Surface Protection Films in Architecture

Apr. 21, 2022

There are many opportunities for accidental damage during the manufacturing, painting, shipping, and installation of building products. Surface protection films are designed to protect manufactured products from damage prior to installation. These films come in a variety of thicknesses, materials, and even colors, depending on their intended application. These films can even be designed to protect the finished product after the installation is complete.


Different types of surface protection films

Surface protection films are available in polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, polyurethane, and hybrid films. Depending on the environment encountered with surface protection films, the films are typically between 2 and 5 mils thick. In this way, they are able to protect the manufactured product without adding any complexity to the installation process. Another advantage of these films is that they do not significantly increase shipping size or shipping weight, while still providing a level of protection.


Protective Film for Aluminium Profiles and Plates  

Protective Film for Aluminium Profiles and Plates

The aluminum profile protection film is a layer of plastic film attached to the aluminum profile. The purpose is to protect the produced aluminum profiles from damage during transportation, inventory, shipping, processing, and installation. After the installation of aluminum profiles is completed, the installation engineering team will peel off the protective film to make the surface of aluminum profiles as bright and clean as new with a due decorative effect.


There are many kinds of aluminum profiles in the market, and the surface treatment technology of aluminum profiles is also improving. Different aluminum profiles require protective films with different bonding strengths. In general, low-viscosity protective films are used for smooth surfaces, such as mechanically polished and chemically polished aluminum. Medium viscosity protective films are suitable for medium rough surfaces, such as anodized coloring, electrophoretic coating, chemical coloring, fluorocarbon coating, and glossy electrostatic powder-coated aluminum. A very sticky protective film is suitable for very rough surfaces, such as electrostatic powder blasted aluminum.

Protective Film for Aluminium Profiles and Plates

 Protective Film for Aluminium Profiles and Plates

Applications of surface protection films for machines with surface protection films installed

Surface protection films can be used on virtually any type of surface, from plastic to wood. In electronic devices, they are commonly used on glass and keyboards, designed to protect them until the consumer can use them. In construction, these films are often used on cabinets and natural stone. They are able to protect these important building materials before they are installed. They can be used to protect floors from damage, especially hardwood panels. It can also be used on all types of polished metals to reduce the possibility of scratching and damage.


Surface Protection Films in Construction

As mentioned earlier, these protective films are often used for construction materials. In construction, they are often found on glass windows and metal extrusions. Metal building panels and painted profiles are often protected by these films. If properly selected, these films can resist UV light and the elements during transportation and installation, which can take several months, especially in high-rise buildings.


These protective films protect building panels, windows, curtain walls, and painted profiles from damage during transportation and installation to the job site. Such protective films are one of the easiest ways to protect surfaces from damage throughout the installation process. In essence, they are an inexpensive insurance policy against claims and returns. Beneficial against scratches, abrasion, and UV damage, these films can be recommended for any manufactured product that may be damaged during shipping and handling. Contact us to learn more about the diversity these films offer.  

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