How Does Window Tint Work?

How Does Window Tint WorkThe UV Index is a measurement by the National Weather Service that reflects the severity of the sun’s ultraviolet rays in a given place at a given time. The UV Index Scale for Southern Florida regularly reaches extreme levels, which can be bad news for you and your ride. That’s because UV rays can be just as damaging to your car’s paint job as they can be to your skin. UV rays can also impact the inside of your ride, causing plastics to crack, leather upholstery to fade, and electronics to warp.

Sunscreen protects your skin and paint protection film protects your car’s finish, but what about the inside of your car? That’s where window tint comes in.

Not only does window tint protect the interior of your car by blocking out most of the sun’s damaging UV rays, it also helps keep you cool and can provide additional skin protection. What is window tint? And how does it work? Read on to find out.

Overview of How Car Window Tint Works

When solar radiation strikes the unprotected windows of your vehicle, 90 percent of visible light or more is transmitted into the car. The three components that make up the sun’s rays include visible light, infrared light, and ultraviolet rays. Window tint regulates the levels of light and heat that pass through the window and into the interior of the vehicle. The different levels of Visible Light Transmission (VLT) are determined by the type of window film selected.

Clear polyester film makes up the bulk of the tint film applied to car windows. The remaining layers are made up of tinting agents like metals, ceramics, and dyes added to achieve the desired performance and/or appearance characteristics.

Components of Window Tint

Polyester is typically the main component of window film because it is strong, clear, stable, and flexible. The desired performance characteristics will determine what tinting agents will be layered in. Different applications are available for solar, safety, security, and aesthetics. One side of the sheet has an adhesive backing and the other has a scratch-resistant coating.

Specialty Car Window Tints

There are various tinting options available to cater to your needs and desires. Automotive window tint continues to get more sophisticated as technology and manufacturing capabilities improve. Some of the high-performance window tints available for your vehicle include:

  • Metallized Window Film: Small metallic particles help metallized film reflect away heat from the interior of your car. The metallic content also strengthens the window and makes it more shatter-resistant. A lot of drivers prefer the shiny appearance of metallized window tint. However, one major drawback of metallized window film is that the metallic content can interfere with cell phone signals, GPS transmission, and radio reception.
  • Color Stable Carbon Film: 3M’s patented nano-carbon polyester technology is at the heart of Color Stable Auto Film, one of the best types of window tint available on the market today. This film is guaranteed to never turn purple, and the unique nano-carbon polyester technology allows for maximum heat rejection and blocks up to 99 percent of UV light. Color Stable Automotive Window Film sold and installed by authorized 3M dealers carries a lifetime manufacturer warranty against bubbling, peeling, blistering, and purpling.
  • Ceramic Series Window Tint: Another high-quality window tint film is ceramic film. Containing no metal, dye, or carbon of any kind, these car window films are made using a nonconductive ceramic particle that blocks up to 99 percent of incoming ultraviolet light and cuts solar heat in half while allowing maximum visibility. Like carbon window films, ceramic-series window tint does not interfere with radios, GPS systems, or cell phone signals.

State Tinting Laws in Florida

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates state-specific window tint compliance laws. Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%) is how authorities measure the darkness of window tint. Tinting laws specific to Florida include:

  • Front side windows must allow in more than 28 percent light
  • Back side and rear windows must allow in more than 15 percent light
  • Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted
  • Non-reflective window tint applied to the windshield must be above the AS-1 line
  • Front and side windows must not be more than 25 percent reflective

Professional Car Window Installation

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) suggests hiring a professional to install automotive window tint. According to the IWFA: “Professionally installed films look better longer and are usually more likely to perform to specifications for their warranted lives, or even longer, than those improperly installed.” THE IWFA also recognizes that professional dealers and installers can assist customers in selecting the correct window tint film to meet the desired performance and aesthetics.

Auto Super Shield is the premier window tint installer in Southern Florida and carries the best types and brands of window tint including 3M Color Stable Black Carbon film, Prestige Film’s PhotoSync, and SunTek CXP Window Tint. Contact us to learn more about the window tint films we offer or to schedule a window tint installation appointment today.

Paint Protection Film for Motorcycles, RVs, Boats, and More!

PPF Not Just for CarsTransparent paint protection film has been a secret of luxury car owners for decades, but now the word is getting out and drivers of all kinds are enjoying the benefits—and not just those who drive cars, either. Paint protection film is made from clear thermoplastic urethane that can adhere to virtually any painted surface on any type of vehicle. That’s great news for anyone who has lots of toys, and there’s certainly no shortage of boats, RVs, and motorcycles in South Florida.

Before we look at some examples of non-automotive PPF applications, it might be good to start out by answering the question…

What is Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film, also known as clear bra or PPF, is a virtually invisible polymer plastic film that protects finished surfaces from chips, light scratches, bug splatters, and minor abrasions.

