What is PPF or Paint Protection Film?

Let us explain what Paint Protection Film (a.k.a. PPF, Clear bra, Stone-guard & 3M Film) is in the most simplified way and by the end of this post you will know exactly what we’re talking about! The general Paint Protection Film is a clear, thin, and durable film that is applied to the surface of a car to protect its paint from damage caused by many different reason, for example: rocks, debris, scratches and many other environmental elements. Paint Protection Film is made of a thermoplastic urethane material which is tough and flexible at the same time, making it ideal for withstanding the wear and tear of your vehicle whether its a daily driver or a summer car, truck or motorcycle that you dearly take care of.

FULL BODY PPF PROTECTION ON A PORSCHE CAYENNE GT AT GOLD COAST AUTOMOTIVE
FULL BODY PPF PROTECTION ON A PORSCHE CAYENNE GT AT GOLD COAST AUTOMOTIVE

Now, there are many different types of Paint Protection Film on the market today with clear, matte and coloured options. There are many different brands that deliver high quality product. At Gold Coast Automotive we meticulously & conscientiously have chosen HEXIS BODYFENCE as our main Film Brand to apply to your vehicle or motorcycle.
BODYFENCE is the leader in Paint Protective Film and over 30 years in the market providing customer’s the ultimate protection that is even more powerful and durable than other brands on the market. Let us explain it further…

In accordance with new legal requirements, car manufacturers are obliged to use water-based paints to better preserve the environment. These paints are less resistant on the surface making it very easy to scratches or impacts. The HEXIS BODYFENCE Paint Protective Film has been developed for longterm protection. Thanks to its anti-shock, self-healing and self-cleaning properties, the BODYFENCE protective film offers perfect protection and now it’s applied here in Kelowna by Gold Coast Automotive. HEXIS has conquered the PPF market and become a key player with more than 21 million m² sold. 

One of the main benefits of Paint Protection Film is that it helps to preserve the appearance of your car’s paint. Over time, a car’s paint can fade and become dull, especially if it is exposed to the sun, rain, snow and other weather conditions. Paint Protection Film helps to protect the paint from these elements and maintain its shine and gloss for years to come.
We will break down a few reasons of how your vehicle’s paint can get damaged on a daily basis:

OUTDOOR POLLUTION – Such as Water stains, graffiti, dust and many more.

MINOR SCRATCHES – Scratches may occur when loading the trunk or parking, or even by touching the vehicle’s paint with your hands.

STRONG SCRATCHES – All types of scratches caused by sharp objects

OXIDATION AND ACID RAIN – The paint will can be damaged by acid rain and UV rays when the car is parked outside 

BIRD DROPPINGS – Bird droppings may heavily damage your car paint 

ROCK & GRAVEL – Minor impacts, such as those caused by road debris, frequently driven on highways cause stone chips and scratches.

Why Choose HEXIS BODYFENCE?

* LIFETIME Warranty for any yellowing or cracking
* Thickness level of 8ml
* Self Healing properties (light scratches or abrasions disappear with heat)
* Self Cleaning properties (Hydrophobic Properties like a Ceramic Coating)

Another advantage of Paint Protection Film is that it is virtually invisible. The film is designed to be so clear that it is nearly impossible to detect it once it has been installed. This means that it will not alter the look of your car, and you can enjoy the protection it provides without sacrificing the appearance of your vehicle with our 10 year warranty!

Many other Paint Protection Films in the market can produce a dull hue, But not HEXIS BODYFENCE. This PPF is customized for either GLOSS OR MATTE & BLACK, finishes, and thanks to the advanced materials, which allow it to be fitted to different cars with ultimate precision, it also helps to improve the instant healing properties and extend its longevity.
HEXIS BODYFENCE is a hydrophobic Paint Protection Film thanks to the advanced top coat that uses similar technology as Ceramic Coating to leave a perfectly flat layer of protection. It allows water to bead off the surface keeping the PPF cleaner so any contaminants simply blow off as you drive.

