FAQ | IS IT REMOVABLE?
Paint Protection Film is intended to be permanent, but can be removed without damage to the paint finish. The paint underneath will look like the day the film was applied once it is removed.
Paint Protection Film can become damaged as a result of collision or vandalism. Although the film itself can be damaged, in most cases it will have done it's job and protected the paint in it's original condition.
PPF won't prevent a dent from a rock coming in at metal-bending velocity. But, it will at least have minimized the damage. Often the paint itself will be undamaged, and many dents can be worked out with paintless dent repair.
PPF is intended to take the brunt of road-hazzard damage so your paint doesn't have to. Removing and replacing PPF after damage will often get your vehicle back to looking like new without having to do expensive repairs and repainting.
Generally PPF will be in a similar condition to the paint on the rest of your vehicle. All PPF has a lifespan. For example a ten (10) year warranty applies to 3M™ Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film | Pro Series 4.0. So year eleven and twelve is where you may see some degrading of the film.
If your vehicle is always outside the actual lifespan will be shorter than if you keep your vehicle garaged and out of the elements.
When the film is past it's lifespan it is a good ideal to remove the film and replace it before it degrades. Generally this begins with yellowing from ultraviolet light exposure. Eventually it will begin to crack, and at this point it can be very difficult to remove.
To complete a removal, you will need heat. A hot sunny day is perfect to get the panel that you want to remove evenly warm. You can also use a heat lamp, steamer, hot water, or heat gun.
Be sure the vehicle is clean. Start an edge with a fingernail, and pull up slowly at a 90 degree angle to the body panel.
If adhesive remains, put the vehicle out of direct sunlight in a well ventilated area and use 3M 08987 General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner to clean up.
You can search "Removing Paint Protection Film" on YouTube for some additional direction.