Paint protection film was first developed by 3M for the U.S. Military as an inconspicuous and lightweight solution to protect helicopter rotor blades and other sensitive parts of military transport vehicles from flying shrapnel and debris. In time the automotive industry took note of the protective benefits of paint protection film and contemporary films were developed exclusively for consumer cars and trucks—and so much more.

Motorcycle Paint Protection

The same paint protection film that’s used on millions of cars can also be used to protect nearly all painted areas of your motorcycle. PPF is an affordable way to keep your bike in showroom condition by preventing chips, scratches, and stains from ruining your motorcycle’s appearance. Full paint protection film kits are available for your motorcycle, or you can have PPF installed on individual areas or panels that are more heavily abused than others, such as the gas tank and side bags. Film coverings are also available for your bike’s headlight, taillight, driving lights, and turn signals. If you have an older model or ride an exotic foreign motorcycle, you may need to have paint protection film custom cut and fitted on your bike as PPF and headlight film kits may not be as widely available.

Motorcycle paint protection film is available for:

  • Roadsters
  • Cruisers
  • Touring bikes
  • Dirt bikes
  • Enduro racers
  • Trikes
  • Scooters
  • Mopeds
  • And more!

RV Paint Protection

The open road is full of hazards that can scratch, chip, and stain, so it makes sense that RVs and motorhomes come under the heaviest assault and take the most abuse. After all, few other vehicles log as many miles on the open road as an RV. Whether you’re a full-timer or a weekend warrior, RV paint protection film will keep your land yacht looking like new even after many years and thousands of miles. Motorhome paint protection film is also a smart idea if you’ll be driving through multiple climates on your travels as it can protect against rust, fading, warping, and other environmental- and weather-related damages.

RV paint protection film is available for:

  • Class A motorhomes
  • Class B motorhomes
  • Class C motorhomes
  • Conversion busses
  • Travel trailers
  • Pop-up campers
  • Truck shells
  • And more!

Marine Paint Protection

Speaking of land yachts, paint protection film is available for actual yachts too! In fact, PPF is a great investment for all sorts of watercrafts. There isn’t much concern about nicks and scratches while your marine vessel is in the water, but all the same road hazards that threaten your car’s paint job can also damage your boat or personal watercraft while it’s in tow. But what if you keep your boat docked at the marina? Marine paint protection can also prevent algae, scaling, warping, fading, and other hull damage. Not only will this protect your watercraft, but it can also save you the time and energy of scrubbing the hull clean at the end of the season.

Marine paint protection is available for:

  • Speedboats
  • Sailboats
  • Houseboats
  • Fishing boats
  • Pontoons
  • Yachts
  • Personal watercrafts (Jet Skis)
  • Kayaks and canoes
  • And more!

Paint Protection for Anything Else

PPF is so versatile that it can be applied to virtually any type of vehicle you own. Helicopter? You bet. ATV? No problem. Food truck? Most definitely. Professional PPF installers in Florida can cut and fit paint protection film for any type of personal or commercial vehicle you own. Want to know what else is possible? Just ask!

If you want the best paint protection film for your toys, get in touch with the experts at Auto Super Shield. We specialize in custom paint protection film installations for luxury cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, and just about anything else you can bring us.

7 Qualities to Look for in a Car Wrap Shop

10 Qualites to Look for in a Car Wrap ShopIf you’re looking for some head-turning, over-the-top, unmistakably high-end bling for your luxury vehicle, you’re going to need the best car wrap shop to make it happen. Shops like these specialize in the ultimate car appearance enhancement: luxury vinyl wraps. A vinyl wrap can totally transform the look of your vehicle, and you can even design a custom wrap to have something completely unique and original. Car wrap professionals make this happen.

But with so many car wrap shops in Florida to choose from, how do you know which shop you can (or should) trust with your prized set of wheels? Here are some qualities to look for when researching car wrap shops to help you select the best one for the job.

High Quality Car Wrap Services

No matter who you are or what you drive, you and your ride deserve the very best. Before you bring your car in to be wrapped, or before you even schedule a consultation to talk about the design of your custom wrap, look at the work a shop has previously completed by either checking out their online gallery or looking at the wrapped cars they post on Facebook or Instagram. Can you see any seams, edges, or bubbles? Not good. Does the shop specialize in high-end luxury vehicles? Great.

Custom Wrap Design Capabilities

A good car wrap shop will offer limitless options of the latest automotive design trends and will stop at nothing to bring your wildest automotive dreams to life. There are plenty of car wrap installers in Florida who do nothing but the most basic and straightforward jobs, but only a handful of shops offer truly custom installations. Even if you’re only looking to change the color of your vehicle, a shop that specializes in custom wrap designs and installations will definitely have the skills, equipment, and experience to complete the job with outstanding results.

