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Separating fact from fiction - everything you need to know about paint protection film.

Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions about Paint Protection Film


Commonly called PPF in the automotive care and preservation world, paint protection film is also commonly called clear bra. As car enthusiasts and everyday drivers seek ways to safeguard their vehicle's new car appearance, quite a few myths and misconceptions have come to light. In this blog, we are going to address the top 10, provide facts, and help you make an informed decision about whether paint protection film is right for you.


Myth 1: Paint protection film is an invisible shield against all damage.

Many people believe that applying PPF will turn their vehicle's into an Abrams Tank, indestructible and ready for war! Paint protection film is typically 8 mils thick and provides substantial protection from scratches, rock chips, and other minor abrasions. It is not impervious to extreme impacts or sharp objects and can be damaged. You should look at it as a sacrificial layer that will take the brunt of the damage protecting the new car paint and look you had at day one of your vehicle ownership.


Paint protection film is typically 8 mils thick and provides protection from rock chips and mild abrasions
Kavaca paint protection film from Ceramic Pro

Myth 2: Paint protection film will last forever and never need replacement.

While it may last longer than most people keep their vehicle's these days, it does not have an infinite life. Depending on factors such as usage, climate, and maintenance, PPF typically lasts between 8-12 years. Over time exposure to the elements and UV rays and general wear and tear from driving will gradually degrade the film's effectiveness.


Myth 3: Paint protection film will yellow and start to look bad.

Years ago this was a true statement, however technology has come a long way and modern PPF does not have these same issues. Reputable brands PPF offer products with UV protection, self-healing, and clarity retention. The film will be virtually invisible after installation and stay looking that way for a decade or more with proper maintenance and care.



Myth 4: Paint protection film will damage the paint beneath it.

When modern PPF is applied correctly it does not damage the underlying paint. Techniques are used by technicians to ensure the adhesive adheres securely without compromising the integrity of the painted surface. The removal can be slow and tedious depending on how old the film is, it can also be removed without damage.


Myth 5: Paint protection film requires no maintenance.

It is true that vehicles with PPF require less maintenance than those that go unprotected, all vehicle's require care. Washing your vehicle every two weeks at a minimum is recommended and proper techniques will extend it's life and effectiveness. Kavaca paint protection film comes with a ceramic coating built in, the hydrophobic properties will defect water making your vehicle stay clean longer, but after all we live in Seattle and rain on the road get's vehicle's dirty.


There are several benefits to getting a hand wash for your vehicle:  ​  Improved cleanliness: A hand wash can be more thorough and effective at removing dirt, grime, and other contaminants from your vehicle's exterior compared to a machine wash. This can help to keep your vehicle looking cleaner and better maintained.  Protects your paint: A hand wash can be gentler on your vehicle's paint compared to a machine wash, which can sometimes cause scratches or swirl marks. This can help to preserve the value of your vehicle and keep it looking its best.  Personalized attention: When you get a hand wash, you can often request specific areas or features of your vehicle to be given extra attention. This can be especially helpful if you have areas of your vehicle that are particularly dirty or hard to clean.  Eco-friendly: A hand wash uses less water compared to a machine wash, which can be more environmentally friendly.  Convenience: APC Auto Spa offers additional services such as Ceramic Coatings, Paint Protection Film, Exterior details, and interior cleaning, which can be convenient if you want to get multiple tasks done at once.  ​  Overall, a hand wash can be a good choice if you want a more thorough and personalized cleaning experience for your vehicle.
Washing your vehicle is recommended every two weeks.

Myth 6: Paint protection film is reserved for luxury and high end vehicle's.

PPF is a versatile solution for any type of vehicle, from compact cars to SUV's and trucks. The film provides protection from daily driving, unpaved roads, and unexpected mishaps from washing or things brushing against your vehicle accidentally. The film can be installed on any painted surface and we have the typical coverage area's already packaged up for you to choose from. PPF is a good investment for your vehicle regardless of the make and model you choose.


Myth 7: Paint protection film alters the appearance of the vehicle.

One of the most common misconceptions is the PPF drastically changes a vehicle's appearance. While the added gloss can change the appearance, it is in a good way! When properly installed it will be undetectable from six feet away and preserves the original paints color and finish, allowing you to keep the factory look.


Myth 8: Paint protection can't be applied to Matte or Satin Finishes.

Owner's of matte and satin finished vehicle's often believe that PPF is off-limit's for them. The reality is that those vehicle's need it the most! We are unable to polish imperfections in those painted surfaces away which means it's off to the body shop you go for a repaint when the unfortunate happens. All reputable brands of PPF have a matte version of film that maintains the unique look of these finishes while also giving it much needed protection. The matte version can also be installed to change your glossy paint to matte!


 Looking for the ultimate solution to protect your vehicle's paint? Look no further than Kavaca paint protection film (Clear Bra)! ​  This advanced film is designed to provide superior defense against chips, scratches, and road debris, keeping your car's finish looking like new.  ​  Whether you're a daily driver or a car enthusiast, Kavaca is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to preserve the appearance of their vehicle. With its high-quality materials and clear finish, Kavaca offers not only protection but also an enhanced look for your car.  ​  So why wait?  ​  Choose Kavaca for its unbeatable protection and improved appearance, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your car is well protected.
Matte Kavaca paint protection film installed on this Rivian.

Myth 9: Paint protection will overheat your vehicle's paint.

Concerns about PPF trapping heat and causing paint damage are untrue. Modern PPF is designed and engineered to allow heat to escape. Proper installation from a trained technician ensures that the film adheres properly, without creating air pockets that could potentially lead to paint damage. The film is installed wet and any excess liquid left under the film will evaporate on it's own in the first 10-14 days after installation.


Myth 10: Paint protection film installation is simple and easy to apply yourself.

The honest answer is yes and no, it depends on what panel you are applying it to! The allure of DIY installation might seem appealing, but applying PPF requires skill and experience. On area's that the film needs to stretch and bend or be aligned to an adjacent panel take lot's of practice and wasted film which is expensive. Air bubbles and inadequate adhesion can also lead to damage of the surface beneath the film and compromise the appearance and effectiveness of the film.

Paint protection film can be installed as a DIY project, but it takes time and expertise to get a good installation. Proper training and tools used by professionals are essential for the best outcome on your vehicle.
Paint protection film being professionally installed at APC Auto Spa.


Now that we have cleared up the top ten myths and misconceptions about paint protection film you should be more confident in making the choice to protect your vehicle! We are always here to answer any questions you may have and can help you decide what coverage is best for your vehicle based on your budget, driving, and storage.


Give us a call at: 425-818-2820 or email us at: info@apcautospa.com


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