Paint protection film, or PPF, is one of the hottest car detailing additions of the moment. But is it really as good as the hype? The following delves into the intricacies of the process, the advantages, and the many reasons why you might choose to have it applied to your ride.
· What is paint protection film?
· How is paint protection film applied?
· Is it worth the money? (And a word of warning)
Paint protection film, or PPF, is an ultra-thin, super-strong vinyl covering that’s applied over a vehicle’s paintwork. It acts like a second skin that protects the paint from stone chips, small scratches, UV exposure, and other environmental elements. PPF is transparent and can be used over the entire car or just certain areas (bumpers, hood, etc). You might also hear it referred to as ‘clear bra’, which is actually a brand name, but one that’s become synonymous with any type of PPF wrap.
There are different types of PPF, but the highest grades are produced by companies such as Suntek, 3M, and XPEL.
There are several steps to a great application:
1. Clean and prepping the surface
2. Cutting the PPF to fit the various sections (professional installers often use a machine to do this)
3. Fitting solution is sprayed onto the paintwork—this is what ensures the PPF adheres to the car’s surface
4. The PPF is applied (and believe us, this is a highly skilled process to ensure no creases or bubbles!)
5. The PPF is heat dried to activate the adhesive and shrink it a little to ensure a seamless fit
When applied professionally to a high standard, then PPF can provide a multitude of advantages.
- Prevents the majority of scratches and stone chips
- Reduces the effect of UV light that causes paintwork to fade
- Protects from elements, such as bird strikes, acid rain, and tree sap
- Helps preserve the showroom quality finish to a car’s paintwork
- The PPF is self-healing
A high quality, correctly applied paint protection film can last for up to 10 years. But be aware, this is not something that has a good DIY approach. Applying PPF is a truly skilled job, and well worth the cost of being carried out professionally. You should also ensure a good quality PPF is used, as cheaper versions can discolor the vehicle and give it a yellow tinge. Poorly applied PPF can also damage the paintwork, making it essential that you only use a qualified and trained source to carry out the work.
· Is this the ultimate solution?
While PPF provides incredible protection, combining it with paint protection spray can take this to the next level. Designed to work in conjunction with each other, having a professionally applied paint protection spray over a paint protection film gives the following advantages:
- Repels water, oils, corrosives, and other elements
- Helps prevent dust, sap, grime, and other contaminants from sticking to the car’s surface
- Restores the brilliance of a car’s paintwork, so reducing or eliminating the need for detailing or paint correction
- Reduces how often you need to wash and wax the car
- Makes the paintwork super-shiny
When it comes to the good looks of your car, you demand perfection. That’s why it’s essential to get any paint protection film treatment (and/or paint protection spray) applied by an expert source. Boca Raton and South Florida residents have the ultimate service on their doorstep, at Auto SuperShield. Their trained technicians are as devoted to their craft as you are to seeing the right result—and this means that when you entrust them to apply paint protection film you’re assured of the highest possible standards.
Find out more about the art and science of protecting car paintwork at https://www.autosupershield.com and get in touch today to book an appointment with their friendly, professional team.
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