Porsche ppf wrap

When it comes to customizing and protecting your vehicle, multiple options are available. Our shop specializes in Paint Protection Film Wraps and Vinyl Wraps, so we often receive multiple questions as to which wrap option is the best, and how the two compare. In this blog post we are aiming to answer one question, – what’s better, PPF or Vinyl Wrap? We are hoping to help you find the film that works best for your specific needs.

We would like to begin the comparison between the two by first explaining what PPF and Vinyl Wraps are.

What is PPF:

PPF, which stands for Paint Protection Film (also known as clearbra) is a virtually invisible, typically 8 mil thick self-healing urethane film which is applied to the surface of your vehicle. It offers superior impact protection, keeping the paint of your car safe from scuffs, scratches and rock chips. In addition to impact protection it also helps keep the paint of your car from negative effects of the environment, such as oil spills, bird droppings, and water marks. It also keeps your car safe from negative effects of the UV light, protecting the paint from fading.

Porsche ppf wrap

What is Vinyl Wrap:

Vinyl wrap is a thin and flexible material, made out of PVC. It is typically 3-4 mil thick, and it comes in different colours, finishes, and textures. Vinyl wrap film comes with a specially formulated adhesive in the back, which allows the material to safely adhere to the surface, and take the shape of whatever it is applied to. Vinyl wrap is mostly used for the purpose of altering the look of your car. Due to an extensive variety of colours and finishes your options are pretty much limitless. Vinyl wrap can also be used for accent pieces, meaning only certain part of the car are wrapped. One of the most popular partial wraps is a chromedelte, when all chrome surfaces of the vehicle are wrapped in vinyl (usually black, however options are not limited).

vinyl wrap

Now when we gave you a little bit of background of what each film does, it is time to move on to the comparison itself. 

PPF or Vinyl Wrap Purpose:

As mentioned previously, PPF and Vinyl Wraps serve slightly different purposes. PPF’s main purpose is to protect the paint of the vehicle from damage. Since the film is clear (although different coloured variations of PPF are entering the market now), it does not make your vehicle look different. It might make it slightly more shiny, however, you wont see any major differences in appearance. Because the film is designed to protect the surface, it is thicker than vinyl, in order to be able to actually protect the paint from impact. 

Vinyl wraps, on the other hand, drastically change the look of your car. Transformations that can be achieved with vinyl wraps are incredible. You an go from white to black, add custom accents, cover chrome areas, or add custom graphics. The main purpose of vinyl wraps is to customize the appearance of your vehicle, so the film is designed with this goal in mind. For that reason it is thinner than PPF, and is slightly more flexible. 

Surface Protection:

While PPF is still the best way to protect the car from exterior damage, Vinyl Wrap can also serve similar purpose. Although not as thick, it still covers the paint of your car, creating a slight barrier. Obviously, vinyl wraps will not protect the paint from a deep scratch or a scuff, but they will protect it from minor rock chips, bird droppings and negative effects of UV light.  

To put it simply, PPF is perfect if you are looking for an extensive protection. It is perfect for an off-road or highway driving. However, if you are mostly driving in the city, vinyl wraps are able to provide a degree of protection as well. 

PPF or Vinyl Wrap Packages:

PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films offer slightly different packages, based on areas to cover. Since PPF is transparent, there is no problem in partially covering the car. In fact, the most popular PPF package is a Full Front package, which covers only the front of the vehicle (bumper, hood, fenders, and mirrors). 

Vinyl wrap , on the other hand, is typically applied to the whole vehicle, unless a client is looking for a custom design. 

Price:

PPF jobs usually cost more than vinyl wrap jobs. You can expect to pay around $5000+ for a full PPF wrap on a sedan. Meanwhile, a full vinyl wrap will typically cost you around $3400 for a similar sized vehicle. It is due to the material cost, which is much higher for PPF, and installation process, which can be a bit more complicated. If you are looking to get a quote for your wrap job, get in touch and we will be able to help you!

Installation:

PPF and Vinyl Wraps are installed differently. PPF uses wet installation, meaning the film needs to be wet in order to adhere to the surface of your car. Installers typically use a mix of soap and water, or an installation gel. 

