Paint protection film is a viable option to consider when it comes to protecting the paint job of your vehicle. That being said, there are many providers of paint protection film, all claiming that their product is the best.
That’s why in this blog, we will answer the question, ‘Which paint protection film is best?’
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 vs Vehicle wrap
Paint protection film and vehicle wraps are two sides of the same coin. Let us explain.
Vehicle wraps are a category within car customisation, within this category there are…
- Custom wraps — These are wraps that are more focused on design, which can range from logos/advertising to abstract ideas. Custom wraps generally make use of specially cut coloured wraps.
- Coloured wraps — Coloured wraps are a kind of vehicle wrap that serve as an alternative to repainting your vehicle. They provide a similar level of protection to paint protection film.
- Paint protection film — Paint protection film, known as PPF, or a ‘Clear vehicle wrap’ is a transparent vehicle wrap that provides protection from UV rays, dirt/dust, and minor scratches and scuffs. PPF also gives the vehicle a glossy look, which remains on the vehicle with proper maintenance.
It’s not surprising that people sometimes get confused about paint protection film and vehicle wraps. However, to put it simply, a vehicle wrap is a category, and paint protection film is a type of vehicle wrap.
Can vehicle wraps be illegal?
Vehicle wraps are not illegal. But, in some circumstances, a vehicle wrap may cause inconveniences that you don’t need. Though this isn’t common at all, it is still better to know what to avoid if you are considering a vehicle wrap. These circumstances are…
- Changing the colour of your vehicle using a coloured vehicle wrap, but neglecting to tell your insurer/the relevant authorities.
- Having a custom wrap that has rude or offensive imagery or words.
If there are any issues regarding these circumstances, the action taken by authorities will range simply based on the situation at hand. Though at a minimum, the vehicle wrap would likely be removed.
Which paint protection film is best?
It can be difficult to know which paint protection film is best without seeing it applied onto a vehicle, however, there is an important indicator which can give you a clue which PPF is better. This is the manufacturer warranty.
Manufacturer warranties are a form of obligation that ensures that if a product fails to work, or is damaged within a certain amount of time after purchase, it can be repaired or replaced by the manufacturer. The stipulations of what issues qualify the warranty, and what the warranty process entails, is subject to the manufacturer.
Put simply, it is fair to assume that a lengthier manufacturer warranty is a vote of confidence from the manufacturer of their products’ long-lasting effectiveness and general quality. Paint protection film is no exception.
In the UK, the minimum manufacturer warranty is generally one year. Anything beyond that is an indication of a good product. The paint protection film we supply at Car Specialist Customs has a warranty period of 3 years.
Signs of bad paint protection film
Sometimes it can be difficult to know by looking if someone has bad PPF, or if it was installed/cared for badly. Though there are signs you can spot on subpar PPF before it applied to a vehicle, these are…
- Dirt caught over the film before application.
- Rips or tears on the film before application.
- The film is hard or has a dry, cracked texture.
- The film has multiple creases in various directions.
What’s the best way to install PPF?
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.
Can paint protection film damage paint?
- Your vehicle is dented/ damaged.
- There is already paint peeling from your vehicle.
- You have had a paint job and applied PPF before it dried.
- Acidic stains such as bird droppings have been left on the PPF for a long time before cleaning.
- Forcibly removing the paint protection film without preparation.
When is the best time to apply paint protection film?
We believe that applying paint protection film as soon as possible after obtaining a vehicle is the best idea. Even if your vehicle was pre-owned. If there are any issues that need rectifying before the application, a reputable PPF installer like Car Specialist Customs will inform you to fix it before the application.
Invest in the best 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.
Our aim is to have provided food for thought when it comes to selecting PPF, and answering the question ‘Which paint protection film is best?’. 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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