Paint protection film can be a valuable asset in maintaining the appearance of your vehicle. That being said, it is important to know where to get quality paint protection film, and getting it installed correctly makes all the difference in keeping your vehicle in top shape.
That’s why, in this blog, we are going to show you where to buy 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.
Paint protection film and its benefits
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.
Do I remove paint protection film after I’ve driven?
No. Paint protection film is applied to be an extra layer over your vehicle. It stays on for years at a time when proper care is taken.
That being said, paint protection film can be removed at any time. However, the use of a heat gun, or professional removal, is recommended to avoid any possible damages. In any case, here are some signs that your paint protection film may need to be replaced.
- The film has become cracked and dry, its texture is slightly coarse.
- There is one or multiple holes in the film.
- The film is slipping from areas of the vehicle.
- Edges of the film have become loose.
- The film has stained.
- A deep scratch has penetrated the film.
- There is moisture beneath the film.
Where to buy paint protection film
Paint protection film can be bought online from various suppliers, the difficulty with this is that you don’t get to physically see the quality of the paint protection film. We would recommend visiting a car modification business like Car Specialist Customs.
The benefit of visiting an applicator of paint protection film, is that they can correctly apply the film to your vehicle. This saves you from struggling to apply it correctly yourself, which is valuable if you have no experience in applying paint protection film.
Not only that, they can recommend maintenance routines to give your paint protection film a longer lifespan. Furthermore, if you wanted options such as a coloured vehicle wrap, or a custom vehicle wrap, they can be available to you.
For example, at Car Specialist Customs, 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.
Can I install paint protection film myself?
Yes, If you want to buy paint protection film to apply yourself, film will be available in sheets. Paint protection film must be stencilled meticulously over your vehicle, making sure not to compromise the function of the doors, windows, wing mirrors, exhaust, and lights.
Additionally, applying paint protection film is at least a two-person job. Applying it single-handedly can result in errors rather frequently.
Can I bring my own paint protection film to have applied?
If there is a particular brand of paint protection film you’re after that isn’t supplied by your preferred PPF applicator, they would likely install it for you, it is completely their choice.
Good PPF vs bad PPF
If you are buying your own paint protection film and applying it yourself, or via an applicator, here are some tips to help you distinguish the good paint protection film, from the not so good.
How long does it last?
Generally, a manufacturer warranty that lasts longer, is an indication that the manufacturer assures a longer-lasting quality, paint protection film is no different. For example, the paint protection film supplied by Car Specialist Customs has a warranty of 3 years.
This means that if any faults developed (within the stipulations of the warranty) within the length of the warranty, it can be replaced for free. That being said, correct care of PPF can see it last up to 7 years in some cases.
With that in mind, be wary of any PPF suppliers whose warranty is a year. This could be an indication of lesser quality in some cases.
Check the reviews
People take their investments seriously, if somebody bought a brand of PPF that you were interested in, and has a bad experience due to no fault of their own, it’s a sign to consider. This is especially true of multiple reviews that have a similar descriptive insight.
Furthermore, with the advent of social media and video based reviews, the likelihood of finding a review of the paint protection film online may not be hard. The benefit of watching a video review is that you can see for yourself and gain a better understanding, than if you were just reading reviews.
Is it too good to be true?
Sure, there may be some unique products out there that have mind-boggling features that anyone would want on their vehicle, but is there any proof? Is the price too good to be true, or have outlandish features that can’t be verified by any on/off-website reviews?
Buy paint protection film today
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.
In this blog, our aim is to show you where to buy 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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