CeramicPro coating

What is CeramicPro

What Is CeramicPro

ceramicpro coating

 

CeramicPro is a clear liquid nano-ceramic coating that creates an extra protective layer once applied to the surface of your vehicle. When cured, it forms an invisible shield that makes the surface of your car extremely shiny and hydrophobic. It can be applied as a finishing procedure for your Paint, Vinyl Wrap, or Paint Protection Film.

CeramicPro Technology Explained

Once cured, CeramicPro creates a clear glass shield, which has a hardness above 9H. In comparison, a regular clear coat has a hardness between 2H and 4H. CeramicPro nanoparticles fill in the smallest pores in the paint, making the surface shiny, smooth and slick. The glass shield created by it protects the paint from fading and aging due to its UV and anti-oxidization protection.

CeramicPro Benefits

Ceramicpro applied to Mercedes hood

 

Clients often ask us about the benefits of CeramicPro, and if it is a treatment worth getting. Our answer is it depends on your expectations. If you are looking to extend the life of your paint, increase the shine, make the surface slick and glossy, protect the car from water marks and significantly cut down the maintenance time, – then the answer is definitely yes!

Self-Cleaning:

One of the primary benefits of CeramicPro is that it cuts down the washing time and frequency due to its self-cleaning effect. The treatment significantly reduces surface energy, making it much easier to maintain your car. Dirt, dust, bugs and bird droppings won’t easily stick to the surface of your car, and if they do, is is very easy to simply wipe them off.

Water Resistance:

Decreased surface energy after CeramicPro treatment results in surface becoming extremely hydrophobic. As a result, water and everything it could be mixed with (salt, dirt, debris) will start beading off the surface as opposed to staying on it. As a result, your vehicle will come out clean even when driving on a very rainy day.

Extreme Shine:

After the coating is applied, you will see a difference in appearance of your car. CeramicPro makes the surface of your car shiny and glossy, while also making the colour pop!

UV Protection:

Another great feature of CeramicPro is that it protects the colour of your vehicle from aging and fading. The exterior of your vehicle will remain looking brand new for years, when properly cared for.

CeramicPro and Vinyl Wrap

CeramicPro can be applied not only over paint, but also over Vinyl Wrap. When applied as a finishing procedure after your wrap is complete, it helps to preserve the original colour and finish, and extends the life of your wrap. It will not only protect the condition of your wrap, but will also make it significantly easier to maintain by adding hydrophobic feature to the surface of your wrap.

ceramicpro for vinyl wrap

CeramicPro and Paint Protection Film

CeramicPro also works great when applied over Paint Protection Film. While the two have some similar properties, they are not identical, and do serve different purposes. Paint Protection Film protects your vehicle from scratches and rock chips. CeramicPro, while providing some degree of protection, won’t sustain the same amount of damage as PPF. We often add CeramicPro as an extra procedure on top of PPF, to create an extra glass shield, and prolong the life of your Paint Protection Film. It also adds self cleaning and hydrophobic properties to your PPF.

CeramicPro Application

CeramicPro has a variety of applications, providing you with a solution not only for your exterior, but for the whole vehicle.

Glass

CeramicPro Rain can be applied to all glass surfaces of your vehicle. It allows water to roll off glass, drastically increasing visibility. It keeps glass cleaner for longer. Prevents icing due to lower surface energy. Fills scratches and swirl marks. CeramicPro Rain makes it significantly easier to drive in the rain, as water simply rolls off glass.

Interior

CeramicPro is also great for the interior of your car. It repels liquids, protecting your seats from accidental spills. Protects the colour from fading. Minimizes aging of leather. Prevents seats from stains, and stops dye transfer from your clothes onto the seats. It comes especially handy when the interior of your car is light in colour.

Wheels

CeramicPro, when applied to wheels and callipers, reduces the amount of dirt and dust that typically accumulate in these areas.

CeramicPro Packages

We offer 3 CeramicPro Packages based on your needs and expectations.

Gold Package consists of 4 layers of Ceramic Pro 9H applied to the vehicle’s paint, providing permanent protection with a lifetime warranty.

Silver Package includes 1 layer of Ceramic Pro 9H applied over the vehicle’s paint, providing protection from the elements and a 5 year warranty.

Bronze Package consists of 1 layer of Ceramic Pro Top Coat applied over the vehicle’s paint. This coating protects against light scratching and provides a beautiful glossy finish with a 2 year warranty.

All three packages come with an additional layer of protection is added to exposed areas including windshield and wheels.

Let us know what level of protection you’re looking for, and we will find the best package for your needs!

What It Doesn’t do

It is important to know that CeramicPro is not a solution to protect your vehicle from major scratches or rock chips. It can protect the exterior of your car from minor scratches, however Paint Protection Film is a better solution for someone looking for a higher level of surface protection.

