Across the automotive world, the secret is out about Paint Protective Films (PPF). People all over the country are realizing the benefits of wrapping their vehicles in self-healing thermoplastic urethane film. Whether they are looking to protect a paint job, block harmful UV rays, or even heal minor scratches, PPF can help. As more people take advantage of this incredible product, others are wondering how PPF can benefit them, and protect them from the specific threats presented by the climate where they live.
In many parts of America, the four seasons present four unique areas of difficulty for the life of a car. In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at the seasonal challenges you might face, and how PPF may be the thing to help carry your vehicle through the seasonal cycle for years to come.
Anyone who comes from the snowier parts of the country will tell you that winter can be a brutal time to for your car. Plunging temperatures and heavy snow can leads to slippery conditions and the need to deice the roads. Unfortunately, these deicing compounds, while necessary, can cause significant damage to your vehicle, especially near those areas nearest to the ground, around doors and fenders, and the front.
Deicing salt is corrosive. It is a compound which causes rust and scratches as it eats into the exposed surfaces of your car. This damage can be minimized and even mitigated by coating your vehicle with a PPF featuring a powerful sealing topcoat, like DuraShield Titan™. Of all of the driving threats you will encounter in the colder months, salt is the most common, and the most corrosive.
Often in winter, hot exhaust fumes can melt ice on the road. If the temperature is low enough, that melt will refreeze, creating very slick conditions, even in the presence of salt. Cars waiting in line at stoplights are particularly susceptible to debris, like sand and dirt, being kicked up by the spinning tires of the car in front. Sometimes plumes of debris can land all the way up on the roof of the next car in line. Having a self-healing PPF wrap around your car will prevent those debris showers from causing any lasting damage to your car’s finish.
There is no more important time than winter to add an extra layer of protection to your car. The season is harsh and unforgiving, and is when the vast majority of minor incidents occur. PPF can help your car outlast the winter, and maintain its look and value for much longer.
April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring something else. Storms. In many places that means high wind and lashing rain. These conditions put cars parked on the street or in high density areas at particular risk for flying debris. As branches break, sticks and twigs break loose and fly through the air like little missiles. Along with refuse, pebbles, or any other thing weak from a long winter.
For many body shops, Spring is the peak time for repairing minor scratches.
PPF won’t save your car from a broken branch falling on the roof, but when that soda can comes bouncing windswept down your street and knocks up against the side of your car, the protective wrap will take the hit, instead of your paint. Then you can simply apply a little heat and buff any scratches out, leaving the finish good as new.
Is there anything better than summer driving? You roll your windows down, turn the radio up. Car people live for summer. That’s not to say that summer driving is without unique threats. In four season climates, the most obvious is the big C. Construction.
Closed roads, blocked lanes. Orange cones and immense piles of dirt. Construction sites are sandboxes, full of loose dirt and gravel, and plenty of huge trucks hauling and moving and digging in, sending huge clouds across the road.
You might want to roll up that window.
Without a PPF wrap, construction debris like rocks and pieces of gravel can cause irreparable damage to your car’s finish. Dust can become laden with pollutants such as diesel fumes and cause your paint to fade. With PPF, the topcoat seals in your vehicles paint job, and the minor scratches from clouds of debris can be mitigated as easily as aiming a hair dryer. Simply point the heat at the damage and buff. You’ll be amazed by how easy it is.
Another threat unique to summer months damage from UV rays. The same damaging elements that cause sunburn can fade your car’s paint job. Taking extra measures like a PPF wrap will keep it from fading.
Ahh Fall. Cooler weather, leaves changing. All over the country, people head outside to watch nature’s most beautiful show. But humans aren’t the only ones on the move.
Many species of birds feel the change in the air and head south, to warmer climates. This means flocks flying overhead, and if your driveway is beneath their flight path, you can expect a few of them to use your Toyota for toilet-time target practice.
Bird poop isn’t just gross, it is also corrosive. Bird droppings contain high levels of uric acid, which can be corrosive to cars. Without a PPF wrap, unattended or unnoticed bird droppings can cause permanent staining in as little as a week.
Wherever you live in America, you will see benefits when you wrap your car in a paint protective film.