Vinyl wrap, on the other hand, installed dry. In fact, any water during installation process can make wrap job fail. The film does not stick to wet surfaces at all. 

Another major difference between the two is how the material is cut. PPF films typically use special cutting software, which comes with a variety of patterns that fit each part of the vehicle. PPF is cut by a plotter, specifically to fit the part it is being applied to. 

Vinyl Wraps are cut by hand. Installers normally cut a piece big enough to cover required area, and then trim it once the material is installed. 

Paint Condition:

It is important to make sure your paint is in good condition prior to installing any type of wrap on your car. Since PPF is clear, it will show any paint imperfections that your car might have. We always recommend to get paint correction, if the paint is in bad condition. The ideal time to apply PPF is when the car was just picked up from the dealership. That way you can ensure you are protecting the paint which has not yet been damaged. Applying PPF after the car has been driven for some time will not give you the same results. It will protect the car from future damage, however it will not mask any damage that was previously done. 

Vinyl wraps are a bit more forgiving. Since Vinyl Film is not transparent, it will hide any visual imperfections. However, if your car has rock chips or is missing paint, it will show through the film. Any textured imperfections will be noticeable through the vinyl. 

Longevity:

Both, PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films, when installed properly, will last for a while.

Typically, when cared for properly, Paint Protection Films will last for about 10 years.

Vinyl wraps, if cared for properly, will last for about 5 years.

Both films, if they come from reputable manufacturer, will not damage your paint if its original condition was good. 

Things To Keep In Mind:

There are several things you should keep in mind when making your decision on which film to go with. 

Although PPF is transparent, overtime you might notice the edges of wrap are beginning to show more. PPF is typically not wrapped around the edge of the panel, so overtime the cut line might start to accumulate dirt and become slightly more visible. It is especially noticeable on partial PPF wraps, like partial hood for example.  

In terms of Vinyl Wraps, you should always keep in mind that the original colour of paint might show through in the gaps between panels in some instances. Black Cars are usually the easiest ones to wrap, and this difference is not noticeable. However, if your car is going from white to black, you might still see some white peeking through the gaps. It happens because some areas between panels are simply not reachable, and there is no way to wrap them. We do, however, cover as much of the original colour in gaps as possible. We always aim to create a paint looking finish.

Conclusion: PPF or Vinyl Wrap? 

In short, there is no way of saying which film is best. Both are great and are serving slightly different purposes. 

If you are looking to change the look of your vehicle, and slightly protect it while driving in the city, Vinyl Wrap is your choice! It adds some level of protection, and allows you to save a couple extra thousands of dollars. 

If you do need that full protection against pretty much anything the road can throw at you, and you do have the budget, – PPF is your choice! It is best to apply PPF on your car as soon as you pick it up from the dealership. That way you can ensure the original condition of your paint remains pristine for years to come!

ceramic pro

Ceramic Coatings are gaining their popularity among car enthusiasts. A solution that keeps your vehicle smooth and clean is saving car owners lots of time when it comes to car washing and maintenance. One of the global leaders in Nanoceramic Surface Protection Technology is Ceramic Pro. It has become widely popular and took a detailing world by a storm. But what exactly is Ceramic Pro, and what makes it so special? In this blog post we attempt to answer this question.

What is Ceramic Pro

It is a multi-layerable, clear, liquid nano-ceramic coating. When cured, it transforms into a permanent, durable glass shield. It is a clear coat reinforcer, with 3 times the hardness and self-cleaning properties. It enhances the colour of your car, makes it very shiny, and helps keep your vehicle clean by repelling dirt and grease.ceramic pro

Why Ceramic Pro?

Ceramic Pro has numerous benefits, including the following:

  • Creating a barrier against water damage
  • Protecting your car from negative environmental conditions
  • Preventing corrosion and oxidation
  • Protecting the surface against negative effects of UV rays
  • Adding permanent gloss and shine
  • Significantly easing maintenance
  • Preventing dirt, grease and dust from sticking to your vehicle
  • Making the surface extremely hydrophobic

Ceramic Pro System

Ceramic Pro is applied in multiple layers, with 8-10 hours of curing time in between. It is important to make sure the previous layer is fully cured prior to applying the next one. A complete application usually consists of the following products:ceramic pro system

Nano Primer:

Firstly, application begins with Nano Primer. It serves as a base prior to applying coating. It prepares the surface for coating, and increases coating bonding strength.

