What’s the difference? Paint Protection Film, Car Bra, Bug Deflector

Most Common Vehicle Paint Protection Methods 

If you’ve driving down the road lately or from numerous years of driving experience, you’ve might have noticed a variety of products intended to offer some form of paint protection to the front portion of a vehicle.  We created this post to highlight the three most common methods for front end vehicle paint protection against stone chips, bugs, and other environmental hazards your vehicle faces on the road.

Paint Protection Film

Paint Protection Film (PPF) is made from urethane film and is virtually invisible when applied to the front portion of a vehicle.  It’s benefits include the protection and prevention of scratches, stone chips and staining from bugs.  The specific 3M Pro Series film we use also includes new technology that is “self healing”.  Should a stone chip cause a “nick” in the film, simply pouring warm water on the area will rejuvenate the area in question.  Additionally, PPF is computer cut specific to vehicle model type and trim level.  This means that additional areas of the vehicle maybe protected including: pillars, rocker panels and trunk strips.

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front portion application paint protection film

Bug Deflector

Typically made of rigid plastic, The intentions of a bug deflector are pretty much self explanatory to its name. Made of rigid plastic to withstand harsh driving conditions and varying climates, it’s installed on the front edge of the hood of the vehicle. This provides a mechanism to deflect bugs and road grime away from the hood and windshield portion of the vehicle.  (As these road debris come in contact with the piece of curved plastic, they are in turn deflected over the hood and roof of the vehicle as it travels down the highway.)  This method of paint protection is relatively cheap and cost effective.  It’s available in our on-line store (click to view).

Car Bra

Made from a mix of vinyl and leather, the Car Bra offers more protection to the front end of the vehicle then a bug deflector does.  Being cost effective, the Car Bra offers the advantage of a front end paint protection solution on a budget that is also removable.  The downside to the Car Bra is that unlike the bug deflector, it doesn’t deflect any road debris (bugs, rocks, dust, etc) away from the hood and windshield.  Additionally, its advised to remove the Car Bra periodically to clean out any build up dust and grit from its inner portions.  If left, it may cause premature scratching to areas in contact with the vehicle paint.  This product is available in our on-line store (click to view).

Car Bra
Bug Deflector
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