Protecting the paint on your favorite vehicle is essential for preserving its pristine look and also to help maintain its resale value should you ever choose to part with it. One method of protecting your vehicle's paint is a paint protection film like the options made by brands like Xpel. But are these films really effective and worth the trouble? Here are a few of the pros and cons.
One of the major benefits of using a paint protection film is to prevent the corrosion that can happen due to chemicals on the road or pollutants in the air. These chemicals are everywhere and very difficult to avoid. They'll slowly eat away at your slick paint job. Unfortunately, these chemicals are as common as...salt. In fact, salt is one of the most common corrosives on the road. And if you live in an area with heavy snow, snowplows are dropping salt everywhere. You can't avoid it but you can protect your paint against it.
Another common cause of paint damage is debris on the road. That debris can be as small as a tiny pebble shot from the tire of the vehicle in front of you and straight into your paint job creating pitting—small holes that will slowly corrode and eventually rust. Protective films help prevent pitting.
Another common cause of paint deterioration is the UV rays from the sun. Not everyone has the luxury of parking his or her car in a covered space or garage. If that's the case for you, the sun will beat down on your paint, slowly causing fading and wear. The Xpel paint protection film can help prevent this problem.
One of the biggest problems that car owners have with paint protection films can be prevented. It's a poor installation job. If you want the film to look seamless without bubbles or any conspicuous errors, you should hire a professional installer.
Protective films adhere best to a clean factory paint job. If your vehicle has been repainted, especially if the paint was done on a budget with low-quality materials, it may be difficult to get the film to adhere to your vehicle and that can create problems down the road.
No matter the quality of the protection film, it's not permanent. It will wear out after several years of use, especially if you put a lot of miles on your vehicle. You can expect the film to last between 5 and 10 years before showing signs of wear.
For more information, contact a company like Dynamic Tint LLC in your area.
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