Key Features:

  • Non-abbrasive
  • Sillicon-free
  • Water-based
  • Wax-Free

Ceramic Pro 9H:

Secondly, 9H application begins once the primer cures. It is a highly durable protective coating that protects the surface from damaging contaminants. It contains silica dioxide and titanium dioxide and the secret sauce – the solvents. When exposed to air, this solution will dry to about 65% hard glass. When cured, it forms a permanent bond with the surface, which can only be removed by abrasion. Ceramic Pro 9H can be applied in layers, which means the thickness of the coating can be increased by adding additional layers of the product. The name 9H refers to the measurement of hardness which is achieved after the product is applied. In comparison, regular hardness of automotive pant is 3H. In addition, Ceramic Pro 9H is very flexible, which means it will not shutter.

Key Features:

  • Scratch Resistance (Above 9H)
  • Super Hydrophobic Effect
  • Weather & UV Resistance
  • Thermal Resistance (up to 1200°C)
  • Anti-Graffiti
  • Advanced Chemical Resistance
  • Oxidation & Corrosion Resistant
  • High Gloss Finish

Top Coat:

Finally, Top coat (a finishing layer) is applied after 9H layering is done. It allows surface to stay cleaner, since dirt and dust do not easily stick to it. Due to its super hydrophobic effect, water simply beads up on the surface, and rolls off. Top Coat also enhances gloss depth on all painted surfaces to achieve the wet look.

Key Features:

  • Super Hydrophobic Effect
  • Weather & UV Resistance
  • High Gloss Finish
  • Anti-Graffiti
  • Advanced Chemical Resistance
  • Oxidation & Corrosion Resistance

Vinyl Wrap and PPF Application

Ceramic Pro application is not limited to paint surfaces only. It can also be applied to a Vinyl Wrap or Paint Protection Film. Ceramic Pro has created a line of products designed specifically for polyurethane and vinyl films. Ceramic Pro PPF & Vinyl protects the film from contamination and weathering, resulting in a film thats much easier to clean! Key features of the product include:

  • Super Hydrophobic Effect
  • Weather and UV resistance
  • Anti-Graffiti
  • Reduced Orange Peel
  • Ease of MaintenanceTesla model s vinyl wrap

Ceramic Pro Technology Explained

So how does this product actually work? Well, the surface of your paint or vinyl wrap is porous. Those pores are not visible to the naked eye, due to their microscopic size. Ceramic Pro particles form a covalent bond and fill in those pores using very small particles of silica dioxide and titanium dioxide, creating a permanent protective filler. This is your protection against UV light, heat, and other negative environmental conditions. This layer is permanent, because it fills in the pores. The only way to remove it is by abrasion.

Other Automotive Applications

Vehicle exterior is not the only area suitable for the treatment. Ceramic Pro makes multiple products for different types of applications that allow you to protect the whole vehicle.

CP Sport:

This product is usually used on previously treated surfaces in order to freshen up their Hydrophobic Top Coat. It can also be applied on its own for a short 6 months long result.

CP Rain:ceramic pro rain

Used to treat glass areas, this product significantly improves visibility when driving in the rain due to its hydrophobic qualities. It also helps keep your windshield clean for much longer.

CP Leather:Bentley interior seat

Interior protector, Leather protects seats and dashboard from spills, stains and dye transfer. It minimizes aging of leather, and keeps the interior of your car looking brand new.

CP Tag:ceramic pro tag

A purifying system, this product kills bacteria and microbes on any water absorbent surfaces and keeps them pathogens free for up to 6 months.

CP Wheel and Caliper:ceramic pro wheel & caliper

This product is designed specifically for wheels and exhaust pipes. It helps keep them clean and dirt free, while adding a hydrophobic effect.

