DIY or Manchester Pros? Choosing the Right Paint Protection Film

DIY or Manchester Pros? Choosing the Right Paint Protection Film

Anyone unfamiliar with vehicle aftercare may not have heard of Paint Protection Film. It is a special film that can help your vehicle stay protected from UV damage, stains and minor scuffs and scratches.

In the long-term, it helps keep your car appear pristine, which can be a boost for you if you decide to sell your vehicle in the future. If Paint Protection Film sounds like a good investment, it is!

But is it easy to apply yourself? Or should you go to an expert? Where should you start?

In this blog, we are going to help you decide between DIY or Manchester Pros? Choosing the right 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.

How to spot the right paint protection film

How to spot the right paint protection film

If you are in the market for paint protection film, otherwise known as PPF, you have two options, either buy some yourself and apply it, or go to a professional. With each option, there are certain factors that can help you distinguish the good from the bad. These are…

  • Warranties
  • Reviews
  • The eye test


With any product, a year-long manufacturer warranty is usually the standard. However, certain brands will give some of their products a longer manufacturer warranty as a level of quality assurance. This basically means that they are confident their product will last for however long the warranty is.

For example, the paint protection film supplied by Car Specialist Customs has a warranty of 3 years.

This means that if any faults developed (within the stipulations of the warranty) within the length of the warranty, it can be replaced for free. That being said, correct care of PPF can see it last up to 7 years in some cases.

With that in mind, be wary of any PPF suppliers whose warranty is a year. This could be an indication of lesser quality in some cases.


Whether you have a burning passion for cars, or own a vehicle, it is safe to say we take our cars seriously. So any service or product that hinders, or doesn’t help our cars, are bound to be found out sooner rather than later.

This is where reviews come in handy, reputable products, including paint protection film, and professional PPF applicators are more than likely to have reviews online. A quick search on the internet can lead you to written or even video reviews, depending on the product or service at hand.

This means that you can tell quite quickly whether a product or a service is worth using for buying or installing your paint protection film. Those who are reputable will have enough favourable reviews to reinforce the quality of their service.

The eye test

This particular point is for those who are looking at the paint protection film in person. Essentially, PPF should generally look a certain way. It should be transparent, soft to the touch and flexible. If it is none of these things, it may be sub-par, old, or incorrectly stored PPF.

DIY or Manchester Pros? Choosing the right paint protection film

DIY or Manchester Pros? Choosing the right paint protection film

DIY PPF installation

If you are considering applying paint protection film, you may be wondering if it is worth doing it yourself, or getting a professional to do it. Below, we will share our opinion on the best possible option for you.

If you are going to apply paint protection film yourself, we recommend that you should only do it if…

  • You have experience in applying PPF previously
  • If you have the required equipment and space to install the PPF.
  • If you have an extra person to help you install the PPF

If you can’t fulfil all three of these requirements, it is a better option to get professional installation.

Furthermore, when it comes to applying PPF yourself, you have to buy it from somewhere first. This can prove to be difficult if you have not done the research to understand which brand of paint protection film is appropriate for you and your vehicle.

Professional PPF installation

With professional applicators of paint protection film such as Car Specialist Customs, you are in the hands of experts with years of experience, the correct equipment and perfect space to apply PPF.

The experience of a professional PPF applicator allows them to stencil the film in accordance with the shape of the vehicles they wrap. This prevents unnecessary overlaps and, when done correctly, can look like one piece of film is perfectly placed on your vehicle.

The tools they have on hand allow them to clean the vehicle correctly. Then wrap the vehicle by applying heat carefully, this shrinks the film slightly, ensuring that it is securely wrapped on your vehicle. The final stage of the application involves meticulously removing any remaining bubbles of air between the film and the vehicle.

The space that professional applicators use is also crucial, it should be away from the elements. Wind and rain can delay or even ruin the application of PPF. Applying it in an indoor space also prevents more dust from blowing onto the vehicle before applying the PPF.

These components combine to form a vital service that can protect your vehicle for years, especially if it is correctly maintained.

How much is professional paint protection film installation in Manchester?

The price for applying paint protection film can vary in accordance with the size of your vehicle, and if it has had body modifications. These two factors may contribute to more time and labour required to fulfil the application, though this may vary between applicators.

Paint Protection Film in Manchester

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.

In this blog, our aim is to show you how to decide between DIY or Manchester pros? By choosing the right 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


Monday to Wednesday – 10 AM—7 PM

Thursday – Closed

Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


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


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