Auto Image has been around since 1987 and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the Jersey Shore area for so long. Among our many services, we offer paint protection film to help protect the paint of your vehicle.
Paint Protection Film
So, what is Paint Protection Film (PPF)? It is a clear protection film that we apply to the main areas of your vehicle that are going to be exposed to the most amount of wear. The film protects against scratches, chips, accidental damage, bird droppings, and corrosive rain.
The areas most at risk are the bumpers, the hood, side mirrors on the doors, the fenders, door handles, the pockets of the door handles, edges of the doors, rocker panels, rear quarter panels and any area around the cargo hold.
We have staff who are more than willing to discuss with you the places that make the most sense to put paint protection film on your particular vehicle.
History of Paint Protection Film
As is the case with many different products available today, paint protection film was first created for the military. During the Vietnam War, many military vehicles had issues with wear and tear on the exterior of the machines. The military asked 3M if they would be able to invent something that would help protect their machines and would be relatively inconspicuous and lightweight.
PPF was mostly used on helicopters and did wonders to repair damage to the rotor blades from flying shrapnel and other debris the rotors met. Because of this success, PPF is usually referred to as “helicopter tape” by people in the industry.
PPF vs. Sealants
You may be asking yourself what the difference is between PPF and sealants. PPF is designed especially for scratches and even road debris you might encounter where a sealant is more focused on protecting your vehicle from UV and chemical damage that may occur to your vehicle. You could actually use both PPF and sealants to give your vehicle the added protection it needs.
How Paint Protection Film Works
Paint Protection Film adds a layer of protection to your vehicle. For instance, if you are parked in a parking lot and a cart rubs up against your car you would normally end up with a damaged paint job. With PPF in place, this will take the hit of the cart and protect your paint job. If the PPF is damaged then you can simply come in and have the old film removed and replaced with new film all the while protecting your paint job.
When you are looking for a place to get your PPF that you want the shop to be able to show you completed work not photos of completed work. You want them to show you how competent they are at doing this type of work. Making sure that the shop you go to has the proper credentials for doing this type of work is extremely important.
Here at Auto Image, we have an incredible warranty for our PPF. You will probably sell your car before the warranty on the PPF runs out! Our PPF also dries completely clear so you won’t even notice that it’s there. If you decide to go with a less expensive PPF, you run the risk of having an orange tint to your film and there is the possibility that it will turn yellow over time. You don’t have to worry about that with our PPF because we use the best one available to you.
Protect Your Investment
Keep in mind that when you get your vehicle, even if you purchase it brand new, you will be replacing it at some point in time. This means that you will be selling it and if you have had PPF put on your vehicle then you know that the paint job will still look amazing. Because of that, you will be able to get a higher price for the vehicle when you sell it. It is worth the added expense, in the long run, to be able to keep your car looking newer longer.
Just remember that Auto Image is the place to get your PPF installed. Our installation technicians are always keeping up to date on the most recent training on how to install your PPF so that you don’t have to deal with an installation that was done improperly. Come to Auto Image so we can install the PPF for you and ensure that you have a better-looking vehicle that is easier to maintain.