Ceramic Pro Packages

We offer multiple Ceramic Pro packages based on your needs and budget:

Gold Package:

This package includes 4 layers of 9H applied to the surface of the vehicle, providing a lifetime protection. The package includes:

  • 4 layers of 9H
  • 1 extra layer on exposed areas
  • 1 layer of Top Coat
  • lifetime warranty
  • 1 layer of Top Coat on plastic and wheels
  • 1 layer of CP Rain on windshield and windows

Silver Package

Silver package includes a layer of 9H applied to the surface of the vehicle, providing a 5 year protections. This package includes:

  • 1 layer of 9H
  • 1 layer of Top Coat
  • 5 year warranty
  • 1 layer of 9H on plastic and wheels
  • 1 layer of CP Rain on windshield and windows

Bronze Package

Bronze package includes a layer of top coat applied to the surface of the vehicle, providing protection against light scratches for 2 years. This package includes:

  • 1 layer of top coat
  • 1 layer of top Coat on plastic and wheels
  • 2 year warranty
  • 1 layer of CP Rain on windows and windshield

Contact us today to inquire about the right Ceramic Pro Package for you.

Toxicity Testsceramic pro testing

Ceramic Pro products have undergone SGS testings. SGS is the world’s leading independent testing body. All of the products within the line have been tested and certified as non-toxic  while achieving the highest possible results in all tests.

When tested for Heavy Metal Lead, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Selenium, – none were detected in all tested substances. Ceramic Pro has been tested against 144 substances of very high concern (SVHC) screening. As a result, none were detected in all tested substances.

Ceramic Pro Myths

As with any product on the market, there are different myths and misconceptions surrounding Ceramic Pro coating. In this section we are aiming to dispel some of the most common ceramic Pro myths.

It fills in scratches

Unfortunately not. Ceramic Pro is not a solution to fix scratches. It does not fill them in, or make them disappear. The only effective way to remove the majority of scratches is Paint Correction. No other coatings or solutions will be as effective.

It protects paint from damage

Many believe that ceramic Coatings can protect the paint from scratches, however, this is not exactly true. While adding some degree of protection, Ceramic Pro is by no means comparable to Paint Protection Film. While Paint Protection film is your shield against exterior damage. Ceramic Pro, on the other hand, will only be able to withstand a very small amount of impact. We never recommend it to clients as a solution to protect their car from rock chips and scuffs.

It replaces maintenance

While Ceramic Pro does make your car hydrophobic, shiny, and keeps it clean for longer, regular maintenance is still a necessity. You still need to wash your car regularly with proper solutions. What Ceramic Pro does is makes this process very easy and quick, but it does not replace it.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about Ceramic Pro. If you still have more questions, feel free to reach out to us!

 

Paint Protection Film

Paint Protection Film has become a popular solution for protecting vehicle exteriors from negative impact of daily driving. In this blog post we dive deeper into understanding what Paint Protection Film is, and if it’s worth getting.

What is Paint Protection Film:

Paint Protection Film (PPF), also known as Clear Bra, is an 8mil thick clear flexible film, made out of polyurethane. It comes with a specially formulated adhesive in the back, which safely adheres to the surface of your car. PPF can be applied on top of existing paint, or vinyl wrap to protect it from harsh driving conditions. Typically, Paint Protection Films posses heat activating self healing properties, meaning scratches heal on their own when some heat is applied.

One of the greatest features of paint protection film is that it saves you money when it comes to a panel repair. If something happens and your car gets scratched, you won’t need to replace the whole car part, or get it repainted. If your car is protected with PPF, a team of trained installers will simply remove the film, and get it replaced with a new piece. Typically, PPF withstands general damage occurring during daily driving.

Obviously, if your car got into a major accident, PPF won’t be able to protect the paint, since the impact is too strong.

Paint Protection Film

Key Features:

  • Self Healing – most scratches will disappear with heat
  • Explicit Texture – high gloss and matte finishes
  • Discolouration and Stain Resistance – film remains clear under the harshest conditions
  • Non yellowing – film will not yellow from UV exposure
  • Edge Seal Technology – film will not start lifting on edges
  • Mirror Smooth Finish – protection should be indistinguishable from factory paint
  • Durability – superior impact protection

Paint Protection Film Benefits:

  • Protection against rock chips, scuffs and scratches
  • Protection against stains, spills, bird droppings, and bug guts
  • Protecting from negative effects of UV light
  • Ease of repairability
  • Preserveness of resale value
  • Extensive product warranty

Installation Process

Installation process starts with an extensive wash and exterior detailing. It is important to make sure that the surface of the car is absolutely clean and free of dust particles. We use clay bar to ensure the surface of your vehicle is free of especially stubborn contaminants.

