How Long Does it Take to PPF a Car?

March 3, 2024

PPF is an ultra-thin, transparent, protective coating. When applied by a professional (typically an auto detailing or vinyl installation expert), it creates a disposable "skin" over the car's paint, protecting it from rock chips, acid rain, hard water deposits and oxidation, surface scratches and more. PPF's impressive resistance to impact and abrasion also makes it the perfect option for anyone who wants to preserve their vehicle's value and resale potential.

Depending on the size of the coverage area, the average time for PPF to cure varies. The best way to know how long it will take is to speak with the installer you're considering for a quote. A good installer will be transparent about how long a full front end or full vehicle PPF installation will take and will make sure the vehicle is ready for the film before starting.

If you're thinking of getting PPF for your vehicle, it's important to understand that the product isn't cheap. But it can save you a lot of money in the long run. Purchasing and properly maintaining PPF can prevent the need for major body repair and paint correction in the future. The cost of removing a single scratch, ding or dent can easily surpass the price of a whole car's worth of PPF.

To maintain the integrity of your PPF, it's recommended to only use premium wash media and avoid automated car washes. It's also important to keep the temperature of the car's paint under control; if the paint is too hot, it can cause the film to craze and leave swirl marks behind. If you do notice any issues with your paint protection film, they should be addressed quickly.


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