Paint protection film can provide a number of benefits to those who choose to apply it. But what some people don’t know, is that paint protection film needs maintenance. If you can’t do that, you will find that your paint protection film doesn’t last as long as it potentially could.
That’s why, in this blog, we are setting out to answer the question ‘How to maintain paint protection film?’
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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. It is sometimes known as PPF, or a clear vehicle wrap. The other categories are coloured vehicle wraps, which act as a simple way to change the colour of your vehicle without painting it, and custom wraps. Custom wraps are generally intricate and sometimes multicoloured designs, or even logos.
The difference with paint protection film is that the other options available are specifically opaque, though they can provide a similar level of protection, paint protection film actually bolsters the look of your current paint job.
Vehicle wraps provide protection against UV damage that can affect your paintwork, in addition to light scratches and other stains that would otherwise affect your vehicle’s paintwork.
Should I get PPF even if I don’t drive often?
Yes. 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 life-saver. Especially if you want to retain some value to the vehicle.
What is the benefit of maintaining paint protection film?
How to maintain paint protection film
Paint protection film requires relatively simple steps in order to maintain it. One of these steps is the cleaning process. Before we address that, let us show you the ways in which your paint protection film can be maintained passively.
- Storing the vehicle indoors whenever possible.
- Placing a sheet cover over the vehicle when not in use.
- Avoiding instances in which the vehicle could be scratched wherever possible.
- Apply a ceramic coat over the PPF. Ceramic coating is an additional protective solution you can apply to your vehicle to protect its paintwork. It can be used on paint protection film, which reinforces its effectiveness.
In terms of routine maintenance you need to complete for paint protection film, you will need to wash your vehicle. There are two options you can take.
- Visit a car washing services that offers cleans for vehicles with PPF. They will have the right shampoos and methodology for cleaning your vehicle without damaging the paint protection film.
- Cleaning the vehicle yourself. This can be done with relative ease, providing you have time, and have access to a hose, buckets, sponges, microfibre wipes and car washing shampoos that are pH neutral.
How do I clean a car with PPF?
If you choose to clean a car with PPF yourself, all you need is the following equipment.
- A microfibre cloth (possibly two depending on the size of your vehicle).
- pH neutral, or vehicle wrap friendly car cleaning products. (Sometimes known as car shampoo).
- 2 buckets filled with warm water, with one of them also containing the car shampoo.
- A hose.
- A sponge or wash mitt.
Below are the simplified steps in cleaning a vehicle with PPF.
- Turn on your hose and give the vehicle a pre-rinse. You can also use a pressure washer, but be careful as this can lift the PPF from the vehicle at the edges. The aim of the pre-rinse is to loosen any debris or remove light stains that are present on the vehicle. Be sure to rinse every area of the vehicle.
- Get your sponge and two buckets. Place your sponge in the bucket with the car shampoo and warm water, and begin cleaning the vehicle. Make your way across the panel work, starting from the front to back, and the top to bottom.
Be sure to run your sponge in the bucket with the plain water before you apply the shampoo mix onto your sponge again. This prevents dirt from being put back onto the vehicle.
- After the vehicle’s body is done, make sure to address areas that are often overlooked, such as side skirts, wheel arches, awkward to reach areas etc.
- Give the vehicle another thorough rinse with the hose, making sure to cover the vehicle entirely in case there is any leftover debris from your cleaning.
- Use your microfibre cloth to dry the vehicle, starting from the top to bottom, front to back.
How to apply PPF
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.
Invest in paint protection film today
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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.
In this blog, our aim is to show you how to maintain paint protection film. 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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