After that, installation begins. Paint Protection Film is installed using a wet installation method. First, the surface of the car is generously sprayed with installation gel or soap solution. After that, each piece of the material is also sprayed, and applied to the panel. The spray solution activates the adhesive, and allows for an easier movement and placement of the material.

Once all of the pieces are installed, the car is left inside for a 12 hour curing process, to ensure everything dries and the adhesive cures properly.Paint Protection Film Installation

Installation Methods:

There are two ways to install paint protection film.

Pre-cut (DAP)

Typically, Paint Protection film pieces are pre-cut on a plotter, using DAP software. Each piece is cut to specifically fit the part it is being applied to. DAP software features an extensive library of PPF templates made for every individual part of each vehicle. During this installation there is no trimming required, since pieces of the material fit each panel precisely.

Bulking

There is another method that installers sometimes use. It is called bulking. In case of bulking the film is applied directly to the car part, and it is then trimmed around the edges. Similar installation method is used in Vinyl Wraps. Bulking is normally used on areas that require more coverage, or when working with areas for which pre-cut option is not available, like custom body kits, for example.

Types of Paint Protection Films:

Paint Protection Films are designed be transparent to allow the original paint colour to show. However, a new series of coloured paint protection films has been launched recently. In this section we will talk about the most popular types of Paint Protection Films that currently exist on the market.

Gloss PPFgloss paint protection film

One of the most common used types of Paint Protection Film is a Gloss Finish Film. It is clear and transparent, and features high gloss finish. This type of film is normally applied to a gloss car.

Matte PPF (Stealth)matte paint protection

Matte finish PPF is another type of film. It is used on two occasions, – when the car is matte, and the owner is looking to protect it. Or when the car is gloss, but the owner wants to change the look as well as add protection. In case of matte PPF on a gloss car Partial PPF wrap is out of the question, since wrapped parts will look completely different from non wrapped.

Coloured PPF

You are no longer limited to transparent clear Paint Protection Films. Recently a series of coloured and textured Paint Protection Films was launched by a number of companies. PPF no longer serves a sole purpose of protecting your vehicle from damage. Coloured and textured films are doing it in a fashionable matter, by allowing you to customize the exterior of your vehicle while keeping it safe.

Application Areas:

Paint Protection Films can be applied on any exterior area of your car. Some interior applications are also available for an enhanced protection. One of the most popular areas of coverage is full front. It includes Front Bumper, Hood, Fenders and headlights. Since this area is getting the most amount of damage during driving, it is the first area you would want to protect.

Paint Protection Film Packages: 

We offer multiple packages to satisfy your needs. Below is a list of our most popular Paint Protection Film Packages

Partial Front End:

  • partial Hood
  • full front bumper
  • partial fenders

Full Front End:

  • full front bumper
  • mirrors
  • full hood
  • A-pillars
  • full front fenders
  • headlights

Full Car:

  • the whole car is protected with PPF

Custom Package:

  • We can create a custom package to fit your needs, or customize any of our existing packages . Contact us today to get a free tailored quote for your PPF Project.

Interior Package:

  • Central console
  • Dashboard (when able)
  • Screen

What package to choose:

Picking the right PPF package is an important decision, since it determines how much protection your car will get. Below we have outlined a a brief set of factors to consider that might help you pick the package that suits you best.

What type of driving do you normally do? Are you a highway driver? Do you tend to avoid overcrowded city areas? Do you have your own parking garage? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you can probably get away with Full Front Package. If you tend to avoid busy city streets, and don’t have to park very close to your neighbour on the parking lot, your risks of getting other parts of your car damaged are lower. Although we always recommend going for a full protection, full front package is a great alternative for those who avoid the majority of risks, and  want to save a bit of money.

Are you a city driver? Do you often park in tight shopping malls and grocery stores parking stalls? Are you often surrounded by people with shopping carts? In this case we would definitely recommend going for a full PPF wrap. Parking and driving in the city can cause lots of damage to your car, due to high traffic. Full PPF wrap will protect your car top to bottom, and keep it scratch and scuffs free.

