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Is this paint protection film? Does everyone have it?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BadDogMax, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Dec 16, 2019 at 12:19 PM
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    BadDogMax

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    I bought a 2019 that had Paint Protection Film as a dealer-installed accessory on a separate markup tag next to the window sticker. I told them I did not want it and did not pay for it.

    However on my first wash I noticed what looks like a layer of plastic over the painted parts of the front bumper and on the lower rear rockers.

    Is this PPF, or something that all trucks have?

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  2. Dec 16, 2019 at 12:24 PM
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    16TacomaSport

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    I believe all of them have it on the front of the bed covering some of the fender flare areas and on the rear of the bed above that little plastic part as in your photo. I have none on my front bumper
     
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    My 17 has it. And I’m thankful it does since I live on a gravel road
     
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    My 2019 LB came with it on part of rear fender flare and on the section between the very end of the rocker and where the rear fender starts. I had to pay to have it installed on the front bumpers, hood, mirrors and roof cap.
     
  5. Dec 16, 2019 at 12:54 PM
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    It is and it sucks, especially on light colors.

    It just fades and gathers schmutz around the edges and looks like shit.

    For example....

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    There's quite a bit of the film on my 2019 OR, and no problems like that at all yet.
     
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    Give it a year or so.
     
  8. Dec 16, 2019 at 1:14 PM
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    Its simple to remove and replace. The OEM film does not last as long and turns yellowish after a couple years. Get some Expel PPF and replace..
     
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    The dealers around here install the paint protect flim also. I figured out the places to look (I didn't want it either). If you have film in these places it's the paint protection package:
    Door edges, back of mirrors, in door handle recesses, on front clip around the grill.
    The film by the wheel wells is factory.
     
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  10. Dec 16, 2019 at 2:53 PM
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    It’s on my 2019 and was on my 2015. Never had an issue on the 2015 but I keep my truck clean.
     
  11. Dec 16, 2019 at 2:58 PM
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    The yellowing issue was solved years ago by the PPF manufacturers. It was caused by the adhesive backing.
     
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  12. Dec 16, 2019 at 11:49 PM
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    Mokanic

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    Had it on my silver/gray 2008 DCLB along the fender wells and it turned yellowish with black spots after about 4 - 5 years. Finally took it off in 2015 (laziness) and it was a b%@!$# to get the glue off even with goo gone & goof off.
    The film came on my 2019 (including the hood and door jamb edges) and almost all of it is off now. (about an hour to "roll" it off the hood) Still got a couple of small pieces on the front side of the rear fender wells.
    It will provide a modicum of protection if a couple of small rocks are present in your daily commute. But, larger rocks are still gonna leave a mark.
     
  13. Dec 17, 2019 at 4:50 AM
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    I wonder if you can purchase this PPF for the rocker panels only. Pre-cut to go around all the plastic plugs.
     
  14. Dec 17, 2019 at 6:01 AM
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    Should have gotten the PRO
    Yea those are PPF, i have them as part of the deal so i might as well leave it on my truck til something happens
     
  15. Jan 16, 2020 at 9:32 AM
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    danielgonzzz

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    How much of a pain is it to remove these clear paint protection stickers? I’m assuming a bit more difficult than the TRD bed stickers? I have a new white Tacoma and want to remove them before they start to yellow and look like shit.
     
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    I had my 2015 for 4-1/2 years and although my truck wasn’t white the film helped numerous times and had very little discoloration. Besides I’m sure there’s a way to shine them up somehow unless the discoloring is coming from the glue side. I personally like the protection they offer though.
     

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