The ultimate protection for your paint is a combination of paint protection film (PPF) and ceramic coating paint protection.
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Get some protection on your car before the dirt, road grime, bugs, and birds get to it if it’s brand new or if you had multi-stage paint correction done.
You cannot avoid gradual wear and tear if you drive your car on a regular basis. The front end will take a severe beating from flying rocks and other road debris during lengthy commutes on the highway and frequent road trips.
Your paint is not mechanically protected by even the best ceramic coatings that have been professionally applied by a car detailing shop. Paint protection film would seem to be necessary!
The paint underneath the body panels is shielded by a paint protection film, a relatively thick, transparent layer of urethane.
Almost every industry, including the automotive sector, uses urethane as a polymer. Urethane is a material that is used in modern automobiles for insulation, seals, and even interior parts.
The substance is highly durable, adaptable, chemically stable, and UV-resistant. Once applied, it acts as a second skin for the body panels of your car, shielding the paint from mechanical harm like dings, scratches, and paint chips as well as UV and chemical deterioration.
During the Vietnam War, paint protection film was developed to shield helicopter rotor blades from flying dust, debris, and shrapnel. It was extremely effective and is still in use today.
Paint protection film is sold in rolls. It has several distinct layers, each of which serves a different purpose.
A release liner at the bottom shields the other layers and keeps them tidy until installation. The liner is taken out and thrown away before applying the film.
A 1.6 mil (0.040mm) thick (0.040mm) layer of acrylic adhesive is present in the middle. The adhesive that holds the PPF to the clear coat is made to stick to the film and stay there, making the PPF completely removable without harming or changing the paint in any way.
The urethane layer, which is the thickest part of the film at about 6 mils (0.152mm), performs the bulk of the work.
When a rock hits the vehicle, When it collides with a sharp edge or point, the impact energy is concentrated into a very small area. Because automotive paint is thin and stiff, it will eventually crack and chip away. After a few years of driving, the front bumper, fenders, hood, rocker panels, etc. will all have dozens of these on them that are exposed to the airstream.
Once this takes place, the paint will never again be flawless. The clear coat can be applied again, the chipped areas can be repaired, and with enough polishing, the paint will look fantastic from any respectable distance. However, after a certain amount, repainting the entire panel—which is already pricey—becomes more cost-effective.
The urethane layer will flex once PPF is applied to absorb some of the force and spread out the rest onto a much wider area, thereby saving the paint.
Finally, modern PPF products feature a thin clear coat layer about 0.5 mils thick (0.013mm), which seals and protect the urethane layer from contaminants.
Urethane is porous on its own and, if exposed to the environment, will trap microscopic particles from the road, which will discolor the film over time. That’s why older or cheaper PPF products turn yellow after some years.
The top coat is resistant to UV, oxidation, and a variety of airborne chemicals and pollutants.
The film will get a lot of scratches, scuffs, and scrapes, but they won’t last very long. Self-healing abilities are a feature of paint protection films.
In its behavior, urethane is comparable to a highly viscous liquid like honey. It will buckle and deform under any pressure, pushing the material away without creating tears or cuts.
Due to the fact that urethane is a thermoplastic polymer, heat causes it to soften and become more malleable. The film wants to reject the energy absorbed by the impact and return to a flat, uniform state when heat is applied to it. It cycles endlessly without altering its chemical composition and hardens back to its original strength when it cools.
When you watch scratches and scuffs vanish on film after being heated up with a heat gun, it almost seems magical. Depending on where you live, the film will straighten out and heal most impact zones on a hot, sunny day.
However, when it comes to paint protection film, you should be realistic. Although it seems like an unbreakable substance, it has its limitations. It goes without saying that cutting a knife through the film will cause it to tear apart and cut into the paint, instantly ruining the entire panel.
A dent in the body panel can also be caused by more severe impacts. The paint should be protected as long as they don’t rip through the film, but you’ll have to go to the body shop to straighten it out.
Paint protection film and ceramic coating work together to provide the best possible paint defense.
Scratches, chips, scuffs, and other mechanical damage are all prevented by the PPF. The ceramic coating will provide an additional defense against contaminants such as tar, cement, heat, salts, brake dust, industrial fallout, bug guts, bird poop, and tree sap. Due to its hydrophobic qualities, the ceramic coating will also perform better when it comes to beading off the water.
The ceramic doesn’t chip or obstruct the film’s ability to heal itself, so these adhere to one another perfectly.
Paint protection films have the potential to slightly dull the clear coat’s finish. The wet glossy finish will be restored by adding a ceramic coating, which will also virtually eliminate the visibility of the film. It’s especially helpful for partially wrapped vehicles because it will harmonize the surfaces and bring back a consistent shine.
A few hundred dollars more for a ceramic coating makes perfect sense if you’re already paying for a paint protection film.
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