Hit The Trails With Confidence: Windshield Protection Film For Your Adventure Rig
If you take your rig off-road, it’s no secret that your windshield will take a beating. Between all the rocks, dirt, and other debris you’re exposed to, it’s only a matter of time before you need a new one. But there’s a way to protect your windshield and extend its lifespan: windshield protection film.
In this article, we’ll answer common questions about windshield protection film. (Please note that the characteristics and specifications discussed in this article are specific to windshield protection from ClearPlex by Madico.)
ClearPlex by Madico Windshield Protection Film was introduced in the late 2000s, and it gives drivers the ability to protect their windshields and reduce the need for replacement. It’s a thin, clear film applied to your windshield and is made of a durable material that can withstand even the harshest conditions. And because it’s clear, it won’t obstruct your view of the road. It is a great way to protect your windshield from chips, cracks, and other damage. It can also help to keep your windshield clean and free of debris. And because it’s so thin, you won’t even notice it’s there. It’s a small investment that can save you much money in the long run.
What is Windshield Protection Film (WPF), what are some key benefits and characteristics of the film and what is the expected longevity?
Windshield Protection Film (WPF) is an optically clear, impact-resistant exterior film that is applied to a vehicle’s windshield to absorb the impact of road debris. WPF is a cost-effective product that helps drivers save money by reducing the need for windshield replacement. The cost of WPF ranges from half to one-fourth of the cost of a windshield replacement. WPF longevity is heavily dependent on the following factors: the vehicle’s condition, the mileage accrued, and aftercare. Benefits of the film include the ability to block 99%+ of UV rays and faster run-off of rain and snow.
Why is WPF ideal for off-road vehicles?
Off-road vehicles often operate in conditions with a high prevalence of damage-causing debris. WPF is designed to absorb the impact of this debris, lowering the chance of windshield damage and replacement. Many popular off-road vehicles, such as the Jeep Wrangler & Gladiator, Ford Bronco, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and many ATVs/UTVs, have upright and flat windshields. This windshield design makes these types of vehicles more prone to windshield damage. Coupling the upright and flat windshield designs commonly found on off-road vehicles with the inherent risks of off-roading makes it clear why off-road vehicles are ideal candidates for WPF.
Is there an impact threshold?
According to third-party testing, ClearPlex by Madico Windshield Protection Film can stop a 1.5-ounce rock traveling at 122 mph impacting a windshield at a 38-degree angle. The angle of a windshield plays a significant role in how well it withstands an impact. More steeply angled windshields tend to withstand stronger impacts because the projectile is more likely to bounce off at an angle, exerting less force. Projectiles tend to exert much more impact force on upright and flat windshields.
What types and ages of vehicles can WPF be installed on?
WPF can be installed on any vehicle, regardless of age. It is an excellent product for new car owners who want to maintain the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) characteristics. It is also an excellent choice for vintage and classic car owners who want to preserve and maintain their vehicles.
Is WPF a DIY application or should a certified installer install it?
It is highly recommended to have WPF installed by a certified installer. This ensures that the installation will meet the manufacturer’s standard and carry the manufacturer’s warranty.
How much should I expect to pay for an installation?
Installation price varies on several factors, including the windshield size, the installation difficulty, and the installer’s location. Due to this, quoting prices takes a lot of work. We recommend that you contact an installation shop for accurate prices. One option is to visit Madico’s dealer locator here – https://madico.com/find-dealer – and enter your zip code.
Is there any specific aftercare needed for this product?
The aftercare for WPF is very similar to other exterior-applied automotive products, such as paint protection film and ceramic coatings. Consumers should try to limit exposure to high-pressure washers, abrasive cleaning agents, and staining agents, such as motor oil and bird droppings. A certified installer will provide consumers with detailed aftercare instructions. Following these instructions will help prolong the life of the WPF.
Is WPF Legal?
According to U.S. federal guidelines, a windshield must have a visible light transmission (VLT) of at least 70%. ClearPlex by Madico WPF has declarations from multiple state-level DMVs certifying that it meets the federal guidelines for VLT of a windshield. Ultimately, the installing dealer and the vehicle owner are responsible for determining if the WPF is legal in their state, province, or country.
Can WPF be easily removed and replaced?
Yes, premium-grade WPFs, like ClearPlex, use a removable pressure-sensitive adhesive. This type of adhesive allows the WPF to be removed after its serviceable life and replaced. Removal will not damage the windshield, and the special adhesive is easily removed to ensure that the next piece of film will adequately adhere to the windshield.
What are ADAS sensors and why do they matter to me?
ADAS stands for “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems”. These systems allow a vehicle to perform things like front collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning, among many others. According to a 2018 AAA study, vehicles equipped with ADAS windshields have an average windshield replacement cost of $1,300-$1,650. It is becoming standard practice among manufacturers to implement ADAS systems as a standard feature on new cars. This means that owners of newer models should expect their vehicle to come equipped with these features and thus have a windshield replacement cost in line with the aforementioned $1,300-$1,650 average.
What are some popular brands of WPF?
ClearPlex by Madico Windshield Protection Film is the world leader in the WPF market segment. This is the only WPF that has been awarded three U.S. patents and is also the only U.S.-manufactured WPF to offer a heat-rejecting version called “ClearPlex Nano-Ceramic.”