What to consider when purchasing Paint Protection Film?

After you have decided to protect your investment with PPF, it’s also important to consider the installation. The reputation of the shop, and getting a chance to visit the shop and speak to a specialist is a great step. Make sure the shop you’re speaking with walks you through all the packages available so that you are fully confident when deciding on the Paint Protection Film package that most suits your needs. A very important FACTOR in choosing the right installer is their attention to detail and the steps that are taken before the film is applied. It is very important to have a clean and well prepared surface with a good inspection, Decontamination Wash, Clay-bar and Cut & Polish that is required to make the surface perfect for application. Many new vehicles still come with imperfections from the factory that in most cases the dealership doesn’t address due to time-limits or nor having the experienced staff to fully prepare a vehicle. Here are some things to consider before making the jump

How long does Paint Protection Film last?

We provide a limited LIFETIME Warranty with our PPF from the date of purchase to any yellowing or cracking, so the film will last as long as you keep it on your vehicle. Our warranty covers protection against yellowing from dirt and chemicals as well as bubbling, staining, and cracking or any material failure.

Can you remove Paint Protection Film?

If the vehicle has its original factory paint, yes you can remove the Paint Protection Film (PPF) without any damage to the paint however there may always be a risk when removing film without caution or taking the right procedures.

How much does Paint Protection Film cost?

The cost of PPF varies depending on the package chosen, with options ranging from full coverage to partial coverage or add-ons for Trim or High Impact areas creating a custom protection package. At Gold Coast Automotive, we offer a range of PPF packages to suit the needs and budget of every customer. For more information on pricing, please visit our website HERE and explore the different packages available. Our team of experts will work with you to determine the best option for your vehicle and provide a detailed quote for your consideration. It’s always best to have PPF installed directly with the installers and not a 3rd Party to avoid inflated prices and ensure you get the right warranty and care for your vehicle.

When is the ideal time to get PPF?

It is so important to get PPF in the first few days of ownership. For a brand new vehicle, it is recommended to apply PPF from the start in order to safeguard the front from rock chips and rust, and maintain its value. This is because a new vehicle has not yet been exposed to the majority of road debris.
For a used or older vehicle, it is still a good idea to apply PPF after a paint correction has been performed and the paint of the vehicle has been restored. This way the vehicle will be protected from various environmental elements and road debris, preserving the value of the vehicle, and also the advantage and convenience of quickly improving the appearance and protection from further damage. Not to mention Aesthetically providing a smooth, glossy finish that makes the paint look brand new. In conclusion, regardless of the age or condition of a vehicle, PPF provides an effective solution for protecting the paint, preserving its value, and enhancing its appearance.

Why Choose Gold Coast Automotive as your PPF Installer?

At Gold Coast Automotive, we’re passionate about providing our customers with the best possible protection for their vehicles. It was a desire of our founder, Oskar, to offer the highest quality PPF to ensure that every customer’s investment is protected to its full potential. That’s why we’ve carefully selected the leading brand of PPF in the market to be offered at our shop. Oskar also personally ensures to be involved and go over every project at the shop to ensure quality of service at its highest!
We understand the importance of protecting your vehicle or motorcycle and keeping it looking its best while protecting it from the elements and daily wear and tear, which is why we go above and beyond to provide you with the best PPF installation services. With a team of highly skilled technicians trained by the best in our industry we ensure that every vehicle is worked on carefully with attention to detail. We are very keen on using the highest quality materials and cutting softwares with our in-house vinyl cutting plotter machine that prepares our film for our installations for a clean and precise install especially when working on vehicles with intricate body panels. At GOLD COAST AUTO our work is backed by us so we encourage our customers to come back within 7-10 days for us to inspect your vehicle to ensure the film has cured and there is no imperfections. So why wait? Choose our shop for your PPF needs today and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is in good hands.

