Paint Protection Film (PPF) or Vinyl Wrap ?
PPF and Vinyl Wraps serve slightly different purposes. PPF’s main purpose is to protect the paint of the vehicle from damage. Since the film is clear (although different coloured variations of PPF are in the market now), it does not make your vehicle look different. It might make it slightly more shiny, however, you won't see any major differences in appearance. Because the film is designed to protect the surface, it is thicker than vinyl, in order to be able to actually protect the paint from impact.
Vinyl wraps, on the other hand, drastically change the look of your car. Transformations that can be achieved with vinyl wraps are incredible. You can get any colour you want,options are limitless, even coloured changing vinyl are available. Can cover chrome areas, or add custom graphics. The main purpose of vinyl wraps is to customize the appearance of your vehicle, so the film is designed with this goal in mind. It also protects your car paint but not as much as PPF, it is thinner than PPF, and slightly more flexible.
What is Clear Paint Protection Film (PPF)
Paint Protection Film (PPF) also known as clear bra, is a virtually invisible, typically 8 mil thick self-healing urethane film which is applied to the surface of your vehicle. It offers superior impact protection than a ceramic coat, keeping the paint of your car safe from scuffs, scratches and rock chips. In addition to impact protection it also protects the paint of your car from fading, negative environment effects, such as oil spills, bird droppings, and water marks. While PPF are commonly transparents, there are now many coloured PPFs options, but won't recommend using coloured PPF for a full car wrap.
What is vinyl wrap?
Vinyl wrap is a thin and flexible material, made out of PVC. It is typically 3-4 mil thick, and it comes in different colours, finishes, and textures. Vinyl wrap film comes with a specially formulated adhesive in the back, which allows the material to safely adhere to the surface, and take the shape of whatever it is applied to. Vinyl wrap is mostly used for the purpose of altering the look of your car, it also offers protection to your car paint. Due to an extensive variety of colours and finishes your options are pretty much limitless. Vinyl wrap are also commonly used for partial wraps like, roof wrap, bonnet wrap, interior wraps and chrome deletes.
Which offers better protection, PPF or Vinyl Wrap?
While PPF is still the best way to protect the car from exterior damage, Vinyl Wrap can also serve similar purpose. Although not as thick, it still covers the paint of your car, creating a slight barrier. Obviously, vinyl wraps will not protect the paint from a deep scratch or a scuff, but they will protect it from minor rock chips, bird droppings and negative effects of UV light.To put it simply, PPF is perfect if you are looking for an extensive protection. It is perfect for an off-road or highway driving. However, if you are mostly driving in the city, vinyl wraps are able to provide a degree of protection as well, but remember vinyl are all coloured, so will change the colour of your car.