Simon Lai checks out a product aimed at protecting your car.
A new car will often be your pride and joy and owners will usually try and preserve its showroom condition, especially the paintwork.
But, short of leaving it in the garage and never driving it, there is another option.
Altrex has Skinz – Invisible Paint Protection Film in their range, a protection skin that adheres to the car’s paintwork, plastic work or headlights.
It claims to protect from gravel and other road debris damage and also protects the exterior from UV damage.
Wet the surface completely with a mild detergent mixture, remove the backing paper and stick the film on the car.
The instructions suggest a heat gun or hair dryer for the more curved sections to heat the plastic, making it more pliable. However, I found that, though the plastic does become softer, it stretches creating excess film.
With modern car designs and advances in moulding techniques, the shape of body panels and plastic fittings are more complex with more curves. I found that this made it difficult to fit the skin perfectly on a seemingly straightforward headlight which, turns out, has some extreme curves.
The Altrex Skinz would be most effective on a surface that is either relatively flat or curves in only one dimension.
The adhesion is very strong so making a mistake is costly, though, once dry, you know the film won’t fall off.
The packaging says the film is ‘invisible’. I wouldn’t say it’s completely imperceptible – it’s pretty obvious up close depending on its location – but probably not so noticeable from a distance.
For those that want to protect the vulnerable parts of their car’s exterior Altrex Skinz are a good option provided you have the time and patience.
I obtained the large sheet pack which retails for $59.99. The smaller one goes for $26.99.
Skinz Invisible Paint Protection Film is available from automotive accessory retailers and on the Altrex website.