available edges and exclude emblem cutouts if required before sending them to the plotter. This printer cuts the material, so we don’t need to cut it with a razor blade while applying it to your automobile.
- We bond the material to your vehicle exterior with a unique adhesive supplied by the factory
How do you cut the paint protection film?
We cut the XPEL on our top-notch 72″ plotter that service all our needs. This printer can ensure the best fit for your car and prevent visible lines after the film is installed. However, in extraordinary cases, we may need to make slight improvements with specialized tools to extract excessive paint protection film on the vehicle.
Can I apply PPF to headlights, plastics, or chrome?
Yes, PPF is perfect for preventing your headlights from “pitting.” However, if you choose to put it on plastic or chrome, it may alter the appearance of the unprotected raw chrome or plastic.
Will I notice the paint protection film?
Our experts do their best to hide the material and make the protection film almost invisible. However, if you look closer, you may notice the clean lines around specific areas. You can request fully covered borders.
What should I do if I notice bubbles or dirt in the paint protection film?
We are cautious about reducing the chances of contamination or bubbles under the paint protection film. This is because we keep the environment and our clothes clean, but sometimes it may happen. For example, suppose we finish placing the paint protection film on an area and see too many pollutants. In that case, we’ll redo the entire work to provide our quality standards.
Does my insurance policy cover XPEL?
You should speak to your insurance agent to ensure that, but yes. In most cases, especially for large vehicles, adding XPEL to your insurance is a good idea. Then, if you have an accident, the insurance will cover the XPEL re-application.
What is the predicted duration of XPEL PPF?
When you choose XPEL paint protection, you get a 10 year warranty against yellowing, staining, delaminating, breaking, skinning, bubbling, and more. Most of our customers replaced their PPF around that time due to expected wear and tear.
How do I maintain XPEL?
It’s easy to clean, and you don’t need to do it daily. It will last longer if you allow us to treat it annually. One tip, though – avoid automatic car washing.
Is it ok if I go through an automatic car wash with paint protection film?
To ensure its quality and lifetime, it’s better to prevent it. However, suppose it’s the only option you have. In that case, we suggest you wait at least 2 weeks for the film to dry before trying any automated washing.
Can I wax my car after applying PPF?
You can apply wax if you want to add UV protection on top of the clear bra. Even though we usually recommend placing on the XPEL Fusion Ceramic Coating for your UV protection, which lasts for 4 years, instead of having to wax every few months, but waxes are fine to use. Do not use any kind of petroleum-based products on the film. … No products that contain ABRASIVES, or DYES which will cause the film to become dull.
How do I remove the paint protection film?
Removing the XPEL without causing any damage to the vehicle is not easy and should be done by professionals. Our experts use a specialized high-pressure steamer to extract it with a unique technique to avoid paint damage or leaving adhesive on the vehicle.