Busted: 6 PPF Myths
PPF is the undisputed best way to protect your vehicle from daily wear and tear, especially during the winter. These common myths are either outdated, misinformed, or just flat out wrong, so let’s get some things straight.
Paint Protection Films (PPF) was first developed for military use nearly 40 years ago. PPF technology has changed and improved in incredible ways since its inception, so there is a lot of outdated information out there. In this article we intend to correct the 6 most common PPF myths.
Myth 1: UV exposure will cause films to crack, peel, and turn yellow
At one point in time, this myth held water. Older PVC-based films tended to fall victim to discolouration and premature aging. Fortunately, modern TPU-based films are much better at withstanding the sun’s harsh rays. The films we use at Tint View have been stress tested to the max so we can ensure longevity and toughness.
Myth 2: PPF is hard to install, so most people will mess it up.
PPF should be considered along the same lines as any vehicle modification or detailing procedure; it is a skill that requires focus, attention, and above all practice. For a professional installer with training and experience, it is relatively simple to perfectly install PPF on any vehicle.
Myth 3: The adhesive backing on PPF will damage you car's paint.
This myth requires us to break down the properties of film adhesion. High-quality PPF will stick to your car no matter what, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to remove. Certainly, if someone tried to peel off a layer of our PPF the same way you peel a sticker off of an apple there would be problems. Improperly removed PPF can leave glue residue and destroy automotive paint. Fortunately, it is incredible easy for professionals to safely and completely remove PPF.
Myth 4: All PPF is the same, so just buy the cheapest one.
A film is a film, right? Nope. There are lots of low-cost low-quality films on the market that won’t provide your vehicle with adequate protection. PPF is an invisible layer of armour that should protect your car’s paint from acidic bird droppings, flying road debris, road salt, and precipitation. When investing in an armour that needs to ward off the endless chemical and physical assailants faced by your vehicle, it makes sense to get the best. At Diversity, we take time with each customer to ensure that the film they buy and the application areas they select are right for them.
Myth 5: PPF will protect your paint from UV radiation.
A common claim by providers of PPF is that it protects your car’s paint from UV rays. However, many manufacturers are unclear about the mechanism behind this effect. Your car’s paint will be bleached by UV rays, but the clear coat that is already on your car does a great job of blocking UVA and UVB rays. If the clear coat was scratched or damaged your paint would become vulnerable to solar damage. PPF protects the clear coat, therefore protecting your paint.
Myth 6: You can't use wax on PPF, so it's hard to maintain.
Many people confuse PPF with aesthetic vinyl car wraps – the ones used to make a car look matte, metallic, or chrome. While those other types of wraps generally shouldn’t be waxed, PPF can be waxed with any natural or synthetic wax, polish, or sealant.
Hopefully we have clarified some things for you by dispelling these myths. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.