Does Paint Protection Film Shrink?

Does Paint Protection Film Shrink?

Paint Protection Film provides unparalleled protection to your vehicle considering the simplicity of the film itself. Shrinkage is a natural part of applying PPF, but outside of applying and removing PPF, is there anything else that can cause it to shrink?

In this blog, we will provide answers to the question ‘Does Paint Protection Film shrink?’ In addition to helpful supplementary facts and information.

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.

Is Paint Protection Film the best kind of protection for a car?

Is Paint Protection Film the best kind of protection for a car?

Paint Protection Film, also known as PPF is one of the best methods of protection for your vehicle against the following issues…

  • Light scratches
  • Stains
  • UV damage
  • Dirt

PPF is the best compromise available for protecting your vehicle. If instead your vehicle was covered in an armour-like form of protection, understandably the vehicle would be noticeably slower.

However, PPF benefits from being extremely lightweight, so much so that there won’t be any noticeable differences in performance from your vehicle. PPF can have its effectiveness supplemented by applying a ceramic coating over it.

Ceramic coating is a liquid-based form of protection which holds similar benefits to PPF. Using them in conjunction with each other creates further levels of protection for your vehicle.

Can Paint Protection Film damage a vehicle’s paint?

Yes. However, this only occurs in the following instances…

  • The vehicle’s paint job was already peeling/damaged before applying PPF.
  • If the vehicle has physical damage that is not addressed (such as dents) before applying the PPF.
  • The vehicle sustains significant impacts.
  • The vehicle has a new layer of paint applied which was not fully dry before applying the PPF.

Does Paint Protection Film shrink?

Does Paint Protection Film shrink?

Yes, Paint Protection Film shrinks. This is due to the vinyl material it is made from, however, just because it shrinks, it doesn’t make it bad it’s because it shrinks that it is effective.

Paint protection film shrinks under applied heat, this is helpful as before the application process PPF is a large sheet. After this sheet has been stencilled accordingly, it is placed onto the vehicle, given the heat and any overlapping is stencilled off.

Because the PPF shrinks, it creates an extremely tight fit to the area of application, this ensures no air, dirt or water can get beneath the film. This tight fight is also beneficial for the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle. A loose fit could create a parachute-like effect which will affect how the vehicle moves, and quickly remove the PPF at high speeds.

Can Paint Protection Film shrink after it has been applied?

Understandably, there would be concerns that PPF can shrink further after application. To be clear, applying heat through something like a heat gun would be the only instance in which the PPF will ‘shrink’ if it is applied to the edges.

Under this circumstance it will essentially begin to peel off, this is the method used for removal. The intensity and position of the heat applied is something that your vehicle is unlikely to experience outside of applying and removing the PPF professionally.

When it comes to general usage, PPF does not shrink after application. The only other instance that PPF will shrink is if the vehicle is in the vicinity of a fire or other intensive open heat source.

Is it better to get PPF applied professionally?

Yes. Paint protection film installation is available from established car customisation services such as Car Specialist Customs. There are many benefits gained from getting a professional installation from a service like ours. This includes…

  • Pricing is relevant to the size and shape of the car.
  • Professional installation ensures complete coverage, or to specification.
  • Use of the right equipment and PPF, ensuring a lasting, top-quality paint protection film.
  • Answers to any queries including maintenance/do’s and don’ts.
  • A quick installation (depending on the vehicle size and customisations).
  • Installation takes place in a clean indoor space, which is the optimum environment for PPF installation.

What happens if I apply PPF myself?

If you apply PPF yourself correctly, then nothing will happen. However, if there are inconsistencies and issues with your attempt at installations, you can expect issues such as…

  • Bubbles beneath the PPF.
  • Overlapping or underlapping PPF due to incorrect stencilling.
  • Damage to the PPF due to incorrect handling when applying it.
  • Wasted sheets of PPF.

The process of applying PPF isn’t hard, but it isn’t easy either, especially if you have a large vehicle and no extra help. If you also lack a clean indoor space to apply the PPF, the process can become even more complicated.

Should I get PPF even if I don’t drive often?

Yes. Even if you don’t drive every single day, it is well worth the investment. Paint protection film is especially significant even for vehicle owners who may not use their vehicle frequently, but have it parked outside.

UV rays affect the paint job of your vehicle over time, and paint protection film protects against it. So even if you don’t drive much, but your vehicle is always outside, PPF can be a lifesaver. Especially if you want to retain some value to the vehicle.

The application of PPF isn’t limited to a certain type of vehicle either. Whether your vehicle is a classic car, a brand new car, or an extremely large or small car, PPF can be applied to it. And why wouldn’t it be applied? It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Where to find the best PPF installation

Where to find the best PPF installation

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 shrink?’ 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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