Paint Protection Film Insight Into The Car Detailing Industry.
Present Day Paint Protection Film
Today’s paint protection film has evolved into a high-quality thermoplastic urethane film that is applied to the topcoat of painted surfaces of a new or used car. Car paint protection film is available in multiple colours or an optically clear version, in a variety of thickness levels.
The urethane clear film is highly resistant to acidic contaminants and corrosion, providing protection against bug splatter, bird droppings, mineral deposits, acid rain, and more. The unique material also helps it to reduce oxidization due to excessive exposure to the sun or UV light.
The top layer of the PPF is comprised of an elastomeric polymer substance that helps the material maintain a natural shape once it’s been stretched or applied. This feature allows the PPF to “self-heal” when light scratches occur. It also minimizes future swirl marks on the paint job — which makes it an amazing clear paint protection product.
What is PPF
It is a urethane clear film, that fits seamlessly on the clear coat of paint and is virtually invisible. This feature allows the PPF to “self-heal” when light scratches occur
How Long Does Paint Protection Film Last?
Arguably the best attribute of the paint protection film is longevity. According to leading PPF manufactures, professionally installed polyurethane film or PPF should last from 5 to 10 years. there are several variables that impact product longevity.
Factors Impacting Longevity of PPF
Some of the most common factors that impact the longevity of paint protection film include:
The surface prep:
While PPF is a protective layer, it’s only as good as the surface underneath. Prep work is often the most time consuming, but important steps for installing PPF.
Installing PPF is a complex and delicate procedure. If there are bubbles or creases in the material, it will warp – and not adhere correctly. The smoother the installation – the longer it will last.
One of the best attributes of PPF is its ability to hold up against heat. But, too much exposure to direct sunlight will decrease lifespan. It’s also important to understand that PPF is not bulletproof. If it’s continually exposed to debris, blowing sand, bird droppings or other damaging materials, it can wear thin.