Wide Variety of Car Wrap Designs and Materials

Wrapping a car is an art form. Whether you’re getting an uber-unique wrap like the Velvet Elite Wrap, an animal skin wrap, or simply prefer a color-change wrap, make sure that the shop you choose offers a wide variety of wrap designs and materials. A wider selection of car wraps will give you greater possibilities and guarantees that no matter what you envision for your ride the shop can make it happen. Be on the lookout for chrome wraps, matte wraps, animal print wraps, and the ability to produce custom designs.

Premier Car Wrap Product Line

If the cost of the material seems much lower than other quotes, you’re probably dealing with a low-quality vinyl wrap dealer. With car wraps, like everything else in the world of car customization, you get what you pay for. Wrap performance and appearance can vary greatly between economy brands to elite level wraps, so verify with the shop what quality they are quoting and compare that with what is right for your vehicle, your budget, and your needs. Top car wrap brands include 3M, Velvet Elite, and XPEL.

Note: Avoid a shop that uses calendared vinyl. Calendared vinyl is thicker than cast vinyl and usually contains a more aggressive adhesive, which means a less seamless installation and difficulties later on when you want to remove the wrap or replace it with another design.

State-of-the-Art Installation Facility

The labor intensive process of installing a luxury vehicle wrap should be done in a dust-free, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art installation facility. How your vehicle wrap looks after installation is primarily dependent on the quality of the wrap, the tools used, and the skill of the installers, but the difference between a good car wrap and a great one can sometimes come down to the facilities where the job was completed.

Experience and Expertise

Anyone can say they are good at wrapping cars. High-quality car wrap installers will have both knowledge and experience in design, material, preparation, installation, maintenance, and removal. All installers should be trained, experienced, and authorized by suppliers. They should be versed in adhesive application as well. Look for a car wrap shop that has lots of experience and plenty of satisfied customers to show for it as a result.

Satisfied Customers

Speaking of satisfied customers, this is one of the most important qualities to look for when selecting a car wrap shop in Miami. Reviews and testimonials will tell a lot about a company’s work and integrity. Look for stellar reviews with detail-specific accounts of their experiences. If there is a bad review, look for the company’s response and attempt to amend the situation. You can also ask for references so you can speak to previous customers yourself to find out more about the experience they had with the shop.

Customer confidence is earned. We at Auto Super Shield have made it our mission over the past 10 years to be Florida’s #1 car wrap installer. We use the finest materials and our installers care as much about the appearance of your ride as you do. Stop by and see us or contact us online to set up a consultation.

Tips to Keep the Inside of Your Car Looking Great

Interior Car Care TipsIf you take pride in your ride—whether it’s an exotic roadster, a luxury sedan, or an American muscle car—you probably devote a lot of time and money keeping the outside of your vehicle looking pristine. Although it’s normal for high-end car owners to have an almost fanatical obsession with their vehicle’s exterior, the same zeal is not always directed towards the inside of the car.

We get it, your car’s interior isn’t going to turn heads or get you on the cover of Miami’s Hottest Rides, but considering the amount of time you spend behind the wheel it makes sense to maintain a clean, comfortable, and luxurious cabin. And if you ever plan on selling your ride or trading it in for a newer, cooler model, you can possibly fetch thousands more with a well-maintained interior.

It might not be as easy as wrapping your car in paint protection film, but you can keep the inside of your ride looking just as good as the outside. Here’s a look at products you need and the tips you need to know to clean, protect, and maintain your car’s interior.

Luxury Car Interior Cleaning Products

Luxury car interiors are appointed with some of the highest quality surface and upholstery materials, like genuine leather, high-grade carbon fiber, and even wood grain. These luxurious and expensive materials deserve the highest quality cleaning products to preserve their suppleness and sheen. If you really care about maintaining your car’s interior, make sure you use the right tools for the job. Here are some interior cleaning products that get rave reviews with luxury car owners:

