Paint protection film provides a whole host of benefits that can help you save money on your vehicle when it comes to reselling, or repair costs that come with not owning paint protection film. But how much is the initial investment? And is it worth it?
We have all those answers, and more in this blog, as we are setting out to answer the question ‘How much does paint protection film cost?’’
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.
Paint protection film explained
Paint protection film is an optional customisation option that serves to protect the vehicle’s paintwork in two ways. Both of which are done due to the application of a layer of vinyl film.
The first and obvious benefit is that it can protect the vehicle from light to some moderate scratches, and dirt that you may accumulate on your vehicle in day to day driving. Especially on motorways, or when driving through erratic weather.
The second benefit is that the vehicle is protected from ultraviolet or ‘UV’ rays. UV rays are a bi-product from the sun, it’s essentially what causes a tan, or sunburn, if you are exposed to it for too long. But why does a car need protection from UV rays?
PPF and UV rays
UV rays affect the paintwork of the vehicle, this is a gradual process which becomes more evident over time, especially if the vehicle is exposed to sunlight on a regular, consistent basis. The result is that the paint job of the vehicle seems washed, faded and old.
Aside from protecting against these UV rays, PPF also adds a glossy shine to your vehicle, giving it a fresh, clean look. Storing and covering your vehicle whenever possible, regardless if you have paint protection film or not, can help to preserve your vehicle’s paintwork.
Which vehicles can’t have Paint protection film?
Paint protection film is generally available to any kind of vehicle. However, if the vehicle has one or more of the following issues, installing paint protection film should not be done and is likely to not be authorised by any reputable car customiser.
- Freshly applied paintwork.
- Unaddressed dents on the vehicle.
- Unaddressed heavy scratches on the vehicle.
- Peeling paint.
- Other damages to the vehicle’s body.
- Any vehicles that don’t have the consent of the vehicle’s legal owner (e.g. car leasing company, car rental service).
How much does paint protection film cost?
The price of paint protection film will vary depending on the applicator you choose to go through. However, with customisers such as Car Specialist Customs, we charge for paint protection film application accordingly.
This means that the cost of application will be relative to the size of your vehicle, as more paint protection film, as well as time, would be required in applying it.
If your vehicle has modified bodywork, this could contribute to the price too, simply because it would require extra time and work to apply the paint protection film correctly to the harder to reach areas.
Rest assured, we guarantee the quality of our vehicle wraps, which have a warranty of 3 years. If maintained and protected, correctly, the lifespan of the paint protection film can far exceed the 3-year warranty.
The cost of paint protection film should be seen as an investment. If your vehicle is protected from UV rays, and dirt its paint job will remain pristine, this also applies to if it is protected from scratches. What this ultimately means, is that you may not have to pay for any restoration efforts, which can save you a fair amount of money.
Does paint protection film help with resell value?
Paint protection film has the potential to help with resell value of your vehicle. If your vehicle is free from scratches, has a consistent and pristine paint job, it will display that it is a well looked-after vehicle. This means that it will be difficult to negotiate for a lower price if there are no obvious faults.
If you’re opting to resell your vehicle, surprising the seller with a well presented and cared for car only serves to help you.
Of course, performance issues may nullify any possible savings PPF can give your vehicle when it comes to reselling, so make sure you rectify all issues you possibly can before selling it.
What makes paint protection film more expensive?
If you opt for a coloured vehicle wrap, or a custom wrap, this could become more expensive than a clear wrap (paint protection film).
Coloured wraps can be more expensive depending on the rarity of the colour you opt for, whereas a custom wrap can become more expensive purely due to the specialist requests that a custom wrap could have.
Additionally, if the shape of your vehicle is more complicated due to body modifications, this could impact pricing, especially if you are having a custom wrap applied.
Where can I get paint protection film installed?
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.
Purchase paint protection film today
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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 have answered the question ‘How much does paint protection film cost?’ 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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