Bumper Guards: Clear Paint Protection Film Rear Bumper Guards…Are They Any Good ?
I do not want to ridicule clear car bumper protection film since these products where designed for a specific use, namely, to protect a front car bumper, front fenders and mirrors from small rocks and road debris. Lets make this very clear, “clear protection film was never designed to protect a rear bumper from parking related damage.” While I completely understand the nature of clear protection film and its usefulness in protecting high end luxury cars…I am perplexed to see some companies marketing clear protection films as suitable rear bumper guards. These clear protection films were never designed for the rigors of street parking, and as a result you will not find kits for the rear bumper. Also, you will not see clear film protection companies recommending clear protection film for use as a rear bumper guard. If you are considering using a clear or transparent protection film as a rear bumper guard take note that these clear protection films will scratch, turn hazy, and tear. I recently observed a Lexus RX350 rear bumper with clear protection film applied. The clear bumper protection film I observed was hazy (a cloudy white) and covered in scratches with holes torn into the urethane in many places. I really feel bad for whoever will have to remove this damaged film, if it can be removed at all. Even if the person were successful in removing the clear protection film, the painted surface will be dimpled by marks indicating points of impact. As a result, I do not recommend clear films for rear bumper guards.