Cutting Paint Protection Film with the Graphtec FC9000 Series
September 27, 20232 min read
Graphtec Vinyl Cutters have always been recognised for cutting self-adhesive vinyls suitable for signage, stickers and vehicle wraps.
Their high precision and increased cutting force also makes them the ideal solution for hard-wearing reflective films (including Chapter 8 Chevron Kits) and even Sandblast Rubber, and over the past few years, they’ve become our go-to recommendation for precision cutting Paint Protection Film (PPF), used to protect vehicles from stone chips, bug splatters, minor abrasions, paint swirls and scratches.
PPF in most cases is made out of a thermoplastic, self-healing urethane which when applied almost appears invisible and has UV protection qualities to help protect the paintwork from unwanted fading from prolonged exposure to sunlight. PPF is available in different thickness’s for different varieties of protection levels and needs for the user.
The beauty about PPF is that if it gets scratched or damaged it can easily be removed and replaced leaving the paintwork underneath looking as good as new.
What makes the Graphtec different to other models on the market is its capability to cut through this thick layer of urethane, while retaining fine detail and accuracy over long lengths.
The FC9000 Series has a head pressure of 650 grams which enables it to cut through a variety of Paint Protection Film with ease. We usually specify the 1,600mm (64-inch) wide plotter for this application, which allows for whole panels to be cut for larger vehicles and reduces the need to piece jobs together.
There are many different versions of Paint Protection Film on the market, but there are some stand out brands who provide training packages and dedicated vehicle outline software to complement their materials.
WhiteDetails have been using the Graphtec purchased through Granthams GT and it’s proven to be the perfect addition to the premium detailing services they provide to car enthusiasts up and down the Country.