Car Protective Films – An Analysis of the Prime Benefits and Concerns

September 2, 2020

Taking care of the paintwork can be a major issue for car owners because it is not only exposed to harsh sunlight, rain, snow, ice, dust, and debris that can cause it to lose its shine, fade, and corrode but also chips, scratches, dents, and nicks that are an invariable part of the car ownership process. A brief look at why you should consider car protective films that are regarded as one of the best ways of keeping the car looking good and some of its main concerns:

Prime Benefits of Paint Protection Films

Keep the paintwork look new: The application of a protective layer over the paintwork of the car keeps it looking shiny for longer. The film acts as a barrier that prevents the sun’s radiation and the acid rain from removing the gloss of the paint and fading the color. It also acts as a deterrent for light scratches caused by dust and debris, as well as light impacts and burns that can make the paint look unsightly.

Make cleaning easier: PPFs are built to repel dust making it easier to clean. A simple dusting with a soft cloth is all that is usually needed instead of having to hose down the car. Bird poop also does not stick as badly to the surface and can generally be wiped clean very easily.

Retain resale value better: Since protecting vehicle paintwork with clear bra makes the car look like new even years after you bought it, you automatically get a better price for the car when you put it on the market or trade it in for a new one.

Reduce expenses of repairs: Scratches on the paintwork are not only unsightly but also lead to corrosion of the metal beneath. PPFs lend a degree of scratch protection to the paintwork that reduces the chances of rust building up and requiring expensive repairs. According to, the protection films can easily last five to ten years without any noticeable degradation.

Some Concerns Regarding PPFs

Yellowing: Early users of PPFs had complained that after some time, the film tended to start yellowing, which looked terrible especially on white-colored cars. The cause of this was traced to the effect of UV rays that oxidized the adhesive. While the development of a new generation of adhesive has solved the problem, it can still be encountered if you buy an inferior quality PPF.

Blistering: Blistering or the formation of air bubbles underneath the film can occur because of the presence of contaminants on the paintwork. The vehicle has to be properly washed, clayed, and polished before the film is applied by a professional car detailer to prevent this from occurring.

Peeling: The PPF can start to peel away from the edges due to a variety of reasons; substandard film, improper application, or more typically, using high-pressure water jets to clean the car.


Paint protection films are a very good way of preserving the paintwork of your car. However, even though it is relatively more expensive, you should get it done by a professional car detailer as otherwise its longevity and protective ability can be compromised.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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