Paint Protection Kits For Road Cars

November 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Maintenance, Car Reviews, Shopping

Paint Protection Film (PPF) AKA Clear Bra is a thermoplastic urethane film that is applied to the leading painted surfaces of a new or used car in order to protect the paint from stone chips, bug splatter (love bugs) and minor abrasions. This film is also used on airplanes, RVs, cell phones, electronics, screens, motorcycles and many other areas. The racing industry followed suit and filtered in to daily-driven automobiles.
Paint Protection Film is OEM approved by virtually all car manufacturers.

A lot of paint protection film is installed by manufacturers on various pieces of cars at the factory (e.g. the rear arches of Porsches).
The film is generally installed by certified trained professionals who work on their own out of a shop or mobile and get supplies from distributors and dealers in most markets. Some detail shops also add it to their offering.

 

Prevention is better than cure

Like most things, prevention is better than cure. A good paint protection system should protect your car for a long-term. However, if you haven’t protected your car from day one – a good system should be able to improve your car considerably, with a notable difference and also continue to further protect your car the from the day you have applied the paint protection product.

Car waxing may not be the best solution

Car wax can be great to offer great instant shine, but there are a few drawbacks the average consumer may not be aware of. Firstly, car wax is called car wax, because it is simply, and predominantly made of “wax” – there is no disputing that. Everybody knows that wax also melts with heat. Car wax used on our cars is no different. Excess heat on paintwork that has been waxed, results in the wax softening, therefore loosing shine and more prone to entrapping contaminants. Waxing is great for show cars, but show cars rarely sit in the hot sun all day, day after day.
Wax, by its very natural state, does not adhere well to the car (in fact there is little that can adhere well to wax). Have you ever tried to stick anything to waxy surface? Similarly wax will eventually wash off your car and leave you with little protection.
Some car waxes can also take a top layer of paint off your car giving it a newer look. Do you actually want to take a layer of paint off your car? After all it has a limited number of layers.

A simple bird dropping can damage your paintwork

You car is being damaged now, and probably don’t even realise it. Many people know that UV rays can damage cars paintwork but this can take years. More immediate danger are bird droppings – which can damage paint work within a few days.
Bird droppings come from the digestive system of birds, and without going into too much biological detail, droppings can contain high levels of acid – acid of course damages paintwork.
Many people are surprised at damage a bird dropping can do. It often goes unnoticed, but it is clearly seen once pointed out by a trained eye who knows what to look for.

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