Updated: Aug 8, 2019
As with many other consumer products, paint protection films were first developed and used by the military. During the Vietnam War, helicopter rotor blades and other sensitive parts of military transports were often damaged by flying shrapnel and debris. In order to help protect these moving parts the US Military had to come up with a solution that was both inconspicuous and low weight.
The advantage of replaceable film over the replacement and repair of damaged rotor blades was immediately clear and it’s adoption was uncharacteristically quick for the US Military. As a result, there are still people who refer to PPF as “helicopter tape” although this term is becoming less and less common as automotive applications take precedence.
Paint Protection films use by the military has continued to the present day. With time, however, the automotive industry began to take note of the protective benefits of PPF and it was soon being employed by race car drivers.
Paint Protection Film is OEM approved by virtually all car manufacturers.
Paint Protection has continued to evolve over the years and is now used for way more than cars. Paint Protection can be utilized to protect Tool Boxes, ATV's, Jet Ski's, Snow Mobiles, Boat Hulls, Rifle Stocks, Furniture Legs and even the Heels on your favorite pair of Shoes.