  • Leatherique Rejuvinator: Leatherique makes some of the best leather care products in the world, which is why they have been the product of choice for the Bentley and Rolls Royce Owners Clubs. Rejuvinator is a complex blend of animal proteins and collagens with absolutely no oil fillers of any kind. Use to condition and preserve all leather surfaces inside your car.
  • Lexol Leather Cleaner: Lexol’s pH-balanced leather cleaner contains no waxes, oils, or additives that would otherwise cause dirt to be trapped in the leather. The foaming action loosens and lifts dirt so it can be easily wiped away without leaving any tacky residue.
  • Meguiar’s Quick Interior Detailer:  An all-purpose interior cleaner, Meguiar’s Quick Interior Detailer has a deep-cleaning formula that’s safe for all interior surfaces.
  • Wolfgang Spot Eliminator: Formulated to act fast and combat the toughest spots and stains in carpets, mats, and seats, Wolfgang Spot Eliminator is an industrial-strength, water-based cleaner that utilized advanced “super polymers” to remove coffee, soda, ink, grease, and more. Wolfgang Spot Eliminator eradicates stains and even provides a layer of protection against future stains.
  • Chemical Guys Lightning Fast Stain Extractor:  This super powerful spot and stain remove features anti-bacterial enzymes that disinfect as they clean, and odor elimination properties destroy foul smells at their source for an interior that looks and smells brand new.
  • Armor All Protectant Wipes: Delivering the proven protection and shine of Armor All with the convenience of a disposable wipe, there’s arguably no better interior car protectant wipe on the market. These wipes help prevent cracking, fading, and discoloration while renewing and revitalizing vinyl, rubber, and plastic surfaces with a deep, rich, and beautiful shine.

Detailing Tips and Tricks

Equipped with the right tools, it only takes a little bit of effort to maintain and protect your car’s interior. If you want to get the professional detailed look yourself, here are some quick tips and tricks for keeping the inside of your car looking, smelling, and feeling brand new.

  • Vacuum first to remove loose dirt and debris prior to applying spot cleaners, leather conditioners, and any other liquid or aerosol cleaning products
  • Vacuum in at least two different directions to pull dirt and debris out of the weave of the fabric you are cleaning
  • Be sure to clean any surfaces inside your vehicle that come into contact with human skin, such as the center console, arm rests, steering wheel, and gear shifter (skin emits oil and perspiration that can attract grime and cause fading or staining over time)
  • Spray cleaners, conditioners, protectants, and other liquids or aerosols directly onto an applicator pad or microfiber cloth before wiping down any surface to prevent over-application
  • Use paintbrushes, toothbrushes, and/or cotton swabs to remove dirt from hard-to-reach cracks, crevices, and corners inside your vehicle
  • Compressed air is a great tool for blowing dirt and debris out of heating and air conditioning ductwork
  • When brushing leather upholstery, use a soft-bristle brush in a slow, circular motion pick up trapped dirt and debris without scratching the grain

How to Prevent Interior Damage

  • Clean Spills ASAP – Spills happen, but stains don’t have to. The faster you clean up a spill, the less likely it is for a stain to set in. That’s why every car owner should keep a few basic cleaning supplies in the trunk, such as a spot stain cleaner, a soft-bristled scrubber brush, and paper towels. This will allow you to clean up a spill as soon as it happens instead of waiting until you get home, at which point that spilt coffee or ketchup smear will become much harder to remove without professional detailing.
  • Darken Your Windows – One of the best ways to protect your car’s interior is also one of the best ways to improve your ride’s appearance. Tinted windows can give your vehicle a sleek and sexy look while protecting interior surfaces—namely plastic, vinyl, and leather—from becoming cracked and faded by the sun. UV-blocking window tint film can also help keep the inside of your car cooler so you can give the cabin a wipe down without breaking a sweat.
  • Install Protective Film Coverings – The same protective film that can keep the outside of your vehicle looking brand new can also be used to maintain your car’s interior surfaces. This transparent thermoplastic urethane film can be applied to virtually any hard surface inside your vehicle, including the dashboard, center console, and armrests. In addition to protecting these surfaces from scratches and minor abrasions, UV-resistant protective film coverings can also protect these surfaces from fading, warping, and other forms of sun damage.

Auto Super Shield is in the business of helping drivers keep their cars looking great. Inside and out, our products provide maximum protection against the elements. Contact us to learn more about our paint protection film and high-quality window tint for luxury cars.

7 Tips for Buying Paint Protection Kits Online

9 Tips for Buying Paint Protection Kits OnlineIf you drive a high-end luxury car or any one of the head-turning exotics that can be seen cruising the streets in Miami, you owe it to your ride to protect its appearance with paint protection film. Also known as PPF, paint protection film is an invisible “force field” of sorts that protects the underlying paint job from chips, scratches, swirls, fading, and other cosmetic damage that can detract from the supreme beauty of your vehicle.

There are car customization and appearance enhancement shops near you that can perform a seamless PPF installation, but you also have the ability to purchase paint protection film kits online and tackle the job on your own (or with a little help from your friends). If you prefer the DIY route, how do you know which online PPF kit is the best? Here is a bit more information about paint protection film and some advice on how to find the best PPF kit for your vehicle.

What is Paint Protection Film?

PPF is a clear, strong thermo-plastic urethane that conforms to the surface of your car. UV inhibitors help keep your car’s paint from yellowing and the film protects the highly vulnerable areas on your vehicle’s surface from chips and scratches. Paint protection film also helps prevent auto body corrosion and paint damage resulting from bird droppings, road grime, and brake dust.

