As with any product, there is a variety of companies offering the same thing. The question always comes down to this – what is the best choice? In this case, what is the best paint protection film? This article will highlight the differences between Xpel Paint Protection Film and 3M Scotchgard. Through this article, you will be able to make an informed decision.

The Companies

Before we compare the products, let’s take a quick look at the two companies we will compare.

XPEL is a leading supplier of protective paint films and paint coatings. XPEL has established its name because of the high quality and specialization in paint protection films that they offer. Since it’14s founding, XPEL has stayed a leader in innovative products for car paint protection film. Not the least is the XPEL ultimate PPF line, introduced to the vehicle industry as the “world’s first healing film.”

3M is made by 3M corporation, which makes vinyl wraps, paint protection films, and other products. It’s one of the oldest companies in the vehicle paint film industry. Many people know about 3M due to the longevity of the company and the high-quality paint protection film – 3M Scotchgard – that they offer.


The first thing you will notice when comparing these two products are the similarities between the two products. So, this will review the similarities between them.

  • Scratch Resistant

One of the main reasons you may want to invest in paint protection film is to protect against scratches. Both XPEL Ultimate and 3M Scotchgard will be scratch-resistant. They protect your vehicle’s paint against harsh road hazards and debris.

  • Durable

Both 3M & XPEL are built to last more than seven years, so your vehicle will keep its freshly painted, beautiful look for years to come.

  • Invisible Protection

XPEL Ultimate and 3M Scotchgard offer invisible protection films as the main incentive for these services. It won’t interfere with your vehicle’s natural features and will not turn yellow when exposed to sunlight.

While this may seem sufficient and pose the thought, “I can use either one,” there are still some significant differences between XPEL Ultimate PPF and 3M Scotchgard PPF. Let’s take a look at the differences below.


Both companies and products have great quality and a warranty. But, there are two main differences to note between the paint protection film brands.

  • Self-Healing

At Executive Auto Wraps, we have found the XPEL Ultimate to outperform 3M regarding self-healing aspects of the film. While 3M has been around in the paint protection film industry for a long time, XPEL created the first-ever self-healing paint protection film. A self-healing PPF means a scratched surface will look new, even after a scratch. When exposed to heat, the innovative elastomeric polyurethane film will heal from scratches, swirl marks, or debris.

Both companies have self-healing properties to the PPF lines, but XPEL outperforms 3M.

  • Warranty

Both XPEL Ultimate and 3M Scotchgard Pro come with a warranty. But, the XPEL Clear Bra (PPF) warranty is extended compared to 3M Clear Bra – 10 years for XPEL PPF and seven years for 3M PPF. A warranty is important when investing in paint protection film, so XPEL becomes the clear choice.

Making The Choice: XPEL vs 3M

So, to answer the question this article addresses, “Which is the best PPF?” – it truly comes down to personal preference. For the professionals at Executive Auto Wraps, XPEL is the obvious choice – with improved self-healing properties and a prolonged warranty. If you are looking for a durable, protective paint protection film, the XPEL Ultimate line is the product to choose from.

Interested in getting paint protection film installed on your car or vehicle? Contact  Executive Auto Wraps today.

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