Updated: Mar 17
A recurring question I get asked is, should I coat the car first or after installing a paint protection film? Here’s a Porsche which got both the film and coating. The high traffic areas of the vehicle were covered in film while the remaining of the vehicle was covered in coating. The coating was installed on top of the film and the results turned out to be great!
There’s many different types of coatings and films so it’s important to realize that this may not be the outcome for the coating and film you might be using. Hence, it’s best to make sure you’re using the right type of film and coating for your vehicle as any wrong step here can cause more harm to your vehicle than any good!
Generally speaking, films and coatings can make a fantastic combination. The film protects the high traffic areas from physical damage such as scrapes and rock chips while the coating provides long term protection from chemical damage such as bird droppings and industrial fallout. Putting a coating on top of the film can give you the best of both worlds, assuming the coating and the film bond and work synergistically.
Would you prefer to wrap your entire car, just get the coating or combine them both? Comment below: