How To Protect Car Paint

November 4, 2020

How To Protect Car Paint

Nothing beats the sense of pride when you set eyes on your ride’s gleaming paintwork. Whether it’s just rolled out of the showroom or you’ve spent mucho effort waxing and polishing to within an inch of your life, your car looks awesome! 

So it makes sense that you want to protect that precious paintwork. The following discusses the different options to do this.

Car Paint Protection: from car wax to paint protection film 

·      Car wax

·      Paint sealant

·      Ceramic coating

·      Paint protection film 

Car wax

Car wax is a cheap, time-limited way to provide a layer of protection to a vehicle’s paintwork. It’s certainly the simplest solution, providing some barrier against minor scratches, the elements, and heat. However, it only lasts a short amount of time, is pretty laborious to apply and, if you’re a bit gung-ho with the application, can cause damage to the surface of the car if you don’t wax onto a scrupulously clean surface.

Paint sealant

A level above that of wax alone, paint sealant binds to the clear top coat to provide a temporary protective layer. It lasts around 6 months and is more effective than that of wax alone. Most paint sealants are billed as wax/polish/sealant in a single format.

There’s no denying that, applied correctly, it leads to a gorgeous and glossy finish. But be prepared for some serious prep and elbow grease to do it. Plus, another downside is that it has to be removed after the recommended period, which is a bit of a bind. It can also highlight any paintwork imperfections, rather than mask them.

Ceramic coating

Now we’re talking… This literally covers the paintwork with a transparent layer, providing a barrier to many of paintwork’s biggest enemies—namely, UV rays, water, debris, and chemicals. It can last a long time, up to 5 years in the case of the best quality that’s professionally applied.

Once again, when it needs re-applying the previous coat needs to be removed.

Paint protection film

Without a doubt, this is the ultimate method of protecting your paintwork. It’s often referred to simply by the initials, PPF, and can last up to a decade with good care and using the highest quality. One of the best things about paint protection film is that many are self-healing. In other words, if they sustain a scratch or damage then this can be buffed out or gently heated to remove it. Plus, many are hydrophobic too. 

The biggest tip is to only have PPF applied by a professional. It’s a highly skilled task—imagine trying to put Saran wrap on your car with no bubbles, creases, or lines. Suffice to say, the cost for a pro-application is well worth the extra dollars.

What is the Best Paint Protection Film?

·      Scotchgard, Expel, 3M, and Suntek

Scotchgard, Expel, 3M, and Suntek 

PPF is a considered outlay—one that can increase the value of your car, not to mention it’s aesthetics. There are various makes on the market, but those of Scotchgard, Expel, 3M, and Suntek are definitely among the best. Each provides superior protection and offers exceptional weather, abrasion, scratch, and stain resistance.


PPF can be applied to the whole vehicle or selected areas. It’s popularly placed on the most commonly damaged regions, such as the hood, fenders, mirrors, and bumpers.

Contact Auto SuperShield for the Best Paint Protection Film 

Paint protection film is a valuable addition to your car. High-quality, professionally applied film is the gold standard, and this can only be guaranteed by a specialist service. Boca Raton-based Auto SuperShield is the ultimate provider in South Florida, offering a wide range of top-quality options to suit all cars, requirements, and budgets.


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