You can cover the entire vehicle or choose certain panels that are most exposed to damaging elements. With PPF you can ditch the vinyl black auto bra and let the luster of your paint shine. High-grade paint protection film does not show seams because it is custom cut by a computer to your specific vehicle’s dimensions.

Look for Full Coverage PPF Kits

With many paint protection film kits you will get small pieces that you must lay seam to seam. If you do not perform this task to perfection, you will be able to see the breaks in the film. For complete car protection, also make sure that the PPF kit you purchase comes with full coverage. In other words, look for paint protection film kits that come with full sheets of film that fit precisely to each section of the vehicle.

A full coverage PPF kit should include film that’s custom cut for your specific make and model for the following areas:

  • Rocker Panel
  • Hood, Fenders, and Mirrors
  • Roof and A-Pillar
  • Bumper
  • Doors and Rear Fender
  • Roof
  • Headlamp

Verify the online shop you are purchasing from has the exact cut for your specific vehicle. Auto Super Shield has kits for everything from a 1961 Chevy Corvette to a 2017 Tesla Model S, and everything in between. Search for your luxury vehicle here.

Quick Tips for Buying Paint Protection Film Kits Online

  1. Buy film that is sized exactly to the area you are covering, not small pieces where seams can be visible.
  2. Be sure the PPF kit you are buying is cut to the exact measurements of your specific make and model.
  3. Research the type of paint protection film included in the kit and make sure it is high quality and designed exclusively for luxury cars like yours.
  4. Purchase only from a dealer who is certified by the biggest names in paint protection film, including 3M, SunTek, and XPEL.
  5. Look for paint protection film that comes with a manufacturer warranty for added confidence and peace of mind in the quality of the film you are buying.
  6. Read online reviews and testimonials of the companies and brands you are looking to purchase from so you can count on excellent customer service.
  7. Ask if professional installation is available in case you run into problems or decide you would prefer to have a professional apply the paint protection film to your car.

DIY vs. Professional Installation

Proper PPF installation takes time, patience, experience, and knowledge. It also requires certain tools that you may not have lying around the garage. Of course these tools can also be purchased online, and there are plenty of PPF installation resources to help guide you through the process. But it goes without saying that having a highly trained and certified professional handle the job will give you a flawless finish the first attempt.

Auto Super Shield installers are creative professionals that help you through the entire process from beginning to end. They are excellent craftsmen who pride themselves on perfection. Auto Super Shield specializes in paint protection film for high-end luxury cars and exotic vehicles. You can order one of our high-performance PPF kits online today, or contact us to learn about professional installation.

How Cheap Window Tinting Can Cost You in the Long Run

Cheap Window Tinting Can Cost YouTinted windows are a necessity for drivers in sunny Florida, but that doesn’t mean everyone is willing to pay top-dollar for them. Like just about everything else these days, there are plenty of low-cost alternatives and do-it-yourself options that can save you money on getting your windows tinted, but buying window tint film is one of those instances where you get what you pay for.

If you’re reading this, it means a couple of things:

  1. You’re thinking about tinting your car windows
  2. You’re thinking about saving money with cheap window tint
  3. You care enough about your car to do your research and weigh your options

Instead of telling you about all of the benefits of a high-quality automotive window films like 3M Crystalline, Spectra PhotoSync, or SunTek CXP, we thought we would highlight some of the drawbacks of cheap window tint that does nothing more than save you a few bucks upfront, and how cheap window tint might actually end up costing you more in the long run.

The Problem with Sub-Par Window Tint

So you bought the cheap stuff to try and save a few bucks—what’s the worst that can happen? A lot, in fact. Putting cheap window tint on your car might not be as bad as some other things people do to cut corners, but there are plenty of problems that can develop as a result that will only end up costing you more in the long run. Go with sub-par window tint and you run the risk of experiencing:

  • Bubbling and Peeling – Bubbles are usually a sign of a bad window tint job, but they can also develop as a result of using low quality window tint film. Bubbling can indicate a breakdown of the film, usually when there is adhesive failure. Window tint can also peel as a result of film breakdown. In either case, you can be sure of one thing: Your car will turn heads, and not for any of the right reasons. If you care about how your vehicle looks, don’t settle for anything but the best window tint film.
  • Interior Surface Damage – Buy cheap window tint and you might end up spending a lot more later on to repair or replace interior car surfaces that have become sun damaged. UV rays and intense heat can fade leather upholstery, crack vinyl or plastic dashboards, and even damage expensive aftermarket in-dash electronics. This interior surface damage can also cost you money in terms of how much you get for your car later on, since a good portion of a car’s value comes depends on the interior condition. Spend a bit more upfront on higher quality window tint film, like 3M Ceramic Series films that block 99% of harmful UV rays, and help protect the inside of your car from damage.
  • Window Damage – The adhesive backing on cheap window tint can leave behind sticky residue that can take hours to scrap off, if in fact it can be removed at all. Depending on the amount of residue left behind and the size of the affected area, you might be forced to buy new windows after the tint film eventually bubbles and peels away. And new car windows almost always cost more than even the most expensive window tint films, so keep that in mind the next time you think you can’t afford high quality window tint.

