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Paint Protection Film

When it comes to an important and long-term investment like your vehicle, it’s worth going the extra mile to shield it from damage. At Rayno Window Film, we offer paint protection films for cars to keep them looking good longer.


What is Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film (PPF) is a microthin polyurethane coating formulated to defend your car’s paint against various types of damage, including scrapes, dents, and UV rays. The protective film has a top layer composed of an elastomeric polymer material that maintains its natural shape once applied, creating a self-healing effect that helps the coating reform itself after being scratched.

There are a slew of nicknames for PPF, including:

  • Clear Bra
  • Clear Mask
  • Invisible Film
  • Clear Wrap
  • Car Protection Film

The standard version of the product has a glossy, satin finish, but matte finish formulas are also readily available.


Benefits of Paint Protection Film

There are many benefits of paint protection film you’ll want to know. To start, PPF is good for protection against rock chips, stone chips, road debris, and other projectiles that can scratch the paint or cause physical damage to your car’s exterior. PPF also provides a layer of defense against bug splatter and bird droppings, and makes it easier to clean splotches off of your car.

Many customers with a truck or 4×4 opt for off-road paint protection film to protect their trucks from scratches while driving through brush and other rocky terrains.

Residents who frequently drive in snowy areas should be aware of the hidden dangers of the salt and solvents used on the roads for snow control. Road salt and deicing chemicals are corrosive and can eat into your paint over time. If it’s left unattended, salt could lead your paint to get damaged and car getting rust. Understanding how to protect your car from road salt with paint protection film can help save you thousands of dollars in repairs.


Protection against the elements

If you live in these snow-heavy states, your car will benefit from PPF:

  • Colorado
  • Oklahoma
  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Alaska
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Massechiewsets
  • Illinois

PPF is worth it because its hydrophobic properties create a water-resistant, easy-to-clean layer that protects your vehicle’s paint. Additionally, the self-healing properties of the film mean you won’t have to worry about unsightly minor scratches. Vehicle owners will find it much simpler and more manageable to maintain their cars’ appearance after applying paint protection film. Car washes are quicker and easier to complete.


How to Choose the Best PPF?

When deciding which PPF is best, consider the warranty associated with the product, which should typically cover a 5 to 10 year period.

It’s important to have your film applied by a detailing shop with extensive experience and skill to avoid errors during the installation process. Improper installation can result in unsightly textures such as the orange peel effect. Select a PPF that incorporates the latest advancements in film technology, such as hydrophobic performance, stain resistance, and a smooth, sleek finish.

While the cost of paint protection film can vary depending on the product and who handles the installation, ball-park figures are between $900-2,500 for select panels and $2,000-7,000 to coat the entire car.


How Long Does Paint Protection Film Last?

If properly applied and taken care of, the lifespan of high-quality PPF can be anywhere from five to ten years. The longevity of the coating is one of its major attractions for customers looking for a long-term paint preservation solution for their vehicles.


Where to Apply PPF?

While the front of the car usually receives the most attention, PPF can be applied to the full car body. Some popular areas include the hood, bumpers, rocker panels, quarter panels, side mirrors, door handles, door edges, wheel arches, and other painted surfaces. You can also apply film to the interior dash to shield delicate piano black surfaces on the inside of your car from sun damage and general wear and tear.


Are There Any Alternatives to Using PPF?

While paint protection film is designed to provide the longest-lasting and most effective defense for your vehicle, ceramic coating and wax are both options that offer shorter-term protection. Add a ceramic coating on top of a professionally-installed paint protection product for best results.

If you’re decided between PPF vs ceramic coating, take into consideration costs and durability. Some customers may need the superior protection of a PPF while others may not.


The Bottom Line

Your car is an investment worth protecting with the best microcoating technologies available. Choose CREED paint protection film to maintain the looks and longevity of your car.