How Does Paint Protection Film Age? What About Yellowing, Blistering, and Peeling?

After being properly applied, Paint Protection Film is invisible to the naked eye and does not inhibit the depth and clarity of your factory paint.

But what about over time? If you’ve done some reading around the Internet, you may have encountered individuals documenting defects that have appeared in their Clear Bra, specifically yellowing, blistering, or peeling. For you to make an informed decision, it’s important to know what’s behind each of these degenerations and what you’ll need to do to avoid them.

Yellowing

An early complaint against Paint Protection Film was that it turned yellow after time. Manufacturers researched the matter and found that the yellowing effect came from the adhesive oxidizing after UV exposure. They then tested alternatives and began using an acrylic, UV resistant adhesive that is found on most Clear Bras today. The change resolved the discoloration concern for Paint Protection Film. Today, all quality professional film manufacturers, like XPEL and SunTek, use a superior adhesive that does not discolor due to UV exposure.

“Today all quality professional film manufacturers use a superior adhesive that does not discolor due to UV exposure.”

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Blistering

A Clear Bra is said to “blister” when small air bubbles are found underneath the film. The blistering effect has everything to do with the quality of application. Typically, an air bubble occurs because a contaminant is trapped under the film, creating separation between the body of the vehicle and the Clear Bra. Over time, this can lead to growing bubbles under the film. A proper application process includes hairsplitting attention to the vehicle’s surface before any film touches paint. This includes washing, claying, and polishing. Moreover, a professional application center creates a controlled environment where the air can be filtered to remove contaminants that could potentially get trapped underneath the film. Thus, a sub-par film and unprofessional application can lead to blistering. But when a quality film is properly applied by an experienced technician, the risk is at most very minimal.

“The blistering effect has everything to do with the quality of application. A proper application process includes hairsplitting attention to the vehicle’s surface before any film touches paint.”

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Peeling

Peeling is, of course, when the edges of a film begin to peel away from the paint. It can result from a sub-standard film or unprofessional application, but it is often the result of improper care. Specifically, if you are using a pressure washer to clean a car with Paint Protection Film, it is important to stay at least 12 inches away from the film, and particularly from any exposed edges. If a pressure washer is directed at the edge of a Clear Bra, it can begin lifting the film. Before having Paint Protection Film applied to your vehicle, it is important to educate yourself on how to care for long-term paint protection.

Summing Up

In sum, you can avoid all of the common degenerations of Paint Protection Film if you have a quality film installed by an experienced professional who can educate you on properly caring for your film.

Lastly, perhaps the best thing you can do for your Paint Protection Film is apply a Ceramic Coating on top of it because the two products work best together. That’s why, at Exclusive Paint Protection, all of our long-term protection services include both Paint Protection Film and a Ceramic Coating.

If you’re looking for long-term paint protection in Charlotte, NC, we’d love to partner with you for the good of your car.

Brian Brown