How to install paint protection film?
The paint on your car can get damaged by sand, gravel and other flying debris. The best way to prevent your vehicle from getting damaged is to install a paint protection film.
The films look super good, and they work quite well. Recently with the increase in popularity, it has become quite simple to do it yourself from the comfort of your home garage.
There is a variety of different paint film in the stores, but the most common one is the 3M paint protection film since it is quite affordable.
To apply the film yourself here is a demonstration of what you need and what must be done.
Things you will need
You will need car washing soap, dishwashing liquid, spray bottle with clean water, good cleaning solvent, a pair of scissors, clean edge masking tapes, microfiber cloth and a squidgy which is usually included in the kit.
Alternatively, you can opt to buy the spray trigger and the installation kit. It usually takes about 5-10 minutes to complete the whole installation process. Something else you might need is Isopropyl Alcohol.
Prepare the vehicle
The car hood and engine should be cold since a hot engine heats the hood and this might force the spray to dry faster and in between the coats.
Pick the day when it is calm, dry and cool and then park your car in a shaded area. Wash your vehicle with the car washing soap to remove traces of tar and bug splatter. Then rinse the vehicle properly and dry it completely.
Make sure the film with fit on the section
You want to make sure the film kit you have purchased will fit the section you want to apply the protection film too. If it is too long, you will need to trim.
Clean the area before applying the film
Make sure you clean the area where the film will be applied by using the cleaning solvent. Gently spray over the area and give it a good wipe with the microfiber cloth. Make sure any dirt or particles are removed.
Preparing the spray bottle
Make sure you have a spray bottle with water and add 3-4 drops of dishwashing liquid into 500ml of water. This will be used through the application process to maneuver the film.
Spray a little onto your fingers to help manage the film.
Then spray some of the solution onto the back of the film.
Apply the film to the desired location
Remove the backing from the film and transfer the film across to the area you want to apply it to your vehicle.
Lightly put it in place to where you want it.
Take the film back off and spray more solution to the back and top, so it is easier to maneuver around.
Then gently push the film into position.
Applying more solution to the top helps for the next part with the squidgy.
Using the squidgy
Start from the middle of the film first.
So with the squidgy, light strokes.
Stretch the sides to straighten the film. Then use the squidgy to make smooth and push out the bubbles.
Make sure all bubbles are removed.
Apply more solution over the top to keep it in place. Then just go over again to make sure it is all flat and smooth.
If you find some dirt underneath you can pull up the section of the film, remove the dirt and reapply the film.
Park your car directly in the sun and let it dry for a maximum of four hours. The film should cure fully in around four days depending on the weather temperature and humidity.