3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Film Maintenance and Removal
Q. Will Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film harm the painted surface if the film is removed?
P. If the film is properly applied to a fully cured painted vehicle, it can be removed, usually in one piece, without damaging paint surfaces beneath the film.
Q. Can Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film be applied over a vehicle that has had the paint touched up?
3M recommends that any repainted surfaces on your vehicle be professionally painted
and fully cured before applying paint protection film. If you have touched up scratches
or chips with a tube of “touch-up” paint and then apply paint protection film over
it, the film will protect that area until it is removed. If the paint protection
film is removed, it is possible that the area around the non-professional touch-up
paint could peel off.
Q. Will the paint smear if Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film
is applied over a newly painted vehicle?
The paint on a newly painted vehicle must be cured according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Your body shop should be able to provide you with this information.
Q. Can you paint or apply a clearcoat over the Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film?
No, this is not recommended and is at your own risk. 3M film is supplied with an
OEM-approved clearcoat which is not formulated to be over-printed, painted or clearcoated.
Q. Can I cover the whole vehicle with Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film?
It is possible, but the application would be difficult and expensive. This product
is really intended for the most vulnerable areas of the vehicle.
Q. Can Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film be applied over graphics?
The clear film will not interfere with vinyl or painted graphics and is designed
to match the gloss levels of today’s automotive factory clearcoat paint systems,
providing virtually invisible protection. However, if the Scotchgard™ Paint Protection
Film is removed, damage may occur to the underlying graphic during the removal process.
Q. Can Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film be used on headlights, foglights or windshields?
In the United States, Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film does not meet the Department
of Transportation’s standards for optical clarity. Other countries may have different
legislation. Please contact your local 3M Representative to help answer this question
in your country.
Q. Does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film stick to bumpers?
Q. Does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film stick to plastic?
Q. Can Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film be used on boats or other watercraft?
Yes. Marine requirements are different than automotive, so it is important to contact
3M’s Marine Trades pision for information on these applications. For specific
information, please call 3M Marine at 1-877-366-2746 for assistance.
Q. Can Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film be used on aircraft?
Aircraft requirements are completely different than automotive, so it is important
to contact 3M’s Aerospace pision for information on these applications. Please
call 1-888-364-3577 for assistance or use the on-line 3M Aerospace Contact Us form.
Q. Can Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film to used for signs?
The film would probably stick, but you would need to test any specific application.
3M has no specific testing data for signs, so no warranty can be offered.
Q. Does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film resist yellowing?
Yes, it resists yellowing because the film is constructed of thermoplastic urethane,
a tough, conformable material that is covered by a clear coat layer. The film and
clear coat layers contain UV protectants to counteract harmful ultraviolet rays
that can cause yellowing.
Q. Does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film come in colors?
Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film is available only as a clear film. This feature
makes the film virtually invisible while protecting the beauty of your vehicle.
Q. How is Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film maintained?
Once applied, refrain from washing the vehicle in an automated car wash for 24 hours.
Washing after that time presents no problem, and no special care need be taken for
Q. Can I use wax over Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film?
Yes. When waxing the vehicle, some wax may build up along the film edges. This can
easily be removed when dry with a soft cloth, such as a 3M™ High Performance Cloth.
Do not use any waxes containing dyes or waxes that are not recommended for urethanes.
Abrasive polishes and/or rubbing compounds are not to be used.
Q. What products does 3M recommend to best maintain Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film?
3M makes a variety of products to help maintain the beauty of your vehicle. 3M™
Car Wash Soap (3M Part #39000), 3M™ Show Car Paste Wax (3M Part #39526 and 3M™ Perfect-It
Show Car Liquid Wax (3M Part #39026). The best surface cloth to use is the 3M™ Perfect-IT™
III Detailing Cloth (3M Part #39016) since others may scratch the surface of the
Q. How is Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film removed?
If desired, film can be removed at any time by picking up a corner of the film and
pulling the film off the vehicle surface at a 90-degree angle. If the film has been
present a long time, or if the film and vehicle are cold, a heat gun or hair dryer
may be used to soften the adhesive, allowing easier removal. If any adhesive remains
on the vehicle after removal of the film, it can be removed by using 3M™ General
Purpose Adhesive Cleaner (3M Part #08984), according to the package directions.
Q. If Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film is removed from the vehicle, can it be re-used?
Once the film has been applied and set, the adhesive will not stick a second time.
Q. After Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film has been removed, how do I get any excess adhesive off my vehicle?
If any adhesive remains on the vehicle after removal of the film, it can be removed
by using 3M™ General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner (3M Part #08984), according to the
Q. What if Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film is installed incorrectly?
Contact your Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film professional certified installer
Q. What is the Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film warranty?
3M warrants that Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film, installed after November 1,
2003, will be free of defects in materials and manufacture — including yellowing,
bubbling, or cracking — for five (5) years from date of purchase. This warranty
does not apply to damage caused by misuse, accident, misapplication, or ordinary
wear, nor does it apply to dents caused by physical impact of rocks or road debris.
Q. How do I make a warranty claim?
To make a claim under this warranty, simply contact 3M at 1-800-643-0955. 3M will
direct you to an certified installer selected by 3M to have your Scotchgard Paint
Protection Film inspected and, if your claim is covered by this Warranty, 3M will
have the certified installer remove the old and reapply new Scotchgard Paint Protection
Film. Remedies and Limitations: The 3M warranty and limited remedies stated in this
document are exclusive and is made in place of all other express or implied warranties,
including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
3M shall not be liable for any other damages or costs, including incidental or consequential
damages, arising out of the use of inability to use Scotchgard paint Protection
Film or any vehicle to which it has been applied.