Guide to protecting your car with Paint Protection Film (PPF)
December 3, 2023

Guide to protecting your car with Paint Protection Film (PPF)

Acting as a tough screen protector for you car, PPF is here to save the day!


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Hey, it's Josh from Cerberus Automotive Protection Services, and I'm here to tackle a question that car owners ask me all the time

"Where should I apply PPF on my ride?"

First things first what is PPF?

So glad you asked, paint protection film is a multi-layer urethane based film designed to protect your vehicle from rock chips, scratches and minor dings. It can be applied to the front "high impact" areas of your car or even to the entire vehicle. Quality films are self healing and usually come with a 10 year warranty.

Think of PPF as a screen protector for your phone except it protects your vehicles paint.

At some point we've all learned the hard way that investing $50 in a phone case and screen protector was a smart move.

Lets just say you spent $1,000 on a phone, that $50 investment represents about 5% of the phone's value. But potentially saves you hundreds down the road.

So, while dedicating 5% of your phone's value to protect it makes sense. Thousands of drivers buy new vehicles every year and neglect protecting them because they don't understand the options available to them.

Digging a little deeper consider this key difference, we tend to upgrade our phones every few years. They come and go, often replaced by the latest and greatest models. Now, shift your focus back to your car, which isn't just a short-term investment. Cars can last well over a decade, and their value often exceeds $50,000 or more. In fact, 5% of a $50,000+ car's value translates to $2,500.

Now, consider the value of your car over its potentially lengthy lifespan and the fact that one day you'll be trying to re-sell it... Doing nothing to protect your car's paint is, to put it mildly, a short-sighted approach.

Got it? Good.

Now that said, different vehicles/drivers have different needs. I’m not here to sell you on the importance of protecting your vehicle… my goal is to help you better understand the options available so you can make an educated decision on what level of protection is right for you. So before the dealer talks you into spending thousands on their "Platinum Protection Package" you may or may not need consider these points below.

So let's dive in and break down how to choose the right amount of PPF for your car. (PS hidden somewhere in this article is a special discount code)



Ok Ok, I know this is longer than the 15 second TikToks you'll spend hours watching but I'm trying to help you here!

Let's begin at the front of your car, the battlefield where your car faces the highest risks.

Different vehicles and drivers have different needs.


Your vehicle's bumper is your first line of defense and the most chip-prone area.

PPF here is a must-have unless you have a chrome bumper. (Hence the word Paint in Paint Protection Film)

Starting price $495.

(PS if your bumper already looks like that it's too late for PPF, but ask us about our Body-Liner paint replacement)


Moving on from the bumper, you've got options. You can either go for the Economy Kit, Partial Front or Full Front packages.

Here's a bit more about each:


This kit covers the bumper and extends 24 inches from the leading edge of the hood, including corresponding sections on the fenders (AKA fender tips). I like this kit for anyone planning on keeping their vehicle for 2-3 years, people who don't do much highway driving, and cars with a value of less than $40,000 dollars. Starting Price $895.


This kit includes everything the economy kit does plus the addition of A-Pillar / Roofline (top and sides of windshield). Let's step back for a second here and consider the potential consequences of protecting or not protecting certain areas. While it's true your A-Pillar / Roofline is going to see a lot less direct impact than your bumper / hood. The consequences of having it get chipped and potentially rust down the road are much higher. Bumpers and hoods can be replaced, whereas A-Pillars and Rooflines are core components of the vehicle. Rock chips are starting points for corrosion, and corrosion on your roofline can lead to a leaky roof! This package is perfect for anyone keeping their vehicle for longer than 3 years, who mostly drives within the city but occasionally has some highway use. Starting Price $1045


This option, as the name suggests, covers the entire front of the vehicle for the most comprehensive protection. Full Bumper, Full Hood, Full Fenders, A-Pillar Roofline. We also include some free extras like headlights, fog lights, and door cups to round out the package. This is our most popular package for two reasons: one, it gives you complete coverage, allowing you to cruise the highways without concern. Two, this package represents the best value. With a starting price of $1445, this package delivers over $2000 worth of protection if added individually. For anyone who keeps their vehicle for a long time, cares about its appearance, or puts on highway miles, this package is for you.

Full Vehicle Wrap - The Ultimate Armor

A full vehicle wrap is the pinnacle of protection but not necessary for everyone (consider a full front + one of our self-healing nano coatings). It's a great choice for those with something special to safeguard. We established that the front end is the most critical area to protect, but we all know that's not the only area of your vehicle likely to get damaged over time. If we go back to our iPhone/screen protector formula and apply that to vehicles $80,000 and up, full wraps start looking like a lot more economical option.

If you’re anything like me, you park at the very back of the parking lot to avoid damage from other vehicle doors. Yet, lo and behold, every time you come out, some sh*t box has decided to park directly beside you *heavy sigh*. Fully wrapping you vehicles takes away the stress of having your prized possession exposed to the elements (and other drivers). If you daily drive something high value, a full wrap can be well worth the investment. Starting Price $4500


Now that you're equipped with the knowledge of where to apply PPF on your vehicle, the choice of who installs it becomes crucial. This is where Cerberus Automotive Protection Services sets itself apart as the premier choice for your PPF installation needs. (I'm biased I know but here me out)

Expertise and Experience: At Cerberus, we're not just installers; we're automotive protection specialists. With years of experience in the industry, our team has honed their skills to deliver flawless PPF installations that exceed your expectations. We understand the unique challenges and intricacies of protecting your vehicle's paint, and we take pride in delivering top-notch results.

Cutting-Edge Technology: We believe in staying at the forefront of automotive protection technology. Our commitment to excellence means we use the latest and most advanced PPF materials and equipment. This ensures not only optimal protection but also a seamless and virtually invisible finish that preserves your vehicle's aesthetics.

Customized Solutions: No two vehicles are alike, and neither are their protection needs. At Cerberus, we don't offer one-size-fits-all solutions. We take the time to assess your specific requirements and provide tailored recommendations. Whether you drive a compact car or a high-end luxury vehicle, we have the expertise to meet your unique needs.

Comprehensive Protection: Our commitment to safeguarding your vehicle extends beyond just PPF. We offer a range of add-on options, including protective coatings, undercoating, Body-Liner and more, to provide comprehensive protection for every part of your vehicle that matters. We're here to ensure that your prized possession remains in pristine condition, no matter the road ahead.

Transparency and Trust: We believe in building lasting relationships with our customers based on trust and transparency. When you choose Cerberus, you can rest assured that you're getting what you pay for, and we stand by our work. We offer warranties that provide peace of mind, knowing that your investment is protected.

Customer Satisfaction: Our ultimate goal is your complete satisfaction. We take pride in the quality of our work, and our satisfied customers are a testament to our dedication to excellence. When you choose Cerberus, you're choosing a partner who is as passionate about your vehicle's protection as you are.

If you've made it this far in the article I want to thank you for indulging my ramblings by offering you a special promotion FREE FRONT WINDOW TINT with purchase of full front package. Just mention the super secret code "batman" when booking service. *Limited time only*

In conclusion, Cerberus isn't just an installer; we're your trusted partner in preserving the beauty and value of your vehicle. With our expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and commitment to customer satisfaction, you can confidently choose us to provide the best PPF protection available.

So, make the wise choice for your vehicle's future—choose Cerberus Automotive Protection Services, where your car's protection is our passion. Your ride will thank you for it, and you'll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you've chosen the best in the business.