XPEL or 3M Scotchgard? A Clear Bra Comparison

The only thing that works harder than you is the front-end leading edge of your car! Just as you weather the storms of a typical work day and come out shining like new, so too does the front-end of your car.

From weather, insects, debris, and road grime, the front of your car is under constant attack. Until we can develop those “force fields” that protect the vehicles of the Science Fiction genre, how do you get the maximum protection for the front of your vehicle? —By installing a ‘Clear Bra.’

A clear bra is just that. A front-end bra that is totally clear and hardly noticeable. Today, let’s take a look at the differences between two of the heavy hitters in clear bra technology designed to protect those frontal areas as well as protecting your investment for the resale value of your car.

These two manufacturers we will be discussing are XPEL and 3M Scotchgard.


What Is XPEL?

XPEL has developed some excellent paint protection films over the last few years. In 2011, XPEL introduced the first paint protection film that had the ability to ‘self-heal’ any slight paint imperfections or tiny scratches by simply applying heat to the areas where their films were installed.

The XPEL proprietary film will not ‘yellow’ from exposure to the sun’s UV rays, ensuring that XPEL protected areas were nearly invisible. XPEL paint protection films are available in several thickness’ all of which have the UV protection mentioned as well as ability to protect from stains and any discoloration. XPEL films also have a delamination feature in which the edges of the film are sealed to prevent any delamination or curling from dirt and debris getting under the edge causing it to lift from the vehicle.

XPEL paint protection films aren’t just for the exterior of your car. XPEL Ultimate PLUS 7 can be used on either exterior or interior surfaces, and it too contains the self-healing properties mentioned above.

XPEL does an excellent job at developing its products. Being a smaller company, this gives them the advantage over larger companies that have to devote time, energy, and marketing efforts to other products and product lines. This also lends credence to their ability to constantly improve the products that do well for them. The XPEL Clear Bra is a shining example of the effort from the XPEL corporation.


What Exactly is 3M?

The 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Films are developed by the manufacturing mega corporation 3M. Their Scotchgard Brand fabric protectant has been in production since its formula was accidentally discovered in 1952. Through massive product refinements over the years, the 3M name has become the symbol for all things protected by specific additives.

The 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Films are extremely effective in protecting your cars exterior finish when applied to those specific areas where damage can occur. Their Clear Bra products provide your cars front-end with benefits like;

  1. Unrivaled scratch and stain resistance
  2. Custom Designed Clear Bra patterns to fit your vehicle
  3.  Self Healing properties which further protect your vehicle
  4. Tough, durable, and maintenance free
  5. Backed by a 3M 7-year warranty

With 3M Scotchgard Paint Protection Films you can apply the product to the specific area where damage can occur, or you can give your car a custom look with custom matte finishes for your vehicle with a 3M Scotchgard vehicle wrap.

The 3M Scotchgard protection films are loaded with the same bug, dirt, and weather repellents as other leading protectant films but where companies like XPEL mentioned above offer a full 10-year warranty, the 3M corporation only offers a 7-year warranty. This factor alone accounts for the many individuals that eventually opt for the XPEL Clear Bra product.


So, XPEL or 3M… Which One is Right for You?

Both Clear Bra products from XPEL and 3M seem to about the same when comparing their features and ability to protect the front-end of your vehicle. Both claim to have the ‘self-healing’ properties to ward off any tiny scratches or other imperfections in your vehicles paint finish.

It may simply boil down to a matter of choice. The XPEL products are sold at various window tint dealerships just as the 3M product is. That being said, there will always be those loyalists to the 3M Scotchgard product simply based on it being a product of the mega corporation 3M.

From a durability standpoint, both products are backed by warranties but the XPEL product is warranted 3 years longer than the 3M product. The cost difference between the two is won by 3M being the cheaper of the two. Both of these Clear Bra products are to considered as high-end and rather expensive. However, the XPEL product does tend to be a better choice and customers have often stated that the XPEL Clear Bra is definitely well worth the investment.


Installation of Your New Clear Bra 

When all is said and done, the Clear Bra product that will outperform all others is simply the one that is better maintained by the vehicle owner. These products do an excellent job at protecting front-end paint and paint finishes but the ones that are well maintained are inherently better at what they do.

A Clear Bra should definitely be installed by a professional that is familiar with vehicle paint finish protection and the ways that it should be installed on the vehicle. You need a dedicated team of professionals that are good at what they do. That is exactly what you will find when you call on the team from Ultimate Window Tinting to install the Clear Bra paint protection system on your vehicle.

Since January 2004, Jesse Johnson and the team from Ultimate Window Tinting have been providing their customers in the greater Vancouver, Washington area with the very best, and the very latest technology in window tint and paint protection films. If you already know which Clear Bra is right for you, or if you need further information on any Ultimate Window Tinting product, feel free to either call or go by their website and get your vehicle protected!

Kenley Wallis