How Much Does Good Window Tint Cost

So if you get what you pay for, how much should you expect to spend on high-quality window tint? It depends on a number of different factors, including the number of windows being tinted, the size of your vehicle, and additional labor costs involved with the installed. The type of window tint itself will also affect the price. For example, it can cost around $300 to install ceramic window tint and $800 or more for infrared heat-reducing window film.

There are also differences in price from one window tint film brand to the next. Among the very best window tint films, 3M’s Crystalline Window Tint is on the higher end of the price spectrum while SunTek’s CarbonXP is typically more affordable.

If your budget is a concern and you don’t want to resort to cheap window tint, here are some tips and strategies to save money without affecting the quality, appearance, or performance of your tinted windows:

  • Have as many windows tinted as you can with your current budget and tint the remaining windows when additional funds become available. You don’t have to get every window tinted at the same time. As long as you work in parallel sections (both rear windows, front and back window, etc.) you can complete the job over a couple of months so you can start enjoying the benefits of tinted windows sooner rather than later.
  • If you have multiple cars you’re thinking about getting window tint for, ask around to see if any installers will offer a “volume” discount of sorts for doing both vehicles at the same time. You’ll end up spending more up front and at one time than you were probably hoping to spend, but you can save a lot more in the long run compared to tinting two or more cars at different times.

Your car deserves the best window tint money can buy, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Auto Super Shield. Contact us to learn more about our high-quality window tint films and superior window tint installation services.

5 Best Exotic Car Dealerships in Miami

5 Best Exotic Car Dealerships in MiamiMiami is the epicenter for the exotic when it comes to dining, dancing, and especially driving. Florida sells the second highest number of luxury cars in America, just behind California, and Miami is reported to be a leading luxury capital of world. Dream car sightings are the norm on the sun-kissed streets of Miami, and exotic car dealerships abound in the Magic City. That’s great news if you’re in the market for a supercar, but which of the many exotic car dealers should you buy from?

When searching for your dream car, you expect exquisite craftsmanship but also impeccable customer service. That’s why ultra-luxury and supercar dealerships across the country are transforming their showrooms into premium brand experiences and are prepared to go the extra mile to exceed your needs and make your wildest automotive dreams come true. To help you get closer to the exotic car you’ve been dreaming about, here are five of the best exotic car dealerships to check out in Miami.

The Collection

The Collection is one of Miami’s foremost luxury automotive dealerships, specializing in a wide range of exotics from some of the premier automakers in the world, including Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, and Jaguar. The Collection has been supplying Southern Florida with the finest luxury cars and exotic supercars for over 30 years. With new and pre-owned automobiles always on rotation, shoppers are sure to find the luxury vehicle of their dreams.

The Collection is featured in many local publications including Ocean Drive Magazine, Haute Living, and World Red Eye, and is home to the Ferrari Boutique, a one-of-a-kind retail store offering an array of Ferrari Official Licensed Products as well as Ferrari-inspired merchandise.

Recent Listings:

  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Spider $299,000
  • 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta $324,900
  • 2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Edition $71,095

Emilia Motors

Specializing in high-end classic, luxury, and exotic cars, Emilia Motors has been locating, financing, brokering, and transporting different brands of exotic and antique automobiles for Miami car enthusiasts for nearly 20 years. The high-end brokerage firm and dealership can locate the rarest vehicles and they specialize in brands like Bentley, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Rolls Royce.  Emilia Motors also specializes in high-end luxury car consignment if you’re looking to sell your exotic and get behind the wheel of something sleeker and sexier.

Recent Listings:

  • 2011 McLaren 650S Spider $239,000
  • 2009 Bentley Arnage T Mulliner $63,900
  • 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari $3,500,000

Braman  Motorcars

Braman Motorcars houses a new and pre-owned inventory of affordable luxury cars along with exotics.  The dealership specializes in fine luxury vehicles and meets its customers discerning needs with elevated standards of service. One feature that sets Braman Motorcars apart is the elite VIP Club membership for customers that purchase from the dealership. Members gain access to exclusive amenities and events that include cocktail and new model launch parties, fashion shows, polo match tickets, and performance driving opportunities with professional instructors at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Recent Listings:

  • 2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom Convertible Drophead Coupe $567,500
  • 2016 Bentley Flying Spur W12 $206,820
  • 2016 BMW Sedan M5 $121,845

Brickell Luxury Motors

Brickell Luxury Motors is a high-end dealership specializing in a variety of pre-owned makes and models from Lamborghini to Alfa Romeo.  You can peruse a large inventory of newer exotics and classic cars at their state-of-the-art showroom. Brickell Luxury Motors can also help you find your dream car in the event that you’re looking for a specific make and model not easily found at other exotic car dealerships in Miami.

