PPF will protect your paintwork and will help you keep your car in pristine condition. Vehicles often lose value if they have been resprayed. PPF can prevent stone chips and costly resprays.
It is possible to DIY install small pieces of PPF to a vehicle. However, to install over a front bumper or a full bonnet requires significant skill. PPF installers are highly trained craftsmen who typically have had professional training and several years installation experience.
You can choose to have either partial protection or full car protection. If you opt for partial cover, it is recommended that all high wear areas are covered. This includes the front bumper, full bonnet, back of side mirrors, wings and sills.
No. Automotive paints have come a long way and fading with or without PPF will take place at the same rate.
Paint Protection Film comes in different qualities. Entry level PPF is constructed from TPH or vinyl and does not offer the longevity or finish of PPF constructed from TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). All Profilm PPF is constructed using premium quality TPU.
Most PPF products are self-healing. Self-healing means that small scratches on the film’s surface will heal by themselves over time. The topcoat is constructed in such a way that small scratches re-bond and level out. Note that the film will not self-heal if cut right through or if the urethane layer is badly damaged.
Profilm (reGen) is Instant-Healing, meaning small scratches heal instantly without any heat. Self-Healing Profilm (Ultra Clear) requires a little heat from the sun, warm water or a hair dryer, in order to self-repair.
The ideal time to have a vehicle protected with PPF is before it is actually driven on the road. Many new car owners insist on PPF protection prior to taking their new vehicle onto the road. PPF can usually be arranged through your new car salesperson.
There are a few tell-tale signs of a professional installer. Expect the workshop area to be scrupulously tidy and dust-free. The fitment bay should be protected from the elements and should have good lighting. Also look out for training certificates that are usually issued by the PPF manufacturers after professional training has been carried out. Finally, ask to see a portfolio of work that has been recently carried out.
No. For optimal adhesion the painted surface should be free of waxes or oils. Waxing can take place after a Profilm application.
Car wrapping is a similar process to PPF but the product used differs. Car wrap is a vinyl construction and does not have the same protective qualities as PPF. Ceramic coating is a liquid application that hardens once applied to painted surfaces. Ceramic Coating does not have the same protective qualities as PPF.
PPF is different to ceramic coating. PPF takes longer to apply but is easier to remove. It is best to take advice from a professional installer to fully understand the benefits of each product.
Profilm is not warranted when applied to non OEM paint. Should your customer still elect to have Profilm installed, recommend waiting 30 days for the out-gassing process to take place.
Yes. New model cars all have patterns available. The film is cut on a plotter to the exact size of each panel. The film is then fitted to the vehicle panel-by-panel and knives are not used. There are not always patterns available for older model vehicles and a process called “bulking” is sometimes adopted. This involves covering a panel with a piece of PPF and then trimming the PPF on the vehicle. This is a highly specialised procedure. Be sure that you enquire as to the process to be followed on your vehicle’s installation.
Ideally, the Installer should keep the vehicle overnight after a Profilm installation. A final check should then be undertaken for any edge-lifting before the vehicle is released to the owner.
Pressure washers are not recommended. Excessive water pressure close to PPF edges may result in film lifting.
Ideally the vehicle should not be washed for 72 hours after installation. We do not recommend pressure-washing the vehicle in the 2 weeks following the installation. This gives the film sufficient time to bond to the vehicle surface, for any excess moisture to evaporate, and for PPF edges to fully adhere.
Yes, a non-abrasive wax applied twice yearly is recommended.
Yes, waxes for matte finished vehicles are available on the market. These can be applied to Profilm Matte.
Should a stain not disappear with normal cleaning, we recommend that you visit a professional detailer for a hand or low-pressure polish. Polishing removes surface contaminants and should be carried out every 18 months.
PPF should be removed by a professional. We recommend that you return your vehicle to a professional installer should you wish to have it removed.