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Can PPF Hold Up to Winter Driving?
Winter roads are HARSH. Does PPF have what it takes?

Temperatures are steadily dropping in Victoria, and many folks are getting the mitts, toques, scarves, and parkas out of storage. Soon enough, that morning layer of frost will be sticking around for longer and longer into the day and roads will become slippy and dangerous. It won’t be long before the city deems it cold enough to begin applying de-icing strategies, such as salt and sand.

Salting and sanding roads helps increase driver safety. The key to improving winter driving conditions is to keep the roads from getting any ice buildup. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of the water, preventing ice build up on our roads. Sand simply improves grip through its gritty texture.

Road salt is a serious double-edged sword. Although it is currently the best way we have to make the roads better, the highly corrosive nature of salt means that is is terrible for your vehicle. As we drive in the winter, we can hear the salty slush getting kicked up into our car’s undercarriage. After getting home, it’s obvious that the entire side panelling and fronts of our cars get caked in salt every time we go for a drive. Winter road de-icing measures can cause extensive damage to your doors, fenders, hood, and undercarriage.

For most of us, our cars are among our biggest investments, and maintaining the value of that investment is exceptionally important. Any measures we can take to help our cars stay in good shape are no-brainers. Many people use paint protection films (PPF) as a way to protect their paint from rock chips, scratches, and wear and tear. PPF is incredibly effective, but how does it hold up to winter conditions?

Can PPF Handle Winter Driving?

PPF (also known as a “clear bra”) is an incredibly thin layer of urethane that is applied to various parts of your car. Most installers offer packages so you can protect as much or as little of your car as you’d like.

The urethane that PPF is made of is unbelievably strong and resilient. One of PPF’s main objectives is to hold up to corrosive agents like acid rain, bird droppings, and road salt. Not only can PPF hold up to winter driving, it is specifically engineered to do so. If your car has already been protected by PPF, you can rest assured that your investment will hold its value through the harsh winter season.

PPF Facts

  • PPF is customized to fit every vehicle that comes into our shop.
  • PPF is nearly invisible, meaning you won’t even know it’s there.
  • PPF is designed to withstand forces, temperatures, and environments in far excess of what you will encounter day-to-day.
  • PPF requires no special or specific maintenance.
  • PPF is used by military ops to protect against scrapes, rock chips, scuffs, and chemical damage (such as road salt)

Need a PPF Install?

If your vehicle currently isn’t protected by PPF, you should seriously consider doing so before winter driving conditions set in. It looks like this year will be a cold one, and the roads will certainly reflect that. Take a look at our PPF offerings here, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our helpful staff to ask any questions or set up an appointment.

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