PPF can be polished much the same as your paint job. You might be wondering why polishing would be needed since its job is to protect the paint from scratches and chips. While that is indeed true, there are minor instances where the film itself doesn't need to be replaced – it just needs a bit of a refresh.
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How do you get scratches out of PPF?You should not use an abrasive polish on paint protection film, as this can cause hazing on the surface. Scratches can be removed by gently heating the surface, as directed above.
How soon can I wash my car after PPF?
48 hoursYes, you can use pressure washer on PPF clear bra paint protection films. You can typically wash the car after 48 hours as this is the time required for the film to dry completely after the installation. However make sure that high pressure water is not used directly on the edges.
How long after PPF can I paint?
We recommend letting the paint cure for at least 15-30 days prior to installing paint protection film (depending on the paint process). Gases from the paint need to escape before being trapped between the surface of the vehicle and the film.
Does PPF need time to cure?
During the curing stage, you may find areas that are foggy or blotchy and may notice bubbles under the film. This is all common and will disappear after the film has fully cured. Cure time defers based on temperatures and humidity. Approximate cure time is 45 days.
Regular Ongoing Maintenance for PPF (15 days & after):
- NEVER use a Pressure washer to clean PPF film edges. If dirty, GENTLY use a wash mitt to clean areas.
- Keep a regular vehicle wash schedule.
- Every 3-4 months apply CarPro Reload to the surface to help with ease of maintenance and water spots.
Give PPF at least seven days to cure before washing the vehicle. If you are using a pressure washer, keep away from the film's edges. It could cause the edges to lift, reducing the protection.
You can get visible significant scratches out of PPF with polish and a polishing pad only. 3. Use a little bit of polish. Less than usual.
You should not use an abrasive polish on paint protection film, as this can cause hazing on the surface. Scratches can be removed by gently heating the surface, as directed above.
24-48 hoursWhat is the cure time after installation? The time can vary depending on the surface that RX was applied to and climate conditions. For most surfaces, please allow 24-48 hours before heavy usage.
AFTER INSTALLATION / CURING TIME
After installation, you may see moisture bubbles or moisture under the film. This is normal and will go away once the film has fully cured (up to 4-5 days). During the curing time, it is important not to press or touch these areas. This may cause permanent fingerprint marks in the film.
You need to give both Paint Protection Film and a Ceramic Coating time to fully cure on your vehicle. If you wash or otherwise agitate the surface, that can inhibit the curing process.
The short answer is YES! You can take a ceramic coated car through a car wash but remember, not all car washes are the same. We recommend you stay away from automatic car washes that still employ abrasive brushes to clean your car. These abrasive brushes can damage the coating and your paint.
Keep your vehicle in a cool shaded area such as a garage for at least 12 hours. Any liquid under the film needs time to fully dry out without being exposed to direct sun light or direct heat. If this is not done then the uncured moisture might create a small blister like appearance under the film.
Gyeon Q²M PPF Renew is suitable for use on all glossy paint protection films and can be applied equally well by hand or dual action machine. By hand, it should be applied using a SCHOLL Concepts Polishing Puck. This residue should then be buffed off carefully using a PB Super Buffing Towel.
How to Remove Scratches from Clear Bra Material (PPF)
- Never compound PPF.
- Use a SMAT based polish with little or no fillers.
- Use a little bit of polish.
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- Follow up with a few light passes on speed 3-3.5.
- Obviously, don't let anything get hot.
- Don't go for 100% correction – 90% is achievable.
It may take several days (at least 48 hours) for the protection film to settle and cure. Try to avoid touching the film for about a week after installation. Don't worry about some bubbling during that period. It should go away once curing is complete.
Clear Bras: The Bottom Line
Installing a clear bra is well worth the initial cost, and it's much less expensive than a new paint job. Everyone loves a car that runs great and looks better, and that's the idea of having paint protection film installed by a pro.
It is tack free within minutes. It becomes fully cured in 48 hours. The vehicle can be driven immediately after applied and hand polished.
During the curing process avoid:
- Parking under a trees specially if there are shedding. You don't want tree sap on a fresh coating.
- Allowing bird droppings, sap or pollen to sit on the car and bake in the sun.
- Washing or abrading the paint.