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Paint Protection Film, also known as Clear Bra, is the best solution to keep the exterior of your paint looking brand new for longer. Due to its composition and self-healing properties, PPF protects your vehicle from scuffs, rock chips and scratches. In addition, it provides UV protection and keeps the paint safe from negative impact of salt, bird droppings and chemical stains. Due to its increased popularity, many companies nowadays produce Paint Protection Film. So the question becomes obvious, – what brand of paint protection films is the best and how to choose the correct film?

While all major films feature self healing properties, great clarity, reduced orange peel and superior impact protection, there are still some features that are unique to each brand. In this blog post we are giving you an overview of major PPF brands, and their key features.

XPEL

When it comes to Paint Protection Film, XPEL is usually the first name that comes to mind. Founded in 1997, XPEL is the world’s first heat activated self-healing PPF. It is an 8 mil thick film which heals on its own when the surface is exposed to heat. It provides superior surface protection against rock chips, scratches and scuffs.

Cutting Software

One of the major benefits of XPEL films is their own DAP software. It is a library of pre-cut PPF patterns for majority of car models. This software allows to cut pieces precisely for each part of the specific vehicle. In addition, this software allows an installer to customize each piece if desired, to achieve an extra coverage. So choosing an XPEL film usually means that each panel will be wrapped in a piece that fits it precisely.

Features

XPEL features non yellowing finish, and minimal orange peel, which means that the film will not yellow over time, and will keep its smooth texture. XPEL films edge seal technology also prevents the film from lifting, and keeps corners and sides adhered to the surface. The film has a low surface energy which allows it to resist staining and protect the surface from negative environmental conditions.

Options

When it comes to choosing the right type of XPEL film, you are provided with an extensive variety of options.

Ultimate Plus:

One of the most popular XPEL PPF films is XPEL Ultimate Plus. It is an invisible protective film featuring high gloss finish and extreme impact protection. This film also comes in 2 other varieties, – Ultimate Plus 7, and Ultimate Plus 10. Ultimate Plus 7 is a thinner version of Ultimate Plus. It is great for an interior use due to its thinner construction. Ultimate Plus 10, on the contrary, is a thicker film, used primarily for heavy duty off road vehicles, that are more susceptible to getting damaged.expel paint protection film

Stealth

Stealth Paint Protection Film is designed specifically for matte or satin vehicles. It features flat finish while offering the same level of protection. So if you are looking to protect your matte vehicle, or turn your gloss paint into matte, – Stealth is your best choice.mercedes e63 stealth paint protection

Warranty

XPEL offers a 10 year manufacturing warranty from the date of purchase for all of its films. It covers manufacturing defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and delaminating.

Kavaca by Ceramic Pro

A new generation of Paint Protection Films, Kavaca by Ceramic Pro, is a recent addition to the PPF family of products. Ceramic Pro is a world’s leader in Nanoceramic coatings, which has introduced a special kind of Paint Protection Film. In addition to regular features of Paint Protection films, such as non-yellowing, reduced orange peel, and chemical and physical protection, Kavaca PPF has the following unique features.

Instant Self-Healing

Unlike any other film, Kavaca PPF features an instant self-healing top coat. You no longer need to apply heat in order to remove scratches. They disappear on their own. This unique feature of Kavaca definitely sets it apart from its competitors. So if you are looking for an instant self-healing effect, – Kavaca is your choice.

Ceramic Pro Coated

Another unique feature of Kavaca is its Ceramic Pro infused top coat. Kavaca comes with a factory applied layer of ceramic Pro Coating, which adds hydrophobic properties to the film. Hydrophobic properties make Kavaca very easy to clean, and prevent dirt and mud from sticking onto the surface. Consequently, your car stays clean for longer, which saves you time and money. The washing of a Kavaca wrapped car is also easier and quicker, because less dirt sticks to the surface.

Another benefit of an added layer of Ceramic Pro is its shine. Kavaca film makes your car look super shiny, and helps it to stay in a showroom like condition for longer!

In addition, Kavaca PPF comes with a protective layer which installers remove during installation. This protective layer helps protect the film from any installation related accidents, perfecting the final look.

