Why Paint Protection Film (PPF) ?
While a good sealant, coating or a wax can help minimize damage to the paint, it is not successful in preventing debris from chipping away the car’s paint. Here you may argue that 3M Paint Defender is a low-cost alternative to PPF, but you must remember that it offers only a thin protection layer and cannot protect the paint completely. In summary, it can be said that nothing out there in the market can provide protection of paint as PPF does. Therefore, if your car suffers from paint chips regularly, choose PPF. The ones that can help against rock chips are XPEL Ultimate PPF and Suntek Ultra PPF. Reach out to us about more questions about these two products!
By opting for full coverage hood, fenders and bumpers are covered with the film without any line being visible. With the entire front end being covered, the only panels left to be compared are the doors. But as they are vertical, the covered areas blend easily with the rest of vehicle. In simple words, it can be said that comparing the gloss and look of the hood with the doors can be difficult as they lie away from each other.
From my experience, I can say that there is always a slight difference between the shine of panels that have the film applied as compared to their counterparts. However, this difference is only visible from 5 to 10 feet away or less. But there are certain colors, such as white or gray, those don’t even show the difference from 5 to 10 feet away.
There’s a way to close the gap and improve the look while installing PPF and it is to apply a good paint protection coating to the film. This step will increase the gloss of the film and matches it to the gloss of the actual paint. However, I have never observed a quality protection film that looks bad on a car. While you may be easily able to tell that it is present in the paint, yet it does not look bad. So unless the film has starting to fade away, you probably shouldn’t worry about the look.
Two of the leading manufacturers of PPF are XPEL and Suntek, however, there are some other companies as well that deals with protection film and offer great services. Avoid getting your hands on a cheap film that may work perfectly as a protection film and save you some money initially, but in the longer run, such films get discolored, scratched and fade away quickly.
So the initial saving of picking up a cheap film over high-quality film is less than the cost of film replacement. A high-quality protection film generally last for 5+ years without getting discolored or without fading. But proper care of the film must be taken and it must be kept clean to last long.
Moreover, apart from providing a great overall look, the paint protection coating offers a great way to preserve the protection film and make it last for even longer! A protection coating protects the film from fading, swirl marks, and staining. Thus, it is easier to clean and maintain the film with a coating over it.
I hope this article has helped you reach the right decision about paint protection film (PPF) and has motivated you to get your car paint protected.
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