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3M VentureShield Paint

Protection Film

Frequently Asked Questions for the Consumer

Frequently asked consumer questions about 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film.

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We know you want to protect your vehicle, and we can help you do that with 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film. If you can’t find the answers to your questions in these FAQs below, then contact us.

3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film - consumer purchasing and installing questions  Purchasing and Installing Questions

Q: I would like to have 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film installed on my vehicle. Is it possible?

A: In most cases, yes.  Contact a 3M VentureShield professional trained installer to learn about the installation options for your vehicle.

Q: Where can I find an installer in my area?

A: Visit the website at www.3M.com/PaintProtectionFilm,  Click on “Where to Buy” in the “Consumer” section of this website to search by the city and state to find the nearest professional certified installer(s).

Q: Where can I find an installer in a country outside of the United States?

A: Contact the local 3M subsidiary in your country.

Q: Can I purchase 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film directly from 3M?

A: 3M sells larger rolls of film to selected 3M Authorized Distributors and Converters and not to end consumers. There are hundreds of professionally trained installers throughout the United States who can apply the film to your vehicle. Click on “Where to Buy” in the “Consumer” section of this website to search by the city and state to find the nearest professional certified installer(s).

Q: How much does it cost to have 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film installed on my vehicle?

A: This is a question for your 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film professionally trained installer. There are many makes and models of cars, trucks, RVs and boats. On personal vehicles 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film is most often used to cover the front portion of the hood. The film is also commonly applied to painted bumpers, mirror backs, truck bed rails, door handle inserts, door edges, rocker panels, mirror backs, wheel openings, etc. Any painted surface of a car, truck, van, SUV, RV, boat or motorcycle that is susceptible to bug damage and rock chips can be covered with paint protection film. Since the amount of film required and difficulty of application will vary by vehicle model, 3M suggests you contact professionally trained installers near you for their recommendations and price quotes.

Q: Can I install 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film myself?

A: 3M strongly recommends that 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film be installed by a professionally trained installer. These are skilled installers in applying the film around compound curves, challenging grillwork, wheel openings, bumpers and all other areas on vehicles.

Q: Can 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film be used on headlights, foglights or windshields?

A: In the United States, Department of Transportation’s safety standards do not allow for any film to be placed on headlamps.  Other countries may or may regulate. Please contact your local 3M Representative to help answer this question in your country.

Q: How can I get additional information about 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film?

A: Many VentureSheild Paint Protection Film professionally trained installers have extensive experience and can answer your questions.  Additionally, you can browse our website: www.3M.com/3M VentureShield for information on 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film and a listing of professionally trained installers.

Q: Can I put 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film on my motorcycle?

A: Yes, the film may be installed on motorcycles.  Contact your 3M VentureShield professional trained installer for details.

3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film - consumer maintenance and removal questions  Maintenance and Removal Questions

Q: How is 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film maintained?

A: Once applied, refrain from washing the vehicle in an automated car wash for 24 hours. Washing after that time should present no problem.  Follow the care instructions on the warranty card.

Q: What is the best way to clean 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film?

A: Soap and water is recommended.  We do not recommend using *isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.   *Note: When using solvents, extinguish all ignition sources, including pilot lights and follow the manufacturer’s precautions and directions for use.

Q: Can I use wax over 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film?

A: Yes. Every time you wax your paint, wax your film. When waxing the vehicle, some wax may build up along the film edges. This can easily be removed when dry with a soft cloth, such as a 3M™ High Performance Cloth. Do not use pigmented or abrasive waxes, polishes or rubbing compounds on the film.  3M is currently testing 3M™ and Meguiars™ Car Care Products.  Results will be posted on the website when available.

Q: Will 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film harm the painted surface if the film is removed?

A: If the film is properly applied to a vehicle with fully cured paint, it can be removed, usually in one piece, without damaging painted surface beneath the film.

Q: Can 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film be applied over a vehicle that has had the paint touched up?

A: 3M recommends that any repainted surfaces on your vehicle be professionally painted and fully cured before applying paint protection film. If you have touched up scratches or chips with a tube of “touch-up” paint and then apply paint protection film over it, the film will protect that area until it is removed. If the paint protection film is removed, it is possible that the paint around the non-professional touch-up paint could peel off.

Q: Will the paint smear if 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film is applied over a newly painted vehicle?

A: The paint on a newly painted vehicle must be cured according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Your body shop should be able to provide you with this information.

Q: Can you paint or apply a clearcoat over the 3M VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film?

A: No, this is not recommended and is at your own risk.

Q: Can I cover the whole vehicle with 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film?

A: It is possible, because VentureShield film is available in a 60″ width that allows full hood coverage.  Contact a local VentureShield film installer for details.

Q: Can 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film be applied over graphics?

A: The clear film will not interfere with vinyl or painted graphics. However, if the 3M VentureShield™ film is removed, damage may occur to the underlying graphic during the removal process.

Q: Can 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film be used on headlights, foglights or windshields?

A: 3M does not recommend or endorse the film for these uses.

Q: Does 3M VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film stick to bumpers?

A: Yes.

Q: Can 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film be used on boats or other watercraft?

A: Marine requirements are different than automotive, so it is important to contact 1-888-663-1394 for more information.

Q: Can 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film be used on aircraft?

A: Aircraft requirements are completely different than automotive, so it is important to contact 3M’s Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance Department for information on these applications. Please call 1-888-364-3577 for assistance or use the on-line 3M Aerospace Contact Us form.

Q: If 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film is removed from the vehicle, can it be re-used?

A: Once 3M VentureShield film has been applied and set, the adhesive will not stick a second time.

Q: After 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film has been removed, how do I get any excess adhesive off my vehicle?

A: If any adhesive remains on the vehicle after removal of the 3M VentureShield film, it can be removed by using 3M™ General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner (3M Part #08984), according to the package directions.

Q: What if 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film is installed incorrectly?

A: Contact your 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film professionally trained installer immediately.

3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film - consumer warranty questions  Warranty Questions

Q: What is included in the 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film warranty for 7510 CC/CS?

A: The current 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film warranty for 7510 CC/CS remains the same until on or before July 1, 2010.  A copy of the current warranty card is available by calling 1-888-663-1394.

Q: How do I submit a warranty claim for 3M™ VentureShield™ Paint Protection Film?

A: A copy of the original receipt and this warranty registration card are required for warranty service.  To make a claim under this warranty in the United States, first contact your original installer.  If the installer is not available, contact 3M at 1-800-643-0955. 3M will arrange replacement film to be provided to you.  For claims outside of the United States and Canada, call the local 3M subsidiary in your country.

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