Paint Protection Basics

By | July 21, 2017

The Basics For Paint Protection On Your Vehicle

It is an unfortunate fact that many car owners overlook the basics of paint maintenance. Auto paint protection is not only about simply cleaning and washing your car every week. Without extra protection, your vehicle is vulnerable to many different road obstacles.

Rocks, sticks, sand, pebbles, bird droppings, UV rays, and other debris can damage a finished paint job, costing you lots of money in repainting costs. It makes sense to protect all aspects of your car, which is why paint job protection is so important.

But what exactly is paint protection, and is it worth it?

Not only will paint protection of your car save you time, effort, and money; by protecting the vehicle’s body paint, the quality and integrity of the paint are assured, not forgetting the safety and long-term value of your vehicle. Think of it as a preventative maintenance measure. And it works better than waxing.

Forms of Automobile Paint Protection

There are many forms of paint protection, all varying in how they are applied.

Clear coat spray paint is the simplest way to protect body paint from scratches. Actually, this is the 2nd layer of paint for your car. The paint has no colouring, but it contains some properties that help safeguard your vehicle’s paint from UV rays. However, like all automotive paints, corrosive chemicals (in bird droppings) and scratches can damage the clear coat.

Car paint protection does not have to involve the whole vehicle from front to back. The door edge is a particularly vulnerable area for trucks and cars. Scratches and chips can happen when the door opens into something rigid and hard. Door edge guards (edge trims) offer a literal line of protection to keep the paint looking as good as when it was first applied – and preserving the value of the metal beneath.

Another method of automotive paint protection is car wrapping. No need to apply a new layer of paint; car wraps cover the body by sticking to the existing paint job. Car wrapping works best as a choice for people who do not just want to protect their paint, but who need an entirely new look. Vehicle wraps can also be used to advertise a service or product.

Though wax and thin layers of paint create some protection for your car’s paint job, the most effective and common method to prevent scratches is the use of paint protection film. This thin layer of clear material can be applied over the entire car surface to serve as a shield against sand, chemicals, flying-debris, gravel, and other paint-destroying elements. Common areas of application include the bumper, wheel flare, rocker panel, and door edges.

So, what’s right for you?
Only you can decide if paint protection is something you need to invest in. Yes, it helps to protect your vehicle’s paint.
Yes, it feels costly at the time.

But purchasing a car is expensive, and if you want to maintain that value over the years of ownership, protecting your car’s paint is just one way of doing that.