What is Paint Protection Film?
Unlike coloured wrap which is made from vinyl, Paint Protection Film or PPF as it is more commonly known is a plastic urethane film. It is 5 times thicker than paint and is highly durable. This durability provides resistance to scratches which when heated can disappear. It also has a resistance to stone chips and gravel rash.
XPEL is the leading brand in PPF and they offer a clear gloss finish or a satin/frosted finish which can be applied to all painted and smooth plastic surfaces including interiors.
What Are The Benefits
Once applied to the surface of your vehicle you will instantly benefit from:
Mirror Smooth Finish
Chemical & Stain Resistance
Heat Activated Self-healing Topcoat
UV tolerance (Non-yellowing)
Stone Chip Resistance
10 Year Warranty
Why Do I Want PPF For My Car?
PPF isn't for everyone. It is an investment for your car or bike. We highly recommend it for:
Flat fronted or tall cars like Range Rover or G-Wagons
Special or unique cars where paint originality is valuable
Track cars or cars which suffers from gravel rash
People who like to group drive
High-value new cars to protect resale or hand-in value
How Much Does it Cost?
XPEL Paint Protection Film starts at £399 which can cover a partial front end. For a full car you could be looking around £4000 depending on the the car. Bigger cars may cost more and smaller cars may cost less.
XPEL Factory Trained
We are Dorset's only factory trained PPF installer. This means we have been professionally trained by XPEL themselves and it grants us access to XPEL's DAP system.
Unlike any other installer in the local area, we have the ability to cut exact templates for your car. This reduces the need for "bulk cutting" and reduces the risk of scoring the paint. It also means you end up with neater and more exacting finish.
Preparing Your Car For PPF
Here at FCD we take a unique approach to applying our clear protective films. We consider every car and bike visiting our studio as it is visiting for a full correction detail so in the event that you ever wish to remove your film, the paint underneath will be detailed and looking deep and glossy. Not only is this about having pride in our own work, through extensive research we have found that the PPF develops a stronger bond to the paints surface when the car has been professionally detailed and not just cleansed.
Talk to the team about getting regular paint protection film car washes.
Wheels cleaned using pH neutral wheel cleaner and horse hair wheel brushes.
Arches cleaned to remove any build up of mud and/or brake dust.
Tar & glue and Fallout Remover are sprayed on the car to remove bird droppings, tree sap, bug marks and road tar.
A mild soap is sprayed on the lower half of the body to remove road grime then washed off.
Body work sprayed with wash chemicals and coated in snowfoam. Gaps and shut lines are brushed
Engine Bay and Shuts
Whilst in Snow Foam, The engine bay and shuts are brushed clean.
2 Bucket Clean
Snow foam is washed free of the body and 2 bucket method safe wash is carried out using all pH Neutral products.
A specialist detailing air blower is used to move the bulk water and dry the gaps and shuts.
A specialist detailing towel is used to dry the remained of the body work.
Claybar to remove further contaminants including exhaust fumes and tar
Single Stage Machine Polish
Single stage machine polish to ensure the surface is debris free.
Film is Precision Cut
All film is cut precisely on our DAP using XPEL technical diagrams.
Film Is Laid
The paint protection film is laid by our factory trained experts.
We manually edit the pre-designed templates for extended edges. This helps with protecting edges.
Ceramic Coating is then applied to the body work. Cure time 24hours minimum.
Non-coated panels are then quick detailed to refine the finish.
Interior is vacuumed and wiped down.
Glass panels are buffed to a high shine.
Metal surfaces are buffed to a high shine
Plastic surfaces are dressed.
Tyres are dressed.
THE ULTIMATE PROTECTION
Make cleaning your PPF easy with XPEL's range of after care products including:
Ceramic coating designed for plastic car wraps
A spray on product which works like quick detailer. Use it stand alone or use it to top up FUSION.
ASK ABOUT ADDING A COATING TO YOUR FILM