When you are looking for ways to protect or restyle your car, there are several options available. Two of the most popular options are wrap film and paint protection film (PPF) film. While both types of film offer similar benefits, there are some key differences. In this blog, we will explain these differences and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type of film.
WHAT IS WRAP FILM?
Wrap film, also known as car wrapping film, is a thin, flexible self-adhesive vinyl film used to change the appearance of your car. It is available in different colours, patterns and finishes, such as glossy, matt, satin or metallic. Wrap film is applied over the original paint of the car and can be used to change the colour, add graphics or patterns, or give the car a unique look. Wrap film is also, like PPF film, a temporary solution and can be removed without causing damage to the original paintwork.
WHAT IS PPF FOIL?
Paint protection film (PPF) film, also known as anti-scratch film, is a transparent film used to protect the car's original paintwork from weathering, scratches, stone chips, and other forms of damage. PPF film is made of thermoplastic urethane and is highly durable and resistant to impact. It is applied over the car's original paintwork and creates an invisible layer that protects the paintwork from damage. PPF film is also easy to maintain and can last for years. Often, a ceramic coating is also applied to make it easier to keep the car clean.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WRAP FILM AND PPF FILM
While both types of film offer similar benefits, there are some key differences between wrap film and PPF film. Below are some key differences:
Purpose: Wrap film is used to change the look of your car, while PPF film is used to protect the car's original paintwork from damage.
Material: Wrap film is made of vinyl, while PPF film is made of thermoplastic urethane.
Colour: Wrap film is available in different colours and finishes, while PPF film is transparent and does not alter the original paint.
Durability: Wrap film is thinner and less durable than PPF film, and can be damaged when exposed to scratches or sharp objects. PPF film is very durable and resistant to light damage and can protect the car's original paintwork for years.
THE PROS AND CONS OF WRAP FILM AND PPF FILM
ADVANTAGES OF WRAP FILM
A unique look: Wrap film offers a wide range of colours, finishes and patterns, allowing you to give the car a unique look not possible with the original paint.
Temporary: Wrap film is a temporary solution and can be removed without causing damage to the original paintwork.
Protection against minor damage: Wrap film can help prevent minor scratches, marks and scrapes on the car's original paintwork.
Cost-saving: It is generally cheaper to have your car wrapped instead of having it repainted.
DISADVANTAGES OF WRAP FILM
Less durable: Wrap film is thinner and less durable than PPF film and can be damaged when exposed to scratches or sharp objects.
Not as effective as protection: Wrap film can offer protection against minor damage, but does not offer the comprehensive protection that PPF film offers.
ADVANTAGES OF PPF FILM
Protection against damage: PPF film offers excellent protection against scratches, stone chips, insects and other forms of damage to your car's original paintwork.
Long-lasting protection: PPF film can protect your car's original paintwork for years.
Easy to maintain: PPF film is easy to maintain and can be cleaned with ordinary car shampoo.
- The black and carbon PPF films are high gloss and more beautiful than normal wrap film.
DISADVANTAGES OF PPF FILM
- Not so versatile: The PPF film is only available in a few variants, such as standard transparent, with a matt finish so your original paintwork gets a matt finish, high-gloss black and carbon. So there's not a whole lot of colour choice but that's not really what the film is for.
- Cost: PPF film is more expensive than wrap film and is more expensive to install.
In general, both wrap film and PPF film offer benefits for your car, depending on your specific needs. If you are looking for a temporary solution to give your car a unique look, wrap film is a good option. However, if you are looking for comprehensive protection against damage to your car's original paintwork, PPF foil is the best option. It is always advisable to seek professional advice before making a decision on which film is best for your car. So if you have any questions feel free to contact us.