You can also find out more about the different packages that are available for your vehicle HERE

It is agreed that Paint Protective Film is an excellent investment for any car, truck or motorcycle owner who wants to protect their vehicle’s paint job from damage and keep it looking great for years to come. If you’re interested in having Paint Protection Film installed on your car, contact us at Gold Coast Automotive today or visit OUR SERVICES PAGE.

Our team of experienced installers will provide you with the best possible service and help you get the most out of your investment.

Written by Kalynka Ciejek
info@goldcoastauto.ca

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At Gold Coast Automotive we work on all types of vehicles and provide an assortment of detailing services. Our customer base has a wide range of vehicles including Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Toyota, Nissan etc. Our primary showcase focuses on exotics and luxuries, but we provide services for the daily driver as well. We pride ourselves for being the first choice when it comes to being the premier auto detailing salon Kelowna, BC.

Gold Coast Automotive was started and created by Oskar and his inspiring passions in automobiles. This passion runs deeps in our company and is apparent in our level of quality work. Gold Coast Automotive provides a wide range of work to suit your needs. Our quality and professionalism is guaranteed and unrivalled across the Okanagan area. Technology is always changing and we at Gold Coast constantly maintain a pulse on the latest products available in the automotive industry.

Our network of knowledgeable detailers reaches all over the world. Our research into the latest products and methods gives us the advantage to provide your vehicle with the care it deserves. Not only do we provide our customers with the highest level of service, we also educate them on how to properly detail and maintain the vehicle throughout their ownership. We take great pride in each vehicle we service and work only a select few at a time so each client’s vehicle can have the undivided attention it needs. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and dedication and promise to take care of your vehicle as if it were one of our own. Choose Gold Coast Automotive to bring your car to the TOP!

Value: Your car is a direct representation of you. It embodies what the owner has accomplished through hard work and determination and hence should be treated as such. The caliber of detailing a car directly represents how well the owner maintains the asset. Over time, natural wear and tear as well as adverse affects from mother nature can take a toll on your vehicle. With our restoration and preservation services, paint and body damage can be prevented and your vehicle will be able to maintain a constant state of perfection.

Protection: High end detailing not only provides an awesome finish, it protects the overall condition of the vehicle and helps maintain its value. As consumers of the finer things in life, we take special pride in our own vehicles as well as our client’s cars to ensure that we deliver the highest level of paint protection to have long lasting results.

Projection: The first impression is the lasting impression. Maintaining a well manicured vehicle projects a certain image and a preconceived notion about how the owner takes care of valuable items. Having a neatly cared for vehicle projects pride in ownership and respect for the vehicle. Don’t ruin first impressions with poor detailing and care. The next time someone takes a glance at your car, you want them to think perfection.

Yes, we are fully insured for liability, loss, theft, fire and water infiltration for your protection. Our facility is monitored using only the best Certified Monitoring Station – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So if your vehicle stays over night, it’s protected and safe.

Gold Coast Automotive does not match. However, we will gladly discuss the best options for you to have one of our specialist working on your vehicle to give you the best vehicle experience. Contact us for full details.

Do you offer loaner cars or shuttle service?

We do offer complimentary shuttle services within the Kelowna & West Kelowna area, and we’re happy to arrange a rental service if you would need one.

Paint Correction also known as Buffing or Polishing is the highly skilled art of carefully removing damaged clear coat off the paint of a vehicle to expose a fresh, flawless layer of clear coat. Damaged clear coat diffracts light coming into your paint by sending it back in random directions, making your paint look less glossy or faded. When we expose a flawless layer of clear coat, this light is returned with full effect and your paint will look restored.

We ensure to use modern paint correction techniques and equipments with the art of safely removing clear coat. Also, devices such as electronic paint measure to ensure if it is even safe to correct the clear coat without shortening the life of the paint, using masking tape to armor all exterior plastics so they are not damaged in the process to ensure you get nothing but the best.

Exterior Detail is designed for regular maintenance, this regimen includes light surface decontamination, basic conditioning and is recommended on a monthly basis. Polish is designed to rejuvenate and protect, this regimen takes your daily driven to showroom-ready and is recommended bi-annually.

