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Paint Protection Care Guide
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These Terms of Use establish the proper use and maintenance of Paint Protection product. The general Auto Trim DESIGN® Terms of Use, available under the Policies area of our site, are incorporated by reference into and made a part of the Paint Protection Terms of Use, except to the limited extent that the general Auto Trim DESIGN® Terms of Use are expressly modified below. By purchasing Paint Protection from Auto Trim DESIGN®, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. Please read them, and the general Auto Trim DESIGN® Terms of Use, carefully. If you have questions about Paint Protection, please call our Customer Service team at (920) 832-0094 or email us below and we'll be happy to assist.

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Care and Cleaning of Paint Protection Film

Allow a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours for film to cure before washing or applying any polish. This allows pressure-sensitive adhesive to cure and for application moisture to dissipate.

Wash vehicle at least once a month with mild soap and warm water, much like the rest of the vehicle.

Remove any foreign material (i.e., bug remains, bird droppings) as quick as possible to avoid permanent staining.

If using a high pressure wash, keep nozzle at least 36” (0.9144m) away from paint protection film edges to avoid lifting.

CLEANING DO’S

• Use only specialty car wash soap to clean the bra film or spot areas.
• Apply using a microfiber wash mitt .
• For extra-soiled or bug splattered areas, soak with soap and wipe clean with the mitt again.
• If debris remains, on the next wash use Dawn liquid detergent and water. (Careful not to go off the paint protected area, as detergent could remove wax/polish from your paint.)
• If stubborn debris still remains, try using a blue clay bar. (Never reuse a red clay bar or a piece of old clay, which could damage the surface of the bra.)
• If you use Dawn or clay bar, reapply a coat of protectant over the affected areas.

Paint protection film DOES NOT require polishing/waxing. If you choose to polish we recommend synthetic products without petroleum distillates, such as kerosene. Natural wax products (i.e. Carnauba) are not recommended. DO NOT use any colored wax resins (white or clear only). RejeX® High Gloss Polish is an approved polish product.

For dust or polish build-up around edges, gently use a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.

Take care to NOT use any of the following directly on paint protection film:

- Powder-based or abrasive cleaners

- Solvent-based degreasers

- Rubbing compound, clay or other type of abrasive product

- High-speed buffing or polishing equipment

- Bug/tar remover chemical

Though we strive for excellence in our applications, due to the nature of the product, vehicle condition (cleanliness) and some degree of dust contamination, minor imperfections may be present in every paint protection film application. Moreover, due to areas that may include compound contour surfaces, paint protection film may exhibit slight stretch marks when viewed closely. These occurrences may/may not disappear over time. Lastly, edges that lift or “pucker” should be attended to within weeks of application. Remedies may include slight edge trimming and relief cuts.

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