As Paint Protection Film (PPF) for vehicle protection becomes increasingly popular, many people question whether it’s worth the investment. As industry professionals with hundreds of automobiles installed over the years, we have some conclusions about paint protection film and its value to advise your decision.

If you’ve recently purchased a new vehicle or are thinking of buying one, you’ve likely heard of paint protection film, clear bra, PPF, or transparent shield as a way to protect the paint on your new automobile. With the price tag increasingly exceeding the thousands, many seriously question if the cost for protection is worth it.

Over the previous ten years, we’ve installed paint protection film on over 1500 cars. We’ve replaced paint protection film on several vehicles, so we’ve had a chance to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of paint protection film and whether it’s worth the money. We found that the answer is not definite, and it is dependent on an individual and the vehicle being protected.

Does Paint Protection Film Work?

The answer is yes. Over the last few years, the industry has changed dramatically. Gone are the days when paint protection film quickly turned yellow before becoming dull on your paint or when you couldn’t see the film on your automobile at all. With a professional installer and one of the better products (we’ve had excellent results with brands like XPEL and Suntek), you’d be hard-pressed to tell there’s anything on the vehicle.

Paint protection film (PPF) has the miraculous ability to heal swirls and scratches with heat, leaving your paint shiny. It can also absorb impact and safeguard your color from rock chips.

To be clear, it is not resistant to projectiles. The film can be penetrated, but most of the time, the film absorbs the brunt of the force, protecting the paint. Other times, if the object that impacts the automobile is sharp enough or the speed is fast enough, it may make it through and scratch the paint, but the damage will be significantly less than if there was no film at all. This happens occasionally, but we’ve seen it happen, typically on highway-driven or highly driven cars. To solve this, Suntek and XPEL have developed a thicker film for high-impact areas that functions well, so we expect this industry to continue to evolve with better products.

Is Paint Protection Film for My Car Worth the Money?

The answer is that it depends. We found a few different ways people view their cars and how they care for them, how they expect the appearance of their vehicle to be, and how long they expect to keep the car. You may fit into one of these groups. If so, we can tell you what we’ve learned from our customers about just how much they value paint protection film.

If you want your car to be perfect with shiny paint, and you want to keep the value as high as possible, the paint protection film is worth it. The paint protection film is practically invisible, has self-healing properties to keep swirls away, and includes a ten-year warranty.

The coating helps to prevent the appearance of rock chips, pitting, scrapes, and scratches, preserving your vehicle’s value. This is ideal for any automobile, from a Ferrari to a Tesla, because it allows you to recoup a better resale value when trading or selling. Cars in the “Excellent Condition” category from Kelly Blue Book (KBB) have a 10-15% higher selling price than cars in the Very Good category, which allows for minor defects such as rock chips. This can result in a significant boost in the value of a vehicle, particularly on higher-end models.

However, if you don’t mind a few rock chips on your car, PPF may not be worth the investment for your new vehicle. We believe that PPF isn’t always the best choice and instead recommend a ceramic coating, which helps keep your car clean and shiny with little effort.

It is critical to select an experienced, high-quality installation that is affiliated with long-standing, high-quality brands on the market, such as XPEL or Suntek, who both invest extensively in their products, are publicly traded companies, and offer a ten-year warranty.

A great installer will explain why their installations are exceptional by displaying the installation details that make up the overall. This is known as the last 10%, which many installers ignore to maximize installation time. We strive to provide premium, one-of-a-kind installations since we would want for our vehicles.

Assume you deal with a quality installer that takes pride in their job, focuses on the evolution of the setup to exceed your expectations, backs their work beyond the manufacturer warranty, and can provide plenty of references. In that scenario, you will undoubtedly enjoy the installation and have faith that it will secure your vehicle for years to come.

We are the Bay Area’s Premier Paint Protection  Installers

We provide an unparalleled level of excellence in all of our XPEL paint protection film installations by focusing intensely on the specifics of each PPF installation. We have ways to meet every use case for your vehicle, from a daily driver to a precious exotic automobile – we cater to the most discerning car owners looking for the highest possible quality installations of the best PPF on the market.

Our crew is committed to applying your paint protection film/clear bra with the most outstanding quality and techniques available on the market today. We have experience and professional training in installing transparent bra/paint protection film. We employ the most up-to-date methods when applying paint protection film to your vehicle. Using software for exact pattern and altering and digital plotters to precision cut them for your automobile, we can install precision fits your car.

Our experts have attended numerous training seminars and continue to receive yearly updates from Xpel and other high-end installers. Authentic Details is the only paint protection film installation firm that provides ongoing training for its installers—all of the manufacturers we employ for our paint protection film offer ten-year guarantees. We are so confident in the brands we install that we back the warranty with a lifetime warranty.

So, if you’re searching for an honest, manufacturer-trained, and knowledgeable, clear bra installer for your next paint protection Film Installation, give us a call or fill out the form below to discuss availability and keep your paint looking as new as the day you drove away from the new car dealership.