It is estimated that close to 15 million new-vehicle sales will be made in 2023, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. This comes on the back of 13.7 million new vehicle sales in 2022.
If you have recently purchased a new car or are planning to, it is important that you ensure it is protected against damage. Paint protection film is a tinted or clear film that is applied to a car's exterior surface in order to protect the paintwork from various types of damage. Generally, paint protection film is made of a layer of urethane, which has self-healing and hydrophobic properties.
In this blog post, we will highlight the benefits of adding paint protection film to your car. These include protection from various types of damage, ease of maintenance, a reduced need for washing, high resale value, self-healing capabilities, and more.
We will also answer some common questions about paint protection film. Let's get started with this handy guide to vehicle protection.
Prevents Different Types of Damages
Paint protection film is also known as anti-stone film, which gives you a good idea of the kind of damage it helps to protect against. Rocks, gravel, and other types of road debris can cause damage to a car's exterior, which is why so many car owners choose to apply paint protection film. As noted in the introduction, it also has hydrophobic properties, meaning it can repel water, and helps to protect against limescale.
In addition to scratches, scuffs, and chips, paint protection film is effective at preventing damage from:
- Acid rain
- Insect stains
- Bird droppings
- Tree sap
- Water swirl marks
- Mineral deposits
- And more
Damage protection is the primary function of paint protection film, helping owners to protect the body paint and maintain its color for years.
Easy to Repair and Maintain
Maintaining your car's paint protection film is quick and easy. Something that we recommend to owners when cleaning their car's surface is to use a gentle soap and water solution and to avoid using abrasive cleaners. We also recommend that owners avoid using high-pressure water to clean their cars, such as power washers.
Regular inspections of the car's exterior are also recommended, to check for any signs of damage, such as chips or scratches. In order to prevent further damage, it is important to get these repaired (or replaced) quickly.
Paint protection film is, thankfully, easy to repair. By applying heat to the film, it is possible to repair minor scratches and abrasions. This is possible given that paint protection film has self-healing properties.
Has a Host of Impressive Features
It's worth highlighting the range of impressive features that car paint protection has, such as the above-mentioned self-healing properties. Because the film is made up of urethane, a type of thermoplastic polymer, it has the ability to make minor damage go away. After being cleaned with warm water or hot air treatment, any minor abrasions can disappear.
Paint protection film is also resistant to stains and discoloring. Even under the harshest conditions, the film can remain clear and look its best. In terms of lifespan, the film is highly durable and can last for around 10 years or so, which also helps to maintain the car's resale value for longer.
Another benefit of paint protection film is that it won't turn yellow as a result of UV exposure, something which does happen to other vehicles.
Maintains the Car's Resale Value
As soon as a new car is driven off the lot, it begins to lose value. Car depreciation varies by model and upkeep. In the first year alone, car depreciation could be as high as 20% and up to 40% after the first five years.
Of course, there are a number of steps owners can take to protect against car depreciation. These include reducing mileage, following a regular maintenance schedule, keeping the car clean, and choosing the color carefully.
Another way to maintain a car's resale value is to apply paint protection film. This is because the film protects cars from minor damage, such as scratches and abrasions, and keeps the color looking new. If you do have plans to sell your car at some stage down the line, you can look at paint protection film as a solid investment.
Reduces the Need for Washing
There's a lot to admire about a brand-new car, such as the interior "new car" smell and the shiny and fresh paintwork on the exterior. However, "new car" smell fades with time, as those the paintwork.
By adding paint protection film to your car, you can make it easier to keep clean and reduce the need for washing. Given that the exterior is now less susceptible to damage, including from bird droppings, insect stains, tree sap, and debris, you will find that your car stays cleaner for longer and there is a reduced need to wash it.
Protects Against Corrosion and Chemical Reactions
Paint protection film offers superior protection against corrosion. Corrosion occurs when atoms on the same metal surface become oxidized, turning pure metals into undesirable substances.
Corrosion has a major impact on a car, including destroying its aesthetic value and making the exterior look aged and damaged. Rust can develop on a car's exterior from a minor scratch, which continues to grow beneath the surface. Because paint protection film has a layer of material that blocks chemicals and contaminants from penetrating, corrosion is less likely to be an issue.
As noted above, paint protection film is also effective against acid rain and acidic bird droppings, which ensures the car looks better for far longer.
Offers High-Temperature Resistance
Ultraviolent (UV) radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation. It is emitted by the sun and, while it does have a number of health benefits, it can also cause health risks to humans and damage to objects such as vehicles. UV radiation causes paint to fade and yellow over time, reducing its aesthetic and resale value.
Because paint protection film offers excellent high-temperature resistance, cars are able to resist the adverse effects of UV rays. It works to block the sun's harmful UV rays and prevent harm.
What Does the Installation Process Look Like?
Now that we have highlighted the primary benefits of paint protection film for your car, it's worth looking at another benefit for owners: the ease of installing it. While it is possible to install the film independently, it's highly recommended that you choose an experienced company near you to perform the task.
The first step is to thoroughly clean the car's body panels, given that any contamination that is present can reduce the effectiveness of the film and lead to defects. Next, soapy water is sprayed onto the car's surface to help position the film and prevent the adhesive from sticking to the panels.
The next step is to position the panels, ensuring that no bubbles form. Once the film has been correctly positioned, the soapy water is pushed out and the film is locked to the paint. Finally, any excess material is trimmed to ensure a perfect finish.
How Much Does Paint Protection Film Cost?
The cost of applying paint protection film to a car depends on a number of factors. For example, the size of the car, the complexity of the installation process, and the chosen film's quality. For an accurate quote for your vehicle, don't hesitate to speak to a member of our expert and friendly team.
When Should Paint Protection Film Be Replaced?
As noted above, paint protection film has an average lifespan of around 10 years. The exact lifespan depends on a number of factors. These include the level of exposure to the elements, the quality of the film, and the quality of the installation.
We recommend that you regularly inspect your car's paint protection film and replace it at a time when signs of wear and tear begin to show. Overseeing swift repairs if and when required will also help to increase the film's overall lifespan.
The Many Benefits of Paint Protection Film for Your Vehicle
The bottom line is that paint protection film offers a wide range of benefits to car owners. If you are looking to keep your new car looking its best for longer, your premier choice is Supreme Wraps.
For quality protection of your vehicle, choose XPEL paint protection film from Supreme Wraps. We are the nation's largest automotive wrap and protection collection. Contact our team today to get a quote.