How to Clean Your Car for a Vinyl Wrap

How to Clean Your Car for a Vinyl Wrap.

a car that is being cleaned in preparation for a vinyl wrap

Clean car is essential for a great looking wrap. A multi-stage washing process must be performed in order to ensure the surface is well prepared. In this blog post we outline all the necessary cleaning procedures that must be performed prior to a wrap installation.

Step 1: General Wash.

The very first step in preparation for Vinyl Installation is a general wash. This step helps to get rid of any loose contaminants, and is performed outside. First, the car is thoroughly rinsed with water. Second, soap and water solution is applied to the surface of the car, and the car is being washed with microfibre towels. We always recommend using microfibre towels, since they won’t scratch or damage the paint. Also, aim for a soap with a neutral pH balance. High pH balance may lead to corrosion, and low pH balance tends to damage the surface. The process is finished with another thorough rinse to flush the soap residue and get the car ready for the next step.

Step 2: Degreasing.

After the general wash is performed, and the car is free of loose contaminants, it is time for a more thorough cleaning. In this next step the car is moved inside the shop. We then use isopropyl alcohol to remove oils and grease from the surface of the car. Extra attention is needed for panel edges and corners. This step removes excessive soap residue, as well as oils that lower surface energy of the car. Since vinyl is under some tension on edges and corners, it is crucial to pay special attention to the cleanliness of those areas to ensure vinyl sticks properly, and to avoid lifting off of the material.

Step 3: Clay Bar.

After the surface of the car is completely free of loose contaminants and grease, we move on to clay bar. Clay bar helps to further clean the surface of the car and gets rid of any particles stuck on the surface. This is especially common on lower sections of the car and close to the wheels, where the car gets the most exposure to dirt. Clay bar is also essential to ensure the complete smoothness of the surface. We always recommend to use a soap solution to allow clay bar to glide better.

Step 4: Isopropyl Wipedown.

In this final step we wipe the whole car with more Isopropyl Alcohol. This step is needed to remove all the soapy residue and also helps to increase the surface energy.

As you can see, it is a multi-step process that must be performed prior to any Vinyl Wrap Installation. This cleaning process ensures the surface of the car is ready for a wrap, and helps to avoid any installation related issues and mistakes.

 

Vinyl Wrap: Common Installation Mistakes

Vinyl Wrap: Common Installation Mistakes

There are multiple factors that affect the quality of vinyl wrap installation and ultimately the appearance of your vehicle. In this blog post we are discussing few of the most common Vinyl Wraps installation mistakes, and how to avoid them. 

Lack of Proper Cleaning

a car is being washed to avoid vinyl wrapping mistakes

Lack of proper cleaning is one of the first and most common installation mistakes. The surface of the car must be thoroughly cleaned and degreased prior to wrapping. Vinyl wrap doesn’t stick to dirt, so leaving some areas of the car dirty is a recipe for vinyl lifting off the surface. Most commonly, this can be seen around the edges of panels and in wheel wells. Vinyl film will also tent over dirt particles left on the vehicle, making your wrap look bumpy. Some of the issues primarily caused by insufficient cleaning are:

– Vinyl film lifting off the surface of the car

– Bubbles

– Wrap failing on edges of panels

– Debris underneath the vinyl

How to avoid:

It is very important to wrap a car in a clean and controlled environment. Make sure the shop is free of dirt and dust prior to beginning of installation. Thorough wash of the entire car will minimize contamination during the installation. A multistage washing process of the vehicle and cleanliness of work area are the two key factors for a perfect wrap

Wrinkly Corners

perfectly finished corners of a car vinyl wrapWrinkly corners is the mistake that makes any wrap look cheap and unprofessional. Proper vinyl wrap has to look like the car is painted, and corners always give away a cheap wrap. Being one of the most difficult parts to wrap, corners always give away the skill set of the installer. Vinyl wrap film that is available today allows a skillful installer to deliver a paint-like quality, so there is no excuses for wrinkles anywhere on your wrap. 

How to avoid:

The best way to ensure a perfect corners wrap is to go with an experienced and trained installer. Experienced installer will be able to handle different kinds of materials and will possess a large variety of installation techniques and tricks to ensure corners are wrapped perfectly. Work of inexperienced installer is quite obvious, especially up close and in detail.

Overstretch

Overstretch is another common installation mistake. It happens when the piece of vinyl cut for a specific part of the car ends up being too small, and the installer has to then stretch the material in order too make it fit. When the material is overstretched, there is a risk of it lifting off the surface of your car, since the adhesive gets thinned out in the process, making the vinyl less sticky. Overstretched areas may also be in a lot of tension, which leads to film failing, especially on edges and corners. Overstretch also makes the vinyl look thinner, and affects the appearance of your wrap. Seeing discoloured, shiny spots on a wrap is a sign of material overstretch. It is especially noticeable in patterned wraps, like carbon fibre for example, when you can clearly see the material was overstretched because the pattern is distorted. 

How to avoid: 

The best way to avoid overstretch is to make correct measurements of the vehicle before it is wrapped. Doing that will allow to ensure you have enough material for each part, which will help avoid overstretching. 

