Off-roading, 4-wheeling, rambling, they are all known terms for taking your 4X4 vehicle off the normally paved roads and instead down some truly awesome trails. These trails can be super rugged or just minimally so, either way, your vehicle is going to take some sort of beating. From flying rocks to mineral deposits, UV rays, branches, and other road debris all these elements pose potential hazards to the body of your vehicle. While off-roaders understand the risks and damages that can be involved in some serious off-roading adventures, we also can assert that we want our vehicles to stay in the best shape as possible while looking clean and ready to take on the next trail.
With today’s technology and digital capabilities protecting your vehicle and keeping it looking fresh is actually possible with paint protection film. While many will argue if it is really worth getting a PPF on your 4×4 vehicle when you know you will be exposing it to the elements directly. But our guys at SS Customs break down why paint protection film is a great way to protect your 4×4 vehicle and the benefits it really has to offer.
What Is Paint Protection Film?
First and foremost we want to know what this actually is. PPF is a thin film made out of polyurethane and is applied by vinyl wrap or paint protection film professionals. You can choose to have a full wrap to your entire vehicle or a partial wrap to the “high risk” areas of your vehicle.
What Kind Of Protection Does Paint Protection Film Offer?
PPF acts as a thin layer of protection for the top coat of your vehicle’s paint. With self-healing properties, the film is resistant to scratches, dings, rock chips, mineral deposits, acid rain, and other acidic elements and UV Exposure. While off-roading increases these elements drastically paint protection film acts as a buffer between the two giving you an extra layer of protection against direct contact with these elements.
Can PPF Withstand 4X4 Trail Debris?
While the longevity of your paint protection film may not be as long as say a highway driven vehicle paint protection films are strong enough to stand up against the elements while helping to add a solid layer of protection between your vehicle and the harsh effects of off-roading debris and elements. In fact, paint protection film or Helicopter Tape as it was first called was first used in the 1960s during the Vietnam War to protect helicopter blades from being damaged by flying shrapnel. I’d say it’s pretty strong in the protection department.
While choosing to add a layer of protection to your off-roading vehicle with a paint protection film is a personal choice it also can be looked at as a type of investment for your vehicle. Shop around in your area and see what there is to offer in terms of professional PPf installation. working with a trusted vinyl wrap orPPF installation expert will make all the difference.