Recent Listings:

  • 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Coupe $234,891
  • 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Convertible $98,991
  • 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 3LZ Coupe $89,981

Gateway Classic Cars

To find some of the most exotic classic cars, travel north of Miami to Coral Springs. The 50,000 square foot showroom at Gateway Classic Cars is home to the finest collection of exquisite customs, beach buggies, mean muscles, and hot exotics in Southern Florida. It’s a “gear head’s candy store,” according to the website. Gateway Classic Cars’ 30-year legacy continues with collectibles as old as 1920 all the way to modern muscle and luxury cars. There are also consignment opportunities with Gateway Classic Cars if you’re looking to sell your prized classic.

Recent Listings:

  • 1956 Buick Special $900,000
  • 1958 Devin Roadster $250,000
  • 1965 AC Cobra $180,000
  • 1970 Plymouth Barracuda $115,000

Protect Your Investment

The exotic vehicle you choose is sure to turn the heads, and you can make sure it continues to do so with appearance protection products like paint protection film from Auto Super Shield. Our high-performance paint protection film prevents chips, scrapes, scratches, and fading. And if you want to make your exotic ride even more tantalizing to the eye, we design and install custom luxury car wraps that can give your vehicle a one-of-a-kind appearance.

Car Wrap 101: What’s a Car Wrap?

Car wraps are self-adhesive vinyl car coverings that give auto enthusiasts an unlimited range of car customization options. New-age vinyl wraps are available in a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes, and even provide a layer of protection for the factory paint job underneath. Car wraps are used for everything from basic color changes to elaborate custom projects complete with unique textures and one-of-a-kind graphics. There’s no limit to what’s possible with a car wrap, but first it’s important that you fully understand what exactly a car wrap is.

Maybe you’ve heard about car wraps while talking with other car enthusiasts, or maybe you’ve read about them on car customization forums, but if you want the full story you’ve come to the right place. This back-to-basics look at vinyl car wraps will tell you everything you need to know about the hottest trend in car customization so you can change the look, feel, and personality of your ride.

What is a Car Wrap?

The practice of car wrapping has existed for decades, but only recently have car wraps become a staple of the car customization industry among auto enthusiasts and luxury car owners. Modern car wraps are made using large sheets of self-adhesive vinyl printed with different colors, textures, patterns, and graphics to achieve the look of a paint job for a fraction of the cost. Car wraps can be installed on individual body panels or bumper-to-bumper for total car transformations.

Car wraps are available in every color imaginable, including hot colors like electric blue, mint green, canary yellow, royal purple, and the metals family (gold, silver, and copper). For drivers who really want to stand out, custom car wraps are available in a wide range of head-turning finishes including:

  • Matte
  • Mirrored chrome
  • Brushed steel metallic
  • Velvet
  • Satin
  • Suede
  • Carbon Fiber

With so many possibilities, it can be hard to pick just one. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Some drivers go for blended wraps, such as a combination of finishes (i.e., chrome and matte) or colors (i.e., matte black and electric blue). And because vinyl wraps cost thousands of dollars less than a paint job and are easy to remove, you can change the look of your car as often as you’d like.

Car Wrap Installation & Cost

Car wrap installation typically takes a day; however, more complex car wraps may take longer. The shop that does your installation can give you a specific timeline for your project. Although DIY car wrap kits are available and you can find tutorials and instructions online, a flawless wrap requires skilled hands and the right tools. If you have an expensive luxury car you’re thinking about wrapping, professional installation is the way to go to ensure your vehicle continues to turn heads and strike conversations for the right reasons.

Vinyl car wrap installations typically go something like this:

  • First, the vehicle is thoroughly cleaned to remove oil, wax, dirt, and debris that can affect the adhesive bond to the vehicle; rust spots, dents, and scratches are also fixed prior to installation as they show under the wrap
  • Mirrors, moulding, and door handles are removed to allow for a seamless wrap job with no visible edges
  • The vinyl is cut to fit the vehicle, taking into account the car’s curves, lines, and dimensions to achieve a professional, “factory” like finish
  • The vinyl is adhered by hand with the aid of special tools and the quality of the installation is confirmed prior to returning the vehicle

A note about professional car wrap installation: Because car wrap materials are more accessible (and more popular) than ever, more shops are offering car wrapping services. That’s why it’s important that you carefully research car wrap installers in your area and trust your vehicle in the hands of an experienced and reputable shop that specializes in custom luxury car wraps.