Options:

For now Kavaca only comes in gloss finish, meaning you can’t use it for your matte vehicle if you want to keep the finish flat. So if you are looking to protect your matte vehicle, unfortunately Kavaca won’t work for you. However, Ceramic Pro announced that they are working on creating a matte version of Kavaca PPF, which is supposed to be released by the end of the year. So if you are looking for a Ceramic Pro coated PPF for your matte vehicle, you might have to wait just a little bit longer.Bentley bentayaga kavaca

Warranty

Ceramic Pro offers a 12 year manufacturing warranty for Kavaca PPF, which is a bit better than XPEL warranty.

Cutting Software

Unfortunately, at this moment there is no cutting software designed specifically for Kavaca film. Installers get a discounted access to a software called True Cut, which is used by another PPF manufacturer, Suntek. However, the library of patterns is limited, and some patterns are not available. In this case, installers typically free cut pieces, and use technique called “bulking”.

SunTek

Another manufacturer of protective films we are going to talk about today is SunTek. SunTek films contain a proprietary top-coat which protects the urethane against surface scratches. This film also possess self-healing qualities, and will self-heal when exposed to heat. Similarly to other paint protection films on the market, SunTek prevents yellowing of film, and minimizes orange peel.

Options:

When it comes to finishes, SunTek also offers you a variety of choices depending on a protection level and the look you are going for.

Paint Protection Film Clear

SunTek Paint Protection Film Clear is a nearly invisible paint protection film, featuring high shine finish. It protects the car from rock chips and light scratches, while adding shine to the look of your vehicle.

Paint Protection Film Matte

Matte Paint Protection Film has the same benefits of Clear PPF, but in a stylish matte look. This film can be applied to satin, matte or “frozen” finishes to protect them from damage of daily driving.

Paint Protection Film Ultra

This is a premium level PPF, which comes in both, gloss and matte finishes. One of its key differences is its HydroResist top coat layer, which increases stain resistance and limits water and dirt accumulation on the car surface.Superior protection with added hydrophobic features.

Cutting Software

SunTek provides installers with access to a TruCut cutting software and pattern library. However, having personally used it, we found that pattern options were a bit limited.

Warranty:

SunTek offers different types of warranties for different types of finishes. 10 years manufacturing warranty for the Ultra line, and 5 years manufacturing warranty for the Matte and Clear lines.

3M

You have probably heard of 3M Vinyl Wraps. However, the company also established great reputation in Paint Protection Film World as well.

Options

3M offers 3 categories of Paint Protection Films, depending on durability level.

3M Surface Protection Film

The most cost effective option out of the three, it is also the thinnest one. At only 6 mil thick, it is ideal for a variety of surfaces. However, we would’t recommend using it for the exterior due to its thinner complexion. It has a good scratch and stain resistance, however is the least durable out of the three. It is available in Gloss finish only.

Scotchguard Paint Protection Film 

Medium range film, Scotchguard PPF is extremely durable film applied to high impact areas. One of its key features is its clear coat with UV inhibitors, which helps maintain clarity.

Scotchguard Paint Protection Film Pro Series

The name speaks for itself. The Pro Series is the most advanced line of 3M Paint Protection Films. It features self-healing technology that makes most scratches to disappear. This film also comes in Matte and Gloss finishes, to allow for a wider range of applications.

Cutting Software

3M has their own pattern cutting software, which features an extensive portfolio of cutting patterns. One of the great things about this software is that your installer can create custom patterns with “design and edit” option. This function allows to modify patterns, and cut pieces for custom made body parts, as well as increase area of coverage.

Warranty

3M warranty covers manufacturing defects, however the warranty period varies based on the film series:

10 years for Scotchguard PPF Pro Series

7 years for Scotchguard PPF

5 years for Surface Protecton Film

So as you can see, it is hard to say exactly what brand of paint protection films is the best. There is a lot of factors to consider when picking the right film. All of the above films are relatively similar in terms of impact protection, so it does come down to special features each one has. We always recommend to talk to your installer and see what they recommend for your specific project.

Talk to us if you have any more questions in regards to the best brand of paint protection films for your project! We hope you enjoyed this blog post and found some new information!

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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!

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Ceramic Pro: All You Need to Know

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What is Ceramic Pro?

It is a clear liquid nano-ceramic coating that creates an extra protective layer once applied to the surface of your vehicle. It protects the surface of the car, extends its longevity, and significantly eases maintenance.

What is Ceramic Pro Used For?

It is used to improve and protect the exterior of your vehicle in multiple ways:

1. Extreme gloss:

CP deepens the colour and flattens the clear coat, which results in enhanced shine of the car.

