The Difference Between Self-Healing and Traditional Paint Protection Film

If you are a car owner, you are likely familiar with the concept of paint protection film (PPF), a clear film that can be applied to your car’s paint to protect it from scratches, chips, and other types of damage. However, you may not be aware that there are two types of PPF available: self-healing and traditional. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between these two types of PPF.

 

Traditional PPF

 

Traditional PPF is a clear film that is typically made from urethane. It is designed to protect your car’s paint from scratches, chips, and other types of damage that can occur from road debris, rocks, and other hazards. The film is applied to your car’s paint by a professional installer, who carefully cuts and shapes the film to fit your car’s contours.

 

One of the main benefits of traditional PPF is its ability to protect your car’s paint from damage. The film is thick enough to absorb impacts from rocks and other debris, preventing them from causing damage to your car’s paint. Traditional PPF also helps to maintain the resale value of your car, as it keeps the paint in pristine condition.

 

However, traditional PPF is not without its drawbacks. One of the main issues with traditional PPF is its susceptibility to scratches. Over time, the film can become scratched and scuffed, detracting from the appearance of your car. Additionally, traditional PPF may not be as durable as other types of PPF, and it may need to be replaced more frequently.

 

Self-Healing PPF

 

Self-healing PPF is a newer type of PPF that is designed to solve some of the issues associated with traditional PPF. As the name suggests, self-healing PPF has the ability to “heal” itself when it becomes scratched or scuffed. The film is made from a special material that has shape memory, allowing it to “remember” its original shape and return to it when it is damaged.

 

When self-healing PPF becomes scratched or scuffed, it can be repaired simply by exposing it to heat. The heat causes the film to “heal” itself, returning to its original shape and appearance. This makes self-healing PPF a great option for car owners who want the protection of PPF without having to worry about the appearance of the film over time.

 

Another benefit of self-healing PPF is its durability. This type of film is typically thicker than traditional PPF, making it more resistant to impacts from rocks and other hazards. It is also less susceptible to yellowing over time, which can detract from the appearance of your car’s paint.

 

However, self-healing PPF is typically more expensive than traditional PPF, which can be a barrier for some car owners. Additionally, self-healing PPF may not be as readily available as traditional PPF, as it is a newer technology that is still gaining popularity.

 

In conclusion, both traditional PPF and self-healing PPF offer benefits and drawbacks for car owners. Traditional PPF is a tried-and-true option that can protect your car’s paint from damage, while self-healing PPF offers the added benefit of being able to repair itself when it becomes scratched or scuffed. Ultimately, the type of PPF that is best for your car will depend on your individual needs and budget. It is always best to consult with a professional installer to determine the best type of PPF for your car. Get in touch or call us today!