You take pride in your vehicle. The way it looks is a reflection of you. Because of this, it is understandable that you want to maintain that fresh off-the-showroom-floor finish. With high-quality paint protection film, you can do just that. This protective coating does an excellent job of keeping your paint free from dust, bugs, gravel, debris and dirt. There are some basic clear bra care tips you can follow that will help you keep the film (and your vehicle) looking brand new.
Rinsing the Film
Proper care begins with rinsing the bra. Start at the top of your vehicle and work your way down to the bottom. You can perform this function with a regular water hose. However, a power washer may be used instead. If you choose this option, keep the nozzle at least 36 inches away from the film’s surface and edges.
Washing the Film
The next step in the maintenance process is washing the surface. It’s best that you use a liquid-based soap and a wash mitt. Wipe the bra down in a straight line motion. Start from the top of the vehicle and work your way to the bottom. Make sure you wipe away from the edges of the bra. Here are a few more tips to ensure proper washing techniques:
- Don’t use excessive force or rubbing
- Don’t use abrasive sponges and/or scrubbers
- Don’t use products made with clay
- Don’t use a degreaser or powder-based detergent
High-quality bras are pretty strong and durable. However, using incorrect washing methods and/or harsh cleansers can damage the film.
Drying the Film
Grab a microfiber drying towel. You may also use a dust-free chamois as an alternative. Regardless of the cloth used, make sure it’s a bit damp. Wipe the bra following a straight line path. Keep away from the edges during the drying process.
Adding Wax to the Film
Make sure the bra is completely dry. The surface requires an application of wax. This one-layer-coating optimizes the film’s water sheeting and beading ability, which is helpful when driving in the rain. Use only non-abrasive wax and polishes for this task.
Sometimes wax settles underneath the film’s edges causing it to turn black. To avoid this problem, you have two options. One, work away from the edges as you wipe. Two, apply the wax while staying an inch or more away from the edges. If the wax is accidentally smeared on the edges, follow these troubleshooting tips:
- Use a tiny toothpick to remove the wax from the edges.
- Pull the wax away using a spray wax and a short-haired paint brush.
- Avoid wedging or tamping the bristles against the edges when using a paint brush. If one or more bristles get under the bra’s edge, dirt can build up underneath.
It’s a good idea to dust and wax the bra on a regular basis. This helps prevent the buildup of dirt, which ensures the film maintains its glossy appearance.
Removing Wax From the Film
All you need is a microfiber towel for this step. Use the same swiping motions recommended for washing, drying and waxing. Wipe in straight lines and avoid tampering with the edges. If blemishes appear, don’t use machine buffers, polishes and compounds.
Keep Your Vehicle Looking Like New
Proper clear bra maintenance is vital for optimizing its performance, look and glossiness. When you follow proper cleaning tips and techniques, you can protect the film’s lifespan. The film can last five to six years for vehicles driven on a daily basis. Race car bras can last up to two years. Need a high-quality clear bra and application services? Give us a call today at 888-964-8468 or fill out the online contact form.