Paint protection for cars

Keep your car looking smarter for longer and make it easier to wash with paint protection, which could save you time and money overall

Matt Rigby
Jun 9, 2021

If you're fed up with your car getting dirty very quickly and having to scrub off all the grime regularly, paint protection could prove valuable for you. Using a paint protection product for your car will help it to stay looking newer for longer, and provide some shielding against damage.

There are numerous reasons for trying to keep your car’s paintwork in tip-top condition. For a start, there's a certain feel-good factor in seeing your car gleaming away. Secondly, damage to paintwork such as chips or deep scratches can eventually lead to bodywork corrosion.

Keeping your paintwork as pristine as possible is also useful if your car is leased through Personal Contract Hire (PCH) or financed with Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), as it can help prevent charges for damaged paintwork when you return the car at the end of the term. Meanwhile, if you have a Hire Purchase (HP) deal, or already own the car outright, having a good condition car should mean you get more back when you come to sell the car.

Essentially, paint protection products are designed to form an invisible barrier between your car’s paintwork and the effects of small stones flicked up from the road, flies and the corrosive effects of bird droppings.

Car paint protection

You can get paint protection products from a range of suppliers, including AutoProtect, GardX, and Supaguard. Due to the presence of potentially dangerous chemicals in the coating process, they’re not the sort of products you'll want to apply on a DIY basis, so a paint protection product must be applied by professionals.

This is partly why it makes sense to order paint protection at the same time that you order your car - that way your paintwork will be protected from day one. There are aftermarket products that claim to offer similar benefits and which you can apply at home, but these are generally not as effective.

How to order paint protection

You can order a paint protection product as soon as you reserve your car - and normally it’ll be put on your car before the vehicle is delivered to you.

In terms of costs, the final quote will vary depending on the size of the car and also where you buy it from - as different dealers may use different paint protection processes and work with different firms.

Getting a quote for an individual vehicle should be a simple matter though and, as a rough rule of thumb, paint protection starts from around £6 per month if you roll it into a PCP finance package.

How paint protection works

When you choose to go for a paint protection product with your new car, any wax, oil and traffic grime are removed from the paintwork, as the product must be applied directly to the paint. It will then seal the paint and be entirely transparent.

The coating then, once dry, will work to repel water, and make corrosive dirt and grime unable to eat into the paint. This includes bird droppings, though it’s still recommended that you wipe these off within seven days.

The suppliers of these products generally provide a lifetime guarantee, giving you confidence that your car has a level of lasting protection.

How to care for your paintwork if you have a paint protection layer

Although dirt and general grime will be repelled by a paint protection coating, you will still need to wash the car. Paint protection does make this easier, though, as any dirt should be clinging less strongly to the paint surface.

This all means less time scrubbing with a sponge. You also shouldn’t need to use polish, wax or any other paint care products, as the temporary protective layer these products provide is redundant with this sort of coating.


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