2023 C8 Corvette Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating

2023 C8 Corvette Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating Install in Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights

In this video, we will be preparing this 2023 C8 Stingray for Paint Protection Film using Autobahn Incognito PPF, which carries a lifetime warranty. This client came to us from about an hour away after seeing all of our videos installing clear bra on C8s in the area and reading our amazing reviews. In addition to installing paint protection film, we will be applying a ceramic coating to the rest of the vehicle (and on the wheels and glass). Initially, we were going to only be doing the front bumper and accents, and mirror on this 2023 C8 Stingray Paint Protection Film project, but after careful consideration, the owner decided to also protect the hood as well. This 2023 C8 Stingray also has the standard Jake vinyl you have seen on our other C8s we have done, namely this model year at the 70th anniversary edition Corvettes. However, the Jake stripe is often installed by the dealership, and this client intercepted the application of the stripe (which retails for about $500) to have us install paint protection film FIRST, and THEN have the dealer put the vinyl on top.

Because our Autobahn Incognito PPF is so hydrophobic, we had to use a special solvent called Acrysol to lessen the film’s hydrophobic properties to ensure the dealer can stick the Jake logo on. I hope you enjoy this process video on this 2023 C8 Stingray Paint Protection Film project!

2023 C8 Corvette Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating service with us in Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights!

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Apart from this, you can continue to read more about our ceramic coating and clear bra, and paint correction options below. Unlike many shops, we will ensure our Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights area clients do not exceed their budget or desired longevity. As you can see in our Google reviews, we always have our clients’ best interests in mind! Both ceramic coating and clear bra are great options to protect your vehicle from road grime, and debris.

Matthew laying clear bra/paint protection film on a blue Mazda CX5 hood


Typically, we would use Autobahn, STEK clear bra, Llumar, or Legend PPF gloss or matte paint protection film. Next, This clear bra article covers the major differences between clear bra/paint protection film/PPF companies, if any. Moreover, there are minimal differences between major film manufacturers like Autobahn, Xpel, SunTek, Eastman, Llumar, 3M, STEK clear bra, Flexishield, Global, Legend, and more. Importantly, the key takeaway is that the primary differences are in the properties of the adhesive, which installers have to deal with, but generally don’t affect anything the client sees.

Is Autobahn clear bra/paint protection film/PPF the same as Xpel film?

Of course, our clients at HHCC frequently ask about Xpel clear bra/paint protection film. Naturally, our clients want to know if Autobahn, Legend PPF, STEK, Llumar, Kavaca, and other brands compares to Xpel at all. Did you know, a lot of people use Xpel to mean clear bra, because Xpel is one of the most popular brands? Besides the information above about clear bra/PPF, we also discuss Xpel and if it’s the same as PPF/clear bra in this article.

Lastly, you can read more about clear bra/paint protection film by clicking the button above.

Matthew applying SB3 Coatings industrial ceramic coating to an Autofiber Saver Applicator pad prior to installing on a Polaris RZR Turbo R Ultimate


– One year ceramic/protective

– Three year ceramic/protective coating

– Five year ceramic/protective coating



– System X Max is a ten-year ceramic coating, and the longest-lasting ceramic coating we offer. Clearly, we have many options that will fit anyone’s budget or desired longevity in the Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights area.

Undoubtedly, ceramic coatings will last as long as we care for them. Of course, you can more about ceramic coating by clicking the button above. 

2023 C8 Corvette Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating - Copperas Cove/Killeen/Harker Heights

  1. Paint protection film (PPF), also known as clear bra or clear film, is a transparent, durable material that is applied to the exterior surfaces of a vehicle to provide protection against various types of damage. Getting paint protection film on your new C8 Corvette, or any vehicle for that matter, can offer several benefits:

    1. Protection from Road Debris and Hazards: PPF acts as a barrier against rocks, stones, gravel, sand, and other debris that can cause chips, scratches, and dings on the car’s paint surface. This is particularly important for high-performance vehicles like the C8 Corvette, which often see spirited driving on various types of roads.

    2. Preservation of Resale Value: Applying PPF can help maintain the pristine appearance of your Corvette’s paint finish. A well-maintained exterior can contribute to a higher resale value when you decide to sell or trade in your vehicle.