Yes. All of our PPF has Self-Healing technology.

Purchasing Paint Protection Film comes down to a few variables. Your budget, how much coverage you want, the condition and size of your vehicle, the brand of PPF you want. All of these factors are going to determine the cost.

In most cases, we recommend applying PPF over panel that is defect free and you get the best protection money can buy on day one. There is nothing wrong with applying PPF over paint defects, however, you will see slight air pockets around the defects (this includes areas with touch-up paint applied) and PPF will magnify the imperfections.

We offer various cosmetic repair options such as Paint Correction, Polishing, Touch Up Paint and can refer out to reputable body shops for any paint and body work. Think of applying screen protector on your cracked smart phone screen, you get the idea.

We chose to carry BODYFENCE by Hexis, that we think is the best and works well with BC weather. BODYFENCE is the clearest film in the market and exclusive at our shop only.

We highly recommend maintaining your paint after we have corrected it, it is important to learn the right way of washing your vehicle so the swirls do not reappear. We will teach you these methods, when you book one of our services. Keeping the paint sealant topped up will also aid in keeping your paint flawless.

Opti-Coat Ceramic Coating is a silicon carbide ceramic coating made for protecting paint. When applied on top of the factory clear coat it bonds to that factory coat and intensifies gloss, adding paint protection for the vehicle. While adding protection from and other substances. Opti-Coat Pro repels water and increases the gloss of the vehicle’s paint. It is not a wax or a sealant, it is a ceramic coating that provides superior protection for the long-term. Opti-Coat is much thicker than conventional waxes and does not have to be applied several times a year. It only requires one application and one of our professional installers will do the work for you.

At Gold Coast Automotive we offer a wide variety of Ceramic Coating and the best auto detailing in Kelowna, including a wide variety of Opti-Coat products for you to choose from:

  • Opti-Coat Paint Guard
  • Opti-Coat Pro3
  • Opti-Coat Pro+
  • Opti-Coat Pro
  • Opti-Guard 
  • Leather

We also offer:

  • Glass Coating. This type of coating repels water on your windows for a clearer view when driving in the rain or snow. Interior Coatings for leather and plastic, they make routine maintenance easier and prolong the life of interior components.

  • Headlights Coating. This coating protects your headlight from turning yellow or fading. Faded headlights can reduce your vehicle’s light output by up to 80%, we also offer headlight restoration as an add on service.

  • Metal Coatings for your exhausts and rims so they release grime and brake dust easier.

We offer detailing solutions for all these, please contact us further for more information.

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Use of all available techniques and equipment to restore paint to original condition (if possible).

*DUE TO THE CUSTOMISED NATURE OF THIS SERVICE, A QUOTE WILL BE PROVIDED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

Second Stage

Multi pass and product machine cut & polish to remove medium to heavy swirls, scratches, scuffs and oxidised paint removing up to 99% of paint defects – Approximately 9 to 14 Hours of machine detailing.

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Meet Oskar, owner & founder of Gold Coast Automotive. With a passion for cars that started at a young age, Oskar’s obsession with vehicles led him to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Starting as a detailer at an Audi dealership, Oskar honed his skills in paint correction, polishing, wrapping, paint protection and ceramic coating.  In 2017, Oskar started his own detailing business in Ontario, which quickly grew due to his exceptional work and expertise. Three years later, he and his family moved to Kelowna to start Gold Coast Automotive. Now, with more than 16 years of experience, Oskar and his team provide premium detailing services, paint correction, paint protection, ceramic coatings, vinyl wrapping, and more. As trusted and certified installers, Oskar and his team are dedicated to protecting your vehicle inside and out. AT Gold Coast you can trust that your vehicle is in good hands. Contact us today to get started.

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“I’m from southern Ontario, I moved to Kelowna to attend The University of British Columbia. My fascination with cars began at a young age and ultimately brought me to Gold Coast Automotive. When I’m not studying or working I enjoy exploring the outdoors, backcountry skiing and working on my jdm Subaru Forester!”

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