3m Protection FAQ

June 21, 2020

What areas are usually covered with SuperShield?

The hood, upper bumper, lower bumper, fenders, wheel openings, door cups, door edges, rocker panels, rear bumper, mirrors, A pillars, head lights, fog lamps and roof line.

Will the protective film harm the painted surface?

If the film is properly applied to a fully cured painted vehicle, it can be removed, usually in one piece without doing any damage to painted surfaces.

Is there any special care for SuperShield once installed?

Once installed, refrain from washing the vehicle for at least 48 hours. We suggest you keep the vehicle in the sun to help cure and dry the protective film. Washing after that time presents no problem, but be careful if using a pressure washer along leading edges of film. When waxing the vehicle, some wax may build up along the film edges. This wax build up can easily be removed with a soft cloth or swab.

Can the film be polished?

Yes, we suggest keeping it polished, but not absolutely necessary. Keeping the material waxed or polished helps prevent road debris from adhering to its surface (i.e.: bugs and tar). It makes clean up a snap! Plexus polish is the best to use.

Will SuperShield ever turn yellow?

No, it resists yellowing because the film is constructed of thermoplastic urethane, a tough, conformable material that is covered by a clear coat layer. The film contains UV protection to counteract harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause yellowing.

How long will the installation take to complete?

Most installations take between four to six hours in duration.

How hard is it to see after it is applied?

The film is 99.5% clear.

How thick is SuperShield?

3M paint protection is approximately 8 mils in thickness for painted surfaces.

What is the origin of 3M Paint Protection Film?

3M Paint Protection Film was designed during Desert Storm to protect helicopter and airplane propellers from the abuses of the harsh sands. The technology eventually carried over into paint protection for government vehicles, and then into private industry.

Will the paint fade differently under the shield than the rest of the car?

No. The material contains UV inhibitors to prevent the film from reacting to the suns rays, but won’t keep them from passing through. The paint under the film will remain perfect. It is up to the owner to maintain the rest.

Can I see a line where the shield stops on the hood?

A slight line is slightly visible where the shield stops. You have four alternatives to that line –

  1. Cover the entire hood with the material (possible only on certain cars).
  2. An ugly bug shield.
  3. A black bra that will scratch the paint underneath.
  4. Rock chips.

How long will the film last?

5 years is the expected lifespan. The product is warranted for 5 years.

Will the film really stop rocks from chipping the car's paint?

Yes. The material was originally designed from 3M to stop chips on airplane propellers, so it is much easier to protect your vehicles paint than a propeller moving at nearly the speed of sound.


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