Chips Away officially got started in 1989, but the roots of my car enthusiasm go back to the mid 60’s when I started building model cars at my home in Iowa. My hobby grew from model cars to R/C planes, to go-carts, and then eventually onto the real thing (In particular Porsche’s and SCCA racing, but that’s another story).
I was first introduced to Paint Protection Film (PPF) back in the early 80’s when I ran a ski shop (Yes they do ski in IA, and not behind a tractor either, at least not all the time). Back then I knew it as “Ski Saver” and used it to protect the tops of downhill racing skis.
Soon after moving to California I started a mobile paint touch-up service, and hence Chips Away was born (we are the only authorized Chips Away in the state, and are not associated with any impostors). As business grew, I began doing paintwork for our local Lamborghini importer, when they asked if I could put protective film on a bunch of Diablos that were going on a Pacific Coast road tour/race. At that time they were loaning out cars for the run and were concerned that the bumpers and air dams would come back all chipped up. So I made my own patterns, installed them on 25 Lambos, and they all came back undamaged. While we still design and install custom kits on prototype cars, we mostly now rely on other companies for patterns so we can concentrate on installations.