Paint Protection Film – Frequently Asked Questions

What is PPF (Paint Protection Film)

PPF (also known as paint protection film or clear bra) is an 8 mil thick clear, flexible film made out of polyurethane. It can be installed on top of the existing paint or vinyl wrap to protect it.

What does PPF do?

PPF protects the surface of your car from rock chips, scratches and scuffs. In addition, it protects the paint from negative effect of UV light and dramatically slows down colour fading.

How much does a PPF job cost?

Price for PPF installation varies depending on the amount of coverage, size and complexity of the car. Basic option that includes front bumper, partial hood and fenders can be as low as $800. Packages that include more protected areas (with full hood and fenders, mirror caps and headlights) retail for approximately $2200. Full PPF coverage is also available for most cars and it starts at $4800. Get in touch with us to get a free estimate for your car.

What brand of PPF do you use?

XPEL is our preferred brand of PPF.

How long does PPF last?

XPEL provides a 10 year warranty on their film. Manufacturers’ warranty covers any product defects and film yellowing.

What areas of the car does PPF protect?

PPF can be applied on pretty much any exterior area of the car. Most popular package that we offer is protecting the front of your vehicle. The package includes front bumper, hood, fenders, mirror caps, and headlights. We also offer custom packages that are tailored specifically to your needs.

How to take care of PPF?

Maintenance of PPF is similar to paint maintenance, only you don’t have to polish it. You can wash PPF with a normal car washing soap. Light scratches from brushes can be removed with hot water, sunlight or heat gun.

How long does it take to apply PPF?

Depending on the amount of coverage, installation may take from 2 to 5 days. This includes a 12 hour in-shop curing period.

Will PPF damage the paint after its removal?

OEM paint is completely safe and that is one of the reasons we use Xpel PPF. If removed within warranty period (10 years), PPF will leave minimal or none adhesive residue that can be easily cleaned off. If your car was previously repainted, there is a chance of paint damage. Unfortunately, there is no warranty for non-OEM paint jobs due to a massive quality variation in different paint shops.

Why should I get PPF?

PPF will protect the surface of your car, and will keep it looking new for longer. If any damage occurs, instead of repainting your car you might only need to repair damaged PPF. Faster, cheaper, better.

All About Vinyl Wrap – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Vinyl wrap?

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Vinyl wrap is an alternative to a traditional way of painting cars. It is a thin flexible film that comes from the factory with specially formulated adhesive on the back that safely adheres to the surface of the car. It comes in a variety of colours and finishes, and allows you to fully customize the exterior of your vehicle. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about Vinyl Wrap features and how it compares to paint 

Is wrapping a car better than painting it?

There is no exact answer to this question. Both have its pros and cons. In short, wrapping a car as opposed to painting it is more cost effective, your car will be ready much faster, and wrap is reversible. Check out our recent blog post if you would like to learn more about pros and cons of wrap vs paint

How much does it cost to wrap a vehicle?

Depending on the material you are going with and the size of your vehicle, vinyl wraps can vary in price from 2000 to 5000 dollars for a full exterior wrap. The cost, however, may vary significantly depending on the type of vehicle, difficulty level and areas wrapped. We also offer partial wraps and colour accents. Contact us today to discuss your needs and get a free estimate. 

How long does it take to wrap a car?

Typically, depending on the size of the vehicle, it takes between 2-7 days to complete a wrap. We recommend keeping it inside for extra 12 hours to make sure the adhesive cures properly and to allow additional 48 hours before washing it.

How long does a wrap last? 

Vinyl wrap, when properly cared for, can last for up to 5-7 years. During this time it is protected by manufacturer’s warranty against material defects. We recommended that you remove your wrap every 5-7 years to avoid excessive adhesive residue.

How to care for your wrap?

Caring for your wrap is similar to caring for paint. You can use normal car washing soaps and procedures, since we ensure high quality and sealed edges. Pressure washing is ok as well, however it should be performed with care. Please ensure to not bring nozzle too close to wrapped surfaces, and avoid high pressure wash near seams and where panels meet. Avoid using wax and oils on satin or matte finishes. Make sure to remove oily contaminants such as birds’ poop or tar as soon as possible.

What are the options in terms of colours and finishes?

