Does Paint Protection Film Scratch?

Does Paint Protection Film Scratch?

Paint protection, also known as PPF, is a helpful accessory to add to your vehicle, it holds many benefits. One of the key benefits is protection against scratches, but what happens when the paint protection film is scratched? Does it disappear? Does it even leave a mark?

In this blog, we will provide an answer to the question ‘Does paint protection film scratch?’

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.

The UK automotive after-market industry seems to be on track to grow further, with a projected value of 574.11 billion dollars by 2030, which is over twenty times growth. With innovations in technology growing ever more sophisticated by the day, the forecast doesn’t seem to be too far off.

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.

The benefits of PPF

Paint protection film is a thin yet effective film that is specially applied to the body of a vehicle, making sure to avoid the windows and lights. Paint protection film protects against the following issues that would otherwise affect the paint job of your vehicle.

Light scratches

Scratches on your vehicle can occur whilst driving casually, they can come from debris on the road, nature, and more.

Dust, dirt and grime 

Dust dirt and grime, if left unattended make your vehicle appear dirty and uncared for. This can leave a bad impression on others and have the potential to harm someone in or around your vehicle who has a vulnerable immune system.

UV rays from the sun

UV rays affect your vehicle’s paint over time, which results in the paint job looking faint and imbalanced compared to how it was originally.

Is paint protection film expensive?

Paint protection film can vary in price depending on a few factors, which are generally the size of your vehicle and the shape. Naturally, a larger vehicle would require more work and time, hence the higher price.

A car with a unique shape, which could be due to bodywork customisation, may also require additional time to install.

Does paint protection film scratch?

Does paint protection film scratch?

Yes. Paint protection film can be scratched. However, most modern paint protection film is ‘self-healing’. This means that after a scratch is sustained, certain techniques can be employed to remove the scratch. An example of a technique that can heal some PPF is using a heat gun gently around the affected area.

When it comes to paint protection film and scratches, it can only protect against light scratches. Heavy scratches, for example, those that occur in addition to denting the vehicle, will not be protected by paint protection film.

In terms of application, paint protection film will not scratch the vehicle. However, if the paint protection film is already hard before it is applied, it could scratch the vehicle. Dry, or old PPF should not be applied in any case.

Removal-wise, paint protection film has the potential to damage the paintwork of the vehicle it is attached to, however, this occurs in the following circumstances.

  • Removal of PPF forcefully without applying heat.
  • Applying PPF to a vehicle that already had peeling paint.
  • Applying PPF to a dented vehicle.

Can you reinforce the paint protection film?

Yes, one way of reinforcing paint protection film is by using it in conjunction with ceramic coating.

Ceramic coating is a liquid that is meticulously applied to the vehicle which grants similar levels of protection to PPF. When used in conjunction, they serve to reinforce each other. As a result, the PPF can last longer and has further resistance against water.

Ceramic coating should ideally be applied by a car customisation service that specialises in this application. Applying it yourself with no experience can result in an uneven coating that can have limited effectiveness.

Are there long-term benefits of paint protection film?

Yes. aside from the benefits mentioned earlier, PPF can serve to help maintain the value of the vehicle. This is critical if you intend to sell your vehicle at a later date. Make no mistake, a preserved and well-maintained vehicle is going to be harder to negotiate over as opposed to a vehicle with damages and in dire need of repainting.

When should I replace the paint protection film?

When should I replace the paint protection film?

If you already have paint protection film and are looking to replace it, you should replace your paint protection film if…

  • It is ripped or damaged.
  • There are bubbles beneath the film.
  • The film has become dry and crackly.
  • The film isn’t stuck in place.

Neglecting to replace your PPF in these instances can result in your vehicle’s paintwork being affected. Ideally, you should get your PPF removed and replaced by an expert to avoid any further damages caused by neglecting to remove your PPF in time.

How can I get my vehicle wrapped?

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.

Does paint protection film go over my number plate?

No, paint protection film will cover the body of your vehicle, having vinyl over the number plate may make it difficult to read for ANPR systems. If you are considering reinforcing a number plate, gel plates are a perfectly legal option.

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Buy paint protection film now

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 aim to have provided the correct guidance and answer the question ‘Does paint protection film scratch?’ Whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

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