Paint Protection Film Cost:

Depending on the package you choose, the size of your vehicle and the type of film, PPF packages on average can vary between 1500$ – 7000$. Let us help create a free estimate for your vehicle

Timeline:

PPF installation is typically taking more time than a vinyl wrap installation. Because liquid solutions are used during installation, we need some extra time to make sure everything is dried properly, and the film has fully cured. For that reason we typically budget about about 2 days for a partial PPF wrap, and 4-7 days for a full PPF wrap.

Materials We Use:

We work with world’s leaders in Paint Protection Film industry, such as XPEL and Kavaca,

XPEL

XPEL film is the world’s first self-healing Paint Protection Film. This film features an increased impact protection against rock chips, scratches and scuffs. It features a heat activating self healing top layer, which heals scratches when heat is applied. The film does not yellow with time and is stain resistant. XPEL films come in Gloss and Matte Finish to offer a protection option for any vehicle. In addition, XPEL offers a 10 year warranty for its products.

Kavaca

Paint Protection Film of new generation, Kavaca PPF comes with a factory added layer of Ceramic Pro coating, and has instant self-healing properties. Kavaca films do not need heat in order to heal scratches. They self heal on their own! A factory added layer of ceramic Pro helps add shine and eases mainatanace. Due to its hydrophobic properties, Ceramic Pro prevents dust and dirt from sticking onto the surface of the film. So in addition to scratch and scuffs protection, your vehicle is also getting protection from debris and rain! It also offers limited lifetime warranty.

Paint Protection Film vs Ceramic Pro Coating:

Paint Protection Film is often compared with Ceramic Pro Coating, however the two are quite different and serve different purposes. CeramicPro, while adding a minor level of protection to your vehicle’s paint, still isn’t able to protect it from rock chips and scratches. Paint Protection film on the other hand, is designed to provide your vehicle with this protection. Because of its thickness and composition, small rocks and other road debris are not able to break through the film.

So in summary, Ceramic Pro, while adding a little protection, is mostly used for the ease of maintenance and improved looks. Whereas PPF is used for protection.

If you are looking to get both, you could choose to get your vehicle wrapped with PPF, and coated with Ceramic Pro. Or you could choose to go with Kavaca PPF, which already has a layer of Ceramic Pro coating applied.ceramic pro

Paint Protection Film Limitations:

As good as Paint Protection film is, unfortunately it isn’t a perfect solution against any type of damage. Paint Protection Film has its limitations as well.

Paint Protection Film has a limit as to how much impact it can take. High impact collision will almost certainly damage and break the film. While you are safe from the majority of slow speed accidents, higher speed collisions or high impact can definitely cause film to fail.

If after reading this blog you still have some unanswered questions, please feel free to reach out!

Vinyl wraps have become significantly more popular over the last few years. What started as a simple alternative to paint, has grown into a massive multibillion dollar industry. Many people nowadays think Vinyl Wrap when it comes to exterior customization options for their vehicles. However, everything has its pros and cons. So in this blog post we outlined some major benefits and things to consider prior to getting your car wrapped, all in hopes of helping you make an informative decision.

What is Vinyl Wrap

Vinyl Wrap is an alternative to car paint. 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. The film is very flexible, and with certain manipulations it takes shape of whatever it is applied to. It comes in a variety of colours and finishes, which allows you to fully customize the exterior of your vehicle. The film is fully removable, and leaves no damage on the vehicle if installation was performed correctly, the material was removed within the warranty period, and high quality materials were used. person wrapping a car with vinyl wrap

Vinyl Wraps Cost

While many still believe Vinyl Wraps to be cheap, with higher quality materials, more skilled and qualified installers, and an increased demand prices vary greatly. Yet, in general Vinyl Wraps still cost less than a paint job. For example, it would cost you around 3000$-3500$ to get a high quality Matte Wrap on a mid sized sedan. Whereas high quality Matte Paint job would cost you anywhere from 5000$ and up. Prices of wrap jobs will also vary based on the size of your vehicle and the type of material you are going for. However in general Vinyl Wraps will still cost you less than an equivalent paint job.

