Today’s automotive PPF is highly conformable and optically clear and is available in a variety of thicknesses (measured in mil in the US) and colors. New products such as Lida Series line, are multi layered and offer a self-healing top coat capable of reforming itself after being scuffed or scratched, maintaining it’s clear coat for more than ten years. Contemporary applications require a slip solution or gell as a barrier keeping the film from adhearing to the painted panel. Custom and advanced applicators use steam, heat guns and torches to help apply film to complex surfaces. Pre-stretch and pre-form of films pioneered by Rommel Lyndon Villalon (Carson, CA) in 2013 are also used for complex wraps and curves. Paint protection film has many different manufacturers/distributors present in the North American market. Because installation of paint protection film has such a steep learning curve, typically requiring 3+ years of constant installation until offering a higher level of installations, most automobile owners look to expert installation facilities for the application of paint protection film.