Paint protection film, sometimes known as PPF, is a layer of protective film you can apply to almost any vehicle to grant it additional protection against various issues. But does it even last long? Can you get or do anything to make it last longer?
In this blog, we will answer the question ‘How long does paint protection film last?’
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Is paint protection film the same as a vehicle wrap?
Not exactly. Paint protection film is a category within vehicle wraps. Some people refer to paint protection film as a clear vehicle wrap. A clear vehicle wrap, or paint protection film, is a transparent film applied to your vehicle. It protects against a multitude of issues that can affect your vehicle’s paintwork.
Paint protection film can help to prevent issues caused by…
- UV rays
- Light scratches and scuffs
- Dirt, oil, and grime that is collected through regular driving.
Paint protection film is transparent simply in case the vehicle owner likes their paint job and want’s to highlight it, which paint protection film can provide. If maintained correctly, it can give your paint job an extra level of shine and cleanliness.
What are the other kinds of vehicle wraps?
Alternative vehicle wraps include…
Coloured vehicle wraps
This is considered an alternative to having your vehicle painted. It provides similar if not the same level of surface protection offered by paint protection film. The only stipulation with this kind of wrap is that any colour changes to your vehicle must be passed on to your insurer and the DVLA for legal purposes.
If you are leasing a vehicle, you must inform your lease provider before considering a coloured vehicle wrap. The likelihood is that it will not be accepted, though a clear vehicle wraps is more likely to be.
Custom vehicle wraps
Custom vehicle wraps are only limited to the imagination of the person who wants it. The designs can range to large or small shapes, emblems, and even advertising logos/information.
This particular kind of wrap isn’t always covering the whole vehicle, so expect to get the benefits of a vehicle wrap only in the areas it is applied in.
How long does paint protection film last?
Paint protection film, if cared for correctly, can last up to 7 years. After this time has elapsed, you may find issues with the paint protection film, such as a reduction of its stick, and the texture of the paint protection film becoming hard. At this point, you can’t reverse the process, so it is best to get your paint protection film replaced.
When it comes to caring for your paint protection film, here are some steps that can help to ensure it lasts…
- Avoiding accidents or incidents where it could be scratched.
- Cleaning the paint protection film with vehicle wrap friendly products.
- Storing the vehicle indoors wherever possible.
- Not tampering with the paint protection film.
Can I make my paint protection film last longer?
Yes. Ceramic coating is a separate accessory that also serves to protect the paintwork of a vehicle. Using this in conjunction with paint protection film is possible, both products compliment each other, which results in an extension of the usage of your PPF, as long as you make sure to care for it properly.
Where can I get ceramic coating and PPF together?
We can’t speak for every car customisation service, but the likelihood of them having both of these products is high. Understandably, requesting an installation of both products will carry a further charge than there would be if you only got one.
Furthermore, you most likely may have to visit the installation centre more than once. As both products require a period of drying for them to take effect. Once your PPF is dried and ready, you can apply the ceramic coating over it.
Is paint protection film easy to apply?
Yes, it is relatively easy to apply paint protection film. But it is difficult to apply it correctly. There are a few processes you should be following in order to have a long-lasting, correctly applied paint protection film.
You should not attempt to apply paint protection film if…
- You have no experience in applying it.
- Not only that, but you don’t have a clean indoor space to apply it onto the vehicle.
- Likewise, you don’t own the equipment necessary to apply it.
What’s the best way to apply paint protection film?
Using established vehicle modifiers is the best way to get your vehicle wrapped with paint protection film. Due to their experience, and the equipment they have on hand, there is less room for error.
When we wrap your vehicle, we make sure to…
- Discuss what kind of wrap you want, and where you would like it.
- Measure the vehicle / relevant areas where the wrap will be applied.
- Clean the vehicle / relevant areas before applying
- Begin our process of application to your vehicle
- Inform you of any maintenance / dos and don’ts when it comes to the longevity of the wrap.
You shouldn’t get paint protection film if…
- Your paint is peeling.
- You have freshly painted your vehicle.
- You have dents in your vehicle.
- Your vehicle has scratches that have removed the paint.
If you go ahead with getting paint protection film despite this, then your vehicle’s paint job can become affected even more detrimentally, be cautious of any installer who insists you get PPF, even if your vehicle has the aforementioned issues.
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We hope to have answered the question ‘How long does paint protection film last?’ 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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