The Truth About Paint Protection Film (PPF) And Why Permagard May Be a Better Solution To Protect Your Paint

The Truth About Paint Protection Film (PPF) And Why Permagard May Be a Better Solution To Protect Your Paint

Permagarding a porsche 911.

This article will cover some of the disadvantages of paint protection film and why it may not be the best option to protect your car’s original paint.

The Limitations of Paint Protection Film

Paint protection film has been available to automotive consumers for roughly 30 years now. During that time, the paint protection film market has seen many improvements to its durability from manufacturers. However, the technology is still not there to support the full protection of original paint. Paint protection film’s primary purpose is to protect your car’s original paint from rock chips. It is effective at serving that purpose, provided it does not penetrate the film. A customer who chooses to have PPF installed is probably quite a meticulous individual. When a rock hits the PPF, it leaves a perforation in the film that stands out like a sore thumb. This damage looks far worse than just a rock chip in paint, as the film is a thick elastic plastic, thus making the damage stand out even more. Once this happens, the film has to be replaced, until your next rock chip. That’s not a very good value for something as expensive as PPF.  Applying Permagard to a vehicle with no PPF to maintain the clearcoat and using touchup paint on areas with rock chip impacts looks far better and is much a better value for the lifetime of your vehicle. If too many rock chips do appear in the paint over time, repainting the hood and/or bumper is far more time-efficient and cost-effective than having new PPF installed.

Is Paint Protection Film Worth It?

Paint protection film is incredibly expensive. For a high-impact installation (front of the hood and bumper), it can cost up to $1,500. For a full frontal installation (whole hood, bumper, and fenders), that price can go up to $2,500. And for a full vehicle installation of paint protection film, the price can reach as much as $10,000. If paint protection film can still be penetrated by a rock chip, and still damage your paint, why would someone pay these astronomical prices, if it has to be paid again in 3-5 years? Paint protection film was designed to protect your paint, which it does. But it does not protect it as much as the manufacturers want you to believe. Also, if you only PPF partial sections of your vehicle, this will cause uneven paint wear over time. The parts of your car that are not protected with PPF will degrade naturally over time. Thus, when the PPF is removed, the paint will be uneven. This is due to the clearcoat remaining untouched on areas that have PPF, and natural wear on the clearcoat over time on areas that are not protected with PPF. Unfortunately, this is irreversible and can only be fixed by repainting the entire car. However, applying Permagard to the entire vehicle, as well as the PPF, would prevent this from happening in the long run.

Uneven Wear and Potential Damage

PPF can also yellow over time, due to it being a plastic-based product. Think of a clear phone case that you’ve had on your phone before. Did it still look clear after owning it for 6 months? What about a year? This is true for PPF as well. Applying a paint protection product, such as Permagard, to the PPF would slow yellowing process, but it would still be visible after a few years of use. This is due to the clear elasticity of the product itself. Dirt lines can also appear on the surface of poorly installed PPF. This comes from installers not wrapping edges and corners to prevent this from happening. You also run the risk of inexperienced installers cutting your paint (due to using an edge knife when cutting the film to fit the car), if you opt for a custom kit install. The worst part of it is you won’t even notice the cuts on your paint until the PPF is removed. That’s a big risk to take. Experienced installers will wrap edges and corners, but you will end up paying a premium price for their services. The risk is also great if you decide to remove PPF from your car altogether. Aside from uneven paint if you opted for a partial install, you also risk the installer removing paint when removing the PPF from the vehicle. This is common in makes that have softer paint, such Lexus, Porsche, and Ferrari. That would be a very expensive mistake to correct.

Long-Term Effects of PPF

Coleton, from Out of Spec Detailing in Fort Collins, Colorado, clearly explains these issues in the video below. His deep dive into a customer’s PPF showcases his terrific knowledge about automotive detailing. And as you will hear him say, he no longer offers PPF to his customers. For a beautiful royal blue Mercedes SUV, that’s only 6 months old with 3,500 miles on it, the condition of its PPF is quite shocking.

Exploring the Benefits of Permagard Over PPF

Permagard protects 100% of your vehicle’s original paint system. Rock chips are a natural part of owning a vehicle. Whether it’s a Honda Civic or a Porsche 911, they will inevitably happen. As long as your paint is protected from the elements and corrosion, then you can rest easy. Rock chips can be touched up. Uneven paint, damaged paint, and cut paint would require a complete repaint of your vehicle. Protecting your paint with Permagard is much more viable than putting your car or supercar in a bubble. Because in due time, that bubble will burst, and you’ll be left with thousands of dollars in expenses from PPF. The best use case for PPF is for rare and exclusive vehicles that lose tons of value once their panels are repainted, such as Pagani, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, etc., since the original paint on these multimillion dollar supercars is so valuable.

The Permagard Solution: A Superior Alternative to PPF

Paint protection film can only go so far with protecting your paint. It’s not cost-effective, it can still be damaged, and you’ll encounter many other issues due to having it installed on your vehicle. Permagard is the best non-invasive form of paint protection to protect your car’s original paint, while enhancing its color vibrancy, to bring a rich depth of shine that cannot be replicated by competitive products.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between Permagard and PPF, and how Permagard is the best option for your automotive paint protection, give our Permagard Headquarters office a call today at 305-662-5070 for more information. It’s time to shine and see yourself in your brand!