Is Paint Protection Film Worth It?

June 25, 2020

Is Paint Protection Film Worth It? 

Paint protection film (PPF) is certainly en vogue right now. Providers are extolling its virtues… Those who’ve had it done are showing off their ride at every opportunity… Even car publications and respected journalists and car reviewers are jumping on the bandwagon.

But, despite this hyperbole, one burning question remains… Is paint protection film worth the money?

So let’s try and put an end to this debate once and for all, as we take a deep dive into the good and the bad when it comes to the world of paint protection film…

A Quick Overview of Paint Protection Film

·      What is it, exactly?

·      How does it work?

What is it, exactly?

PPF was developed in the 1960s as a protective layer for military applications. While it wasn’t initially meant to enhance the look of paintwork, the ability to protect the surface beneath while being light and transparent was immediately obvious.

Technology has advanced since then, and today’s paint protection film is advanced thermoplastic urethane available in different thicknesses. This effectively prevents the paintwork below from sustaining damage. 

How does it work?

Quite simply, it provides a cushioning layer over the base paintwork that prevents damage from debris and environmental factors. Certain types can also “self-heal”, meaning that if they sustain a scratch then it repairs itself by reacting to heat and re-confirming to its original integrity.

Pros and Cons of Paint Protection Film

·      The pros

·      The cons

The pros

The pros of fitting PPF are as follows:

  • Protect the car paintwork from damage from debris (stones, rocks, twigs, etc.)
  • Protects against acidic components, such as bird droppings and bug splatters
  • Adds a level of protection from environmental issues, such as UV rays and acid rain
  • Preserves the car’s paintwork in its original pristine condition
  • Adds value to the car as the paintwork doesn’t suffer general wear and tear
  • Comes in a variety of finishes, such as flat matte and satin
  • Long-lasting—good quality, professionally fitted PPF will last for many years
  • When removed correctly it leaves no trace of ever having been there

The cons

Of course, we have to look at the downside of PPF to provide a balanced overview. 

  • It can represent a significant outlay. The most expensive paint protection film isn’t cheap. Add in professional installation and the costs increase more
  • While there are DIY options available, the art of applying PPF requires training, experience, and the right tools. A badly applied paint protection film is worse than no paint protection film at all. Not only is it aesthetically displeasing, but done wrong it can damage the original paintwork
  • It adheres better to paintwork that’s in good condition. This means either having it fitted when the car is brand new or just a few months old. Alternatively, you might need to carry out necessary paintwork refinement to any worn areas (or a complete respray) before having the film fitted. 

Conclusion: Is Paint Protection Film Worth It?

Whether having PPF fitted to your wheels is worth it is down to personal choice. If your car’s paintwork is in generally good condition or perhaps new or almost new, then the cost of PPF will certainly be returned (and then some) by ensuring that it remains that way. 

It also does away with that stomach-churning feeling when you notice yet another scratch on the paintwork or wincing when you drive along a graveled surface. In short, if you take pride in your car and want it to keep it’s showroom good looks, then yes, spending out for paint protection film is money well spent.

Auto SuperShield is the Go-To Professional for Ultimate Paint Protection Film

So by now you should have a far clearer understanding as to the virtues of paint protection film. Depending on which side of the fence you’ve landed (worth it or you’ve decided against), it’s likely your next move is to find a provider. 

None do this better than bespoke car dressing installers, Auto Supershield. As Florida’s #1 facility providing paint protection film, car wraps, window tints, and ceramic coating, it’s the go-to location when you demand nothing but the best.

Find out more at https://www.autosupershield.com and get in contact to discuss your paint protection options now.

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