Where Should I Apply Paint Protection Film? Six Reasons to Get a Full Wrap

The majority of vehicles equipped with Paint Protection Film are only protected in certain areas: The front bumper, hood, fenders, rocker panels, etc. These areas are particularly prone to rock chips and damage from other road debris, making them obvious candidates for added protection. However, some vehicle owners want peace of mind not only about the particularly vulnerable parts of their vehicle, but about the vehicle as a whole. They want peace of mind that every inch of the exterior is fortified against preventable damage. These vehicle owners choose to have Paint Protection Film applied on their entire vehicle. This is what’s known as a “Full Wrap.” Here are some reasons it’s worth considering:

ROCK CHIPS CAN APPEAR IN STRANGE PLACES

It is certainly the case that most rock chips appear on the front of a vehicle, along the rocker panels, or in the rear wheel arch. However, small rocks and road debris can also strike other parts of your vehicle. For example, a car passing you in the left lane may kick up a small rock that strikes the rear door on your passenger side. Unless the door is protected by Paint Protection Film, that rock is likely to leave an unsightly mark.

BIRDS DON’T CARE WHAT PART OF YOUR CAR THEY SOIL

Bird droppings are an underestimated hazard for your vehicle’s paint. When not removed right away, they can quickly etch into the clear coat of your car’s finish, leaving significant chemical stains. While a rock chip is unlikely to appear on the roof of your vehicle, chemical stains from bird droppings are more likely to appear on the roof than anywhere else.

TREE SAP WILL STAIN WHEREVER IT LANDS

People also underestimate the damage tree sap can cause on a vehicle. Tree sap, like a bird dropping, is acidic, and can similarly etch into your vehicle’s clear coat if not removed immediately. When your car is parked under a tree, every surface is susceptible to damage from tree sap.

ACID RAIN CAN DAMAGE ALL PAINTED SURFACES

Acid rain caused by air pollutants can also damage your vehicle’s paint. If rainwater is allowed to air dry on a car’s surface, acidic deposits left behind can start etching into the clear coat. Any part of your vehicle’s paint that can get wet from rainfall (which is to say, every part of your vehicle’s paint), is susceptible to damage from acid rain, especially if you live in an area with high pollution.

THE SUN SHINES ON YOUR WHOLE VEHICLE

When the rain stops and the sun comes out, the situation doesn’t necessarily get better for your car. Direct sunlight can damage a vehicle’s paint, just as it can damage your skin. Prolonged exposure to UV rays will cause a car’s paint to oxidize, producing a dull or faded look. Any and every part of the vehicle that is exposed to the sun is at risk for oxidation.

A CARELESS PARKING LOT DRIVER CAN HIT ANYWHERE

When your vehicle is parked, dings and scratches are as likely to occur on the rear bumper or side doors as anywhere else. How often have you seen someone open their car door and slightly nick the vehicle next to them? If the vehicle is not protected by Paint Protection Film, those small dings and scratches can become unsightly eyesores.

CONCLUSION: GET A FULL WRAP OF PAINT PROTECTION FILM FOR COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND

While Paint Protection Film made a name for itself because of its ability to protect your vehicle from rock chips, the reality is that a good film does so much more. Paint Protection Film provides a layer of protection from all of the environmental hazards outlined above. Chemical stains from bird droppings or tree sap are less likely to occur on a quality film. Acidic deposits from rain water will not be able to reach your car’s clear coat when a Paint Protection Film is present. Paint Protection Film decreases the threat of UV damage. Small dings and scratches from careless parking lot drivers can be prevented by Paint Protection Film. These are hazards that affect every painted surface on your vehicle, not just your hood, front bumper, and rocker panels. For these reasons, a full wrap of a quality Paint Protection Film by a skilled installer adds significant value to a vehicle.

So if you are purchasing a new or new-to-you vehicle and you are concerned about potential damage that could occur anywhere on your beautiful automobile, consider requesting a Full Wrap of premium Paint Protection Film. You will be purchasing the peace of mind that every painted surface of your vehicle will have the best protection you’ll never see.


The images in this post are of a Tesla Model S we recently had in our shop for a full wrap of Paint Protection Film. Click here for our full post on the project.

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