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Can paint protection be a DIY project at home?

Cars are often sold with different types of accessories, and buyers can have a hard time deciding which ones are worthwhile. Many dealerships offer paint protection, for example. However, is dealer paint protection worth the cost? Would buyers be better off protecting their vehicle’s paintwork themselves with do-it-yourself maintenance? This is something you don’t want to get wrong, so read on to learn more about what you need to keep in mind when making paint protection decisions.

Think twice before applying paint protection yourself

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Paint protection probably seems straightforward. Just add an appropriate film or apply other types of protective products, and call it a day, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and the paint protection work is best left to the experts.

3DomWraps strongly recommends that you do not apply paint protection yourself. As they said, “it’s much easier to do damage than to get it right”. Since we’re pretty sure no one wants to damage their car, we’ll take this advice and recommend consulting an expert before trying to protect your own paintwork. (Keep in mind that sealants can be harmful to the skin and should not be applied without adequate protection.)

There’s also the fact that dealerships aren’t always the best option for protecting your paintwork. They are almost certain to charge more than others for the same service, and they are less likely to be process experts. For this reason, we suggest that you just say no to the dealer’s paint protection offer.

The pros and cons of the process

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Paint protection can be a smart choice if you select a service provider that knows what they are doing and charges a reasonable rate. With paint protection, you’re more likely to keep your car looking great over time, and you have less to worry about the potential wear and tear on your car’s exterior.

However, there are potential downsides to paint protection, especially if you are unfortunate enough to use someone who is not an expert in the process. Not only will the service cost you, but there is always the possibility that your car will be worse than before. If the paint is not professionally washed off before the sealant is added, any dirt on the surface could get stuck between the sealant and the car. Such permanent unsightliness, while a small risk, is always an inherent risk in the paint protection process.

Is paint protection worth it?

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Ultimately, only you can decide if paint protection is worth the investment it would require. If your goal is to keep your car in pristine condition, or you’re considering trying to resell it for the best price, paint protection could very well be worth the cost. This is especially true if you can find a trusted expert who will perform the service at a reasonable price (which we define as a price above the cost charged by the dealer).

On the other hand, not everyone sees their car as an investment. For many, it’s simply a way to get from point A to point B every day, and car detailing isn’t high on their priority list. If that sounds like your approach to your driving, paint protection may not be worth the cost to you. Remember, it’s hard to ring the bell if you decide to forgo paint protection early on.

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