    3. UV and Environmental Protection: PPF typically includes UV inhibitors that protect the paint from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which can cause fading, oxidation, and deterioration over time. It can also guard against environmental contaminants such as bird droppings, tree sap, insect acids, and pollutants.

    4. Minimization of Swirl Marks and Scratches: PPF has self-healing properties that allow minor scratches and swirl marks to disappear over time, as the material responds to heat. This can help keep the paint surface looking smooth and blemish-free.

    5. Enhancement of Aesthetics: High-quality PPF is virtually invisible and maintains the glossy appearance of your vehicle’s paint. It does not alter the vehicle’s original color or finish, allowing you to enjoy the Corvette’s striking design without compromise.

    6. Customization and Coverage Options: PPF can be applied to specific areas of your vehicle, such as the front bumper, hood, fenders, mirrors, and other high-impact areas. This allows you to customize the coverage based on your preferences and the level of protection you desire.

    7. Ease of Maintenance: PPF provides a smooth, hydrophobic surface that repels water, dirt, and grime, making it easier to clean and maintain your vehicle’s appearance.

    8. Long-Term Cost Savings: While the initial investment in PPF may seem relatively high, it can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for frequent paint touch-ups, repairs, and repainting.

    It’s important to note that the effectiveness and durability of PPF can vary based on the quality of the film and the installation process. Therefore, it’s recommended to choose a reputable and experienced installer who uses high-quality materials.

    Ultimately, the decision to apply paint protection film to your new C8 Corvette depends on your personal preferences, driving habits, and priorities for maintaining the vehicle’s appearance and value over time.


Aftercare products and instructions for your 2023 C8 Corvette Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating

Car care products we love:

1. Drying towel(s): Autofiber Dreadnought 20”x30” x1:  https://amzn.to/3Cd5Y9w

2. Smaller drying towel (can also be used on glass) x2 (one for paint, one for wheels): Autofiber Dreadnought Jr. 16”x16” – https://amzn.to/3iazPbX

3. Wash mitt: Autofiber Zero Cuff Wash Mitt x2 (one in black for wheels, one other color for paint): https://amzn.to/3WYu3Jw

4. Auto detailing towels, general purpose (wiping off bird poop, quick wipe up, interior, etc): Autofiber Elite detailing towel: https://amzn.to/3IeLiSo

5. Wheel drying/detailing microfiber towels, black: Autofiber Zero Edge: https://amzn.to/3Z0GJBe

6. Quick detailer/glass cleaner/waterless wash/rinseless wash concentrate: American Detailer Garage Wipeout (can be diluted and lasts a very long time): https://www.autofiber.com/products/wipeout-hybrid-waterless-wash-concentrate-quart

7. Spray bottles for ADG Wipeout and other products: https://amzn.to/3Q3kxT5

8. Buckets with grit guards x2 (one for wheels, one for paint): https://amzn.to/3jxjnmq

9. Pre-treatment and wheel cleaner, American Detailer Garage F-Bomb diluted 10:1 (can be used 20:1 for interior): https://www.autofiber.com/products/f-bomb-multi-purpose-cleaner-gallon

10. The best wheel cleaning tool we have ever used, the Autofiber Barrel blade (reaches the barrel, between the brake caliper, and narrow spokes): https://amzn.to/3Z0wnkK

11. Foam cannon wash tools for auto detailing, the MTM Hydro PF22.2 has a wide base to prevent tipping: https://amzn.to/3WE591K

12. American Detailer Garage Fuzion foaming hybrid wash (for use in foam cannon, use 2+ ounces per fill): https://www.autofiber.com/products/fuzion-hybrid-foaming-wash-concentrate-gallon

13. Microfiber detergent to extend the life of your Autofiber microfiber and other towels: https://amzn.to/3jBxp6B

14. Optional but useful for trucks and SUVs: Autofiber Mitt on a Stick Pro. https://www.autofiber.com/products/mitt-on-a-stick-pro-adjustable-wash-tool-with-360-locking-head-long-pole-35-to-83?variant=40748237816001

15. Our most favorite detailing tool we have is our Adam’s Spot-Free Water system. Pro: https://amzn.to/3VKkU6k Standard: https://amzn.to/3WXbOnK

16. Our favorite pressure washer we have used is the Grandfalls from Giraffe Tools. https://amzn.to/3WE3gCq

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