Congratulations! If you’re like our other Corvette clients, then you’re winning the game of life. And naturally, with a new, cherished vehicle, you want to learn how to protect it.
At Immaculate Paint Protection, we’ve found that our friends with Corvettes have worked hard to become successful. In our experience, these owners want to drive their cars and show off, but more importantly, they want to share their stories that their hard work and dedication pay off.
In the world of paint protection, options are endless. And just like your new Corvette has evolved into a rolling work of technology, so have the options for paint protection.
We want to help you understand what paint protection your Corvette needs and what benefits you’ll receive with it. Briefly we will touch on what paint protection film is, the installation process, who should install it, pricing, and some common rebuttals.
What Paint Protection You Need for Your New Corvette
To prevent your Corvette’s paint from chipping away, you need paint protection film. And in areas such as the rear quarter panel, PPF will prevent belt buckle scratches when you reach into the engine bay. Paint Protection Film is clear polyurethane film that is self-healing. Think about the screensaver on your smartphone - but 100s of times larger and computer cut just for your Corvette.
And if you want to make your Corvette easy to wash, super shiny, and free from the fuss of waxing, you may be in the market for a ceramic coating. A ceramic coating is a chemical solution containing nano particles that bond to your paint, curing into a protective shield over top.
So ask yourself, do you want to keep your Corvette’s paint spotless and make it easy to wash? Because you can have the benefits of both. Paint Protection Film is installed first, and then a ceramic coating can be applied on top. Glass, plastic trim, wheels, and even the exhaust tips of your vehicle can all be ceramic coated.
Sounds great, right? “But what about the inside of the vehicle?” Even the interior of vehicles can be protected! For Corvettes specifically, we recommend applying paint protection film to the door sill area to protect from shoe marks and scuffs. And for the leather seats and door panels, we recommend a specific leather ceramic coating to help prevent dirt and blue dye from jeans transferring to the seats.
How Your Corvette Benefits from Paint Protection
We hear this a lot: “We have a new Corvette. but we don’t want the terrible roads destroying our paint.” Unfortunately, we can’t fix the roads. But we can help give you some peace of mind. With Paint Protection Film, rocks and stones kicked up from the road won’t damage your paint. After speaking with reputable body shops, we discovered that the average cost of bumper repair in 2023 is now over $1500. With PPF, you will save thousands of dollars on expensive paint repair.
As for ceramic coating, it makes your vehicle easy to wash, easy to maintain, and have a show winning shine. All the hard work, elbow grease, and sweat is really in the preparation process of a ceramic coating. After that, it’s easy for you to keep the car clean and shiny. And let’s be honest, you have a Corvette, you want it to shine.
Installation Process of Paint Protection on a Corvette
A successful paint protection film or ceramic coating installation all starts with a quality preparation wash. Watch our Corvette wash process here.
Paint Protection Film requires high quality material, an expensive plotter (CNC cutter), a database of well fitting patterns, and a competent craftsman with plenty of experience and patience.
Ceramic coating requires some level of paint correction (machine polishing), proper lighting, a climate controlled environment and sound judgment. Doing too little work won't benefit you, but doing too much work is potentially damaging to the paint.
Who Should Install Paint Protection on their Corvette
If you plan to keep your car for 5-10 years and want to keep it looking brand new, paint protection is for you. It’s especially useful if you drive on the highway often where stone and rock chips are kicked up against your car at high speeds. If you have a high appearance job and want to impress buyers or clients, paint protection will keep your car looking new and professional. And in our experience, those who have had PPF on vehicles in the past always want to get that protection for their new vehicles. Finally, if you value sustainability, paint protection film is a great choice; You won’t have to repaint your vehicle down the line and you can simply replace the film if needed.
However, paint protection isn’t for everyone. If you’re leasing your Corvette with no intention to buy it or you simply don’t care about its appearance, paint protection may not be an investment for you. On the other hand, if your expectations are perfection, it’s unrealistic to expect paint protection to fix all problems. After all it’s paint protection not paint perfection.
How Much Should Paint Protection Cost for Your Corvette?
This is one of the top questions we get from Corvette owners. But really, cost is one of many factors. In fact, we believe cost is further down on the list of importance. Once you do your research, we’re sure you will agree.
To be transparent, we post the prices for our most popular packages and coverages on our website.
Why You Wouldn’t Buy Paint Protection
“I need to talk to my wife.” “My wife won’t let me buy it.” - In our experience, your spouse is proud of you and your accomplishments and wants you to protect your car just like you protect your family. It often comes down to learning about paint protection and why it’s an important investment. Show your husband or wife this article and tell us if we’re wrong!
“I don’t drive my Corvette that much.” - That’s a bummer, but a common situation. Our clients often come to us seeking paint protection because they are afraid to drive their Corvette and take on paint damage. After their car is protected, they tell us how much better they feel knowing the paint won’t be damaged.
“It’s not worth it.” - Let’s dive in. Those who argue that paint protection isn’t worth the cost are often ignorant of the actual cost of repairing paint damage. Those who claim it’s not worth it often haven’t even experienced the product themselves. Paint Protection Film is a worthy investment, and it’s important to do your own research rather than trust unreliable internet sources.
“I can do it myself.” - Well, best of luck! But we can almost guarantee it will not go well for you. Installing PPF takes years of practice to master, and a whole lot of patience. But, if your DIY job is a success, call us. We can find you a job anywhere in the country!
“PPF doesn’t work.” “I saw it on my friend’s car, it looks bad.” - Unfortunately, there are some shops out there doing bad work with bad products. And here’s the kicker: they won’t tell you that they use a cheap product, take short cuts, and use high pressure sales tactics to upsell. But to answer whether PPF works, using the proper products will always make a positive difference in your vehicle’s paint protection. And finding a great shop isn’t difficult as long as you do your research, look at websites, and check their reviews.
Summary - Corvette Paint Protection
In summary, if you worked hard to buy your Corvette, paint protection is more than worth the investment. Paint Protection Film will keep your Corvette’s paint free of rock and stone chips that cost thousands of dollars to fix down the line. And for a hassle-free shine, ceramic coatings are the way to go.
About the author: Bill Fetter’s passion for cars started at an early age, as he loved anything with wheels. Through his childhood, Bill observed his dad’s work as a mechanical engineer turned marketing manager and proud lifelong employee of General Motors. During high school, Bill honed his passion for cars by hand-washing and detailing his neighbors’ vehicles. Knowing he wanted to be in the automotive industry, Bill earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. He’s worked as an engineer in the automotive manufacturing, medical device, steel industry, and pharmaceutical manufacturing fields.