An Introduction to Paint Protection Film
So you are about to purchase a new vehicle, and you want it to never change. You want it to keep looking like it does the day you buy it.
In order for that to happen, your car will need to have some protection, something guarding it against the forces of nature that decimate a vehicle’s appearance.
You need Paint Protection Film (also known as “PPF” or “Clear Bra”).
“Automotive Paint Protection Film is a transparent, urethane covering that is wrapped around a car’s exterior to provide a line of defense against environmental hazards.”
What is Paint Protection Film?
Automotive Paint Protection Film is a transparent, urethane covering that is wrapped around a car’s exterior to provide a line of defense against environmental hazards. The film serves as a sacrificial layer, taking and absorbing the damage that otherwise would impact the vehicle’s factory paint.
What are the Benefits Paint Protection Film?
Paint Protection Film is the foundation of every sound long-term paint protection plan. Here’s what PPF does for you and your vehicle.
Stops rock chips
Rocks and road debris are perhaps the greatest threat to your vehicle’s appearance. Because Paint Protection Film is high impact resistant, it neutralizes the threat of rock chips.
Self-Heals from small scratches
The top layer of a quality film is made up of elastomeric polymers that return to their natural shape after being stretched or disfigured, giving the film a “self-healing” property. That means when light scratches are inflicted in the film, it absorbs the damage and returns to the texture and properties it had before the incident.
Stops chemical stains and etching
The urethane film is resistant to acidic contaminants, which means it blocks stains and etching.
Prevents acid rain and mineral deposits from damaging paint
Acid rain and mineral deposits can slowly eat away at a car’s paint if it is not covered by corrosive-resistant Paint Protection Film.
Blocks harmful UV rays to preserve paint’s clarity
UV rays from the sun make your paint oxidize and fade over time. PPF blocks them.
Has an invisible finish, enabling clear and glossy paint
Paint Protection Film does all of this while remaining completely transparent. When a film is properly installed, it is invisible to the naked eye.
Helps retain vehicle’s resale value
The quality of a car’s paint is a major factor when determining its resale value. Paint Protection Film will help ensure that you get the most out of your car.
Keeps vehicle looking newer for longer
This one is really a summary of all the rest. It is the whole point of Paint Protection Film. By neutralizing environmental threats and protecting your car’s paint, PPF keeps your car in like-new condition with comparatively minimal maintenance.
What are the Limitations of Paint Protection Film?
Paint Protection Film is undoubtedly an incredible product. When selecting a quality film and an experienced installer, the application of a Clear Bra will add value to your vehicle.
That said, the product can be oversold and overpromised by some manufacturers and installers. In order to be an informed consumer, it’s important for you to know what Paint Protection Film does not do.
Paint Protection Film is not bullet-proof
The urethane film of a Clear Bra is incredibly strong and impact resistant. That being said, it does not have super-powers. It can be damaged by a particularly strong force.
Paint Protection Film is not maintenance-free
Long-term automotive paint protection is never a one-stop solution. The road is a dirty place. Your film will get dirty. If you let dirt, bird-droppings, or bug-splatter sit on your car’s film, you will shorten the film’s life. You will still need to wash your car regularly in order to maintain its look and maximize the value of the film.
In order to help with the maintenance and longevity of a film, we always recommend applying a Ceramic Coating on top. If you want to learn more, read our article on Ceramic Coatings or on how Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coatings work together.
What About Yellowing, Blistering, or Peeling?
If you’ve done some reading around the Internet, you may have encountered individuals documenting defects that have appeared in their Clear Bra, specifically yellowing, blistering, or peeling.
Here’s the good news: all of those degenerations can easily be avoided by the smart customer. If you want to learn more, check out our article on how to avoid yellowing, blistering, or peeling in your PPF.
Paint Protection Film Options
For complete protection, Paint Protection Film can be applied to all exterior painted surfaces. This is called a Full Wrap.
Alternatively, Paint Protection Film can be applied to the areas most vulnerable to rock chips and scratches. Typically, this comes as either a Full Front (PPF applied to the full front bumper, full hood, full fenders, and mirrors) or a Partial Front (PPF applied to the full front bumper, the leading edge of the hood, part of the fenders, mirrors).
Maximizing Your Protection
Long-term paint protection is never a one-stop solution. That’s why here at Exclusive Paint Protection, all of our work follows a 4-stage process. Key to our solution is the application of a Ceramic Coating on top of Paint Protection Film. If you are serious about paint protection for your fine automobile, read more about how Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coatings work together.