How you can give your paint protection film a little helping hand this winter?
At RMA Car Care, we take immense pride in our paint protection film (PPF) solutions, and we understand that many of our customers rely on PPF to keep their vehicles looking sleek and well-maintained. However, if you’re in some harsher climates this winter, it's crucial to give some extra attention to your PPF. Winter conditions, such as snow, road salt, and low temperatures, can pose unique challenges to PPF. Here are some valuable tips to help protect your paint protection film during the winter months:
Winter weather brings with it a variety of contaminants, from road salt to sand and grime. These substances can adhere to the surface of your PPF and, if left untreated, may result in damage over time. To maintain the integrity of your PPF, make sure to clean it regularly. Use a mild, automotive PPF cleaner and a soft microfibre cloth to gently remove dirt and contaminants. Avoid using abrasive cleaning methods or harsh chemicals that could potentially harm the film.
For an additional layer of protection, it’s worth considering applying a ceramic coating on top of your PPF. Ceramic coatings offer exceptional resistance to the corrosive effects of road salt and other winter-related elements. They not only enhance protection but also make cleaning PPF easier, ultimately extending its lifespan and enhancing its overall performance.
Road salt and de-icing agents are notorious for corroding vehicles, including the PPF. To safeguard your investment, apply a quality sealant or wax. These products create a protective barrier between the PPF and potentially harmful substances, preventing damage. It's essential to reapply the sealant or wax periodically to ensure ongoing protection.
When removing snow and ice from your vehicle, be extra cautious around the PPF. Avoid using sharp or hard-edged tools like ice scrapers that could scratch or damage the film. Opt for soft brushes designed for paint and PPF or specialised snow removal tools that won't harm the surface. Additionally, refrain from using hot water to defrost your car, as rapid temperature fluctuations can impact the adhesive properties of the PPF, not to mention you could crack your windows.
While maintaining a clean PPF is crucial, you should exercise caution when using high-pressure washers during the winter. The force of high-pressure water can potentially lift the edges of the PPF, leading to peeling or bubbling. Opt for a low-pressure nozzle or a garden hose with a gentle stream of water to rinse off dirt and grime without compromising the integrity of the film.
If you are able to, consider storing your vehicle indoors during the winter months. Indoor storage provides the ultimate protection for both your car's paint and the PPF. If indoor storage is not an option, use a high-quality car cover designed for winter use. A proper car cover acts as a protective shield, safeguarding your vehicle from harsh weather and minimising exposure of your PPF to the elements.
At RMA Car Care, we're dedicated to helping you get the best out of your PPF investment. If you have any questions or need professional assistance, contact our specialist team today at RMA CAR CARE - 04 597 3077. Your vehicle deserves the best protection, and we're here to help you achieve it.