Paint protection film is an optional accessory to apply to your vehicle, but just because it is optional, it doesn’t make it any less vital for the protection and longevity of your vehicle. Whether you are replacing PPF, or applying it for the first time, you should know what to expect.
In this blog, we will answer the question, ‘How much does it cost to replace PPF?’
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.
What is PPF?
PPF stands for ‘paint protection film’. This is a form of vehicle wrap, sometimes known as a ‘clear vehicle wrap’. Paint protection film serves to protect the body of the vehicle it is applied to, from things such as…
- Light scratches
- UV rays
- Debris that can scratch a vehicle during day-to-day driving.
All of these factors affect the aesthetics of your vehicle, but it is worth noting that it can greatly impact the sale of your vehicle in some cases. Even if your vehicle has been cleaned, the scratches and faded paintwork can make the car look uncared-for, thus making it more difficult to sell in the future.
How is PPF put on?
Paint protection film can be applied via a certified applicator or by yourself, although the latter option is very difficult, regardless of experience.
Below is an extremely abbreviated process of applying PPF…
- A thorough cleaning of the vehicle before application.
- Stencilling the PPF in order to apply it to the relevant parts of the vehicle, it can not be applied as one sheet.
- Applying the PPF to the specified area, whilst using a heat gun to secure the attachment.
- Using a squeegee to remove any air bubbles that are present within the film.
Which vehicles can’t have PPF?
Whether it is PPF, or another kind of vehicle wrap, there are certain circumstances that prevent some vehicles from being able to have one applied. They are…
- The vehicle has paint that is peeling off.
- If the vehicle has unfixed dents in its bodywork.
- The vehicle has been freshly painted.
Using PPF in these instances will cause damage to the paintwork of the vehicle.
How much does it cost to replace PPF?
The cost of replacing PPF is subject to the vehicle it is being applied to. Understandably, a larger, or more heavily customised vehicle would require more manpower, time, and more PPF to wrap correctly. This is why there is a discrepancy in application pricing. There may also be a cost in removing the original PPF.
Additionally, there may be instances in which the PPF being removed is extremely difficult, this may also impact on pricing, though this is completely subject to the place you go to for removal.
If you want to apply PPF yourself, you can buy it either online or in-store from retailers, who have their own set prices for a certain amount of PPF roll.
When should PPF be replaced?
Depending on the level of application, and subsequent care, PPF can be replaced long before the manufacturer warranty expiries, or a very long time after. This is all subject to how it is maintained, the quality of application, and the quality of care it receives after application.
PPF should be replaced when…
- There are holes in the film.
- The texture of the skin has become hard in areas.
- The edges of the film are peeling away.
- The film is not staying in place.
- The film has become frayed or ripped.
- Bubbles are appearing under the film
The aforementioned factors can come into play at any time when owning PPF. Though they tend to appear in instances of poor application, accidents, incorrect/little to no cleaning.
Can I remove PPF?
Yes, you can remove paint protection film. However, if your intention is to replace the paint protection film, we recommend going to an expert.
This is because they can safely and efficiently remove your current PPF before applying the new film, which gives you peace of mind as your film will be removed properly.
Is it worth replacing PPF?
Yes. Replacing your paint protection film is the only way to ensure the lasting protection that is provided by the film. Unless you are selling the vehicle right after removal, then we understand why you wouldn’t want to replace the PPF again.
For those in two minds about replacing PPF. The protection offered also allows you to save money in the long-term. PPF also provides protection against UV rays, not having any protection will leave your vehicle looking faded. This means in order to restore it, you would have to get a new paint job.
So rather than restoration, why not just protect your vehicle in the first place?
Where to get PPF removal and application
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. This goes for removal and application.
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.
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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.
Our aim is to have provided the correct guidance when it comes to answering the question ‘How much does it cost to replace PPF?’. 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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