Frequently Asked Questions
General questions about Paint Protection Film, etc.
What is Paint Protection Film?
Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a virtually invisible film made to form a protective shield for your vehicles paint finish against harmful natural elements and road debris.
Along with its protective barrier, PPF also helps in spreading any impact force of road debris, thereby reducing/nullifying any damage as much as possible.
This in return protects the look and value of your vehicle for many years to come.
We use the SunTek High Performance Range or BOP High Performance Films.
Both films are available in a Clear High Gloss or Matte finish as well as a Gloss or Matte Black finish.
- All PPF products form a tough barrier to eliminate damage caused by stones, insects, salt and other road debris
- Have a self-healing top coat – your scratches disappear with the engine or sun’s heat
- Nano-technology construction to create a strong solvent-resistant barrier
- Superior optical clarity for invisible protection
- Can be easily removed at any stage, helping to improve the resale of your vehicle in the future
Depending on the film type, both SunTek and BOP PPF comes with either a 5 or 10 year limited manufacturers warranty against cracking, bubbling or yellowing of the material.
Does my vehicle need any special care once Paint Protection Film is applied?
It is best to wait 3 days before washing your car. While hand washing is preferred, you can use a pressure wash (on a low pressure and not too close to surfaces), be especially careful near edges as the pressure water can lift any edge of the PPF.
Ceramic coatings are approved for use with SunTek and BOP Paint Protection Films when applied over the surface of the product. Ceramic coatings create an additional barrier for solvent and water penetration while not negatively impacting the performance or self-healing of our Paint Protection Film.
This application will not void your warranty.
Waxes will add a level of gloss to PPF. There are waxes on the market specifically designed for matte finishes if you have Matte PPF applied.
Waxing is still recommended for added protection.
If there is a stain that won’t wash off, what do I do?
If a stain will not wash off with a regular car wash, you can apply isopropyl alcohol to a microfiber towel and clean the stain, if that does not work you can use a small amount of lacquer thinner. If the stain remains we would recommend you use a mild-abrasive wax and polish the surface of the film to restore the original appearance.
Polishing/buffing of the film is a great way to remove contaminants from the surface, however this process should be limited to as-needed or once every 12- 18 months. An example of a mild-abrasive wax would be Turtle Wax Renew RX Polishing Compound Light to Medium Cleaner.
Should I wax my car prior to Paint Protection Film installation?
It is not recommended to apply wax or any coatings to your vehicle prior to having Paint Protection Film installed. Any waxes or coatings can interfere with proper adhesion of the film to the vehicle.
How soon after installation can I drive my vehicle?
In an ideal situation, we recommend that an installer will have the vehicle for 24 hours to monitor the film for any lifting edges before releasing the vehicle to the owner. In situations where this is not possible, we strongly recommend at least a 2-3 hour waiting period indoors followed by an inspection to ensure all edges are sealed before the vehicle is released.
Even then after a through inspection, PPF may lift at edges especially if washed too early in the adhering process. Taking the utmost care of the film in the first few days to at least a week is highly recommended for a complete bonding of the product to your vehicle.
Please realise that even driving in the rain would be like taking the vehicle through a pressure washer. Once the product has had time to adhere you will be able to drive your vehicle as per normal without any adverse effects to the PPF.
How does the self-healing work?
Paint Protection Film contains a proprietary top-coat. This top coat protects the urethane against surface scratches. The majority of surface scratches will self-heal when exposed to heat – sun, warm panel (motor running), warm water, etc.
Any minor surface scratches will self-heal such as surface dirt, sand, salt, etc.
Polarized sunglasses make Paint Protection Film look iridescent. Is this normal?
This is purely an interaction between light reflected from car surface through the film and polarized glasses. Light reflected from the surface is polarized in different direction and each polarization propagates through the film differently. This is an inherent feature of the film as it gets oriented to some degree during the installation.
A good analogy would be looking at a screen of an ATM machine in polarized glasses – you can see a normal screen when you look straight at it and then you tilt your head and see a black screen.
Why should I use a Liquid Protection Product?
SharpShields Liquid Protection range will give your vehicle or boat protection from hazards, contaminants and aid you in cleaning. With ceramic protection providing a strong coating to protect against minor scratching, scuffs, etc. the surface of your vehicle/boat will look fresh and unexposed to damage. Along with this is protection against environmental/industrial damage such as UV rays, chemical pollutants, bird droppings, sap, chemical splashes, etc.
Add to this, the benefit of a smooth surface that will aid you in cleaning debris off your paintwork, preventing staining and cleaning marks.
SharpShields Liquid Protection products were developed to protect exteriors/interiors of Concorde and Boeing aircraft to form a near impenetrable protective barrier. As you can imagine, this becomes particularly useful for cars, which are often exposed to various harmful elements around the clock.
How should I care for my vehicle after CX2 and/or HP3 application?
Simply care for your vehicle as normal. We always recommend hand washing over using a power wash as pressure, how close, etc. is such a variable and capable of doing extreme damage to your vehicle. That does not say you can’t use an automatic car wash, just realise that all washing, even improper hand washing can damage your vehicle surface with scratching, denting, etc.
As long as you are using proper techniques/care you’ll have a great experience in the ease of cleaning and caring for your vehicle that a CX2 and/or HP3 treatment gives.
For advice on cleaning techniques we have some helpful videos on our links & tips page.