Which PPF Coverage Should I Get?
While the Paint Protection Films (PPF) have been around for some time, the previously used films were really not impressive. They were quite crude as compared to the PPFs used nowadays. Films used earlier were thick and had a slight color tint in the film. They were not completely transparent and thus change the color of the vehicle slightly. Moreover, it was a cumbersome procedure to fit them and it was obvious that the car had the film applied as the edges were not seamless. Therefore, they were not the ideal fit and many car owners refused to use them.
However, with the advancement of technology, today’s paint protection film has improved considerably. PPF available nowadays have the capacity to self-heal. Yes, that’s right, they can repair themselves. If the protection film gets a mild tear due to light debris or stone impact, the film can mold itself back to its original form within a time span of 24 hours or even less. However, to speed up the curing time, it can easily be done with the help of a hair dryer or by pouring hot water.
Does Your Car Need It?
When driving around, I usually see supercars owners using the protective film on their vehicle and for the right reasons. They love their cars and they are extremely expensive to repaint!
Let’s take up the example of Ferrari F12. It is almost compulsory to protect the paint of F12 with full body PPF application as the car was spec’d with Rosso Berlinetta paint - A triple layer paint that comes with pearlescent paint finish which is extremely difficult to repair, once damaged. As the new paint cannot be matched with other panels therefore not installing protection film on the car will be stupidly expensive. However, if you have got a standard paint job done without any fancy metallic, you can easily choose to opt out and not use the film on the sensitive parts of the car.
Apart from protecting the car from a stone chip, another great benefit of PPF is a preservation of the underneath detailing. Before opting for PPF, gets a thorough detail of the car, completely decontaminating the bodywork, buffering it to achieve an epic shine, and to conceal imperfections. The difference that PPF would make here is that it would freeze the state of detail in time, preserve the gloss and the original paint in perfect condition to make the car shine even through the film.
By getting the protection film installed, washing of the car also becomes a lot easier. While we don’t recommend a hand car wash option for your beloved car, you can still go for it if you have the PPF installed. So the next time when you come to wash your car, there’s no need to be careful or use the two bucket method. You don’t even need to swap between mitts to avoid scratching the clear coat. Dirt has a hard time sticking to PPF and the rain water easily beads off the film.