Paint Protection Film

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What is Paint Protection Film?

PPF is a clear film made from polyurethane with adhesive on one side and clear-coat on the other. You apply on car paint to protect it from various types of damage – scratches, bird droppings, stone chips, parking dents, hand car wash swirls, tree sap, brake dust, etc.

It can be applied on the full car, high impact areas, partial panels or even a 10 mm strip on the door edges to protect them from chipping.

Most modern films are hard wearing and self-healing with a lengthy life span.

What cover is the best for me?

Full cover is always best and adds most protection to the car.

The most popular package in our shop is a Full Front Cover (bumper, bonnet, wings, head lights, door mirrors) and in most cases, people also opt in to cover the sills, leading edge or rear bumper, A-pillars and front of the roof section. 

This extended front cover protects most of the vulnerable areas that usually pick up damage. If you need to drive through narrow lanes, adding doors or the full sides of the car would make sense too. 

Our process

It always starts with a proper bath and full chemical decontamination, followed by a clay bar scrub, then in most cases a single stage machine polish + degrease and we are good to go. In case of a non-new car, paint, we might need to fill in some stone chips, or work on deeper scratches, or sand bird drop stains etc. We do it all in house.

When it comes to the film installation itself, we are meticulous about installing it so that it is totally invisible, for us, that is the whole point of this process – to add invisible protection! 

To achieve this, we do go through the pain of wrapping every single edge, including the ones everyone else will tell you can’t be wrapped! This process adds a lot of time to the total work, but it is well worth it at the end.

In most cases, the film is installed pre-cut from our custom templates and there is no need to trim it directly on the car. In cases of really difficult panels with a lot of stretch, or something unique/ classic that has no template, we will install it in bulk, which is wrapping it on the panel in one big sheet and then trimming around edges as necessary.

Is there any warranty?

A cast iron guarantee!!

For most applications we use XPEL films, which come with a 10 year manufacturer guarantee and recently we added a premium PPF to our range, for our special projects, which comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Maintenance

This seems to be a subject most don’t touch upon, but we believe this is where we really shine! 

Modern films are pretty good already, most are self-healing, but how long will they stay looking good? Similar to the paint itself, without good maintenance, the finish will not last very long. This is where our high-performance coatings come in play! Back in 2013, we released our first flexible membrane coating that was designed specifically for PPF and vinyl applications and it has proven to be one of the most important products in our range.

Why not ceramic coating over PPF?

It is actually very simple – a proper ceramic coating will form a hard, glass-like layer. Apply that on top of a flexible PPF and try to imagine what happens when a stone hits it… The glass layer can crack and in most cases it does. It is also not unheard of that ceramic coatings can stop the film’s self-healing properties, and some ceramic coatings also suffer badly from water staining. With a flexible membrane coating, it will flex together with the film without breaking. It also does not interfere with the self-healing properties of the film and has no issues with water spotting. Our flexible membrane coatings also have higher chemical resistance than most ceramic coatings and add a darkening effect to any finish applied than no other coating!

If you have any questions about PPF or our process or anything else, we are always happy to help!

Office: +44 1923 519 682

Email: info@max-protect.co.uk