Thursday, December 7, 2017

Can I have the Paint Protection Film installed on my repainted (respray) bumper and/or hood, etc. ?

Yes, paint curing time depends on numerous factors, including the type of paint, the temperature catalyst, the temperature reducer and the type of drying method that was used. We always recommend using a professional body shop and let them know you plan to install Paint Protection Film. All repainted parts should be removed from the vehicle to allow painting the complete part and have them fully keyed and primed in accordance to OEM requirements.

Factory finishes are baked onto the surface at 350+ degrees which allows a much harder surface and better cohesion bond. Repainted surfaces can be baked only at 150 degrees to prevent damage to the vehicles components.

The minimum time we would recommend to have Paint Protection Film installed is 30 days to ensure any residual gassing out is complete alleviating the risk of bubbles forming under the film. Some body shops recommend up to 90 days for full paint cure. If a vehicle is in an environment that is cooler than 55 degrees F, the curing process essentially stops and will not resume until the temperature goes above the 55 F mark. If the paint is not fully cured, and film is applied, out gassing will occur under the film. Always confirm with your painter.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Should I purchase clear bra from my car dealership?

While buying products directly from the dealership at the time of vehicle purchase has its benefits, i.e., the costs can be included in the financing, some believe it is the only way to get the product, they will get a warranty, some believe it is just easier, and finally, some believe the cost will be about the same so they might as well just get it all at the same time and from the same location. While many of these reasons are correct, here are some other issues you should consider:

· Many dealerships try to install film with their current employees and as such may not meet the clients’ quality standards.

· Should you wish to use a dealership to install your clear bra insure they are using a certified installer which is experienced, reputable, offers both a manufacture's and installation warranty.

· Dealerships may use least cost films and kit designs. The kits are preset, no coverage options and offer minimal coverage which often miss the critical protection areas.

· Dealerships may not provide you with a manufacture's warranty card or offer no installation warranty.

· Dealerships may charge an absorbent cost for the clear bra, knowing the clear bra will be included in your vehicles' purchase.

· Dealerships want to get the job done quickly and as inexpensively as possible in order to get the car out the door. This benefits the dealership and not the client.