|Item Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.6 x 2.7 x 9.6 inches|
|Item model number||90000|
|Manufacturer Part Number||90000|
3M 90000 Paint Defender Spray Film
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- • Do-it-yourself invisible, seamless car paint protection applied as a spray-on liquid and dries to a continuous clear film
- • Completely removable and safe for clear coat
- • Protects any painted surface such as hoods, bumpers, fenders, mirrors, rocker panels, and more
- • Guards your car’s paint against rocks, bugs, sand, scratches, dings, road debris and more to keep your vehicle looking newer, longer
- • Includes one can of 3M™Paint Defender Spray Film 17.5 ounces, one 1-ounce packet of Wax and complete, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for application in approximately 30 minutes
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3M Paint Defender Spray Film provides protection where it matters. Defend your vehicle's paint from rock chips, bugs, sand, salt, and other everyday driving hazards with this innovative spray-applied protective product.
3M Paint Defender Spray Film provides automotive paint protection where it matters. Defend your car’s paint from rock chips, bugs, sand, and other everyday driving hazards with this innovative spray-applied protective product. This DIY product is easy to apply and dries to a clear film, giving your vehicle invisible protection on the road.
Invisible Protection for Your Vehicle
3M Paint Defender Spray Film sprays on anywhere on the car’s paint and dries to a clear, durable film for virtually invisible protection. This clear film defends against a range of elements, including love bugs and other airborne insects; gravel, sand and grit in warm-weather climates; winter road grime in cold-weather conditions; and rocks and other paint chip-causing road debris anywhere.
Easy to Use
This product puts car paint protection in your hands. The DIY 3M Paint Defender Spray Film is designed for just about anyone to use from the convenience of their own home. Products are low in odor and water-based for easy clean-up.
- At the correct film application thickness, the liquid spray’s self-leveling formula levels out most imperfections so that application error is minimized.
- The worry-free application is completely clear coat safe and can be easily removed if the desired appearance is not achieved the first time.
3M Paint Defender Spray Film lasts for one year and protects any painted surface from everyday driving hazards. Rocks, sand and other debris can damage your car’s paint, causing unsightly paint chips that could potentially rust. With 3M Paint Defender Spray Film, enjoy peace of mind that your vehicle’s paint is protected for a year. The liquid spray dries to an invisible film that is safe for clear coats and removable when desired so that you can keep your car looking newer longer.
This easy-to-apply DIY spray-on film is also easy to remove. No tools are necessary – just pick an edge with your fingernail, then peel the coating from the surface with your hands. Rest assured that the product will not come off until you want it to. You can wash and wax over the film as you would the rest of your vehicle. And because of the specially formulated spray, 3M Paint Defender Spray Film won’t damage your car’s paint or clear coat.
Protect Your Vehicle's Paint in Three Easy Steps
Start with a freshly cleaned and dried vehicle and protect your vehicle’s paint in three easy steps:
|1. Mask and Tape: Mask and tape the car with 3M Paint Defender Application Kit, PN 90200 (sold separately) to frame the surface you want to spray.||2. Wax: Using the 1oz packet of 3M Synthetic Wax Protectant (sold separately as part of 3M Paint Defender Spray Film), prepare the surface to be sprayed by waxing, which ensures easy removal later.||3. Spray: Apply the 3M Paint Defender Spray Film (sold separately), paying attention to distance, speed and pattern. To make application even easier, use the 3M Paint Defender Spray Trigger.|
What’s in the Box?
3M Paint Defender Spray Film (17.5 ounces), 3M Synthetic Wax Protectant, step-by-step instructions.
Use with these companion products from 3M:
3M Paint Defender Application Kit--Includes plastic sheeting and masking tape to make car paint protection even easier. Use with 3M Paint Defender Spray Film to protect your car where it matters. It helps protect other areas of the vehicle from overspray, and is used for masking hoods, bumpers, fenders, mirrors, rockers, and more.
3M Paint Defender Spray Trigger--The Spray Trigger makes protecting your vehicle's paint even easier. Simply attach the trigger to the top of the 3M Paint Defender Spray Film aerosol can for a clean, uniform application. The comfortable grip allows you to use your entire hand to engage the trigger, helping to reduce hand fatigue caused by smaller triggers. The Spray Trigger is also compatible with most other aerosol cans, making all of your painting projects easier.
