PAINT PROTECTION FILM (PPF) OR CLEAR BRA

Paint protection film, often referred to as PPF or Clear Bra, is transparent urethane film that comes in high-gloss or matte finish. They are professionally applied to the exterior painted surfaces to protect against damage by rocks, salt, insects, environmental elements and scratches and more. They offer outstanding durability and the high-quality versions are self -healing to repair itself.

WHY IS PAINT PROTECTION FILM NECESSARY?

Peace of mind! Simply put, automotive paint protection film preserves the quality of your cars paint by reducing the risk of multiple kinds of damage. When applied to the painted surfaces of your vehicle, PPF acts as a clear and unnoticeable protective layer against:

    • Scratch and stain resistance
    • Paint chip resistance
    • Self-healing technology
    • High-gloss or matte finish
    • Self-healing properties. Light scratches will disappear when the film is heated from the sun or a heat gun.
    • Stain resistance
    • Water spots
    • Oxidation (fading) from UV exposure
    • Salt corrosion (especially along the shores of Long Island)

For the everyday commuter a clear bra installed on the front end will protect against highway sand blasting and more. For high use areas such as tailgates it protects against scratches from loading and unloading packages. Meanwhile exotic car owners, prefer to cover the entire car. Protecting and preserving their investment from UV rays, environmental elements, scratches and more.

HOW IS PPF INSTALLED?

Surface preparation is essential prior the installation. A clean contaminant free surface is necessary for proper adhesion and a flawless looking finished product. After perfectly preparing the coverage area soapy water is sprayed enabling the film to be maneuvered into position. There are two types of installation techniques, precut and bulk. Precut means the film is cut perfectly to size by a computer. Bulk means an uncut roll of film is cut by hand on the car. A perfect installation can be obtained with either technique. Each installer will have their own preference and each model car may be easier with one technique over the other.

After the film has been laid out across the surface it is stretched out to conform to the shape with which it’s being applied. During the stretching process the installer will begin to squeegee the film to remove any excess water and bubbles. Then final step is to trim, if necessary, any excess material and wrap all the edges creating an invisible appearance.

HOW LONG DOES 3M PPF LAST?

When speaking about the three major brands 3M, Xpel and Suntek, film longevity will depend on numerous factors. For example, if the installed vehicle is rarely driven and garage kept the film will last long then a daily driven car exposed to harsh elements every day. However regardless of how you use your protected vehicle, locally here on Long Island, you can expect a five year lifespan from the film.

HOW TO FIND THE BEST PPF INSTALLER NEAR YOU?

There are two important factors to consider when buying Paint Protection Film (PPF):

  1. The brand of film
  2. The installer / shop

When it comes to researching paint protection film installers near you a great place to start is through a referral from a friend who’s had work done their before or to search the internet for a paint protection film installer near me. In my opinion choosing a certified reputable installation center is most important. A poor installation will ruin the look and longevity of even the best of films.

Some suggestions of questions you may want to ask are:

  1. See who has good reviews.
  2. Visit the shop in person.
  3. Is the shop well kept?
  4. Are they able to answer your questions concisely?
  5. Are they established and plan to be there well into the future?
  6. Do they have any recent work they can show you?

After asking these questions, you should have a good idea of your comfort level with that shop.

There are many brands manufacturing film on the market, however XPEL, 3M and SUNTEK have emerged as the premier products in the market place. They each make high quality films, come with a warranty and are well established companies. When compared visually they all look amazing, it is difficult to see it at all. One difference is in the adhesives, some are more aggressive then another. This only is a factor during installation as they all cure to the same strength. Another difference is the extent of the pattern database. Many shops like to pre-cut the film on a computer using the patterns supplied by the film manufacturer. The greater the database, the better it is for the installer. Currently, XPEL has the most extensive database of patterns to choose from.

We at Top Edge Window Tinting hope you found this article helpful. If you have questions, or would like a quote on PPF installation, call or contact us today!

Paint Protection Film

Protection You'll Never See

Paint protection film is designed to protect vehicles against everyday elements while maintaining the original look and integrity…

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Paint protection film, also referred to as “PPF” or “clear bra”, is designed to protect vehicles against everyday elements while maintaining the original look and integrity of your car. We use XPEL and 3M paint protection films, which are a clear, flexible film that is virtually impossible to see when applied by one of our professionally trained technicians. PPF provides excellent protection from stone chips, insects, sand and salt damage. Keeping your vehicle protected will maximize its’ resale value and also keep it looking new.

When applied to the high-impact areas of your vehicle, PPF will offer:

  • Scratch and stain resistance
  • Paint chip resistance
  • Resistance to yellowing
  • Exceptional optical clarity
  • Self-healing technology that is scratch and crack-resistant with a high gloss finish

We also offer PPF Matte, which not only can protect matte finish vehicles, but will transform traditional paint to a matte finish.

All of our PPF packages are warrantied for five years against yellowing, cracking or peeling.

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Automobile Tinting

Comfort. Protection. Style & Privacy.

Car window tinting can benefit you in several ways. Aside from looking sharp, window tint can block up to 99% of UV rays. This will not only protect you, but it will reduce sun damage to your car’s interior as well. As we know, the Long Island & NYC heat can be brutal. Tinting your car windows can reduce excessive heat buildup within your car’s interior, allowing …

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Car window tinting can benefit you in several ways. Aside from looking sharp, window tint can block up to 99% of UV rays. This will not only protect you, but it will reduce sun damage to your car’s interior as well.

As we know, the Long Island & NYC heat can be brutal. Tinting your car windows can reduce excessive heat buildup within your car’s interior, allowing you to sit in comfort as you drive. Window film will also reduce glare from the sun and headlights. Our films exceptional design and manufacture provides maximum heat reduction without interfering with your radio, GPS or cell phone.

Protection
The sun’s UV rays are hard on you, passengers and your car’s interior. All of our films block 99% of the sun’s UV rays. This helps prevent skin cancer and your interior will look newer longer. Additionally it helps hold together shattered glass, better protecting you and your loved ones from flying glass injuries in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Looks & Privacy
One of the most common benefits of film is to improve the look of your car. Tinting comes in a variety of shades that allows the ability to achieve any look desired. whether you want a very light shade or need to create privacy for the rear windows on an SUV.
Top Edge will service any automobile. We are a high quality window tinting service, providing the best types of car window tinting you will find.

At Top Edge, We provide the finest quality car window tinting installations Long Island has to offer. Whether you are trying to give your car some extra character, or add protection for yourself from the sun and glare, we can meet and often exceed all of your tinting needs.

or Call us: 631-862-5445

Commercial / Residential Tinting

Energy Saving / 99% UV Reduction / Glare Reduction / Anti-Graffiti / Security & Protection
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We have a full range of the best films available for your home, office or commercial building application.

Some of the brands we offer are; Huper Optik, VKool, Madico, Panorama & Hanita Tek…

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-Protect your family, floors and furniture from harmful UV rays
-Keep your home or office looking nice and keep it cool during the summer days, resulting in lower AC costs
-Blast, Theft and Hurricane protection films available as well as Anti- Graffiti films

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