Paint Protection, Film Protection
Another rising industry in the automotive world. Your car might be your second largest investment in your life. So it isn't difficult to understand why you might want to make investments to protect the car. The paint of the car is like your skin - treat it well and it will last you / treat it bad however - and you will be punished everyday as you look at your car.
There are many things that effect a cars paint to give it undesired traits
1. Rock Chips
5. Fading/UV Damage
6. Just plain DULL
7. Car is always dirty!
Solution to alot of these problems? Well there are alot of OPTIONS. But the two most popular options for avoiding these problems are:
1. Paint Film Protection
Its like a SCREEN PROTECTOR on your phone. Except you can wrap paint with it. Most people do the front end (mainly to avoid rock chips) but some people go as far as to wrap the ENTIRE CAR! This is generally a permanent form of protection. Its marketed to last pretty much forever until you want to remove it (it peels off) But in all honesty the film takes damage as well and gets wear and tear. I recommend replacing every 5-10 years.
2. Synthetic or Natural Paint Protection
Of course keeping your car clean every year is a form of protection as well.
Wash, Clay, Wax? Anyone every heard of that?
LAYERS OF PROTECTION. Waxes or sealants to protect your paint. Think of it as lotion for your skin. Protects the paint from the ELEMENTS and also gives the added bonus of added GLOSS and SLICKNESS. So the car stays clean longer!
Pretty much any wax or sealant is HYDROPHOBIC so keeping your car cleaner has never been easier. Dirt simply doesn't stick as easily to paint and when it does. It comes off relatively easily.
The current TREND for these kind of sealants is to use these SUPER DURABLE synthetic sealants that last many years. Where most waxes only last a few months at best. These new man made sealants are claiming YEARS of durability.
The most popular, no doubt, is Opti-Coat. There are a dozen other options that you can find by typing into google Opti-Coat vs _______. You have to look for a local detailer in your area who has experience with these coatings to apply them for you (and has the coating you wish to have) as the car needs to be prepped prior to the application in order for it to bond properly. Not easy to do yourself. (I've tried)