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Can You Polish Paint Protection Film?

Can You Polish Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film, also known as a vehicle wrap, can protect your vehicle from dust, UV  damage, and more. Outside these benefits, what does maintaining paint protection film entail? Is it rigorous, or does it not require much work?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Can you polish paint protection film?’

The UK automotive after market industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion.

The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.

That’s why we at Car Specialist Customs are here to provide you with all the information you require to get the best car customisation possible, whilst being as informed as possible.

Is there a benefit to polishing your car?

Polishing a vehicle as a long-established process in vehicle maintenance. This can be done by hand or machine with the use of a polishing liquid. A polishing liquid flattens the clear coat of the vehicle, increasing the gloss level, which results in the removal of minor scratches and other blemishes.

After polishing the vehicle, using a sealant, coating, or wax to cover the vehicle is required to protect the paint of the vehicle from fading etc.

Benefits of polishing your car can include…

  • The colour of your vehicle appearing enhanced.
  • Adds a glossy shine to the look of your vehicle.
  • Can help to restore faded paint
  • General paint correction
  • Removal of contaminants that a regular handwash, and in some cases, a professional car wash may struggle to remove.
  • Can remove some scratches or other visible defects.

Do you have to polish your vehicle?

No. It is not a requirement by law to polish your vehicle. However, if you want to retain the aesthetics of your vehicle, polishing it is a good idea. Having a vehicle that appears well maintained can also help to retain its value if you decide to sell it.

The basics of paint protection film

The basics of paint protection film

Paint protection film is a form of vinyl wrap that is placed over the body of the vehicle. It is commonly referred to as a vehicle wrap. Vehicle wraps come in multiple forms, they are:

  • A clear vehicle wrap – This is paint protection film.
  • Custom wrap—A custom vehicle wrap is made to the specification of the client, this can be anything from shapes to advertising a business.

Paint protection film provides a thin film of vinyl over the body of the vehicle. This layer provides a level of protection against day to day scratches and scuffs, and other issues that you can experience in general driving situations on normal roads or motorways.

Can anyone get a paint protection film?

Yes, paint protection film can be applied on any type of vehicle, understandably, the size and amount of film required will affect the cost of application.

If your vehicle is leased, seek permission from the lease company before making any commitments to apply the film. That being said, as long as the applicator is a reputable customiser like Car Specialist Customs, it should be okay.

Can you polish paint protection film?

Yes, to a degree. Paint protection film can be polished, however, you should be using a polish that is ‘friendly’ to clear vehicle wraps (AKA paint protection film.) When it comes to standard polishes, they have specific chemicals in them that alters the vinyl of the paint protection film.

The result of using the wrong polish on your paint protection film can vary, but here are some consequences that could arise…

  • The paint protection film gets a hole or rips in the area the polish was applied
  • The paint protection film becomes dry and cracked
  • The paint protection film loses its stick
  • The paint protection film loses its shine and becomes dull.

Even when you have acquired the correct kind of polish, or have found a car detailer that has the resources to successfully clean a car with paint protection film, you should visit them sparingly.

Does paint protection film need polishing?

Occasionally, paint protection film would need polishing, though this is subject to the environment the vehicle is regularly parked/drives through. As we mentioned, overuse of cleaning/polish will negatively influence the paint protection film, so try not to have it polished on a regular basis.

The best way to understand the requirements of your paint protection film, is by simply asking about it upon installation. Through this, you can gain the right understanding on how to maintain your paint protection film, and have it on for as long as possible.

How to get paint protection film

How to get paint protection film

Using established vehicle modifiers is the best way to get your vehicle wrapped. Due to their experience, and the equipment they have on hand, there is less room for error.

Car Specialist Customs holds combined years of experience in wrapping vehicles of various shapes and sizes, Our wraps have a warranty for 3 years, ensuring quality and longevity.

When we wrap your vehicle, we make sure to…

  1. Discuss what kind of wrap you want, and where you would like it.
  2. Measure the vehicle / relevant areas where the wrap will be applied.
  3. Clean the vehicle / relevant areas before applying
  4. Begin our process of application to your vehicle
  5. Inform you of any maintenance / dos and don’ts when it comes to the longevity of the wrap.

How much does paint protection film cost?

The cost of paint protection film is completely subject to the vehicle you want to get it applied on to. This is because vehicles come in different shapes and sizes, and some may require more work than others. We believe it is fairer to charge based on the work needed individually.

Other providers may have their own standard rates. But that may not mean you’re getting value for money, or a good vehicle wrap.

Purchase paint protection film today.

Purchase paint protection film today.

Our team members at Car Specialist Customs are extremely passionate and proud of the multiple services and products we provide for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:



Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!

We will always go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.

See what we can do for you today, we hope the details we shared have helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

We hope to have answered the question ‘Can you polish paint protection film?’ whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

Want to get in touch? You can find us right here:


Unit 30

Caldershaw Centre

Ings Ln


OL12 7LQ


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Thursday – Closed

Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


07523 971347 (Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)


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