For anyone who owns a vehicle, paint protection film should be the first accessory you decide to buy for your vehicle. This provides protection which could serve you greatly if you are considering selling your car in the future. But did you know that paint protection film can be made from different materials?
In this blog, we will answer the question, ‘What are the types of paint protection film?’
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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.
Is paint protection film a type of vehicle wrap?
Yes. Paint protection film, also known as PPF, is a kind of vehicle wrap. PPF can be known as a ‘clear vehicle wrap’. As we will discover further on in the blog, there are more than one type of paint protection film, made from different materials.
In regard to other kinds of vehicle wraps, you can have coloured vehicle wraps, and custom vehicle wraps.
Custom and coloured vehicle wraps
Custom vehicle wraps are a category on their own, as the design, and types of wraps used are subject to the person making the design. Examples of a custom vehicle wrap can be seen on many vehicles, most commonly on company vehicles, as they normally have their logo, services, number and other information/designs on their vehicles.
Coloured vehicle wraps provide a similar level of protection to PPF, but as the name suggests, these wraps are coloured. This means you can change the colour of your vehicle without painting it.
Within the category of coloured vehicle wraps are the kind of effect you can have, such as metallic or matte etc.
Coloured vehicle wraps, and most custom wraps change the look of your vehicle, so you must inform your insurer and other relevant parties if you choose either of these options.
What are the types of paint protection film?
When we are talking about paint protection film, we are specifically referring to clear vehicle wraps that cover the whole vehicle, and are not any additional colour. With that understanding, there are three types of paint protection film.
The three types of PPF are TPH, TPU and PVC. This refers to the material that the paint protection film is made from. We will cover each of these options below.
TPH is a polymer which uses PVC as its foundation. TPH works by enhancing the characteristics and flexibility of PVC, making it slightly more effective than PPF made from just PVC. Additionally, TPH does not lose colour.
PVC, otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride, is the progenitor of most paint protection film you see today. PPF made from this material provides adequate cover, but its drawbacks have seen it lose out to more streamline materials with fewer issues.
With PVC paint protection film, it can be difficult to install, simply because it is harder than other kinds of PPF. Additionally, depending on your level of care, this kind of PPF loses elasticity, colour, and hardness over time. Sometimes a year into installation!
TPU, known as Thermoplastic Polyurethane, is generally seen as the go-to option for paint protection film. As a result of its unique chemical structure, it grants a long-lasting life and flexibility than its PVC counterparts.
The surprising fact about TPU paint protection film is that they do not require the use of heat guns for installation, simply due to their flexibility. Despite this, they retain their elasticity, meaning it won’t develop cracks, or even discolour.
Is ceramic coating a paint protection film?
Not exactly. Ceramic coating is a liquid which, when applied to the surface of the vehicle correctly, forms a coating that grants similar benefits to PPF. Paint protection film, literally comes as a separate film which requires installation.
Interestingly, Ceramic coating can be applied on top of paint protection film, this creates an even more refined level of protection for your vehicle, and is worth considering if you want the best protection.
Who can apply 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. This goes for removal and application.
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.
Is PPF easy to install yourself?
Even if you’re an expert, paint protection film is not easy to install, especially if you don’t have a second pair of hands to help you, or any equipment that is relevant to the installation of paint protection film.
If you are a beginner to installing PPF, we strongly recommend seeking professional installation.
How much does PPF cost?
Although some installers may have a set price for paint protection film installation, we believe the fairest option is to charge based on the following factors…
- The size of the vehicle
- The type of vehicle wrap being applied
- The manpower, time, and resources needed to apply it.
Generally, a larger vehicle will cost more as the process required to install the PPF will require more resources, and time.
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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.
Our aim is to have provided the correct guidance when it comes to answering the question ‘What are the types of 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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