We love our cars. We want them to look great, and stay looking new as long as possible. Sometimes, to make sure that our car, van, or SUV looks new for longer, we install some paint protection film.
Indeed, our car, SUV, or van protective film can keep the paint job intact, can make bug splatters and bird droppings much easier to clean, and can protect your vehicle from scrapes and scratches from road debris.
Yet, we may have made the mistake of going to a car or van protective film shop that does less-than-quality work, or the film on our vehicle is just getting old. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is so very true. If you paid that great low price for car or van protective film, and now your vehicle’s paint protection film is peeling or getting cloudy in certain spots, then you probably paid for a low-quality job.
At Tint Tech, Calgary’s top auto protection film specialists, we keep quality as our number one priority. We keep our prices affordable, but we make sure that our work is done right the first time. That is why we employ only the best trained and certified paint protection film specialists.
What Do I Do If I Need My Paint Protection Film Removed?
Tint Tech not only installs quality paint protection film, but we are also happy to remove your car or van’s protective film so that you can improve your vehicle’s appearance.
So, what do you do if you need to have your paint protection film removed? You should make sure that you go to an established tint shop to help you with the job.
Nothing in life is ever permanent, which can be a good thing when it comes to paint protection film. Even things that you think are permanent can be removed – like tattoos. So, have no fear if your car or van’s protective film is unsightly and needs to be removed. It can be done.
In fact, many car and van protective film products have a specified life span after which you must remove it and replace it with a new one. Tint Tech, of course, can help you with that too. That is because you really need a trained technician to remove car and van protective film properly.
Does Paint Protection Film Come Off Easily?
The answer to that question is – it could. Over time the adhesive quality of the protective film can diminish. That, in turn, would make it easier to remove the film. That being said, however, not all of the film may be easily removable.
Here is how we test how easy it is to remove the film by just peeling it. We take any plastic or nylon auto trim tool, and lift a portion of the film at any edge that is beginning to peel. We test if it comes off easily. However, if we feel any resistance, or if the film comes off in small pieces or shreds, then we employ a heat gun.
Using a Heat Gun to Remove the Film
From a distance of about 8 to 12 inches from the surface of the vehicle, we hold the heat gun over an area of the protective film. The heat gun will, after a moment or two, begin to soften the film, making it easier to manipulate and peel. We are careful to make sure that the heat gun gets no closer to the car’s surface than 8 to 12 inches. Otherwise, the excessive heat on the vehicle’s surface could do other types of damage to the film or the paint job itself.
Once the heated area is softened, we then gently use a scraper (again, plastic or nylon is best) to dig under the film layer and peel away the film, hopefully in bigger strips. As we go along, we may also use some 3M adhesive remover under the film to continue the removal process.
Taking It One Piece at a Time
In the removal process, our goal is to not only remove the old or faulty film but to maintain the integrity of the car’s paint surface. That only makes sense because it would be self-defeating to harm the paint job that the film was meant to protect in the first place.
With that in mind, our trained technicians try to take the removal process one small area at a time so we can understand how your particular protective film behaves with the heat gun. We are particularly careful around the various areas of the car, like the lights and front grill area.
In fact, the professionals at Tint Tech know that patience is the best tool when doing a paint protection film removal job. To be extra careful, the process is necessarily slow. But, that kind of patience and care pays dividends at the end of the job when we have successfully removed all of the old protective film.
Tint Tech Professionals Provide Quality Service for Installing or Removing Paint Protection Film
Tint Tech employs Calgary’s best protective film specialists. We understand all of the benefits of the car and van protective film, and we are the experts who can provide you with professional installation or removal that will be right the first time. Indeed, Tint Tech professionals will be happy to guide you through all of the options available to you with regard to automotive paint protection film and discuss the life of the film product that you are interested in.
Having been in the business for decades, Tint Tech knows protective film. We at Tint Tech take pride in the work we do. We treat every vehicle as if it is our own. That is what sets us apart from the competition. We increase the value of your ride with quality service and quality products. And we provide prices that won’t break the bank.
For more information about how we can remove an old paint protection film job, or install the new protective film, call the specialists in Calgary, Tint Tech.
Every staff member at Tint Tech is a professional installer/remover who will see your project through from start to finish. With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction. Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.
In our last installment, we talked a bit about the fascinating new technology behind paint protection film – the clear, incredibly strong, resilient, and razor thin urethane film applied to your vehicle to protect the most vulnerable areas of your vehicle from stains, road debris, stones, and scratches.
In particular, we took a deep dive into the mystery of how paint protection film has “self-healing” properties. Any scratch on the surface of your vehicle covered with paint protection film will disappear by simply applying heat to your vehicle’s surface. The science is so advanced that simple heat from the sun while your car is parked outside is enough to activate the “self-healing” process.
