Can you wax a car with PPF?

Paint protection film (PPF) offers an unrivaled level of protection for the paintwork on your vehicle, warding off chipping and other forms of potential damage. However, many people who own cars are curious to know whether they can continue to wax their vehicles regularly after applying PPF. So, can you wax a car that has been applied with PPF? Read this article by Ceramic Pro New River Valley to find out the answer and more!


Is it possible to wax a car with PPF?

The answer is yes. It is possible to wax a vehicle covered with PPF, although it is not necessary in most cases. Waxing your automobile will be required much less often than it would be if it did not have PPF. Having stated that, waxing over PPF is neither essential nor recommended. A buildup of wax around the film’s edges might occur over time and make it seem unsightly. Applying a ceramic coating or a sealant over the PPF is the superior option since it eliminates the need for waxing entirely in almost all cases. Regarding this step, it is recommended to adhere to the instructions provided by the film manufacturer.

Which types of wax can you utilize?

You must use high quality waxes if you want to wax your vehicle in the presence of paint protection film (PPF). If you use a wax that does not include kerosene or naphtha in a concentration of more than 5%, it is technically feasible to wax a vehicle coated with PPF. However, this is only the case if you use a specific wax. Wax products that include colors are something else you should steer clear of.

Is machine polishing possible after PPF protection has been applied to the vehicle?

Regarding this subject, there are many different points of view. It is strongly recommended that you not try to polish a vehicle covered with PPF. To begin with, polishing the paint protection film cannot be done in the same manner as polishing the paintwork or the clear coat, which is why the exercise is meaningless. Second, there is a good chance that you may end up causing harm to your PPF in the process. Polishing over PPF is theoretically feasible, and it may be essential when the coat becomes older and begins to lose some of its shine. If you decide to polish, you should exercise extreme caution and use the polishing pad and compound that together have the lowest possible abrasive level. If your PPF has degraded to the point that you are contemplating polishing it, it is likely time to replace it.

How to clean a car with PPF installed?

When washing a vehicle with a PPF coating, you must pay close attention to detail. Try to get a specialized auto shampoo that has been made to clean PPF. It is recommended that a microfiber mitt be used while applying the detergent. Never use a dry towel to remove any dirt since doing so might harm the coating on the surface. If you are going to clean the area with a power washer, stay away from the borders of the film. It is in your best advantage to steer clear of commercial car washes whenever possible.

Now that you have more information on whether it is necessary to wax a car with paint protection film, to give your vehicle the attention to detail and protection it deserves. Ceramic Pro New River Valley provides state of the art automobile detailing facilities, offering the complete spectrum of services for improving the look of vehicles, including ceramic coatings, PPF, and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

You may reach us at (540)-315-7362 or stop by our workshop in Christiansburg, Virginia, at 3025 N Franklin Street. Book your appointment today!