If you love looking at your car as much as you love driving it, you’d want it looking shiny new as long as possible. But no matter how often you wash or wax it, things like gravel, dings, bug splatter, and chipped paint will still cause long-lasting damage to your car’s paint. If only there were some “protection” around your vehicle’s paint. Enter XPEL Paint Protection Films, sometimes known as Clear Bra.
Paint Protection Film will help protect against rock chips, scratches, and other debris, and it’ll keep your car looking new. PPFs will also preserve your car’s value as well as increase its resale value.
However, which Paint Protection Film should you install? If you still cannot decide between XPEL Paint Protection Film and 3M for your vehicle? Read below to know more about them and for some key differences.
XPEL Paint Protection Films
If you’re in the market for paint protection film, you’ll undoubtedly come across the XPEL brand. XPEL Paint Protection Films have been leading the way in many innovations to the paint protection film market. XPEL introduced a film a decade ago that didn’t turn yellow as they aged and was light years ahead of other films of the time. It is also known to introduce and perfect the “World’s first self-healing film.”
XPEL is a master at finding innovative ways to shield your vehicle’s paint using only the highest quality film. The entire XPEL line of films is hand-drawn, measured, and tested manually, which is why XPEL is the industry leader.
XPEL has also developed software with access to hundreds of vehicle templates to go with the XPEL Ultimate Plus films. Using templates for vehicles allows Bravo Protection experts to apply the film without any cutting on the paint surface.
Key features of XPEL Paint Protection Films
- THEY’RE SCRATCH-RESISTANT
Your car will have small scratches over time, but if you have XPEL Paint Protection Film installed by Bravo Protection, it will help your paint resist the damage tomorrow.
- THEY HAVE LONG LIFE
The 10-year guarantee in XPEL PPFs ensures that your car’s paint is protected for years. Your paint should still look shiny if your car is still running smooth.
- THEY PROVIDE ULTIMATE INVISIBLE PROTECTION
You might not be able to see most of the XPEL Paint Protection Films, but you’ll notice the difference when your car won’t get any blemishes or scratches.
- THEY’RE FAMOUS FOR THEIR SELF HEALING PROPERTIES
Minor scratches, scuffs, and abrasions will happen, but most XPEL Paint Protection Films will naturally smooth out the damage when professionally installed by Bravo Protection experts.
And if you visit Bravo Protection, you can take comfort knowing that any XPEL products you choose, they’ll be installed only by highly qualified experts.
There are 4 XPEL Paint Protection Film lines available at Bravo Protection Products for your consideration:
- XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film
The special clear coat, as well as the super-slick surface on this virtually invisible urethane film, prevent discoloration due to UV radiation & contamination. The super-slick surface is also responsible for wiping away bug residue and other unsightly blemishes with ease. More importantly for you, the XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film also has a self-healing feature that makes scratches, light swirl marks, and stains disappear.
- XPEL STEALTH Satin Paint Protection Film
The self-healing and protective features of the XPEL STEALTH Satin Paint Protection Film are the same as the ULTIMATE. But the XPEL Stealth’s design allows it to match the sheen of most factory matte paints. Keeping matte finishes in showroom condition is not easy, but XPEL STEALTH can transform your car’s glossy paint into a sleek satin finish. Your car should always preserve its satin paint job, so if you’re looking for a reversible, low-cost way to transform your car’s appearance, this is it.
- XPEL ARMOR Paint Protection Film
Opt for XPEL ARMOR Paint Protection Film when the going gets tough for your vehicle. ARMOR is XPEL’s thickest and strongest film, and it looks and performs like a spray-on Bedliner. Its design allows it to resist punctures & abrasions from even the most rugged use. This XPEL PPF is perfect for off-road vehicles as well as heavy-duty commercial & industrial vehicles.
- XPEL XTREME Paint Protection Film
XTREME Paint Protection Film by XPEL is the clearest, thinnest PPF the company offers. Designed for minimal visual impact, it delivers state-of-the-art optical clarity, perfect for showing off your car’s curves and custom paint job. This XPEL Paint Protection Film also comes with one of the best warranties in the business. If the film gets discolored, gets cracks, or starts to peel within 7 years of professional installation, XPEL will replace it with a new one.
3M Paint Protection Films
Being one of the oldest players in the PPF game, 3M is also very famous in the PPF world, especially in America. 3M were practically the first in this game, so they’ve earned a reputation as one of the best in the industry.
3M PPFs are the choice of new car manufacturers worldwide, as well as NASCAR. It doesn’t have as many PPF choices as XPEL does, but they’re pretty good at what they do.
Here’s a closer look at 3M’s PPF line:
- 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film: 3M’s most selling film. It features tough properties that protect your vehicle’s paint from the occasional wear and tear.
- 3M Scotchgard Pro Paint Protection Film: This PPF or Clear Bra offers great quality & performance. What’s more, 3M’s Scotchgard Proline also offers amazing clarity and good scratch and stain resistance.
Here are some key differences between XPEL and 3M:
As far as the Paint Protection Film realm is concerned, XPEL and 3M are the leading brands known for top-of-the-shelf, clear bra products. There are many similarities between them. However, being two different brands, there are a lot of differences as well. We do recommend XPEL Products, because frankly, they’re better, but read on to choose your favorite PPF more wisely.
- AMAZING SELF-HEALING PROPERTIES
Even though 3M was the first in the entire auto Paint Protection Film industry, XPEL is still more famous for developing its products because they took their time and researched vigorously. Being a small company, with PPFs being its focus, XPEL still outperforms others in the industry. For instance, it’s renowned for manufacturing the world’s first self-healing film, meaning if it gets scratched, you only need to park your car under room temperature. The scratched surface will look as good as new in just 30 mins. 3M films are good, but they’re still not as good as XPEL Films.
The warranty offered is also amongst the main differences between XPEL and 3M films. XPEL Paint Protection Films has a ten-year extended warranty, while 3M Scotchgard only offers seven years. While both warranties are quite promising, buyers prefer XPEL over 3M due to this very important factor.
- THE PRICE
Another significant difference between the XPEL PPF and the 3M Scotchgard is the price you will pay. While both products are quite high-end, you might have to spend a tiny bit more if you opt for certain XPEL PPFs, but they’re best-in-class, and therefore be worth your while.
More differentiating factors between the two films:
- XPEL is an exceptionally clear, invisible, or transparent film, while 3M will fade and yellow over time.
- Old 3M films, when discolored, will be very noticeable on your cars
- On the other hand, XPEL is nearly invisible
- XPEL is self-healing, while old 3M will scratch easily
- The topcoat on XPEL will self-heal minor swirls and imperfections in the sun
- Old 3M does not have a topcoat
- XPEL is thick and provides a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty
- 3M films are not that good; they can yellow and fade within a year
Interested in getting the XPEL Paint Protection Film installed on your vehicle? Contact Bravo Protection now
Are you ready to protect your vehicle with Paint Protection Film? At Bravo Protection Products, we use XPEL Ultimate Plus paint protection film and are certified installers. We provide professional, comprehensive services that cater to each customer.
You can select from a series of service packages that allow us to provide the level of protection that you need. This is an affordable way to give your car the XPEL ULTIMATE advantage.