Now, we need to go the next phase of the paint protection film story – how it is applied to your car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicle. We at Tint Tech – Calgary’s number one shop for auto, commercial, and residential window tint, as well as the paint protection film experts – know a bit about paint protection film because it is a major part of our business.
Indeed, more and more of our customers are opting for paint protection film because word is starting to spread that it is one of the best ways to keep your new car or truck looking new for the life of your vehicle. Tint Tech, of course, only employs certified professionals to apply paint protection film for our customers. Call us at 403-968-8468 to speak to one of our experts about whether paint protection film is right for you.
In the meantime, here is a primer on how paint protection film is applied to your car. The process is as much an art form as it is a science, and we pride ourselves on getting a fabulous finish applied correctly the first time, every time.
Application of Paint Protection Film
In theory, applying paint protection film is similar to putting on a band aid. With a band aid you make sure that the adhesive side sticks to your skin, apply it, and you are done. The same goes true for paint protection film. The film has an adhesive side to it, apply it to your vehicle, and then you are done, right? Well, practically speaking it is, as they say, “easier said than done.”
A band aid is small, whereas paint protection film comes in somewhat larger sheets that are difficult to maneuver. Thus, applying the very sticky and thin sheets onto a slick painted surface perfectly, with no bubbles, folds, air pockets, or other mistakes, is virtually impossible for any layperson. Further, the warranties for paint protection films usually require professional installation.
Accordingly, you only want a professional to handle your paint protection film project. Learning how to do the application process right the first time takes years of training and experience.
The application process can take a few hours, depending upon how much of your vehicle you want to protect. Here is a run down of how the process goes.
1st – Cutting the Paint Protection Film to Fit a Part of Your Vehicle
You want your paint protection film to, as you would expect, only cover the painted surfaces on your car or truck. You do not put the film on headlights, the grill, or other non-painted surfaces. To make installation easier, manufacturers of paint protection film have created a library of patterns to cover virtually all of the new cars being made today.
The patterns are intricate and need to be precise, down to the millimeter. Say, for example, you want to protect the front bumper or “bra” of your Tesla Model 3. The installer would find the pattern for the Tesla Model 3 front end, and load the pattern into a digital plotter. Once the sheet of film is loaded into the plotter, the plotter will cut the sheet to exactly cover only the painted surfaces of your Model 3.
There are instances when the installer must do a custom cut of the protection film because there is not a pattern in the manufacturer’s library. That can be done, but requires much more time on the part of the installer to custom cut the film to the precise measurements.
2nd – Preparing the Vehicle’s Surface
Paint protection film needs to be a “second skin” on your vehicle – one that is imperceptible to the naked eye. That is because you want to protect the painted surface, not obscure it. Therefore, the surface of your car or truck must be as clean as possible.
The installer will wash the relevant painted surfaces to get rid of all dirt, debris, wax, road bugs, and any other imperfections on your vehicle.
3rd – Positioning the Film on Your Vehicle
This is where the “art” of applying paint protection film comes into play. Because the installer is dealing with a very strong adhesive that is meant to last for the life of the vehicle, the installer needs to be careful on how the film is positioned on the relevant portion of the vehicle before locking it into place.
The process to position the film requires an interesting use of what is commonly called a “slip solution.” Using a mixture of baby soap and water (the slip solution), the installer will lubricate the vehicle surface, the paint protection film, and his or her hands with the solution and then lay the film, adhesive side down, on the vehicle’s surface. With the lubrication of the slip solution, the installer can slide the film on the vehicle until it is in just the right place.
4th – Anchoring the Film in Place
Just as the slip solution allowed the installer to move the film on the painted surface until the film was in precisely the right place, the installer next uses a “tack solution” (a combination of water and rubbing alcohol) to lock the film in place. The tack solution allows the adhesive to do its job and stick to the painted surface of the vehicle.
5th – Getting Rid of any Bubbles and Finishing the Edges
Once the installer has anchored the film in place with the tack solution, the installer has a small window of time with a little “play” in the film to get rid of any residual air bubbles under the film. The installer will simply use a squeegee to push away any liquid or air bubbles left under the film. This is done so the entire sheet of film is attached to the vehicle’s surface and the adhesive on the film is allowed to do its work.
In addition, the installer will likely also use a heat gun to make sure all of the edges of the film remain anchored to the vehicle surface. The installer may also use an adhesive primer on the edge to give it that extra amount of staying power.
You want to have your car or truck protected with film to keep it looking brand new. And, you want that film installed by a professional. So, call the professionals today at Tint Tech, 403-968-8468. We are Calgary’s top paint protection film installers, and we are ready to help you love the look of your vehicle as long as you have it.