Paint protection is by no means a new concept, it has been around for over 40 years!

Let’s start with – What is car paint protection?

When purchasing a layer of paint protection, what you’re paying for is an invisible seal over the top of the car’s paintwork which preserves its glossy appearance. The seal is hard-wearing and protects against the everyday factors as well as swirl marks caused by poor cleaning techniques and putting the car through an automated car wash.


Your car’s paint is of course durable, but due to environmental demands, car manufacturers must now use water-based paints – which whilst being environmentally safe and friendly, are more prone to fading and oxidisation.  Every day your car’s paintwork is exposed to road dirt, salt, bird lime, tree sap, UV rays and of course everyday wear and tear; when combined with the fact wax and polymer polishes simply don’t last long enough anymore, this all takes a toll on your car’s appearance.


But are the benefits of paint protection worth an added expense?


Paint protection could be looked upon as a low-maintenance way of keeping your car’s exterior in top condition.  It means your car will be easier to clean, and you won’t have to worry so much about polishing it or perhaps panic about tiny bits of damage.  Before you decide whether to spend your hard-earned money, you might like to consider where your car will spend most of its time when you’re not driving it…

If you park it outside overnight, near trees or overhead cables where birds nest, paint protection is probably a good investment! It may also be worth considering how many miles you cover because the paintwork is more likely to pick up small bits of damage, such as stone chips depending on how far you go and of course how good the road’s surface is. If your car is usually garaged overnight, rarely spends an evening outside, or doesn’t cover many miles, then there’s probably less need for a protective coating.


Equally, if you’re prepared to clean your car, or get a professional detailer such as AutoPrep Repairs to polish it and remove any blemishes on a regular basis, there may be little argument for purchasing paint protection.


Buying a new car is generally one of the biggest investments you will make in your life – other than buying a house.  If you value the appearance of your car or you want to keep that new car shine, then protecting your car’s paintwork is definitely worth paying for!


If you’re purchasing a used car, you may feel that paying for a layer of paint protection isn’t worth it, and you may be right.  There is no tangible difference in value between identical used cars with or without paintwork protection; it does however make a difference to the appearance of the car and saves drivers from having to wash and wax a car too frequently.


Ultimately, it’s down to you, and you should make the decision based on how you use your car and how important the appearance of your car is to you, and your own driving destinations, rather than the salesman’s smooth talk.


If you’d like some further advice on whether paint protection products are right for you then contact the professionals at AutoPrep. We can help you to choose the products or services that meet your individual needs.



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