All About PPF (Paint Protection Film)

Ever wondered how you can protect your car’s surface from stains and scratches? In this post, we’ll go over one method you can use to keep your car’s coat in top condition: paint protection film (PPF).

What Is PPF?

PPF, also known as car scratch protection film, is placed over the most exposed surfaces of a vehicle’s exterior to protect the clear coat and paint from harmful debris, UV exposure, oxidation, and more. Areas typically covered by PPF include the front end, front bumper, grille, side view mirrors, and headlights. Some people choose to coat their entire vehicle with PPF for a full protective shield.

PPF is most commonly made of urethane, which has great elasticity and a self-healing ability. The film is transparent and super lightweight, making it invisible after application.

How Much Does It Cost?

The price of PPF depends on which product and how much you buy, and whether you install it on your own or have it done by a professional.

If you pay for this service, it can cost several hundred to several thousands of dollars. The reason for this steep price is the high-level of precision and patience required to ensure it’s done properly. Call your local auto shop to request a quote for this job.

If you want to guarantee it’s done right, it may be worth saving up to get PPF applied professionally. Otherwise, put your skills to the test and set aside some time to learn how to complete this task on your own. Purchasing PPF for your own use can cost anywhere from $20 to several hundred. Once again, these estimates range significantly depending on the specific product and the quantity you buy.

When Do I Apply PPF?

The best time to apply PPF is when you get a new car—before it collects any marks. If your vehicle isn’t new, no worries, you can still apply PPF to it at any time.

If you’re applying PPF on your own, you’ll have to give your vehicle a good clean beforehand. If you get a fresh coat of paint, you’ll need to refer to the paint and PPF manufacturing recommendations to know how long to wait to apply the film. Sometimes, it can be applied immediately. In other cases, you may have to wait several days.

How Long Does It Last?

The longevity of paint protection film depends on the quality of the product, quality of application, and driving conditions. Most PPFs last between five and ten years. Over time, PPF may start to yellow or peel at the edges. High quality films will come with a warranty so you can either get a replacement or your money back if they don’t last as long as advertised.

Is PPF Worth It?

For many, PPF is worth the cost to keep their car’s coat protected during daily use. Of course, this isn’t a miracle product. While it can handle general debris and heal minor scratches, PPF can’t resist everything life may throw at it, such as severe weather and driving conditions. If you decide to put PPF on your vehicle, remember that doesn’t mean it’s invincible to damage.

Caring for Your Vehicle

Wrap of the car with a special protective vinyl film.

Whether you opt for paint protection film or not, taking care of your car inside and out is key to making it last in the best condition possible. To help it shine, gather some materials and take the time to thoroughly detail your car every four to six months. You can do this on your own or seek professional assistance for an even deeper clean.