2. Protection:

CP protects the surface of the car from elements of the environment that can damage the paint, such as acid, iron, bird dropping, and UV light.

3. Scratch Resistance:

CP hardens the clear coat of the car which results in higher resistance against light scratches.

4. Water Stains:

CP prevents formation of water stains, keeping the exterior of your car looking brand new.

5. Hydrophobicity:

Due to its hydrophobic effect, Ceramic Pro significantly reduces the amount of time needed to wash your vehicle. Because of lower surface energy, dirt, dust and tar don’t stick to the surface, keeping your car clean for longer.

How Long Does It Take to Apply?

Application of CP is a multistage process with curing time required in between stages. Depending on the package you choose, installation will take from 6 to 18 hours (1 to 3 business days).

How Long Does Ceramic Pro Last?

Depending on the package you choose, CP coating will stay on your car from 6 month to 5+ years.

What Does Ceramic Pro Cost?

We offer different packages to meet different budgets. Price of CP ranges from $350 to $2500, depending on size of vehicle and selected package. Please note that paint correction is an additional cost, it may be required/recommended prior to CP installation

Is It Safe for Paint?

Ceramic Pro is completely safe for paint. Moreover, it is beneficial to have CP on your paint, because it helps keep its original condition.

Can It Be Applied on Vinyl or Paint Protection Film?

There is a line of Ceramic Pro products designed specifically for Vinyl Wrap and Paint Protection Film applications. However, this product cannot be applied to Matte Vinyl Wrap and Matte PPF, because Matte effect will be altered by CP high gloss properties.

What Else Can Be Treated?

CP can be applied on almost anything. In fact, all exterior packages include application on wheels, exhaust tips and windows. Entire interior of the car can also be treated with CP to protect it from spills and dye transfer.

What is Ceramic Pro Rain?

It is a product that was specifically designed to treat glass surfaces. It provides very high hydrophobic effect that improves visibility while driving in rain. CP Rain also makes it easier to remove ice from windows, and keeps your windshield significantly cleaner.

Does Ceramic Pro Protect the Car from Scratches?

While CP makes surface of the car scratch resistant, it doesn’t make it scratch proof. If you are looking for a solution to protect your car from rock chips and deep scratches, consider using Paint Protection Film, which specifically designed for that.

Does Ceramic Pro Help Heal Scratches?

CP does not fix existing scratches, swirls or dents on the car. Surface of the car may need to be polished (paint correction process) to ensure best results.

Where to Buy?

CP is only sold to certified installers and shops through CeramicPro distribution channel. It’s unavailable to general public or in retail stores.

Can I Apply Ceramic Pro Myself?

Absolutely not. It is a professional product that is sold only to specialists that are trained to work with it. If you somehow get a hold of CP to install it yourself, chances of bad installation are extremely high. We strongly recommend to not instal Ceramic Pro yourself, since chances of mishandling it are quite high.

Who Can Install Ceramic Pro?

Only installers certified by Ceramic Pro can perform installation. We have completed such certification, and have worked on multiple projects. Contact us to get a FREE QUOTE for your Ceramic Pro needs.

How do I Maintain a Coated Vehicle?

There is no special maintenance required. Usual maintenance of the car still applies to CP treated car. You can safely use same soaps and procedures to wash your car… only it will be much easier to do!

How Does Ceramic Pro Compare to Wax?

CP provides a much longer lasting effects. It seals the clear coat much better than wax. It also provides a longer lasting self cleaning effect.

Do I need to Reapply CP and How Often

The shortest lasting CP package will stay on your car for 6 month. After 6 month expire, you can bring your car back for another application of the same package, or you can choose to upgrade for a longer lasting effect.

Can I Wrap a Coated Vehicle?

You cannot wrap over Ceramic Pro, since due to its low surface energy Vinyl Wrap simply won’t stick. You need to make sure the coating is removed before wrapping your car.

 

If we haven’t answered all of your questions, and you still need more information about the service, please feel free to get in touch with us, as we will answer all of your questions!

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Vinyl For Wrapping Cars

When it comes to vinyl for wrapping cars, there are multiple options for you to choose from. There is a great number of manufacturers, colours, textures and finishes that can truly transform the look of your vehicle. It can be hard to navigate through them and find the perfect one for you. In this blog post we talk about different types of vinyl wraps that exist on the market, their benefits and disadvantages, all in hopes to help you find the wrap that’s perfect for your needs.

