General Surfaces

Surface Armor protective film has a seemingly endless array of uses. If you need to protect hardwood floors, vinyl, MDF, wood veneer, circuit boards or almost any kind of surface, there is a good chance that we have a surface protection film that will fit the bill.

There are many different reasons why you may need surface protection film. Surfaces can be damaged during:

  • Dry-walling
  • Sanding
  • Sawing
  • Polishing
  • Painting
  • Assembly
  • Shipping
  • Handling
  • Storage
  • Installation

Protective film can help you keep your products or flooring looking like new, maintaining their value and saving you money on repairs or replacements.

Types of Surface Protection Film

Choosing the right protective film for your particular surface and application is important. If your surface material is not listed on this page – or on our pages for metal, plastic, glass, laminate or stone surfaces – that does not necessarily mean that we do not have a film that will work for your application. If you have a surface to protect and are not certain what type of film is needed, we would be happy to send you a range of free samples to test.

The table below does provide a good place to start. The headings at the top of the table identify the specific protective films by listing the combination of adhesive type, tack and material used.

Adhesive type – This is the product identification number of the adhesive used to attach the protective film to the surface.

Tack – Measured in ounces per lateral inch, this defines the amount of adhesive used and the resulting “stickiness” of the protective film. Because there are many variables at play, the tack level of most adhesives will be expressed as a range of values rather than a single, specific measurement.

Film/Paper – This indicates the type of plastic or paper that the film is made of.

Each row of the table is then labeled with the type of surface you want to protect.


There are many variables involved in the relationship between a protective film and the surface it is applied to, so we always recommend testing two or more samples on each type of surface.

To discuss the various surface protection film options or request free samples, please contact us.