Extensive Variety of Options

Vinyl Wrap Films come in a great variety of options. There are multiple colours, finishes and textures for you to choose from. From simple gloss wraps, to sophisticated mattes, to head turning chromes. Vinyl Film manufacturers release new colours on a half a year basis, which means your options are only growing. Do you want something more unique? Go for embossing, which will add a touch of character to your wrap. There are also options of brushed or carbon fibre wraps, which make for perfect accent pieces. The sky is the limit. If you are struggling to make the right choice, check out our blog post on What Wrap To Choose to best express your personality and style.chrome vinyl wrap

Longevity

High quality Vinyl Wraps that are properly cared for will last you for up to 5 years.

No Commitment

One of the greatest features of Vinyl Wraps is its low commitment. If you are bored of the colour of your car, but don’t want to go to an extend of repainting it, vinyl wraps are perfect for you. Since the film can be taken off the car anytime, there is absolutely no commitment to keep it for longer than desired. The removal process is performed by certified installers, and usually takes a few hours, if the correct film was used.

Safe for Paint

If you are using a high quality Vinyl Wrap from trusted manufacturers like 3M or Avery, Vinyl Wrap is completely safe for your paint. Considering that your paint is in good condition, Vinyl will not peel off or damage the paint. Many Vinyl Wraps manufacturers provide an extensive warranty for their films. Additional warranty is provided by a wrap shop performing the job. At Aegis Paint Shield we offer our clients a lifetime installation warranty, meaning we will fix al installation related issues for as long as you keep the car.

Quick Instal

Vinyl wraps are quicker to instal, when compared to paint. We’ve had Vinyl Wrap projects that were completed in 2 days, and the car was ready to be returned to the client. As opposed to paint, wrapped cars don’t need to be kept at the shop for an extensive period of time, since vinyl does not have a long curing period. So if you are willing to get your car wrapped over the weekend, you can have it ready by Monday morning for your commute to work. You’ll get lots of attention from your coworkers on the parking lot!vinyl wrap installation

Resale Value

Vinyl Wraps also help to preserve resale value of your car, as opposed to paint. The film helps protect the paint from minor exterior damage and environmental conditions affecting the paint. It is by no means an equivalent to Paint Protection Film, however it still serves as a thin barrier between your paint and harmful conditions of daily driving.

Vinyl Wrap Repairability

If we were to compare the ease and cost of repairability, vinyl wraps are relatively easy and cheap to repair. If the panel is scratched, all it takes is for the damaged vinyl to be removed, and new one installed. It can be easily done in a day, and you can have your car back looking brand new.

Things To Consider

As great as Vinyl Wraps are, they are not perfect. There is a few factors you should consider prior to wrapping your car

Paint Condition

In order to get the best quality Vinyl Wrap it is important to make sure your paint is in good condition. Due to its nature Vinyl Wraps do not hide paint defects, but sometimes accentuate them. So if your paint is peeling off, or some major surface damage is present, Vinyl Wrap is not recommended until the paint is fixed. If applied to damaged paint, Vinyl Wrap might peel it off when removed.rusty car paint

Material Quality

It is very important to only use high quality Vinyl Films. We work with trusted and industry recognized Vinyl Film manufacturers like 3M and Avery. Low quality cheap films are harder to manipulate, which results in poor installation quality, bubbles and wrinkles. In addition, cheap films typically use poorly formulated adhesive, which damages the paint and makes a removal process a nightmare.

Installer Skills

Picking the right shop and the right installer for your project is also highly important. Many inexperienced installers leave visible seams on parts of your vehicle, which clearly makes it look DIY’ish. In addition, poorly wrapped corners and untucked edges lead to vinyl lifting and wrinkles. At Aegis Paint Shield we perform a seamless installation, making sure each panel is wrapped in one piece, unless it is absolutely impossible. In those rare cases, we hide the seam to make it almost invisible.vinyl wrap seam

Visible Gaps

Because Vinyl Wrap is only applied to the exterior of your vehicle, on some occasions the original colour will show in panel gaps. This is especially true if your vehicle is white. Although installers do their best to hide as much of the original colour as possible, sometimes there is just no way to stick vinyl to the area between panels. In this case you might notice the original colour still showing through. It is not always the case, but it is a factor you should keep in mind when going with Vinyl Wraps.