Vinyl Wrap Finishes

When it comes to finishes, there is a wide selection for you to choose from. The most popular finishes of Vinyl Wraps are Gloss, Gloss Metallic, Matte, Matte Metallic, and Satin.

Gloss

Gloss wraps are by far the most popular type of vinyl for wrapping cars. It is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a paint like finish. They come in a wide range of colours, and look like paint once installed. Solid colours with no sparkles or flakes, they reflect a lot of light and make your car shine even on a gloomy day. Gloss wraps work perfectly for those who are looking for a uniform and coherent look. Luckily, vinyl wrap manufacturers constantly update and increase their library of Gloss Wraps, so that you can stand out even when going for the most popular finish. Gloss Wraps are relatively easy to maintain. You can wax or treat Gloss Wrap with CeramicPro to increase its durability and enhance the colour.

gloss vinyl wrap

Gloss Metallic

Gloss Metallic wraps are a slightly modified version of Gloss Wraps. When you look at gloss metallic wrap closely, you can notice tiny little metallic flakes, which are added to vinyl during manufacturing process. The effect that flakes create is especially noticeable when you look at the car under direct sunlight. This finish adds more depth to the surface, and replicates the look of metallic paint.

Matte

Matte Wraps are exactly that, – matte. They absorb light, and typically don’t reflect much. Although gaining more popularity, matte wraps are still more rare than their glossy alternatives. Due to matte finish, colours of matte wraps tend to be less vivid and not as pronounced. Because the surface reflects little amount of light, matte wraps tend to accentuate body lines better, and draw more attention to curves. Something to keep in mind when going with matte wraps is that the maintenance is a little different. Matte wraps cannot be waxed or coated with CeramicPro or any other type of sealant, or else they will loose their matte appearance. Matte wraps also tend to show marks and fingerprints easier, so if you are picking a matte wrap, you should be ready to clean your car more frequently. On a positive note, we have noticed that matte wraps have a lower surface energy in comparison to gloss wraps, therefore, water and snow don’t stick to the surface as easily.

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Matte Metallic

If you want a metallic look, but can’t stand the gloss finish, – matte metallic is your choice! While still relatively non reflective, matte metallic wraps feature tiny metallic particles, which add an extra depth to the colour of your wrap, making it appear more interesting and dimensional.

Satin

Satin wraps stand somewhere in between gloss and matte wraps. If you can’t decide between gloss or matte, definitely go with a satin finish. It is the best of both worlds. Satin wraps are not as shiny as gloss wraps, but they reflect more light than matte wraps. Satin wraps in a way resemble a look of a satin shirt, making your car look very sophisticated and classy. It is almost as if your car was wrapped in silk. Satin wraps reflect some light, but in a subtle manner, which accentuates its sleek look. The maintenance of satin wrap is also relatively easy, since there is a much lower chance of fingerprints staying on the surface. Similar to gloss wraps, satin wraps can be coated with ceramic solutions or waxed.

satin vinyl wrap

Vinyl Wrap Textures

For those looking for something even more unique, vinyl wrap manufacturers have developed a series of textured wraps, with Brushed Metal and Carbon Fibre vinyl being the most common ones.

Carbon Fibre carbon fiber vinyl wrap on mirrors

Carbon Fibre vinyl wraps resemble the look of carbon fibre material, so widely popular among car enthusiasts. There is now an option of grey, black and white carbon fibre. Although it is hard to imagine a whole car wrapped in this material, it is quite popular to wrap mirrors, spoilers or hoods in carbon fibre to create that look without breaking the bank. While installing, carbon fibre has to be handled carefully, as it is easy to disturb the pattern by overstitching the material, or not aligning it properly. There is nothing worse than a poorly installed carbon fibre wrap.

Brushed Metal

Another not so commonly used material, brushed metal wraps have a metallic appearance with added texture, that resembles scraped metal. Brushed metal wraps make for a cool accent pieces, and are available in a limited variety of colours. Unique three dimensional light reflection of brushed wraps creates an expensive look.

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Colour Flip Wraps

Recently, vinyl wrap manufacturers came up with a new type of vinyl wraps, – colour flip wraps. These wraps feature not one solid colour, but a combination of multiple colours, that change depending on the angle you look at the car. Colour flip wraps have to be handled very carefully, as they are directional. Depending on the material orientation, different hue will be more or less pronounced. An installer has to keep this nature of material in mind, and instal all pieces unidirectionally. If mishandled, a colour will not be flowing in one direction, and it might look like parts of the car are wrapped in different colours. It is a definite show stopper when installed properly! 

