paint protection Install tutorialS

The exterior painted surfaces of your automobile are exposed to a wide variety of hazards. Some physical and other chemical, they all can diminish the appearance and value of your automotive investment. Just to name several of the most common examples:  Salt, Sand, Rocks & Stones, De-Icing Chemicals, Insect Splatter, Bird Droppings, UV Radiation, Human Contact, and Environmental Contaminants.

Even small particles can cause significant damage at highway speeds. The acidic nature of insect splatter and bird droppings can literally dissolve your car’s clear coat and paint if not removed promptly. When we enter and exit our vehicles, it is easy for fingernails, jewelry and keys to do noticeable damage. And the array of environmental contaminants like acid rain and some air pollutants can cause real damage over time.

The tough physical barrier provided by Paint Protection Film forms the ultimate barrier or shield to protect your painted surfaces. One thing to keep in mind is that in the most severe cases the threat may be too great for the film alone to save your paint… but in all other cases the film acts as a self-sacrificing layer of protection and can be easily replaced.

You’ll need some skills and the right attitude. Some of this you were born with, while some you’ve accumulated throughout your life by being a doer instead of a watcher. Are you good with your hands? Can you follow clearly presented directions? Can you walk and chew gum? Think about it… you probably know some who can’t. But if you can, we’ll provide you with the specialized information you need with video demonstrations and illustrated written details that will help you succeed.

There are a multitude of possible Paint Protection Films. And we offer only one… that’s right, one. We call it HDX for High Definition Xtreme. Our standards and expectations for our product don’t allow us to offer many of the films on the market. Considering the overall investment to install Paint Protection Film, it just isn’t worth it in our opinion to install “junk” film. Some of it is hard to install, or the clarity isn’t there, or will accumulate contaminants instead of repelling them… who can live with that. So we only offer high quality film… it provides clarity, substantial thickness for durability and ease of handling, repels contaminants, and has excellent adhesive performance. You’ll be happy with your kit and won’t have to debate the relative compromises of inferior film options. It’s that easy!

We sort of buried the lead on this one. One of the exceptional qualities of our our Paint Protection Film is that it’s Self Healing! That’s right! Many of the routine hazards your film may be exposed to can cause small scratches that with many films are permanent. Over time these can accumulate and become more noticeable with age. Our HDX film can self heal much or even all of this damage and with exposure to heat, be it the sun or hot water, the healing process can even be accelerated. It’s almost too good to be true so be sure to watch the video and see for yourself… It’s amazing! Why would anyone select another film?

Over twenty years ago when we were starting out in a garage, we were blazing a trail and learning the lessons that benefit us so much today. Learning the best way to create our template library was one of the critical first steps in becoming the organization we are today. Over time we developed written standards and specifications for how to make the best templates. Those early templates that didn’t measure up were refined or remade so that our entire library of 120,000 and counting represent the highest professional standards. Of note… we make all of our own templates. We don’t accept submissions of unknown or otherwise questionable quality. In short, there is little or nothing that can be done downstream to fix a problem caused by poor template design… so we just don’t let that happen.

Hood Prep

    • Wash entire car as you normally would and get any paint correction completed. 
    • Use clay sponge to remove surface contaminates.
    • Inspect for any missed or rough spots and repeat if necessary. 


    • Prep painted surface with clay sponge.
    • Separate the liner from the paint protection film template and discard the liner.
    • Set/Squeegee leading edge of template. 
    • Set/Squeegee back toward rear of vehicle.
    • Wick film edges.
    • Heat seal film edges.

Door Handles & Door Edge Guards

    • Prep and clean painted surface.
    • Place template in center of door handle.
    • Set/Squeegee a “+” pattern.
    • Remove remaining solution.
    • Wick film edges. 
    • Heat seal film edges. 
    • Prep and clean painted surface.
    • Place template with 1/4 inch notch on the outside of the door. 
    • Using other hand as a guide set/Squeegee in place. 
    • Firmly pull door open. 
    • Roll edge guard around door edge toward inside of door. 
    • Heat film edges. 

Hood Install

  • Spray painted surface with demoter.
  • Place template liner out upside down at top of the hood.
  • Separate the liner from the paint protection film template and discard the liner. 
  • Place template adhesive side down in the center of the leading edge of hood. 
  • Set/Squeegee center of the hood. 
  • Stretch to first anchor point and squeegee 3-4 inches on the leading edge of the hood. 
  • Remove remaining demoter solution by squeegeeing back toward windshield.
  • Wick film edges. 
  • Heat seal film edges.  


    • Prep paint surface with clay sponge.
    • Spray painted surface and template with demoter.
    • Place template on mirror back aligning the area closest to the vehicle first. 
    • Set/Squeegee 1-2 inches on area closest the vehicle.
    • Stretch template around mirror and set/squeegee down the middle. 
    • Set/Squeegee top and bottom. 
    • Wick film edges. 
    • Heat seal film edges.

Rear Bumper Appliqué (Bumper Back)

    • Prep painted surface.
    • Place template in center aligning the “V” notch with trunk/hatch opening. 
    • Set/Squeegee center.
    • Stretch to anchor point on left or right. 
    • Remove any remaining demoter. 
    • Wick film edges. 
    • Heat seal film edges. 

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