Care Routine

If you are wrapping your car, your car care routine will have to change. We do not recommend using automatic car washes, since brushes can scratch the vinyl. Avoid using any brushes on your wrapped vehicle. The best way to care for your wrap is to hand wash it with a microfibre and some soap. For more care instructions check out our blog post on How To Care For Your Wrap . car wash brushes

Environmental Conditions

Vinyl Wrap is vulnerable to environmental conditions. In order to prolong the life of your wrap we recommend you protect your car from an extensive sun exposure. If you live in a hot and sunny climate, try to avoid parking your car in the sun for a long period of time. Sun will make the adhesive bond to the surface of the car, which will cause issues during removal process. Extensive exposure to UV light might also accelerate colour fading process. In this case we recommend that you protect your car with Ceramic Pro Coating, a coating solution which protects your wrap from negative effects of UV light. In addition, Ceramic Pro eases maintenance of your vehicle, and keeps it clean for longer by preventing dirt and dust from sticking to your wrap.

Another way to protect your wrap from damage and negative effects of the environment is Paint Protection Film. It is applied directly on Vinyl to protect it from scratches, rock chips and minor dents.

We hope you find this information useful, and that we helped you to understand all of the necessary factors to consider prior to getting your car wrapped. If you have any further questions, reach out to us!

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CeramicPro Tag

With an increased spread of COVID-19, many businesses and individuals are looking for ways to protect themselves and their loved ones. While there is still no vaccine, disinfecting and sanitizing highly touched surfaces has become one of the methods to try and prevent the spread of the virus. While sanitizing surfaces with isopropyl alcohol is one of the frequently used solutions, it unfortunately is not stopping the bacteria from growing on the treated surface again. CeramicPro has come up with a solution that does not only kill the bacteria on the surface, but it also prevents it from growing on it again. Introducing CeramicPro Tag.

What is CeramicPro Tag

CeramicPro Tag is a Titanium Dioxide progressive purification system based on photocatalytic effect designed to kill pathogens such as bacteria, microbes and viruses, which are a common cause of diseases, foul odours and mold. It is a completely safe and non-toxic water-based self cleaning solution with photocatalytic self cleaning properties. Photocatalytic properties mean that when Ceramic Pro Tag is applied to a surface and exposed to UV light such as the sun, it kills 99.9 % of present pathogens.

 

How It Works

When applied to the surface, the solution is activated by UV rays, which react with titanium dioxide and break down microbes which cause deceases and foul odour. This photocatalytic effect is similar to electrolysis. It breaks down the molecules of water into hydrogen and hydroxide, destroying membranes of bacteria, microbes and structural elements of viruses causing them to decompose or loose structural and functional integrity. CeramicPro Tag can also be activated by indoor LED lighting, since it produces some UV lighting, which is sufficient enough to activate it.

How Long Does It Last

Traditional alcohol based solutions that people typically use for sanitization kill the majority of bacteria and microbes. However, right after sterilization the pathogens resume reproduction until the surface is clean again. The purifying effect of Ceramic Pro TAG on the other hand is long-lasting. It keeps working for up to 6 months due to the constant UV rays exposure. So in other words, the solution is constantly being activated to protect surfaces from bacteria and viruses.

 

CeramicPro Tag Application

CeramicPro Tag can be applied on any surface. Some of the most common applications include, but are not limited to the following:
  • car interiors
  • textiles
  • office spaces
  • restaurants
  • bars
  • children playgrounds
  • public spaces

Any high traffic area that is often exposed to bacteria and viruses is a perfect application for CeramicPro Tag.

Benefits Of CeramicPro Tag

  • 99.9% efficiency against pathogens
  • Keeps environment free of pathogens
  • kills microbes, bacteria and viruses
  • Removes foul odor
  • Over 6 months of purifying effect

 

Testing

Ceramic Pro Tag has been exposed to SGS testing. SGS is the world’s largest and leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, which ensures that products and services comply with global standards and local regulations. CeramicPro Tag was found to have no toxic substances.

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How To Order

Protect yourself and your businesses today. Contact us to book your CeramicPro Tag treatment, and eliminate bacteria and viruses for up to 6 months!

CeramicPro coating

What Is CeramicPro

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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.

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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.

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

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!

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? 

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.