Paint Protection Film Basics and Variables, Part 2
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on paint protection film (PFF) for vehicles. A broad category that covers a few different areas, paint projection film is highly valuable for protecting several elements of a vehicle, from its paint coat and surface to tint and others.
At Pro Tint Utah, we offer a variety of paint protection film solutions to our clients, including products like ceramic coatings, Clear Bra and more. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some additional areas to be aware of when it comes to paint protection film and its benefits, from how to maintain it for optimal longevity to why we strongly recommend you leave any PFF installation to our trained professionals.
PPF Maintenance and Longevity Themes
Like other elements of a vehicle, some basic care and maintenance will be required for any paint protection film you have installed on your car or truck. These areas include:
- Frequent washing: PFF protects the car, but this is not the same as keeping it clean. Wash the vehicle just as frequently as you would have otherwise, using only high-quality materials and avoiding abrasives or chemicals. Do not use a power washer, which might damage the PFF. We do not recommend using automated car washes, and we would advise against washing in direct sunlight. Finally, if your PFF was just recently installed, you should give it at least seven days to cure before washing.
- Removal: If you notice any oil stains, bird droppings or other stains on the vehicle, remove them right away so they don’t damage the PFF coating.
- Wiping: If wiping the surface, be sure it’s hydrated – wiping dry PFF often leads to damage.
- Wax: Waxing the vehicle around once a month will not only make it look great, but will make cleaning easier for both it and PFF.
Value of Professional Installation
In some cases among handy individuals, there may be a temptation to attempt a PFF installation on your own. Just because a YouTube video makes it look easy, however, does not mean this is reality. There are several variables that are specific to professional installers like ours, from correcting current paint imperfections to installation equipment you simply won’t have on-hand.
Our pros have experience with several related areas. Installation involves applying film on a perfectly even basis, which is tough for many who haven’t done it before. It also requires a squeegee being used to push out bubbles – this may seem simple, but it’s tougher than it looks without training. We strongly recommend you count on our pros for this installation, which is far more affordable than some of the issues often created by amateur attempts here.