3M Synthetic Wax Protectant--Can be applied to the cured 3M Paint Defender Spray Film and the rest of the car for long-lasting, high-gloss additional protection that will enhance your newly protected vehicle’s appearance. Synthetic polymers bond to the paint surface providing durable paint protection and a high-gloss shine.
3M Microfiber Detail Cloth--Unique super-soft micro-texture is non-linting, and removes residue including waxes, polishes, glazes and fingerprints. It's ideal for paint, chrome, glass, dashboards and more.
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Top customer reviews
Some lessons learned that will help me do it better next time. Hopefully these will help you on your first pass.
- Do this in your garage with plenty of light
- Start with the least visible panel, you'll probably mess up a little the first time.
- Use a clay bar before waxing to remove any microscopic dirt on the paint
- Make sure the car is DRY. I had water behind some trim pieces from a recent wash that dripped on to the fresh coating.
- Be careful when using fans, they'll blow dust into the coating
- Follow the video when they show applying the second strip of tape. This one is much easier to remove and make a clean line.
- The line needs to be especially clean on the hood where its very visible.
- If you plan to mask off anything intricate, you'll need more tape. Lowe's or Amazon will have blue painters tape.
- I prefer applying thinner coats, but more of them. This seemed to reduce my chance of drips especially on vertical surfaces.
- Don't let go of the trigger at each pass. Hold the trigger the entire time, this seemed to keep my nozzle from dripping.
- Buy the spray handle, its worth it.
- Dont touch the wet coating!!!
- I tried to smooth out drips more than once. The results were far worse than the original drip.
- Drips will dry clear, leave them alone and they may not look that bad in 3-4 hours.
- Err towards a thicker application. Too thin and it won't peel off in a single sheet if you need to re-apply.
I have the professionally installed film on my other cars. This doesn't match those, especially for the front protection. But for $25 a can, it is way better than I expected.
My biggest gripe is the nozzle. The spray builds up at the nozzle and drips onto the freshly covered surfaces constantly. Since it was advertised as self-leveling, I thought this was somewhat normal and that it would 'heal' itself. 8 hours later and the clumps did go down a little, but it's very obvious where they landed.
The product works well on vertical surfaces like the bumper and rockers, but for horizontal/flat surfaces (like the hood), this does not work due to the above issue.
Masking is also a critical step, and probably the most important step of the process. I had masked the front end up to the hood line and half the windshield, however there is overspray on the other half of the windshield, the roof and the A pillars. To remove the overspray on the windows, a little bit of Rain-X worked wonders. The paint is a totally different animal. I tried a clay bar to no avail, then goo-gone but it seemed to harden the patches I could not remove. I then went in with elbow grease and a microfiber towel and I can see that I'll be at it for a few hours getting all the little spots off!
Here are my tips:
- Mask EVERYTHING
- Spray indoors (garage). Lint/dust/crap seems to be attracted to the wet spray.
- Slow alternating sweeps @ about 8" away seemed to yield me the best results and coverage
- Do at least 3 coats or else you'll get orange peeling
- Only do the trailing edge of the hood (first 2-3" of the hood), otherwise you'll drop clumps onto it.
- If you have any matte trim (ie plastidip), mask it or else it'll turn glossy. The 3M stuff is a clear coat, also removing overspray from plastidip doesn't work - you'll have to redip or cover the entire thing in 3M
- I've got an A5 and I used two cans to do the front bumper (minus grill), first 12" of the hood and 3" of the fenders, the side skirts (stone guards) and mirrors. This exceeds the number of areas covered according to 3M and I agree because I see orange peeling in some areas which mean improper coverage. Order one more can than you think is necessary!
With that said, I'm going to peel off the hood and order another can just for the edge, and if I have leftovers, I'll do the trailing edge of the rear bumper and front doors/rockers.
If 3M would to fix the nozzle, I would definitely recommend this.
Watch the 3M videos on the website these help a great deal.
Don't stop spraying once you start or else the nozzle will start to drip.
On vertical panels go for several lighter coats to help avoid drips.
You want just enough coverage for it to start to orange peel and no more.
No longer have the truck but when I got rid of it the 3M was still on from the original application and looked exactly the same as when applied it had been on there about 11 months. I will be getting a second car for my new truck.