Paint Protection Film Installation
Please read instructions and watch videos before applying film. If there are any concerns, watch MORE videos or contact us. YouTube has thousands of them. Video is for reference and demonstration purposes only; specific vehicle application applications may require different techniques including stretching and heating of the films. Vehicles with parking sensors may appear to have cutouts in wrong positions initially but once installed they will correctly line up.
Tools & Materials Recommended
Soft Installation Squeegee, 1 quart spray bottles (quantity: 2), Baby shampoo, 70% Isopropyl Rubbing alcohol, Non-Scratch Detailing Cloth, heat-gun or blow-dryer
Mixtures for Soap Solution Bottle and Alcohol Solution Bottle
Soap/Slip Solution (squirt bottle 1)
Add a few drops of baby shampoo to squirt bottle. Fill with filtered water.
Alcohol Solution (squirt bottle 2)
Add 8 ounces of rubbing alcohol to squirt bottle. Fill with filtered water.
- Setup and work in a dust-free environment with little or no wind, and out of direct sunlight.
- Be sure the surfaces to be covered are extremely clean, dry, and free of wax residue.
- Pre-mix both the soap solution and the water-alcohol solution before you begin.
- Wash your hands before starting the application, to avoid fingerprints on the adhesive. Spray them with SOAP SOLUTION while handling the exposed adhesive of the film.
- Remember that the SOAP prevents the aggressive adhesive on the PPF from sticking to the vehicle too quickly. Use it to position the film. The ALCOHOL SOLUTION disperses the SOAP SOLUTION in the areas you need more aggressive adhesion only.
- The top surface of the film should be wet with the SOAP SOLUTION throughout the application to allow the squeegee to slide across the film. You may find using a stiffer squeegee wrapped in a wet synthetic chamois to be effective in eliminating fingers or other problem areas as you finish the installation.
General Instructions (For video examples scan QR Code above or search PPF install on YouTube)
- The optimum environment is a temperature range between 50 and 90 degrees (Fahrenheit) and never apply in inclement or windy weather. (Applying indoors may be advisable here.) If your temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, we suggest using warm water in your squirt bottles and running the car beforehand to get the hood area warm.
- Above we have specified the mixtures for the soap solution and alcohol solution. The soap solution will be used for much of your installation. The alcohol solution is only used on areas that need to stick right away or stubborn areas.
- By spraying the slip solution onto the intended surface to be covered, and then wiping it off with your gentle cloth, you should have no trouble eliminating any oil, grease, dirt, or any other contaminant.
- Before removing the liner, make certain you confirm all part placements and sizes.
- Once you’re ready to begin, remove all the dirt from your hands. If even the tiniest bit of dirt is ignored, this will relocate to the adhesive and cause a very unattractive appearance. It’s also advisable to keep your fingers wet to avoid them sticking to the adhesive. Never handle the adhesive side unnecessarily. Occasionally, you will need to handle it but it must be done lightly and quickly. Fingerprints will transfer through the material if handled too often or too long.
- Be certain to remove any wax on the section that your kit will be installed onto since this must not be put onto a vehicle that has been newly waxed. Note: Dishwashing detergents are one method of stripping wax from a painted surface. You can also use "3M Adhesive Remover" or something comparable to remove any wax.
- On certain vehicles, due to their unique curvatures, stretching the material is vital to obtaining a smooth result when using these kits. Wet the surface completely with the soap and water solution and then place the film onto the surface.
- Once positioned in place, use your squeegee to make a vertical pass down the middle to adhere the material in place. Once the material is adhering to the surface where you made the center pass, lift the flattest side and rinse the soap and water solution out with the alcohol and water solution. It’s important however, that you leave a little of the soap and water solution around the other side.
- After the film has been laid back down, use your hand to hold down the film as you stretch the material out and over in curves. In this way you’ll force the material to follow the arc design of the surface.
- Lift it up to rinse out any remaining soap and water solution on this side. Once it’s been thoroughly rinsed, put the material back down being sure to align the film with the edges. Squeegee it into place.
- To finish up, use your paper towel wrapped squeegee to double check your work, and to go back over any edges that may have lifted, or any bubbles or “fingers” you may have missed.