The Manchester Driver’s Handbook to Paint Protection Film

The Manchester Driver's Handbook to Paint Protection Film

For anyone new to paint protection film, there may be hundreds of questions you have. The answers to these questions may decide whether you believe paint protection film is a worthy investment or not.

Not to worry! In this blog, we will be sharing the Manchester driver’s handbook to paint protection film. We will be addressing the key facts we feel you should know about 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.

The UK automotive after-market industry seems to be on track to grow further, with a projected value of 574.11 billion dollars by 2030, which is over twenty times growth. With innovations in technology growing ever more sophisticated by the day, the forecast doesn’t seem to be too far off.

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.

Is paint protection film needed?

Is paint protection film needed?

Absolutely, paint protection film should be a necessity for any vehicle owner. Aside from preventing the vehicle from being stained, it can also prevent the occurrence of scuffs and scratches.

Of course, the best way to avoid scratches is to drive and park safely. However, any driver will tell you that you can be the best driver in the world, it just takes someone else to not pay attention for an accident to happen, whether that be a scuff or worse.

Although paint protection film is optional, it does not mitigate the fact that it can be a massive help to every road user. As long as it is maintained correctly, it can provide protection for a number of years.

Paint protection film is available to buy online, or from specialist shops so you can apply it yourself, or through reputable customisation providers who can also install the paint protection film for you.

Be sure to research the brands of paint protection film so you choose an option that works best for you.

The Manchester driver’s handbook to paint protection film

The Manchester driver’s handbook to paint protection film

For anybody who is completely new to the concept of paint protection film, below we will share the key facts that you should know before even considering applying it. Knowing these facts can be the difference in saving money, and saving yourself from a subpar PPF installation.

What exactly is it?

Paint protection film is an optional accessory that can be added to your vehicle. It is a large vinyl sheet that is stencilled to precision to wrap over your vehicle. As a result, you are protected from dirt, stains, dust, scratches, and UV damage.

Any vehicle can have it applied

The application of paint protection film is only limited to the amount of vinyl on hand, and the skill of the applicator. That being said, in theory, every vehicle can have paint protection film applied.

However, you would only really have it applied to cars, and some vans.

There is more than one style

Paint protection film comes under the umbrella of ‘vehicle wraps’. Paint protection film is also known as a ‘clear vehicle wrap’. Aside from these options, you also have…

  • Coloured vehicle wraps — This acts as an alternative to respraying your vehicle another colour. It can change the whole look of your vehicle as there are a large amount of colours available. They provide a similar level of protection as PPF.
  • Custom vehicle wraps — As the name suggests, this involves using different coloured vehicle wraps of varying sizes and shapes to create a custom design over your vehicle. Examples of this can be a logo for a company car. Any offensive or explicit custom designs may get you in trouble.

Prices will vary

The price of paint protection film varies between a few factors, including…

  • The size of the vehicle it is being applied to.
  • The rates of the installer you opt to use.
  • Additional factors that may make the process more complicated, such as a vehicle with a custom exterior that is unusually shaped.

Professionals can install it

Paint protection film can be installed by professionals, which is the best option if you are new to the entire process. That being said, you can purchase and install it yourself, however for an effective application, you must have…

  • A heat gun
  • A dry indoor space
  • Access to water
  • Someone to assist you.

Handy if you want to resell your vehicle

Paint protection film contributes to retaining the value of your vehicle if you intend to send it, as it protects the exterior of your vehicle from stains, dirt, paint damage via UV rays and scratches.

Of course, if the interior or performance of your vehicle is below expectation, no matter how good the exterior looks, it will be difficult to sell at the price you want to sell it for.

It can last for years

If maintained correctly, and had ceramic coating applied on top of it, paint protection film has the capacity to last for years. And even if it doesn’t, it can be removed fairly easily, meaning you don’t have to worry about damaging your car when you remove it.

It is completely legal

Paint protection film is entirely legal. It does not serve as a distraction or hazard to other road users.

Where can I get PPF installed professionally?

Where can I get PPF installed professionally?

Paint protection film installation is available from established car customisation services such as Car Specialist Customs. There are many benefits gained from getting a professional installation from a service like ours. This includes…

  • Pricing is relevant to the size and shape of the car.
  • Professional installation ensures complete coverage, or to specification.
  • Use of the right equipment and PPF, ensuring a lasting, top-quality paint protection film.
  • Answers to any queries, including maintenance/dos and don’ts.
  • A quick installation (depending on the vehicle size and customisations).
  • Installation takes place in a clean indoor space, which is the optimum environment for PPF installation.

Invest in PPF

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.

We hope the Manchester driver’s handbook to paint protection film has been insightful. Whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

Want to get in touch? You can find us right here:


Unit 30

Caldershaw Centre

Ings Ln


OL12 7LQ


Monday to Wednesday – 10 AM—7 PM

Thursday – Closed

Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


07523 971347 (Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)


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