4 FAQs About Car Paint Protection Film
Updated: Feb 20
Your car takes a lot of punishment every day. Stones, pebbles, and debris can cause unsightly dents and paint to peel. When a car’s paint peels, the surface below becomes exposed to the elements and can cause irreparable damage to the body of the vehicle.
To prevent excessive wear and tear on your car’s body, call a car paint protection specialist near you in Marin County. A paint protection film is a self-healing thermoplastic urethane designed to help protect the paint against damage.
A paint protection film (PPF) creates a protective layer between the elements and the car’s body. The best paint protection films shield from chemicals, UV rays, debris, acid rain, and can keep cars looking new for years.
As car paint protection specialists, we are often asked questions about PPF, and its processes. To help answer those commonly asked questions, we have answered our top 4 FAQs about PPF.
Can PPF be applied to headlights and fog lights?
Yes, but it’s worth mentioning that many car manufacturers apply a protective coating to their cars’ headlights. This coating can get damaged when removing the PPF from the headlight.
How to care for PPF?
Follow these PPF care tips to extend the life of your paint protection film
· To avoid interfering with the curing process, do not wash or wax your car for seven days after installation
· It’s absolutely normal for bubbles to form underneath the film during installation. Do not press them. They will disappear within two to three weeks after installation
· If you use a pressure washer or air pressure washer for cleaning, hold it at least five feet away from your car’s body while cleaning. Clean the film’s edges with a microfiber cloth
· Avoid cleaning products with aggressive chemicals
· Get rid of bug splatter and bird droppings as soon as they occur
What are some things to consider when buying a PPF?
Look for a PPF (should have a thickness of about eight mils) that provides superior, long-lasting UV protection and protection from flying debris, dirt, and rocks. The best PPF paints are transparent. Make sure the adhesive used in the PPF you are considering is not susceptible to premature discoloration.
Look for a PPF that is backed by an industry-leading warranty and has self-healing properties (small scratches and scuffs disappear when moderate heat is applied to the film).
How long does a PPF last?
All depending on the use and care, when professionally installed our clients can expect their PPF to last 10 years or more. As a car paint protection specialist, our PPF Ultra product is made to last, rigorously tested, and backed by a 10-year limited warranty.