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When Should I Replace PPF

When Should I Replace PPF

Paint protection film is not permanent, if looked after, it has the potential to last for years. But what are the signs you should look out for to indicate when your PPF should be replaced? Can it be removed at any time? Or does it require a professional removal too?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘When should I replace PPF?’

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 I make PPF last longer?

Can I make PPF last longer?

Yes. Paint protection film (also known as PPF) can last between 5 and 10 years, granted that it is of a good quality, and properly installed. Below are some factors that can influence the lifespan of your PPF.

  • Limit light exposure: In the same way UV rays can affect your paint, it can also affect your PPF over time. To mitigate this, try to park indoors, or away from sunlight.
  • General wear and tear: Through using your vehicle, there will naturally be instances in which your vehicle can get scratched or take impact, this can reduce the lifespan of your PPF depending on how strong the impact is.
  • Where you buy the film from: Buying a cheap, low-quality film will naturally not last as long as a higher-quality film made of finer materials.
  • Maintenance habits: Making the most of maintenance is one of the best ways to make your paint protection film last longer. This can be as simple as taking your vehicle to a detailer for them to check, or conducting a simple handwash of your vehicle with a sponge, warm water and car wash soap that is not harmful to PPF.
  • Mix and match: There are some products that can work in conjunction with your paint protection film. As a result, the performance of your PPF is reinforced and refined, resulting in it lasting for longer than normal. An example of an additional product you can use is ceramic coating. This comes in a liquid form and must be applied meticulously, we recommend getting a professional application of this product.

Can I use a car wash if I have PPF?

No, for the most part. If you have applied paint protection film to your vehicle, you should be cautious with car washes to ensure your PPF lasts long, and stays in the best possible state.

Although a car wash is incredibly quick and convenient, the fact is that high pressure jet washes, and wipes that you’d find in a drive-through car wash, can damage the adhesive, and protective properties of your PPF. If you do need to use a car wash, ensure they handwash your vehicle and only use products that are friendly to paint protection film.

When should I replace PPF?

When should I replace PPF?

PPF can be removed at any time, although it requires a specific process, which usually involves heating the film as you peel it. Even though it can be removed at any time, PPF should not be replaced unless you notice the following issues occurring…

  • Peeling: If your paint protection film is peeling, this is an indication that your paint protection film is losing its effectiveness. If this is left, and the peeling continues, it can cause a hazard on the road, especially if the loose parts are flapping around your car.
  • Holes: If there are holes within your PPF, it is time to replace it. The reason for this is that a hole in your PPF can result in moisture, air, and dust getting underneath the PPF, thus reducing its effectiveness.
  • Bubbles: If bubbles are appearing under your paint protection film, it is an indication of your PPF becoming less effective, especially if bubbles hadn’t appeared prior to this.
  • Altered texture: If the texture of your PPF has changed, becoming dry and cracked, this shows your PPF has lost its effectiveness. This can be due to not being maintained or just being too old.
  • Accidents: An accident involving your vehicle may likely require your PPF to be replaced. This is required if your vehicle’s body has become dented as a result of the accident. The misshapen part of the vehicle can loosen the PPF.
  • Self-healing properties aren’t working: Some PPF has self-healing properties that can be activated through heat guns, or even heat from the sun. If you find this feature has stopped, or diminished, consider taking it to a professional first before considering replacement.

When should I not replace PPF?

Although it may seem like an odd question, there are some instances where the replacement of PPF isn’t required, although there aren’t many, here are the most common…

  • If you are selling the vehicle on: If your vehicle is going to be sold, it may not be worth replacing the PPF it already had, especially if the vehicle has had its sale agreed.
  • Affordability: Unfortunately, in some instances, the costs of replacing PPF may not be feasible for someone as it once was due to personal finance changes.
  • Minor scratches and scuffs: You don’t need to replace your PPF if it has accumulated scratches and scuffs, unless they have penetrated through the film.

Can I remove Paint Protection film by myself?

Yes. However, if your intention is to replace the paint protection film, it may be a better option to use professional services for removal and replacement of your PPF.

The removal of paint protection film can be achieved by using hot air via a heat gun to loosen the film. This allows the film to gradually peel from the body of the vehicle. You should not rip the paint protection film without heat treatment (unless the PPF is extremely loose). By doing so, you can end up damaging the paintwork.

The benefits of professional PPF installation

The best way to apply paint protection film is through a professional, as their expertise, equipment, and experience will secure a perfect and professional placement quickly.

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.
  • You have a point of reference to return to should any issues arise.

Buy paint protection film today

Buy paint protection film today

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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 when it comes to answering the question ‘When should I replace PPF?’ 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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