Not Following the Direction of Directional Wraps

Not all vinyl wraps are installed the same way. Some wrapping films are directional, and require a special installation approach. Those films change shade and colour depending on which angle you look at it. This means that these films must be installed unidirectionally on the car, otherwise panel will be mismatching in colour. This is especially obvious on colourflow/colourflip wraps, where the direction of the film affect the hue of colour most noticeably. 

How to avoid:

You have to pay special attention to the direction of the colour prior to cutting pieces of vinyl for the wrap. Don’t just cut pieces of vinyl and stick them on.  

Seams

You can sometimes see wrapped cars that looked nice from the distance, but as you approach you realize that front bumper is wrapped in 6 pieces of vinyl. Although not exactly a mistake, seams can really ruin the appearance of your wrap. If there is a seam on the car, it definitely doesn’t look like paint. Seams make your car look cheaper, and in a way the wrap looks like a DIY project. We stand behind seamless wraps, and only use them when it’s absolutely necessary to ensure a proper longevity of a wrap.

How to avoid:

In scenarios where seams are needed, an experienced installer will attempt to hide all seams from the plain sight. This can be done by placing seams exactly on existing body lines of the car. It is a meticulous process that requires both skill and patience.

Lack of Post Installation Procedures

Last but not least, after the installation is complete it is important to perform 2 procedures necessary to ensure the longevity and execution of the wrap. Post heating and proper curing time. Post heating is a process of warming material up to a certain temperature to “kill” the memory of the film and seal it better. This is especially important on panel edges, corners and seams. Proper curing time allows a wrap to fully adhere to the surface of the car, curing it in place and allowing you to avoid lifting and bubbles. 

We hope that this blog post will help you to avoid the most common Vinyl Wraps Installation Mistakes!

My Bro Can Do It Cheaper: Why Pay More for Vinyl Wrap Job

How is Vinyl Wrap job priced

In this blog post we will attempt to explain the Vinyl Wrap price range that you can see when getting quotes from different places to get your car wrapped. The following factors are considered when the quote is being created. 

Material

One of the components of price for your vinyl wrap job is material. It accounts for about 20-30% of the total price of a wrap job (for high quality premium materials). That said, it is important to know what kind of material a wrap shop is using for your projects. One of the practices used by some shops is working with low quality vinyl material in order to increase profit margins.

Cheap vinyl brands often use water-based adhesive. This adhesive bonds extremely well to the surface of the car, and that results in extremely labour intensive removal process. Most of adhesive stays on the car and requires a ton of work to remove it. Sometimes, vinyl wrap film with this adhesive can even pull off paint during the removal. This results in car having to undergo a costly restoration process. By saving money upfront, you are risking to spend a lot more later.

Labour

Another way of being able to complete wrap jobs at a lower price point is to hire cheap labour. In vinyl wrapping industry there is a saying that goes: “Almost anyone can wrap a car that will look good for a day, but only some can deliver outstanding and long lasting results.” Vinyl wrappers without proper training are often not aware of proper cleaning, disassembly and wrapping procedures. As a result, there is a much higher chance of short lasting results and damage to the car. Wrinkles, bubbles, vinyl lifting due to overstretch or inadequate cleaning are all issues related to an unskilled wrapper. 

But the worst thing that can happen when you give your car into the hands of an unskilled wrapper is paint cuts. To lower labour costs further, shops can start cutting corners and skipping steps in procedures that are essential for completing a perfect wrap. Professional installers will have superior techniques and knowledge of the material that allows them to execute vinyl wrap projects with high quality and efficiency, without cutting the paint and breaking clips. 

Certification

Lots of professional high skilled installers constantly update and polish their wrapping skills by acquiring industry certifications. 3m and Avery offer courses that help installers to get better at what they do. Those courses provide installers with techniques necessary for completing an impeccable vinyl wrap job. Installers are investing a lot of time and money into their education, which results in a superior quality of jobs. Those jobs cannot be priced the same as jobs completed by someone who doesn’t possess the same level of knowledge and expertise. 

Shop

It’s always a good idea to take a look at the vinyl wrap shop before making a final decision. Cleanliness and organization are two major factors that affect the final result. It is typical for a cheap wrap shop to cut on costs of shop supplies. Certain risks that will compromise the quality of your wrap are associated with lack of proper tools, lack of heating and contamination control. Higher end wrap shops stand behind their work. Many offer a lifetime installation warranty that cover all installation related problems such as lifting, bubbles, etc.

The bottom line is, if you want it done professionally, it will cost more, but you can be sure your car is properly taken care of. We all have that one “friend who can do it cheaper”, but is it really worth it? 

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 Paint Protection Film 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 Paint Protection Film 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 Paint Protection Film 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. You can remove light scratches from brushes 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?

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. Check out a more detailed set of recommendations we have put together on how to take care of your wrap.

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 Avery and 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. 

Vinyl 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. Check out a set of recommendations we have put together to help you learn about how to properly take care of your wrap. 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 rewrap damaged panels. 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.