How to Remove Paint Protection Film From Car

February 26, 2024

Paint protection film (PPF) is the best way to protect your car’s paint from environmental damage like bug splatter, road debris, bird droppings and more. But, over time, the PPF can become damaged to the point where it no longer provides adequate protection to the underlying car’s paintwork. In these cases, it’s best to remove the existing PPF and replace it with a new layer. It’s also a good idea to remove old PPF when you plan to repaint your car or prepare it for sale so that the new paint will adhere properly.

The removal process for PPF can be complex and tricky, but with patience and the proper tools, you can successfully remove paint protection film from your car without damaging the paint underneath. It’s important to start in small sections so that you don’t accidentally damage your car’s paint, and it’s even more important to work in a well-ventilated area.

To begin, apply heat to the film’s adhesive surface. This will help to loosen the adhesive and make it easier to peel away. You can use a hair dryer or a heat gun, but it’s important to keep the temperature low and to constantly move the tool over the surface of the paint in a sweeping motion – never focusing too long on any one area or you risk damaging the paint.

Once the adhesive has been heated, you can start to peel off the PPF film. Be sure to use a plastic scraper rather than metal to avoid scratching the paint finish. If you are struggling to get the film to pull off, heat it up again and continue trying. Once all of the adhesive has been removed, dry the paint surface with a microfiber towel and apply wax for a smooth, clean finish.

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