Paint Protection Film has come a long way since its invention by 3M for military use to protect helicopters. However, the original film was challenging to work with, due to the lack of conformability to the military standards required to protect helicopters from flying debris and shrapnel. So, there are a lot of myths surrounding PPF and how it works.

Some myths are misconceptions; some are over-promising statements and even “fake news.” So, let’s take a look at some of the most talked about misconceptions about PPF and find the correct answers.

Time for some truth-sharing and myth-busting.

Myth #1: Paint Protection Film Damages The Paint

A prevalent myth about PPF that makes people wary of using them is that the film will damage a car’s paint. This thought, however, could not be further from the truth. The whole job of the paint protection film is to protect a car’s finish. Not the other way around. PPFs indeed use an adhesive to create a tight fit for the vehicle. But, PPF is easily removed when it is no longer necessary on the vehicle without causing any harm to your car’s paint. Not removed correctly, it can leave residue and cause harm to your vehicle’s paint. But, removed by a professional PPF company, the film will not damage your vehicle.

Myth #2: Paint Protection Film Is Too Expensive

So, this one is interesting because everybody has a different definition of “expensive.” So, we’ll look at the facts. Indeed, paint protection film installation generally comes with a price tag – depending on the size, prep work involved, product type, and installation cost. Sure, you can have someone who is not a qualified professional install PPF. But, there is a benefit to a professional installer doing it due to reducing the potential for unnecessary work and damage to your car.

In the long run, if installed by a certified PPF installer, the benefits outweigh the cost. PPF should last many years, paying for itself due to the long-term vehicle and paint protection benefits.

Myth 3: My Car’s Resale Value Will Be Affected By Paint Protection Film

These myths flow together nicely. Yes, your car’s resale value will be affected – but in a good way! Adding high-quality, professionally installed PPF will improve your car’s resale value because it will keep the original factory finish looking new for years. Not only this, but an added benefit comes with the 10+ year warranty of a PPF installation, attached to the Carfax report and transferrable to the new owner.

Myth 4: Paint Protection Is Difficult to Install & Maintain

We are debunking two myths here – first, the installation, and second the maintenance. As with any modification to a vehicle, paint protection films are best installed by a trained professional, as it does require finesse and skill. If doing it by yourself, it will seem difficult to install. But, by a trained professional, it’s easy.

Additionally, maintenance is straightforward. It doesn’t require any special upkeep or maintenance besides what any other car would. Properly maintaining your car’s paint, keeping it clean and free from contamination and debris, will help the longevity.

Myth 5: Paint Protection Films Turn Yellow & Get Damaged By Sun Exposure

A very outdated paint protection film myth is that PPF turns yellow or is damaged by sun exposure – this was true in the early days of paint protection films. The original films were PVC-based films. Modern-day paint protection film is made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), specifically designed to withstand the elements.

Myth 6: You Can’t Wax Paint Protection Films

Our final myth is that PPF is a type of wrap, and adding wax will cause problems. Instead, it will add a layer of protection – and is a great idea. People often confuse PPF with vinyl car wraps, an entirely different product. PPF is not a thin, fragile vinyl material but a strong, durable protective film.

Finally, understanding the truth behind these myths, Executive Auto Wraps can provide professional paint protection film installation to ensure that your PPF experience is top quality. Get started today and get a quote.

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