Paint Protection Film
Paint protection film (PPF) is a thermoplastic urethane film that goes over any painted surface on your car’s exterior. It has been around since the mid-1950s, and later on, it became popularly known as the clear bra.
You might be able to remember cars in the 90s rolling around with thick “bras” in the front. Those are PPFs.
But, they were pretty thick back then that they weren’t able to conform to the delicate and complex lines of a car. Its limited placement and thick material led to its moniker “clear bra.”
The PPF we have today is thin and has extreme malleability, so it can stretch and conform to any edge and curve. This makes the material invisible to the naked eye.
Benefits of PPF
The main purpose of a PPF is to act as auto paint protection. It protects the underlying paint while also preserving its aesthetics. As such, it looks as pristine as ever.
The film takes on the scratches, dust, and damages caused by flying debris and rocks. It’s not easy to damage, as well, as it’s resistant to impact and corrosion.
Most types also have a self-healing topcoat. This means that minor scratches and damages will heal over time.
The elastomeric polymers revert to their natural shape after damage. Sometimes, you have to apply heat to get the film back to its original, flawless state.
A paint protection film also helps protect your car’s exterior from the sun. Exposure to the sun oxidizes the paint, leading to fading and yellowing. The film prevents that from happening as it becomes the barrier between the paint and the sun’s UV rays.
Prevents Other Types of Damages
Without some sort of protection, your car is also vulnerable to risks like:
- Acid rain
- Mineral deposits
- Acidic contaminants
- Water spots
- Swirl marks from washing
- And more
PPF, however, is durable even to the risks above. It’s also hydrophobic, so water and mud will only slide right off your car.