How to Install PPF on Your Vehicle

Protecting the car’s paint is a priority for many car owners. Unfortunately, some solutions for this are too expensive and take time to do. However, if you want to give your car a good shine and ensure the paint stays intact, paint protection film (PPF) is the solution.

Unless you’re a professional in the field, choosing the best film might take you some time. Many options are available, including matte, clear, tinted, satin and colored films. To reach the professional standards of installing PPF on your car, it’s advisable to take PPF classes to gain good experience. Here’s how to do the installation properly:

Steps to Follow While Installing PPF on Your Car

Taking classes equips you with skills to do the installation on your own. However, you must get every step right to avoid making irreversible mistakes. In addition, you want the paint protection film to turn out beautifully, so all these steps are important.

Step 1: Car Inspection

Before washing the car, check for paint damage and any other issues on the car’s exterior. It’s common to find a few problem areas in some cars, but most don’t prevent PPF installation. However, it’s better to be certain before going to the next step.

Step 2: Do a Deep Exterior Wash

From PPF classes, you’ll learn that thoroughly cleaning the car helps make the installation process more successful. In addition, washing the vehicle carefully matters. For instance, using soft, clean materials that don’t cause swirls or scratch marks on the car plays a significant role.

Also, experts advise keeping a bunch of microfiber cloths around for wiping down. Other towels leave residue and cause scratches and swirls. While washing, use water and detergent. This mixture should remove the following:

  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Tree sap
  • Contaminants from the air
  • Bird droppings

After washing with soap, rinse with clean water and inspect the car to ensure it is contaminant-free.

Step 3: Clay Bar the Car

Clay bars are perfect for removing any remaining contaminants and pollutants. Clay bars are resin mixtures that need prior application of a lubricant. After applying the clay bar, wipe the car down with a microfiber cloth.

Ensure the entire car’s paint is even, as all the imperfections will show once you install the PPF. If any parts appear darker, apply polish to even them.

Step 4: Using Pressurized Air for Drying  

Air drying is the best way to eliminate contaminants after washing the vehicle. Once the airdrying process is over, the vehicle is ready for disassembly and cleaning of panels.

Step 5: Disassembly and Cleaning Panels

If it’s possible to remove the panels, do so. However, ensure you place them in a safe area away from damage. Once you’re finished disassembling, clean the panels with alcohol. Applying alcohol prevents the appearance of fingerprints. Use a microfiber cloth and then air dry the panels.

PPF Application

After cleaning and airdrying, cooling the car is the next important step. Keep the car in a temperature-controlled area before and during the PPF application process. If that’s already in place, the PPF is ready for installation.

Proceed to spray the PPF with a water-based solution. Do so while removing the backing. Always keep off the side with the adhesive. After removing the backing, lay the film on the car. Once the positioning is correct, spray with the fitting solution.

The technician will prefer using a squeegee, or if you’re doing it yourself, get someone to help you remove the bubbles. Usually, a heat gun follows to warm the PPF and ensure adhesion. Finally, go around the vehicle to ensure no bubbles or film lifting occurred.

After drying, the steps that follow include reinstalling the panels and inspecting if any bubbling or lifting has occurred. Checking occurs 24 hours after application and again 10 days after installation. The sooner you identify issues, the easier it is to correct them.

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