Now to the most important question on your mind: How much does it cost to wrap a car? The answer is, it depends. There are lots of variables that can impact the cost of a vehicle wrap, including:

  • Your vehicle’s make and model
  • The style and finish of the wrap(s) chosen
  • Wrap coverage (full versus partial wrap)
  • Labor and materials required for installation

When you meet with your wrap installer, he will be able to provide you with a firm estimate after discussing the design of your wrap and considering all additional factors that can influence the cost to wrap your car.

Why Get a Car Wrap?

The most common reason drivers cite for wrapping their cars is to quickly change the color of their rides, and for a whole lot less than it costs to get a new paint job. If you want to change your car’s color, there are plenty of other good reasons to consider a wrap instead of a paint job, like the fact that car wraps preserve the original factor paint job and protect the finish from scratches, fading, corrosion, and other damage.

If you’re looking to add eye-catching street appeal and personality to your car, a custom car wrap is the way to go. Contact Auto Super Shield to discuss the ideas you have for your ride and to learn why we are the premier luxury wrap installer in South Florida.

7 Ways to Protect Your Car from Sun Damage

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Miami may be the perfect place to cruise in your performance car, but it can come with a price. As far as cosmetics go, your car’s worst enemy is the sun, and Miami has no shortage of that. Ultraviolet rays and extreme temperatures can take a toll on your car’s finish and often require expensive auto body repairs or new paint jobs to correct. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to protect your car from the sun and keep it looking like new.  From parking in the shade to wrapping your vehicle with paint protection film, here are the seven best ways to protect your car against a severe “sun burn.”

Park in the Shade

This goes without saying, but parking in the shade is one of the best ways to protect your car from the damaging rays and extreme heat of the sun. Parking your car somewhere directly out of sunlight, like in a garage or underneath some other covered parking structure, will also prevent damage from other elements including wind and rain. And in addition to protecting your car’s finish, a cool, shady spot will also protect your car’s interior from faded upholstery, cracked plastic, and other sun damage.

Dry Your Car by Hand

Hand-washing your car is the gentlest (and perhaps most effective) way to clean your ride, but what really counts is how it dries. Allowing your vehicle to dry in the sun will result in minerals clinging to the surface and dulling the shine. These water spots can eventually cause the paint to flake and chip if the water you use to wash your car has a high mineral content. We recommend you wash your car in the shade and dry it with a highly absorbent chamois cloth or microfiber towel before pulling it into the sun.

Keep it Waxed

One of the most effective solutions to protect your car from sun damage is to apply wax once every three months, or more frequently if your vehicle is regularly exposed to particularly harsh weather conditions. Wax creates a physical barrier between your car and the elements, protecting it against sun damage and a host of other hazards, including tree sap, bird droppings, and minor scratches.

Wrap it Up

Of course, the only thing more protective than a coat of wax is a vinyl wrap. Because these UV-protective films can go on and off your car every few years without damaging the paint job, vinyl wrapping might just be the easiest and most effective way to extend the life and luster of your car’s paint job. Luxury car wraps are also available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes, which means you can protect your car’s original paint job while changing its appearance every couple of years. If you don’t wish to change the look of your vehicle, transparent paint protection film allows your car’s paint to shine through while protecting it in the process.

Put Some Shades On

Like putting a pair of sunglasses on your vehicle, a windshield cover can protect the inside of your car from extreme heat and damaging UV rays. A study from Stanford University suggests that the temperature inside a car can go up 40 degrees higher than the outside air within an hour, so you can imagine the toll on your car’s interior after a long day parked in the sun. A windshield cover can help keep the inside of your car cool and protect the interior from fading, cracking, and other damage.

Tint Your Windows

While it may be fashionable to have dark car windows, window tinting also serves a very practical purpose. High-performance window tint can block up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays, which helps to reduce interior fading and cracking. Window tint also blocks heat-producing infrared light to help keep you cool while cruising around Miami this summer.

Lather Up the Leather

Just like for your hair, conditioner can do wonders for the upholstery in your car. Leather conditioner is designed to retain all the natural oils inside leather upholstery, which can dry up in the sun. Use a leather conditioner to lock in these essential minerals for keep the upholstered surfaces inside your car looking and feeling like new for years to come.

Let’s Recap!

Take care of your car inside and out to prevent sun damage. Parking your car in the shade helps to take the edge off while waxing can work wonders. Don’t forget to dry it by hand after a good wash! Windshield covers, tinting, and conditioner will all keep your interior at the best quality possible. And finally, get your car wrapped for maximum protection.

To learn more about luxury vinyl car wraps and transparent paint protection film, contact the experts at Auto Super Shield. We are one of Southern Florida’s premier car customization shops, and our line of vinyl wraps, paint protection films, and high-performance window tints will protect your car while boosting its appearance. Contact us to learn more.

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