- Film Details
Paint Protection Films
Paint Protection Films have come a long way since being developed as "helicopter tape" during the Vietnam War. Back then in the 1960s, a solution was needed to stop constant damage to the rotor blades of thousands of US helicopters. When the leading edges of helicopter blades get damaged the amount of lift they can generate is greatly reduced. The invention of a polyurethane tape assisted in the prevention of pitting and chipping of these finely balanced blades. This heavy duty tape is still used on today's helicopters, fighter jets and commercial aircraft to keep their leading edges intact and therefore retain maximum lift.
Today's films, designed for the automotive industry, are clearer, stronger, more durable and provide an inexpensive way of protecting modern painted surfaces.
So what is the film made of? Genuine Paint Protection Film is made from polyurethane. This remarkable product can be manufactured to any degree of hardness, and is used for roller blade wheels, skateboard wheels, suspension bushes, insulation foam, seat cushions, soles and uppers of shoes, surfboards, water-repellant clothing and many more applications.
Most Paint Protection Film is available in two thicknesses. The main thickness (including adhesive) is 200 micrometers, or .20 of a millimetre. That's just 1/5 of a millimetre. Americans talk in thousandths of an inch, so when they say 6 or 8 mil, they mean 6 or 8 thousandths of an inch, which doesn't mean much to people used to metric measurements. This thickness of film allows it to be conformed around many shapes, including automobile bumpers, bonnets, mirror backs, etc. The other thickness is nearer to 300 micrometers (the Americans call it 12 mil) and whilst it provides better protection it is not easily conformed around compound shapes. Not all manufacturers supply the thicker film.
The Paint Protection Film that is manufactured for today's applications on automotive painted surfaces has the following attributes:
- Extremely Transparent, allowing attributes of painted surface, such as pearlescent and metal flake to be visible
- High Gloss Surface to match the automobile's painted surface (when the surface is glossy)
- UV stabilised (relatively unaffected by UV radiation, therefore resists cracking, delamination, lifting, shrinking)
- Removeable even after 7 years (these films use an acrylic adhesive which never sets or goes hard and can safely be removed from Class A painted surfaces, i.e. factory-finish)
- Allows UV radiation to pass through thereby allowing protected and unprotected painted surfaces to fade at the same rate.
Additionally, some of the newer films also offer
- Superior stain resistance
- Self-healing properties if scratched