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Top 5 Areas on a Car to Protect with PPF

XPEL Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a premium product that can safeguard the appearance of your vehicle against the unpredictable elements of daily driving. Additionally, it has the dual benefit of improving your vehicle's appearance with a high-gloss or satin sheen finish. But if we are talking strictly about protection, some areas of a car are more vulnerable to paint damage than others. These are five areas one should prioritize when preserving your vehicle's aesthetic and value with XPEL self-healing PPF.

How Does PPF Protect My Car?

PPF, as a concept, is a transparent film applied over a surface acting as a barrier to protect against everyday wear and tear. Higher quality PPF like XPELULTIMATE PLUS or STEALTH PPF provides self-healing properties, allowing the film to repair itself against light scratches and scuffs while protecting the painted surface underneath. Moreover, the film's transparency makes its protective shield virtually unnoticeable, and is backed by an industry-leading warranty.

1.) Front Bumper:

It's no surprise that the front bumper is highly exposed to damage. It sits at the front line, taking abuse from road debris, rocks, insects, weather, and minor impacts. Over time, this constant wear and tear can leave rock chips, scuff marks, and etching, leaving a bumper feeling rough to the touch and unsightly. PPF helps keep the muck from sticking to your grille, like flossing your teeth after a meal.

2.) Hood and Fenders:

Environmental elements like gravel, sand, salt, dust, bird droppings, and debris kicked up by traffic will impact your car's hood and front fenders. The shielding PPF can defend against these projectiles and help prevent costly paint chips and scratches that can compromise the vehicle's overall finish.

3.) Side View Mirrors:

Side view mirrors are often overlooked but are highly vulnerable to minor impacts and scratches through exposure. PPF can shield side view mirrors against parking lot mishaps, brushes with branches, and other incidental damages. A damaged side mirror can be a potential safety hazard. Moreover, it's an area that can't be unseen once you spot the damage.

4.) Behind the Rear Wheel:

Painted areas behind the rear (or front) wheels are commonly stained with watermarks, mud streaks, road tar, or bits of rubber. It's also an area that requires extensive scrubbing or concentration with a power washer. Having PPF on the rear fender behind the wheel and in the front can make car washes significantly easier.

5.) Rocker Panels:

Placed near where the rubber meets the road makes rocker panels notoriously decidable to paint damage. Besides road debris and environmental pollutants, a person's footwear can leave scuff marks when exiting or entering a vehicle. Rocker panels are commonly neglected in drive-thru automated car washes. As a result, one must get down low and scrub rockers to ensure cleanliness. Applying PPF can save you the trouble and backache by protecting rocker panels against unflattering staining and damage.

XPEL PPF Defends, Protect, and Preserves

Protecting your vehicle's appearance or sentimental value is an ongoing process. Products like XPEL PPF make this never-ending challenge easier to live with. These critical areas are particularly vulnerable to road debris, environmental hazards, and parking lot mishaps. Safeguarding them with PPF guarantees that your vehicle maintains its beauty and pristine condition, allowing you to enjoy seeing the paint shimmer in the light when you turn back to look at it in a parking lot.

Explore XPEL.com to learn more information about surface protection for your car, truck, or motorcycle and use the Installer Locator Tool find an authorized near you and get a free quote on PPF, ceramic coating and window film.