5 Questions we have about Paint Protection Films (PPF)
If you have ever walked into a dealership or a car detailing service, chances are, you’ve at least heard of Paint Protection Films (or PPFs for short). Some car owners swear by the extra protection, while others claim that it’s nothing more than a rip-off. So who should you believe? Worry not, we’re here to answer some of the questions you might have about these products.
Question 1: What exactly is a paint protection film?
Imagine the screen protector on your new smartphone, multiply it by about a thousand times and that’s pretty close to what a car paint protection film is. Made with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material that is both pliable and puncture-proof, paint protection films are physical barriers that are used to protect cars, boats, even aircrafts from stone chips, bug splatters, and minor abrasions. They promise to keep your paint job looking flawless even with extensive usage.
Question 2: What’s the different between a wax, a coating, and a paint protection film?
Even though they all offer various degrees of protection to treated vehicles, all 3 products require different levels of upkeep.
Waxing is used to give your car an extra sheen as well as a topmost sacrificial layer that can be washed away with subsequent car washes or even heavy rain. Most experts advice waxing your car 4 times a year, and although the wax will protect your car paint, you will run the risk of abrasion on the paint layer during the application process. Waxing is no doubt the most tradition paint protection solution, but it is not the most durable option on the market.
Coatings on the other hand, last quite a bit longer than natural waxes. Once applied, coatings can usually last around 3-5 years with proper care. It gives your car paint a glossiness that cannot be achieved by waxing, and advertises anti-scratch capabilities. However, coatings do not protect your car paint from door dents or rock chips, and you could still get swirl marks on the paint surface from a bad car wash.
Paint Protection Film
Paint Protection Films are originally developed to protect military vehicles. They promote a self-healing feature that renders light scratches a thing of the past, and will safeguard your original car paint from rock chips and minor collisions. Its nano-coating also make the surface ultra-hydrophobic. Paint Protection Films usually last around 5-7 years, and will make for effortless cleaning.
Question 3: Are paint protection films worth it?