The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Your PPF Coating in Calgary

Written by Darren Elia Created on February 22nd, 2023
Categories: Paint Protection

PPF coating is one of the most popular methods of protection for your car’s paint in Calgary, where road conditions can sometimes be unfavorable. Although it is made to be tough against the elements, it is still important to perform regular maintenance in order to prolong its protective abilities and keep your car looking like new. 

Today we will go over why regular maintenance for your PPF coating is important, and some easy maintenance techniques that you can do today to keep your PPF coating in tip-top shape. 

But first, you may be wondering…

 

What is PPF Coating?

PPF stands for “Paint Protection Film”, which is a clear, thermoplastic urethane film that is applied to the painted surfaces of vehicles to protect them from damage caused by road debris, scratches, and other environmental hazards. PPF coating is the process of installing this protective film on a vehicle’s paint.

PPF coating is a popular option for car owners in Calgary who want to keep their vehicles looking like new for as long as possible. The film is durable, long-lasting, and nearly invisible, so it doesn’t detract from the appearance of the vehicle. It can also be easily removed without damaging the paint underneath.

 

Why is it Important to Maintain Your Car’s PPF Coating?

Maintaining your car’s PPF (Paint Protection Film) coating is crucial for various reasons. Firstly, PPF coating is installed to protect the car’s paint from damage caused by debris, rocks, and UV rays. If the PPF coating is not appropriately maintained, it may not provide sufficient protection, and the car’s paint could get damaged.

Over time, the Film may get discolored or develop hazing, which can make the car’s paint look dull or dirty. Regular maintenance can keep the coating looking clear and transparent, enhancing the car’s appearance.

A regular inspection of your car’s PPF coating can also help identify any areas where the PPF has become damaged or worn, which should be repaired before it becomes extensive and costly. 

 

More Benefits You’ll See From a Properly Maintained PPF Coating 

A PPF coating in good condition can provide several benefits for your car, including:

  • Protection against environmental factors: PPF coating can protect your car’s paint from damage caused by debris, rocks, UV rays, bird droppings, and other environmental factors. This protection can help keep your car’s paint looking like new and prevent costly repairs
  • Scratch resistance: PPF coating is scratch-resistant and can help prevent damage to your car’s paint from minor scratches and scuffs. This can help maintain the appearance of your car and its resale value
  • Long-lasting: PPF coating is designed to be durable and long-lasting, and can protect your car’s paint for several years. This can help save you money on costly paint repairs and touch-ups
  • Easy maintenance: PPF coating is easy to maintain and can be washed and dried like the rest of your car. This can help keep your car looking clean and well-maintained.
  • Enhance appearance: PPF coating can enhance the appearance of your car by adding a glossy and smooth finish to the paint. This can help make your car look brand new and increase its visual appeal

Overall, a PPF coating can provide many benefits for your car, including protection against environmental factors, scratch resistance, long-lasting durability, easy maintenance, and enhanced appearance.

Perhaps most importantly, a well-maintained PPF coating can help maintain the resale value of your car. 

 

How to Regularly Maintain a PPF Coating on Your Vehicle’s Paint Job

Now is the part where you can learn some techniques that we at The Auto Protectors highly recommend you do to properly maintain your vehicle’s PPF coating. 

These can all easily be done at home:

How to Regularly Maintain a PPF Coating on Your Vehicle’s Paint Job

Regular washing 

Regularly washing the car can help remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the PPF coating. It is recommended to use pH-neutral soap and a microfiber towel or mitt to avoid scratching the coating.

Drying

After washing the car, it is important to dry it thoroughly with a soft, clean microfiber towel. Avoid using any abrasive or rough materials that can scratch the PPF coating.

Detailing spray

Applying a detailing spray to the PPF coating can help maintain its appearance and provide extra paint protection. These sprays are formulated to be gentle and safe for PPF coatings.

Avoid harsh chemicals

Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents, including acid-based wheel cleaners, on the PPF coating as they can damage the film and diminish its effectiveness at paint protection. 

Avoid parking under trees

Avoid parking the car under trees or in areas where sap, bird droppings, or other environmental contaminants may land on the PPF coating. These substances can be difficult to remove and may damage the coating if left on for too long.

Regular inspection

Regularly inspect the PPF coating for any signs of damage or wear. Any chips, scratches, or other damage should be repaired promptly to avoid further damage to the coating or the car’s paint.

Overall, properly maintaining a PPF coating involves gentle washing and drying, using detailing sprays, avoiding harsh chemicals, avoiding parking under trees, and regularly inspecting the coating for any signs of damage.

Some of these techniques require specialty products, but many, if not all, can be found in local auto or hardware stores around Calgary. Your investment in regularly maintaining the PPF coating on your car is likely to be worth avoiding a costly paint repair. 

 

The Auto Protectors is Your Number One Shop for Your Vehicle’s PPF Protection

We understand the importance of keeping your vehicles in top condition. Our experts are here for all of your vehicle protection needs, including professionally applying protective paint coatings of all sorts. 

Contact us today to schedule a PPF coating for your vehicle.

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Darren Elia
Auto Protectors, founded in 1983 by Emilio Elia, is a family business. Darren Elia, the current owner, carries on the legacy. We provide advanced auto solutions, like paint protection films and ceramic coatings. Our company has expanded and earned Consumer Choice awards. Passion and customer satisfaction drive their service.
Darren Elia
Auto Protectors, founded in 1983 by Emilio Elia, is a family business. Darren Elia, the current owner, carries on the legacy. We provide advanced auto solutions, like paint protection films and ceramic coatings. Our company has expanded and earned Consumer Choice awards. Passion and customer satisfaction drive their service.