What Sets Quality Paint Protection Film Apart?

What Sets Quality Paint Protection Film Apart?

If you are new to paint protection film, you may believe that they are all the same. However, as with any product, there are always imitators and those who opt for cheaper materials to undercut the competition.

Paint protection film is no different, as a result, you will find that some paint protection film is much better in terms of quality than others.

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘what sets quality paint protection film apart?’

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.

Can windows be protected from scratches?

Paint protection film works to protect the body of a vehicle from scratches, scuffs and other issues that can cause damages. However, it can not be applied to windows. Windows can be tinted in order to reduce glare from the sun and allow for more privacy.

It is questionable at best whether a window tint can protect your window from being scratching. If anything, the protection would be nominal, but not the same degree of protection that is afforded by paint protection film. 

However, there are products available that can protect your window a little more, this includes hydrophobic coating. Additional measures can be made in order to prevent your windows from being scratched, including…

  • Replace your wind shield wipers regularly, specifically when they are always making squeaking sounds.
  • If there are already chips and cracks on a window, replace it before it develops.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings as much as possible, when driving and where you decide to park.

What are the common causes of scratches on vehicles?

There are multiple causes as to why your vehicle could have a scratch on it. This can include…

  • Coming into contact with debris on the road, especially in difficult weather conditions, and/or on the motorway.
  • Another driver accidentally drove too close to your vehicle.
  • Purposeful vandalisation
  • Inadequate parking.
  • Driving in extremely tight spaces

Paint Protection Film, otherwise known as PPF, is a great way to help to prevent any of these instances from causing permanent damage to your vehicle, in most cases. If your vehicle is scratched, and it does not have paint protection film on it, there is a chance it can be removed via products, depending on the severity of the scratch or scuff.

What sets quality paint protection film apart?

What sets quality paint protection film apart?

You can quickly understand good PPF from the bad by taking into account the following three factors…

  • The state
  • The thickness
  • The clarity
  • Manufacturer warranty

The state of the paint protection film relates to the look and texture of the film. If it looks and feels dry, cracked or hard, it is likely very old paint protection film, or poorly stored/ low quality. If you attempt to put this kind of paint protection film on, it will be difficult for it to hold, and won’t last very long.


The thickness of paint protection film is an important factor as it determines the effectiveness of the film. Essentially, the thicker the film is, the better. This is because a thicker film will provide more protection against scratches, whereas a thinner film has a higher chance of ripping or being affected by what would be considered as a minor scratch or scuff.


The clarity of paint protection film can easily tell you if it is quality or not. Paint protection film should not be anything other than clear, if there is a slight hue or faded look, it may not be quality. Paint protection film should enhance the look of your vehicle by making it appear slightly more glossy.

Manufacturer warranty

An additional factor to consider is the manufacturer warranty of the film. Simply put, a longer manufacturer warranty is an indication of good quality. This is an assurance that the product should work for a certain amount of time with no issue, if anything happens before that time, it can be rectified free of charge.

Paint protection films, treated with moderate maintenance, should last around 3 years. Anything below this in terms of a manufacturer warranty is a potential warning sign. That being said, excellent maintenance, in addition to using ceramic coating, can greatly increase the lifespan of your paint protection film.

Should I buy paint protection online or from a store?

You should only buy paint protection film if you are planning to apply it yourself. We would not recommend applying paint protection film yourself if you have no experience or the relevant equipment.

If you do decide to apply it yourself, it may be worth researching the paint protection film available to you and deciding between them. Either way, online reviews can help to paint a picture, whereas a knowledgeable sales assistant can help you too.

If you want quality paint protection film to be applied professionally, it is worth visiting a reputable installer 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.

Purchase PPF today

Purchase PPF today

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 aim to have provided the correct guidance and shown you what sets quality paint protection film apart. 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


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Thursday – Closed

Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


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



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