As many of our regular customers will have seen we have been busy updating our facility to allow us to add a significant option to our list of services. We now offer a new Paint Protection Spray – or PPS for short.
One of the great joys of working in this industry is being constantly exposed to interesting new technologies and techniques and this new product was a revelation for us.
We actually took on a paint protection film scheme back in 2007 but stopped using it after we struggled to get the long lasting finish we had hoped for. Traditional paint protection films have come a long way since then but we have not re-entered this market as we felt these solutions still had several drawbacks. The clear film can exacerbate the ‘orange peel’ appearance of modern paints, it can’t be stretched around sharp curves which leaves areas exposed and the quicker to apply pre-cut variants will finish just before the end of a panel exposing the paint underneath that is likely to get chipped. The edges attract dirt which is not only unsightly but also time consuming to keep clean. Without careful application and maintenance of the film it can begin to peel back on the edges.
In recent years Adam, who used to run his own wrapping business before working for Litchfield, did a great job of wrapping our own cars like our LM1 RS track car and other demonstrators but the time required to complete the job properly and the follow up maintenance meant we couldn’t roll this out to customer jobs.
However we continued to watch as increasing number of customers, like ourselves, looked to protect their considerable investments. This came into sharp focus when a large number of our new LM20 GT-Rs were shipped to detailers and wrappers prior to the customer’s collection.
We realised we needed a fresh approach.
After researching what new methods were available we were so impressed with the presentation of this new spray able product that our very next phone call was to the builder to start the changes.
At the same time (September 2017) we had our BMW M2 demonstrator completely protected so we could see that the product continued to offer a great finish and cope with the UK’s winter roads and weather. It had worked just as well as we had hoped with daily driving road grime, freezing mornings and even track day debris just washed off instantly revealing the unmarked high gloss finish beneath.
It was obvious from the outset that this PPS solution would require a different approach. Although it is sprayed on, the requirements for a perfectly clean environment was not something that would suit a traditional bodyshop setup. The process is more time consuming to prepare the car when compared to older styles of protective film but the end result is vastly superior. Our purposely designed building features composite walls and washable floors to minimise trapped dust. Our custom built spray booth has both heating and air conditioning to insure the perfect temperature is maintained for any given stage of the process.
Our Paint Protection Spray solution uses a high-tech clear plastic polymer coating that is sprayed onto the bodywork in a series of layers before being cured. This strong, elastic coating guards the paint work beneath against stone-chips and scratching. We then apply a range of High Gloss, Matt and Satin finishes (see our LM1 RS matt metallic Grey finish) which allow us to tailor the cars look for each customer.
This top coat has a ‘self-healing’ property which allows minor surface abrasions or peppering from road debris to be removed by reheating the finish in warm sunshine. Even reasonably large surface scratches can be made to totally disappear leaving the original paint completely untouched underneath.
The other really exciting part of our PPS solution is that we can use it to completely change the colour of the car. You can literally have any colour you like whether that is an all-new solid or metallic finish. The plastic coating is applied in the same way and acts as a barrier to the original paint. The colour is sprayed on in the traditional way before our top coating is then applied.
If you change your mind you can remove the wrap easily with no residue or marks on the original paint.
With the unit complete we have spent the last few months training and refining the process on our own cars. Now we have perfected the techniques and application we are able to deliver a stunning and consistent finish on every car. We have already coated a number of our development and personal cars so prospective clients are welcome to come and view the quality of our work.
We have a number of supercars and exotica booked in already for our PPS so we’ll be updating our website and social media posts with the many interesting images and videos that might give you inspiration on how you can enhance and protect the look of your pride and joy!