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Paint Protection Film - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Is paint protection film really invisible?
The material is very difficult to see once it is properly applied.  Most people will not even notice that it is on the car.
Will the film yellow over time?
It is natural for all urethane to discolor to some degree over time depending on how well the film is maintained.  However, with the new technology films, it would be to a degree that is not visible to the human eye.
If I donít like the film or wish to remove it will it damage my vehicle?
No, it will not damage the factor paint when removed.
Will these products ruin, damage or hurt my factory paint?
NO! Absolutely not.  These products are designed to protect your paint, not damage it.
Some say that the clearer films are easier to install. Is this true?
Yes and no. It depends on the installing companyís standards.  Yes, it is easier to install due to its elasticity, but that does not necessarily mean the quality of install will be ideal.  In actuality, the film is more difficult to work with to bring out a truly invisible installation.  Due to the filmís clarity, it does not hide any type marks or lines from installation that would normally be hidden by film with excessive orange peel texture.
How long does it take to install a full kit?
With precut kits, installations are typically completed in 3-6 hours.  At the custom level, it would depend on exact coverage to determine the amount of time.
I donít like to see the line on the hood;  Can you cover the entire hood?
Yes, on some vehicles we can cover the entire hood.  We are one of a few companies that stock 55" Master Rolls for entire panels.
I have an aftermarket bumper, hood or something unique, can you cover this?
Yes. We do many different and custom installation for many different kinds of projects.  We would need to see in person what you would like to have covered for exact pricing.
Will there be a two-tone effect if the film is ever removed?
As long as the uncovered portions of the paint were regularly wash and waxed, then there would be no indication that film was ever installed if it were to be removed.
Is the application of the film permanent?
No. This is the benefit of paint protection film.  It is not a permanent application; however, does require professional removal and takes some time.
What is the warranty of the product and service?
3M has a 5 year warranty against fading, cracking, peeling and yellowing.  VenureShield has a lifetime warranty on there product to be free of defects, bubbling, fading, and cracking.  We also provide our clients with a Limited Lifetime Warranty on installations.
I just had my bumper and/or hood repainted.  How long do I have to wait prior to have the film installation?
Recommended cure time would be 30 days.  Check with the shop that did the paint work on your vehicle, and ask them how long they recommend you wait to have applied to your vehicle.  Some body shops recommend up to 90 days for paint to cure.  Times will vary based upon the process as well as various hardners and other solvents used in the painting process.
Do I need to prep the care before installation?
No prep is required.  Please do not bring your vehicle in covered with excessive dirt debris or bugs.  An additional charge may apply if excessive cleaning is required.
What can be done about wax build up along the seam and how can I avoid it?
It is important for the vehicleís owner to understand that wax will leave a white line on the seam.  We would recommend not waxing over the seams and wax the film and uncovered portions separately to keep from wax buildup.  If you accidentally wax over the seam, just use a wet towel and rub it off.  Another caution is to avoid buffering over the seams, which creates a noticeable wax line as well.  (See care and maintenance page)
Will the film on my headlights cause any problems or issues?
No. The headlight protection covers do not diminish the lights output, and do not alter your vehicles appearance.  If you are a frequent freeway driver, these are a necessity.  Over time, headlights get pitted and loose their clarity.  Eventually, lights can get so bad they need to be replaced.  On some vehicle models the cost of replacing the light can be up to $2,000 per headlight.  I would recommend that you do it now rather than wait until itís too late.

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