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Date: 2019-12-17

Did you know that today's modern automotive paint protection film was initially developed for military applications dating back to the Vietnam War?

During the 1960's, the US Department of Defense was experiencing problems with helicopter rotor blades and other sensitive military equipment being damaged by debris or flying shrapnel.

This inspired them to contact the 3M corporation to develop a protective layer that was transparent and light-weight.

Their solution was developing paint protection film (or commonly referred to as helicopter tape). Its first application was commercial, so it wasn't really intended to "sparkle". In fact, the first versions were incredibly dull – with a cloudy clear luster. But they did an exceptional job of protecting anywhere it was applied.

Today's automotive PPF has evolved into a high-quality thermoplastic urethane film that is applied to the top coat of painted surfaces of a new or used car. It's available in multiple colors or an optically clear version, in a variety of thickness levels.

The urethane clear film is highly resistant to acidic contaminants and corrosion, providing protection against bug splatter, bird droppings, mineral deposits, acid rain, and more. The unique material also helps it to reduce oxidization due to excessive exposure to the sun or UV light.

The top layer of the PPF is comprised of an elastomeric polymer substance that helps the material maintain a natural shape once it's been stretched or applied. This feature allows the PPF to "self-heal" when light scratches occur.