Why Paint Protection Film is a Must Have

Why Paint Protection Film is a Must Have

When it comes to your car, it's not four wheels and an engine. You have to treat it like your second home. You've got to take care of it so that it lasts a long time and keeps up its appearance and comfort. Even the tiniest of mistakes can ruin the car, which in turn will ruin your mood and kill your driving enjoyment. Whether you love your car or only have it to drive, everyone is always looking for ways to keep their vehicle in the best condition for as long as possible. One of the best things you can do is buy paint protection film.

What is paint protection film?

Paint protection film goes by many names: car wrap, scratch protection film, and clear mask. We have heard it all! The film we know and love today is made of thermoplastic urethane. The material has a number of properties that include elasticity, oil and grease resistance, transparency, and some abrasion resistance. Which is what your car's paintwork needs if you want to keep it looking fresh for years. The thermoplastic urethane also has self-healing properties. If it gets scratched, then the material extends and recovers its shape to render any minor scrapes invisible. The film can help maintain its protective and healing properties for 5 to 10 years.

Paint protection maintenance

As nice as it would be to install the paint protection film and forget about the maintenance for 10 years, that just can’t happen. You can get regular car washing as often as you did before; you just have to make sure that you don't use low-quality cleaning materials and stay clear of automated car washes. Whenever you notice any bird droppings or other stains, remove them immediately. The chemicals can damage the coating. You can also wax your vehicle about once a month to help give it a fresh and shiny appearance while making cleaning easier.

Some things you should do are: make sure you give the paint protection film at least seven days to cure before you even start washing the vehicle. If you end up using a pressure washer, make sure you keep it away from the edges of the film. It can end up causing the edges to lift, which would reduce the protection. If you are planning to wipe the surface in any way, make sure that it is hydrated. If you wipe it dry, it can damage it. Lastly, don’t use any abrasives or chemicals. If you are not able to remove any dirt, oil, or debris, ask a professional for some help. Overall, caring for paint protection film is not that much different from maintaining factory paintwork.


Paint protection film is not the cheapest solution, but it is an impressive protection that has self-healing properties that make the material expensive. Because of this, I truly believe it is one of the best solutions for protecting your car. You also have to think about the ROI you are getting by going a little more expensive with paint protection film. You have more protection, and it will make your car last longer.


At Sun Control of Minnesota, we strive to provide top-of-the line paint protection film for your car. We use high-quality materials and have expert installation to make sure the film is installed correctly and that it looks and feels great. Get in touch with us today so we can discuss the best way to protect your vehicle.