Chrome Vinyl Wraps

Chrome vinyl wraps are the most expensive wraps on the market. They are completely reflective, and look like your car is wrapped in glass! Chrome wraps tend to be hard to install, can get scratched easily, and are harder to handle during the installation. If you are going with a chrome wrap, make sure you are dealing with a highly skilled installer who handled chrome wraps before. Chrome wraps also tend to show fingerprints, so you need to spend extra time to make sure your car looks clean. When installed, chrome wraps look absolutely beautiful! Paint Protection Film and CeramicPro are highly recommended to preserve its mirror like finish.

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Diamond

Avery recently introduced a new line of finishes for those who are not afraid to stand out. Diamond wraps are gloss wraps with an extreme amount of sparkles! Diamond wraps reflect a lot of light, and sparkles shine in the sunlight making your car turn heads and stop traffic. You might want to wear sunglasses when looking at it on a summer day!

diamond vinyl wrap

Regardless of what type of vinyl for wrapping cars you pick, we can help you bring your vision to reality! Contact us today, and lets create something beautiful together.

How to Take Care of Your Vinyl Wrap?

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get after a wrap installation is complete is how to take care of your Vinyl Wrap. In order to extend the life and appearance of your vinyl wrap we have put together a set of Vinyl Wrap Care instructions for you to follow.

Pressure Wash

You can pressure wash your car, but make sure to take precautions. Do not bring spray nozzle too close to the surface of the car. Avoid using high pressure on edges, where panels meet and on seams.  We do not recommend using an automatic car wash that uses brushes. Brushes may scratch the wrap or catch the wrap’s edge and create a failure point.

Hand Wash

Hand Wash is ideal for a wrapped vehicle.It helps to get rid of dirt and any other residue. When washing your car please follow the below steps:

1) Pre rinse: Using a hose, rinse the whole wrap with clean water. This helps remove the loose dirt particles and helps avoid scratching the graphics.

2) Wash: Gently wash the vehicle with a mild soapy water solution using a soft cloth or a synthetic or natural sponge. Start from the top of the vehicle and work your way down. Avoid abrading the surface with unnecessary scrubbing.

3) Rinse: Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

4) Dry: Let the wrap dry naturally. To avoid water spotting, use a silicone squeegee to remove water, then finish drying with a microfibre or soft, nonabrasive towel.

Waterless Wash

If the vehicle is not overly dirty, this is the preferred method.  Waterless wash products can help maintain the gloss level and performance of the film. Before using any new product on your wrap, be sure to test them in an inconspicuous area of the vehicle. Contact us to purchase products to wash your wrap

Soap

Use a mild car cleaning detergent and water mix that does not contain any strong soluble substances, alcohol or abrasive components. The detergent should have a pH balance between 5 and 9.

Polishing

Vinyl films that we use at Aegis posses self-healing properties. When you apply heat to the surface of vinyl film, it will trigger the memory feature that will bring film into its original shape and tension. Light scratches can be self-healed by triggering the memory of vinyl film. You can use steamer or heat gun for that.  That said, you don’t need to polish your wrapped car.

Waxing

If your wrap is gloss, you can wax your car, as long as the wax does not contain petroleum distillates, which is found in many paste waxes. Products that are a combination of a waterless wash and wax are great options as long as the vehicle isn’t excessively dirty. Test the wax on an inconspicuous part of the vehicle first. Please note, you should not wax your wrap if it has a matte finish. 

Storage

It is optimal to park your car in covered parking spot (underground). Just like paint, vinyl is also affected by UV rays and its colour will slowly fade if car is often exposed to prolonged and direct sunlight. Negative effect of UV light can be minimized with CeramicPro coating or PPF.

PPF and Ceramic Pro

Both PPF and CeramicPro can be installed over a wrap. These products work great together with vinyl wrap. While vinyl wrap protects the paint of the car, PPF and/or CeramicPro will be protecting vinyl from the environment. CeramicPro will help protect vinyl from elements, acid, water stains, bird droppings etc. It will also make the wrap much easier to clean and maintain. CeramicPro cuts washing time in half, allowing you to forget about waxing the car. PPF will add extra resistance against physical impacts such as rockchips, scratches and shopping carts.

We hope you fined these Vinyl Wrap Care Instructions helpful, and your wrap stays looking brand new for years to come!