How Does Paint Protection Film Work?

June 20, 2020

An invisible barrier that protects and preserves your car’s paint job sure does sound like something out of a science-fiction novel, but it’s very much a real thing. Paint protection film has been around for decades, but only recently has it become popular with luxury car owners and automotive enthusiasts thanks to advancements in the technology, design, and performance of modern paint protection films. No wax or sealant, no matter how expensive, comes close to providing the protection of PPF—which begs the question, how does paint protection film work?

Brief History of Paint Protection Film

Before we talk about how paint protection film works, it might first be helpful to talk about what exactly paint protection film is and where it comes from. Believe it or not, PPF was originally developed and used by the military to protect helicopter blades. Eventually, this polyurethane film was used in the automotive industry. Paint protection films today are much thinner and far more flexible than the original version, which makes it easy to install PPF on exotic cars with lots of sexy curves.

Self-Healing Paint Protection Film

The biggest advancement in paint protection film has been self-healing technology. Without getting too technical or complicated, self-healing paint protection film is able to “absorb” chips, light scratches, and abrasions and heal itself. At elevated temperatures, the clear coat is soft enough to “flow” and fill in any damage caused by road debris, rogue shopping carts, etc. That’s why self-healing paint protection film is great for drivers in Florida since the weather always keeps the film’s self-healing capabilities active.Self-healing paint protection film is also more resistant to staining and discoloration from road grime, chemicals, bird droppings, tree sap, and other everyday contaminants. And hopefully this never happens to you, but permanent marker and spray paint can be cleaned off this film without “burning” off the topcoat (which is what happens to some films when solvents and chemicals are used to remove stubborn stains).

Paint Protection Film Installation

As mentioned earlier, modern paint protection film is much thinner than the original version, which has made it easier for installers to achieve seamless results. This has led more drivers to cover the entirety of their vehicles in paint protection film, whereas before PPF was typically only applied to a few areas. A full-body PPF application will protect every inch of your car’s finish from every angle. Of course, you can also decide to install PPF to those areas that are more susceptible to damage. The most common application areas for PPF include:

  • Side mirrors
  • Front and rear bumpers
  • Fender panels
  • Door edges
  • Door handle cavity
  • Hood
  • Roof

If you live in South Florida and want to protect your car’s paint from scratches, chips, oxidation, and other hazards, contact the experts at Auto Super Shield. Our premium paint protection film and luxury car wrap products are second to none, and we take pride in our high-quality installations. Call 567-367-0101 to learn more about paint protection film for your luxury vehicle.


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