Protecting The Paint On Your Car
Your car is an ongoing expense and a depreciating asset. We only have them for the utility, necessity and often enjoyment of driving where we want. The expense means we have to look after them well; every part of them. One of the most vulnerable parts of your car, as well as the most expensive to fix, is the paintjob. If you’ve opted for the extra cost of a stunning metallic coat, then you’ll want that paint to last for the car’s lifetime. There are, of course, many options when it comes to paint protection, so we’ve prepared a handy guide for you to see what’s what.
First, Waxes and Sealants
Let’s start with the most budget-friendly options which many already swear by — the tried-and-tested wax and sealant range. The marketplace is already packed with choice when it comes to these products, and for most cars they are a great option. They are easy to apply (rub on, wipe off) and offer a month or perhaps two months of great protection against the worst excesses of dirt and grime that the road can throw up at you. What’s more, they give a lovely finish that makes the car look brand new.
Second, Ceramic Coating
There’s a lot of discussion about the merits of ceramic coatings on cars. Whatever your opinion, there are some important facts you should understand. First of all, this method of protection involves the use of a unique polymer that clings to your paint and offers long-lasting protection (5-8 years) against all kinds of dirt and water damage. Second, it is an expensive process (often more than ₤1200) and takes a lot longer than a wax (1-5 days). Third, the results are impossible to deny — unbeatable shine, a hydrophobic surface, see the dirt flee from your car’s paint.
Third, Paint Protection Film (PPF)
Another expensive option but with real heavy-duty application. Where the ceramic coating is more for beauty, PPF offers a more rigid and genuinely protective covering. PPF can shield your car from harder debris like pieces of wood or rock that can get thrown up while driving and on a normal car would beat even the best waxes, sealants or even the ceramics. Those driving on looser, wilder surfaces benefit the most from this “ultimate” paint protection choice.
Whatever the cost in time or money, paint protection is really just another kind of insurance for your car. You do it to prevent scratches, abrasions or discolouration that will be much more expensive to rectify than if you’d had your “shield” up in the first place. Consult with your local mechanic about these and other paint protection recommendations.