How to Wash Car With Paint Protection Film

How to Wash Car With Paint Protection Film

If your vehicle has paint protection film, understandably, you will want it to last for a long time. Part of ensuring this is maintaining the paint protection film. This can be achieved by washing the vehicle.

In this blog, we are going to show you how to wash a car with paint protection film

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 protects your vehicle from things that would otherwise damage the vehicle’s paint work, this is done by applying a vinyl film over the vehicle. As a result, paint protection film grants protection from…

  • Under prolonged exposure to UV rays, paintwork of a vehicle fades over time.
  • Cosmetic damage such as faint scratches that can occur in general day-to-day driving.
  • Dust, dirt and other kinds of mess that can become unsightly stains.

What is the best way to make paint protection film last?

There are a few ways to make your paint protection film last. In order to get the best results, we would recommend using the following methods in conjunction with each other.

  • 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.

How to wash car with paint protection film

How to wash car with paint protection film

Washing a car with paint protection film is not as simple as you may think. For example, you can’t take your vehicle to any regular car wash. You have to make sure that the car wash has car shampoos that are friendly to paint protection film.

In addition, vehicles that have paint protection film can’t be cleaned in the same way as a vehicle without PPF. For example, using high pressure jet washes, can be detrimental.

The benefit of paint protection film is that the dirt and stains made on it don’t require a particularly strenuous clean in order to remove. This means that in some instances you can even clean the paint protection film on your vehicle yourself, granted that you have the equipment necessary.

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Use your microfibre cloth to dry the vehicle, starting from the top to bottom, front to back.

How often should I wash a car with PPF?

If you drive daily, or if your vehicle is stored outdoors, especially if it is by a main road, we would recommend cleaning your car on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. This is because driving regularly means your vehicle will accumulate dirt much faster than if it is stationary.

The reason we believe you should regularly clean a car with PPF that is parked outdoors by a main road, is because dirt will be accumulated simply by other vehicles driving past.

What happens if I don’t clean a vehicle with PPF?

If you never clean the paint protection film on your vehicle, you can shorten the lifespan of the PPF. This is due to various chemicals and contaminants in certain stains (such as bird droppings) that can have an acidic effect on the PPF.

Neglecting to clean your PPF can also reduce the glossy shine that cleaned paint protection film can have.

What is the best way to install 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.

Car Specialist Customs holds combined years of experience in wrapping vehicles of various shapes and sizes, Our wraps have a warranty for 3 years, ensuring quality and longevity.

When we wrap your vehicle, we make sure to…

  1. Discuss what kind of wrap you want, and where you would like it.
  2. Measure the vehicle / relevant areas where the wrap will be applied.
  3. Clean the vehicle / relevant areas before applying
  4. Begin our process of application to your vehicle
  5. Inform you of any maintenance / dos and don’ts when it comes to the longevity of the wrap.

Invest in paint protection film

Invest in paint protection film

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.

In this blog, our aim is to show you how to wash a car with 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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