Even a minor scratch on your brand new car can make you want to tear your hair out, won’t it? The paint on your car needs to be protected so it looks brand new all of the time. This is not an easy task, given how traffic in India goes. Even when we avoid scratches, it is usually by a hair’s breadth. We cannot hope to always be lucky. Eventually, our cars will get paint scratches. So how can we prevent this from happening? Here is where PPF comes in.
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Automotive paint protection has become a hot topic among car buyers, especially new ones. Everyone wants to keep their cars shiny. Read this blog to learn how car lamination came about and what PPF was originally intended for.
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Paint Protection Film: The Origin
In the 1960s, the US Department of Defense had some issues with the rotor blades of the helicopters. Foreign objects like flying shrapnel would often damage the blades. Tired of this happening over and over again, the department hired 3M to develop a transparent, lightweight protective film. The film was intended to strengthen the surface without making it glossy. To their surprise, the film did the job and we now have PPF.
Paint Protection Film For Automotive Usage
The modern-day automotive paint protection film is a high-quality thermoplastic urethane film. PPF is applied to the top layer of the car’s paint and is either transparent or coloured. It has self-healing properties. It’s true! Your car’s lamination can repair itself if it gets scratched up. The laminate is made with an elastomeric polymeric substance that helps it to maintain its shape once stretched. Therefore, the PPF is able to self-heal minor scratches!
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Popular Paint Protection Films
Initially, only 3M manufactured this PPF for automotive paint protection. However, now brands like SunTek and XPEL have created their own versions of the same. There are various types of paint protection films. Here are a few of them:
- Clear Mask
- Clear Bra
- Invisible Shield
- Rock Chip Protection
- Clear Wrap
- Car Scratch Protection Film
Paint Protection Film: Can I DIY?
Don’t ever think you can apply PPF on your car at home. Trust us when we say it is no DIY job. Get a professional to affix PPF on your car. Many automotive paint protection specialists are also vinyl wrappers.
Advantages of Paint Protection Film
A good quality PPF used as a car lamination can last up to 10 years. High-quality paint protection films can make automotive paint protection a piece of cake. PPF can protect your car from minor scratches and rock chips. This wonder car lamination material can leave your car looking brand new for a very long time.
Though a PPF can be a little expensive, the benefits are immense. This will make it worthwhile to invest money in a PPF! We recommend that you get one for your car and make a mark with a gleaming car. Visit your nearest GoMechanic workshop for car wrapping, paint protection, car detailing, and so much more!
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