Calgary Paint Protection

Taking care of your car is about more than just taking it in for its annual service. Vehicles get exposed to a lot of small damage on the road, such as street debris, rock chips, small scratches, and dents.
These will accumulate over time and start to damage your top paint layer, exposing the underlying metal to the elements.

Luckily, Calgary, AB is mostly dry, so you do not have to worry about rust as much as you would in a coastal city.

However, if you want to protect your vehicle and keep its book value high after its warranty, you will need to look into methods of protecting your paint.

What Are Your Options in Calgary?

When you start shopping around for the ultimate paint protection film (PPF) packages for your car, you will quickly get overwhelmed with the sheer number of brand names and options on the market.
Generally, there are two main options for your vehicle: paint protection film and a ceramic coating.

If you are wondering what the differences between the two are, you are not alone.

We’ve compiled a short guide on the various options for automotive paint protection in Calgary to keep your vehicle looking like new.

Ceramic Coatings

A ceramic coating is a hydrophobic polymer that binds to the paint after application. The product sheds water, making it very difficult for grime and dirt to stick to your vehicle.

The coat properties will make your vehicle appear cleaner for longer than it did with its standard paint job.

When it comes time to wash your car, you will notice the dirt effortlessly falls by the wayside.

Many Calgary, AB residents find themselves using less water, soap, and effort to clean their cars clean thanks to ceramic.
If you want a ceramic coating, you can’t go wrong with Opti-Coat Pro+.

Paint Protection Film

PPF is a light urethane film that sticks to your car’s paint. It is similar to a window tint, but it’s applied to the whole car.

It provides an extra layer of defence from:

  • Swirl marks
  • Chips and dings
  • Paint stains
  • Fading from UV exposure

What makes protection film so popular is that you can buy a paint protection film package and apply it yourself.
These packages can range from relatively simple to incredibly difficult to apply, so do your research if you want to go DIY with your paint protection.

The most popular films in Calgary include:

  • XPEL Ultimate
  • 3M Pro
  • 3M Paint Protection Film

Comparing Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating

While both products offer advantages, they tend to appeal to different types of vehicle owners.
One main difference is that paint protection film kits are thicker than a ceramic coating and have self-healing properties. Small holes in the film will repair themselves over time.

Paint protection films are well-suited to protect your paint from damage, especially in vulnerable areas like your front bumper and hood that constantly fend off rocks and road debris.

In contrast, a ceramic coating will offer less defence against chips and scratches since it is a much thinner layer.
However, you will still get better protection from the elements, including harsh UV rays that cause fading and acidic rain that can damage the paint.

Both XPEL paint protection and 3M Canada have a vehicle protection film with hydrophobic properties. However, most car owners found that it is nowhere near as good as a dedicated ceramic coat.

Which One Should You Choose?

If you can’t choose, there is some good news. Paint protection film and ceramic coating options are not mutually exclusive.

Since you can apply both to the same area, you get the advantage of XPEL protection or 3M paint protection while still having an easy-to-clean vehicle.

PDR Canada offers several packages that combine the strengths of PPF and ceramic, providing unparalleled damage defence to Calgary cars.

The process is simple.
First, we’ll apply your PPF film of choice to areas of your car that are vulnerable to damage, such as the hood, fenders, mirrors, rear-wheel arch, and rocker panels.
Covering this area with 3M paint protection will ensure that your vehicle gets the best protection possible from dings.

We then apply a specially chosen ceramic coat to your entire vehicle, including side mirrors, front bumper, hood, A-pillars, and the main body panels. The coat will bind to your vehicles’ paint, as well as to the film protection.

This combination of ceramic coat and paint protection film will not impact your car’s appearance and will help you keep it pristine all-year-round.

Work with the Best in Calgary, AB

If you are looking into PPF to protect your car’s bumper and other vulnerable areas, get in touch with PDR Canada.
We offer high-quality auto body services in Calgary for all vehicle models, helping you get the most out of your investment.

We primarily stock XPEL Ultimate, 3M Pro, and other high-end PPF products with excellent warranty, lifespan, and self-healing properties.

We also offer window tinting and financing to ensure that your vehicle looks its best for years to come.

Don’t settle for a lower-quality film; get the best film Calgary has to offer! Contact us or visit our shop to find out why we’re the best in the business!

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