Vinyl wrap comes in a variety of colours and finishes. We have sample books with all of the available colours that can be ordered directly from manufacturers. The most popular Vinyl Wrap finishes are Gloss, Matte, Satin, Pearl, Metallic and Crome. There is also something called colourflip, which is basically a colour that changes itself depending on the angle you are looking at it. Vinyl wraps also come in carbon fibre and brushed finishes for those cool accents on mirrors or hood. 

Will Vinyl Wrap damage the paint? 

Vinyl wrap from a well reputable manufacturer doesn’t damage paint in any way. 

Why wrap a car? 

There are multiple benefits of wrapping your car. It protects the paint and keeps its original condition, while being completely reversible. Comparing to paint, vinyl wraps are more cost effective and quicker to complete. Choosing vinyl wrap also allows you to be creative and chose finish and colour that will make your vehicle stand out.

Why wrap your car at Aegis? 

We take pride in every single project we work on. For us if it doesn’t look like paint it is not good enough. We are fully certified by leading industry professionals, such as Averyand 3M, and we make sure each wrap is completed with highest quality.

Are there any examples of cars you have wrapped?

We have an extensive portfolio of projects we have completed. Check out our portfolio section and our instagram page to see the work we do.

Do you offer any other services?

Along with wraps we also specialize in Paint Protection FilmCeramicPro, and Chrome Delete services.

 

McLaren 720S vinyl wrapped in Venom styled wrap

What is Vinyl Wrap and How It Compares to Paint

What is Vinyl Wrap:

McLaren 720S vinyl wrapped in Venom styled wrap

Vinyl wrap is an alternative to a traditional way of painting cars. Instead of spraying the colour onto the car we use vinyl film. Vinyl film is a thin and flexible material, which is made out of PVC, and is typically 3-4 mil thick. It comes from the factory with specially formulated adhesive on the back that safely adheres to the surface of the car. The material possesses self healing properties. Companies like 3M, Avery and Arlon are among the most famous Vinyl Wrap manufacturers.

Vinyl Wrap Features:

FINISHES:

Vinyl film comes in a variety of finishes, which allows you to be very creative when it comes to picking the right colour and finish for your car. Depending on personal preferences and the final look you are going for, you can choose gloss, matte, satin, pearlescent, metallic, chrome, carbon fibre, brushed or colour flip finish. You can also customize the look of your car by going for a fully printed design.

OPACITY:

Material is fully opaque, which means that there is no colour difference between different panels of the car. Even if the paint on parts of your car varies in colour, vinyl can fix that.

SELF-HEALING:

Vinyl comes with a built in layer of laminate, which allows it to self heal light scratches under the effect of heat. 

Wrap vs Paint:

person wrapping a car with vinyl wrap

While both, paint and vinyl serve the same purpose, they do so differently. 

COLOUR MISMATCH: 

Due to the nature of paint, sometimes you can see slight colour mismatch between plastic and metal panels on painted cars. Since vinyl film is fully opaque, this issue is fully eliminated.

TIME: 

It only takes 2 to 4 days to fully change the colour of the exterior. Adhesive is fully cured within 48 hours after installation is complete. In contrast, painting a car takes a week of labour, with an additional month to fully cure the paint.

PRICE: 

Cost is another interesting topic to consider when deciding between wrapping and painting. Cost of painting the car varies greatly depending on finish and colour complexity. This isn’t the case with vinyl wraps. Most colours and finishes are within 10% cost difference. That means that painting the car in basic colours will cost you about the same as wrapping your car with matte, colour flow or metallic vinyl.

ALTERATION:

With vinyl wraps you can create a new outfit for your car that will make it truly yours. You can change the outfit as often as you want. Removing of a vinyl wrap is a pretty straight forward process that is safe for OEM paint and doesn’t take long to complete. New vinyl colours are released annually so there is always a new outfit to look forward to!

MAINTANANCE: 

Most noteworthy, maintenance of vinyl wrap is not complicated either. We always recommend hand washing your wrapped car, but practice shows that vinyl can withstand a pressure wash as long as installation was performed properly. Self healing of small scuffs means that you can forget about cut polishing. In case of a more significant damage to the film you only need to get damaged panels rewrapped. Rewrapping damaged panels requires significantly less work than repainting it, which translates into a lower cost. Full opacity of film ensures a perfect colour match.