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How to Protect Your Car This Winter

When it comes to winter in Colorado, car owners face unique challenges with their vehicles. Harsh weather conditions, road salt and gravel, and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your car’s paint, causing long-term damage and reducing its resale value. But don’t worry, as there are effective ways to protect your vehicle and preserve its value. In this guide, we’ll focus on two exceptional solutions to protect your car during the winter months: Paint Protection Film (PPF) and Ceramic Coatings. 

Dangers of Winter Driving

Colorado’s winter weather is notorious for its unpredictability. The state’s roads can be coated with road salt, ice, and snow, and all of these elements pose a significant threat to your vehicle’s paint. Dirt and debris, rock chips, bird droppings and snow and ice can cause significant damage to your car’s paint. UV rays, although less intense in the winter, can still penetrate the clouds and cause fading over time.

Paint Protection Film (PPF)

Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a high-quality, transparent layer of film that can be applied to your vehicle’s surface. Clear bra is a robust solution to protect your paint from various forms of damage, and it’s particularly effective in the challenging winter conditions of Colorado.

PPF acts as a sacrificial layer against threats that winter can bring, such as road debris, rock chips, and even bird droppings. These elements can be highly abrasive and cause significant damage to your car’s paint over time.

PPF provides protection to ensure that your car’s paint maintains its original appearance throughout every season. It’s nearly invisible once applied, allowing your car’s finish to stay the same while being safeguarded against the elements.

Protect your car with PPF

Ceramic Coatings

Ceramic coatings are another outstanding option for protecting your car, especially during the harsh Colorado winter. These coatings create a long-term, hydrophobic layer on the surface of your vehicle, which repels water and prevents contaminants from clinging to the paint.

What sets ceramic coatings for cars apart is their exceptional ability to protect your car from UV rays and chemicals. Though UV rays may be less intense during winter, chemicals, namely road salt, are very common on winter roads. Over time, UV rays and salt can lead to fading and thinning of your paint. Ceramic coatings effectively reduce the negative impact of UV  and chemical exposure.

Ceramic coatings are known for their high resistance to damage caused by environmental factors. Snow, ice and slush, which can be problematic in Colorado, slide off easily due to the hydrophobic properties of the coating. This not only helps preserve your paint but also makes it much easier to clean your car after exposure to winter elements.

While there are DIY ceramic coating kits available, professional application is often recommended for the best results. Professional installers have the experience to ensure that the coating is applied correctly. Getting a professional installation not only maximizes protection but also enhances the longevity and effectiveness of the coating.

Protect your car with ceramic coating

Effective Winter Protection

Both Paint Protection Films and Ceramic Coatings offer outstanding protection for your car’s paint during the challenging winter months in Colorado. PPF acts as a barrier against a wide range of physical threats, while ceramic coatings provide chemical and UV resistance as well as hydrophobic properties. 

If you want complete, year-round protection, consider combining both solutions. There are really no downsides to having both installed on your car but you’ll get a significantly higher level of protection. It’s also worth noting that while we are mostly talking about winter preparations, it’s important to protect your car, no matter the season.

Winter Car Care Tips

To get the most from your PPF and ceramic coatings, here are a few important tips to keep your car safe:


  • Connect with your local installer to get PPF and coatings installed.
  • Once the first snow hits, your car will get VERY dirty and contaminated. It’s important to either take some time to wash your car or schedule a detail with your detailer.

During Winter

  • We know it can be difficult during the Winter, but try to wash your car as frequently as possible to prevent a buildup of dirt and grime. 
  • DO NOT use any snow brushed on your paint unless PPF covers it. Brushes will scratch your paint. If you really need to, use a brush with very soft bristles to clear snow without scratching the paint.
  • Only use ice scrapers on glass, never on paint. 

After Winter

  • After the winter season, give your car a thorough wash or connect with your local detailer to schedule a decontamination wash. 
  • Check your PPF and ceramic coating for any damage and talk to your installer if necessary.
Finished G-Wagon


Winter in Colorado can be challenging, but with the right protection, you can protect your car from the harsh roads. Paint Protection Film (PPF) and Ceramic Coatings are excellent options to protect your car’s paint and preserve its value

If you’re in Colorado, find a trusted local installer for PPF and ceramic coatings. Look for professionals, like Denver Auto Shield, who have experience in dealing with the specific challenges posed by Colorado’s winters. Taking the time to research and invest in the right protection can save you both time and money in the long run.

Jeff McEachran

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