Updated: Feb 27
Taking your family on the road can be an exciting adventure, but it can also mean putting your
vehicle through its paces. Whether you’re taking a cross-country drive or just running errands around town, your car is exposed to all sorts of hazards that could cause damage. One way to protect your car from scratches, chips, and other wear and tear is Paint Protection Film (PPF). In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of PPF and why this protective film might be the perfect solution for your family vehicle.
Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a clear, durable film applied to the painted surfaces of a vehicle to protect them from scratches, chips, and other types of damage. In recent years, the popularity of PPF has grown rapidly as car owners have become more aware of the benefits it offers. One of the biggest benefits of PPF being that it is virtually invisible once applied. Unlike traditional car bras or clear bras, PPF is clear and does not affect the appearance of the vehicle. This makes it a great option for car owners who want to protect their paint without altering the look of their vehicle.
Another benefit of PPF is that it is self-healing. This means that minor scratches and swirls in the film will disappear on their own over time, without the need for any additional maintenance. This feature makes PPF a great option for car owners who want to keep their vehicle looking like new for as long as possible.
Another benefit of PPF is that it is relatively easy to clean and maintain. Unlike ceramic coatings, which require special cleaning solutions and maintenance, PPF can be cleaned with just a mild soap and water. Since PPF is typically made from a thermoplastic urethane (TPU) material it is extremely resistant to chemicals, UV rays, and other environmental factors. This material is also resistant to scratches and swirls which help the film to maintain its clarity and shine. This means that PPF can be cleaned with just mild soap and water, and there is no need to use any special cleaning solutions or tools. At Lonestar Auto Boutique we recommend adding a ceramic coating on top of the ppf as well, to make it even easier to keep clean at all times.
When cleaning PPF we recommend that you avoid using abrasive sponges or scrubbers as they can scratch the film. Most manufacturers recommend avoiding high-pressure washes, but using a low-pressure, fan-tip nozzle to clean the film is ok. This makes it a great option for car owners who want to protect their paint without having to put in a lot of extra effort.
Ceramic coating is a great add on once you have PPF installed, but it's important to understand what it is and why they are not the same thing. Ceramic coatings are a liquid coating that is applied to the paint of a vehicle to provide a glossy, protective barrier. It is designed to protect the paint from scratches, chips, and other types of damage, as well as UV rays, acid rain, and other environmental factors. At Lonestar Tint we use Fireball ceramic coating and am the only authorized dealer of Fireball coatings in San Antonio.
When it comes to comparing PPF to ceramic coatings, there are a few key differences to keep in mind. One of the biggest differences is the level of protection offered. Ceramic coatings offer a higher level of protection against scratches, chips, and other types of damage. Combining the two layers of protection will give you the highest level of a barrier to keep your vehicle safe!
Another difference between PPF and ceramic coatings is the way they are applied. PPF is applied as a film, whereas ceramic coatings are applied as a liquid. This means that PPF is typically easier to apply, but ceramic coatings offer a more permanent solution.
PPF is not only for cars, it's also available for motorcycles. PPF for motorcycles offers the same benefits as PPF for cars, but it's specially designed to fit the curves and contours of a motorcycle. PPF for motorcycles is a great option for motorcycle owners who want to protect their paint without altering the look of their bike.
When it comes to luxury cars, PPF is a must-have. Luxury cars are often more expensive to repair, and PPF can save you thousands of dollars in paint repairs. PPF for luxury cars is specially designed to withstand the rigors of daily driving, while still keeping your car looking like new. Although Xpel PPF is a common film use, at Lonestar Auto Boutique we use Suntek brand film, which we find to have better properties especially for luxury vehicles that may experience rocks and road debris from high speeds.
One of the most commonly asked questions about PPF is, "What's the difference between PPF and clear bra?". Clear bra is another term used to describe paint protection film, but it's not as commonly used as PPF. Clear bra is typically a thicker film than PPF, and it's more commonly used on the front of the car, where it's most exposed to rocks and debris. We consider the front of the vehicle as a partial wrap, compared to a full vehicle wrap for maximum coverage.
Finally, PPF is also available for headlights and mirrors. Headlights and mirrors are two of the most exposed areas of a car, and they're also two of the most expensive to replace. PPF for headlights and mirrors is a great way to protect these areas and save money on replacements.