PPF, or paint protection film, has been around for decades. It was originally invented by the military to protect tools, such as helicopter rotor blades, from debris and shrapnel. Fast forward fifty-odd years and the technology has been tweaked to protect the paintwork on vehicles.
Read on to find out exactly how Paint Protection Film works to ensure that the gleaming finish of your ride remains as beautiful as the day it rolled off the production line.
When vehicles are produced, even the most expensive of models only have a thin clear covering that protects the paint below. This is at the mercy of the elements. Not only can it become scratched and scuffed, but it degrades over time. This causes it to become discolored, peel, or crack, meaning the paintwork beneath loses that beautiful patina that you were once so proud of.
Some of the main causes of paintwork damage include:
PPF provides an additional layer that bears the brunt of all of this, meaning both the paintwork and the thin clear factory protection atop remain in near perfect condition.
Because PPF – often referred to as a clear bra or clear mask – sits on top of the paintwork and clear protective coating this is what now bears the brunt of environmental damage. It’s made from an advanced elastomeric polymer substance that allows it to be stretched and adhered to the paintwork. Once applied, it's invisible. Every application is custom-designed, therefore fits any vehicle.
The coating repels water but by far the cleverest ability of PPF is that it can ‘self-heal’. This means that when light scratches occur, the material re-conforms back to the original shape. It also prevents UV ray damage, something vitally important for those living in warm climates.
3M PPF protection is the original, and perhaps best known, paint protection film. However, there are a few other serious players on the market that offer equally good products. Both Suntek and Xpel provide their own technologically advanced versions of PPF.
While it’s possible to purchase the raw materials and have a go yourself, don’t be under any illusion that installing PPF is easy. Not only does the vehicle need to be prepped to perfection, but the paintwork and ambient temperature need to be between 55°F and 90°F.
Each area of the vehicle needs to have an exactly measured PPF panel applied. Getting this right is best done using a computerized machine called a plotter. This cuts bespoke dimensions of PPF, ensuring the perfect application, even on the most intricate areas of the car.
While some might say you could do the same with a knife and a measuring tape, such an attempt will result in a ton of wastage—not to mention the inevitable human error when it comes to the many (many!) measurements that need to be taken.
Make no mistake—installing 3M PPF is not a job for the faint-hearted (or for most DIYers). Boca Raton residents, however, need not fear, because they have a one-stop shop for all things car paintwork protection right on their doorstep. Auto SuperShield is passionate about keeping the cars of the state in pristine condition. From paint protection film to ceramic coating, window tinting to car wrap, these guys live, breathe, and dream their trade.
Don’t settle for anything less than the ultimate products, installation, and service. Visit
https://www.autosupershield.com/paint-protection-films/3m-paint-protection-film now to discover more and book your appointment today.
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