PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films are two paint application products that have functional similarities. For example they both will protect car paint from minor rock chips, bird droppings and negative effects of UV light. They can also give a different look to the vehicle.
The subtle difference is that PPF can withstand more aggressive external damage, such as a deep scratch or a scuff, while Vinyl Wrap Films can be selected in a wider range of unique patterns to suit the vehicle's exterior customization needs.
When the degree of cosmetic change to the paintwork and the degree of protection that PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films can provide is acceptable to you, perhaps you might consider looking into their Longevity.
Longevity of PPF
The paint protection film is usually backed by a manufacturer's warranty, which can last around 5 to 10 years. UPPF guarantees our PPF products for a period of 10 years. Staining, cracking, and fading are all covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
Typically, when cared for properly, Paint Protection Films will last for about 10 years.
Longevity of Vinyl Wrap Films
There are two types of Vinyl Wrap Films: cast and calendered. Cast grade has a service life of 5-9 years, while calendered grade has a service life of 3-5 years.
Longevity compare between PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films
In terms of Longevity, PPF is much longer than Vinyl Wrap Films and this result is due to a combination of material and production process, and notably to their thickness.
In the world of automotive wraps and films, the unit used to measure thickness is "mil"; 1 mil = one thousandth of an inch (the name comes from the French word "mille" meaning "one thousand"). The thickness of a credit card is approximately 30 mil.
Thickness of PPF
The main qualitative requirements people have for PPF are impact and scratch resistance, so PPF is usually a little thicker than vinyl packaging. Depending on the type of PPF you choose and the manufacturer, it is usually between 6 mil and 10 mil thick. Using PPF over the entire vehicle can add up to 10 pounds of weight.
Thickness of Vinyl Wrap Films
Vinyl Wrap Film is much thinner than PPF. This is due to the different materials and also to reduce weight. Since vinyl wrap is almost always applied to the entire vehicle, the weight of the film is more important than PPF, which is often used only in vulnerable areas of the vehicle. A vinyl wrap film used to cover an entire vehicle may only weigh 5 or 6 pounds.
If you are satisfied with the appearance and protection of PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films, then the longer service life of PPF is a good reason for you to choose PPF.