Paint protection film (PPF) acts as a barrier between your car’s paint and the debris that causes damage as you drive around. It’s a kind of force field that prevents rock chips from coming into contact with your car, stops scratches in their tracks, and slows down UV damage. Paint protection film lasts for years after its initial application and keeps your car looking great with little effort. Read on to learn more about the science of and why you should get paint protection in Chesterbrook, PA for your car.
The Basics of Paint Protection Film
The paint protection film is made from transparent and elastomeric polyurethane that’s formed into a film that ranges between eight and 12 millimeters in thickness. It’s made through chemical engineering, and it can be formulated to provide additional protection beyond keeping debris from damaging car paint. The back of PPF is coated with an adhesive that’s activated when it’s being applied to your car, creating a solid bond that won’t damage paint or peel away.
How PPF Protects Your Car’s Finish
A basic layer of paint protection film has multiple paint protection properties that stop damage from various sources in their tracks. Here’s a look at the properties that are found in PPF and how they work.
Protection Against Dings & Scratches
Elastomeric polyurethane is designed to have some “give” when it’s made into a final product. In the case of PPF, a sheet of the material feels rubbery and stretchy when touched and handled. Combined with the average thickness of 8 mils, the result is a dense sheet of film that absorbs the energy of debris as it hits the car and returns it, causing the debris to bounce off. The nature of the film and its thickness also prevent scratches from reaching the paint layer of your car.
PPF is self-healing, which means it’s capable of returning to its original unmarked state after getting nicked or dinged. If your PPF gets nicked or dinged during the warmer months in Pennsylvania, the ambient temperature causes the film to return to normal over time. Deeper marks or ones caused during the winter may need to be treated by paint protection professionals in Ardmore, PA. Ultimately, you have peace of mind knowing that the paint underneath hasn’t been damaged.
Resistant to UV Damage
It’s worth noting that PPF doesn’t block UV light from damaging your car’s paint, but this isn’t necessarily an issue. The paint on your car contains UV protection that prevents it from discoloring or fading from exposure to the sun. The UV protection in PPF is there to keep the film from yellowing and cracking while letting the beauty of your car’s paint shine through.
Fashion Paint Protection Film
A majority of people who get PPF opt for a glossy clear film that enhances the color of their car’s original paint color, but colored film is also an option. You can change the color of your car without the price of a paint job while still getting the same protective qualities that clear PPF provides. Matte PPF is another option that makes your car look like it’s had a matte paint job but has none of the drawbacks of an actual matte paint job.
Contact Us at Berardi’s Detailing to Learn More About the Science of PPF
At Berardi’s Detailing & Auto Body, we offer paint protective film application, ceramic coating, paintless dent removal, and other related services to keep your car looking great. We take pride in our work and strive to keep your car looking like it just rolled off the showroom floor for years. Give us a call or use our online form to talk to us about our services and pricing.