3M Paint Protection film
Technology – November 1, 2005 – 3M introduced its newly re-engineered Scotchgard Paint Protection Film at this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.The new Scotchgard SGH Performance Technology from 3M provides customers with dramatically improved stain and scratch resistance, high-gloss retention and clarity, and a 20-percent increase in conformability, resulting in significantly faster and easier installation on bumpers and other complex compound surfaces. The film has also been tested and proven to withstand UV rays . The film's liner has been redesigned for easier computer plotting; and the film's appearance is smoother, glossier and clearer. Steve Stark, marketing development manager for 3M Automotive Division, said, " 3M developed this product in direct response to the latest needs of its customers. We have the resources to develop and implement the latest technologies available anywhere, and we put those resources to work for our paint protection film product. Customers will no longer have to choose between a film that provides ease of application or one with long lasting high gloss. The new SGH technology provides both."
Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a virtually invisible barrier against flying road debris, abrasion and weathering. When applied to your car's vulnerable areas, such as the bonnet, bumper, mirrors, and door edges, PPF acts like armor to guard against stone chips, bug stains, salt, and other debris the road might throw at you. If resale value is important to you, this is a great way to keep you car's exterior looking new. PPF is trusted by NASCAR to keep race cars looking their best. Additionally, 3M is the original patent holder and through its network of applicators has over one million successful installs..
Most of us have some experience with Scotch™ Tape, whether to repair something at the office or to wrap a gift at home. Scotch™ Tape can have as many as eight layers of material in a product as thin as a sheet of paper. What makes such layering possible is the science, process, and technology of microreplication and 3M is the foremost expert in this field.
3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film employs that same 3M innovation in microreplication to produce a 6 mil urethane film that is coated with a tough and resilient stretchable clear coat. The stretchable clear coat (below) is designed to make the film glossy, maintenance-free, stain and fade-resistant for years. Consequently, 3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film allows customers to treat the film as they do their paint. There is no special maintenance required with 3M Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film.
Many competitive films utilize only two layers of construction and rely upon waxes and regular cleaning to maintain gloss. Competitive films produce types of clear coats that leave the film rigid which creates undue stress. This stress can lead to peeling edges, surface imperfections, and lifted areas. 3M backs its claims with a 5 year limited warranty