The process of applying paint protection film can be complicated for someone without the expertise or equipment. If cared for correctly, paint protection film can last a number of years, but what about the process of removal? Is it as simple as peeling it off?
In this blog, we provide the information you need when it comes to PPF removal: How to remove 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.
Why is paint protection film needed?
Paint protection film, otherwise known as PPF, or a clear vehicle wrap, isn’t a requirement. However, if you intend on keeping your vehicle in the best possible state, it is a necessity. Paint protection film protects your vehicle from things that would otherwise damage the vehicle’s paint work. This includes 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.
Aside from the superficial protection, PPF plays a pivotal role if you intend on selling your car in the future. How your vehicle looks plays a role in the total price it can sell for, remember, a good first impression counts. If a potential buyer sees a well-maintained vehicle, they will be less justified in asking for a discounted price.
Why does paint protection film need removal?
Paint protection film has a lifespan that varies depending on how it is maintained, and can last anywhere between 1–7 years. Although instances of PPF lasting one year is rare, the fact remains that the less you look after your PPF, the quicker it will eventually need to be removed.
Paint protection film provides signs that can be a glaringly obvious indication that it requires replacing. These are…
- The film has become hard and crackly.
- Holes have appeared amongst the film.
- If an accident has badly damaged the vehicle.
- If the PPF has come into contact with chemicals that are corrosive to it.
- Bubbles have appeared beneath the PPF.
Can you extend the lifespan of paint protection film?
Yes, there are few methods that you can use in order to make your paint protection film last longer. By doing the following tips in conjunction with each other, you boost the chances of it lasting longer even more.
- Store the vehicle indoors wherever possible, and place a covering over it.
- Regularly clean the vehicle using products that are friendly to paint protection film.
- Applying ceramic coating after the paint protection film is beneficial as both of these solutions compliment each other. The ceramic coating reinforces the effectiveness of paint protection film.
PPF removal: How to remove paint protection film
Paint protection film is rather simple to remove, but there is potential for it to go wrong. In some cases, PPF can be removed by peeling, as you would with a sticker, whereas in other case, you will require a heat gun to loosen the film before peeling.
We generally don’t recommend removing paint protection film via peeling without any heat, even if the paint protection film was poorly applied. This is simply because some areas may have a more secure attachment than others, and if you don’t use a heat gun, you aren’t giving the film the chance to loosen equally.
Incorrect removal of paint protection film can result in…
- Residue around the vehicle.
- Incomplete removal of all film attached to the vehicle.
- Damage to the vehicle’s paint.
Using a heat gun is the best and safest way to remove PPF, especially if the film is old. There may be instances of residue left over on the vehicle after peeling, simply provide more heat to the area via the heat gun, and it should come off. If this fails to work, there are products available that can loosen this residue.
Can removing PPF damage my paint job?
There is potential for paint protection film to damage the paint on your vehicle, however, certain circumstances must be met before this is the case. They are…
- Your vehicle’s paintwork was already damaged/peeling when you first applied the PPF.
- Your PPF has been damaged via corrosive chemicals that have not been removed or cleaned immediately.
- The vehicle sustained damage that altered the bodywork of it.
- You had freshly painted the vehicle and not let it dry before applying the PPF.
Can I remove PPF myself?
Yes, you can remove paint protection film by yourself. 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.
Where do I get PPF applied?
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.
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