Behind the Scenes of the Orange Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS

How Auto Super Shield Transformed a Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS

When the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS coupe with V8 BITURBO and top-of-the-line accessories was driven off the lot, it was a glistening dark red, perhaps “Red Pepper.”  But the new owner yearned for something more personal. That’s where Auto Super Shield came in. When the car was driven out of our state-of-the-art auto body transformation studio, it was changed to a striking combination of matte orange with black trim and tinted windows.

So how does this all happen?

Material selection is key. Choices range from type of wrap — carbon fiber, chrome, matte, and satin, to name a few. Color comes next — there are more than 100 factory colors to choose from, plus just about any custom color you can imagine. The professionals take care of the rest, including choosing the proper adhesive — one that bonds with the wrap seamlessly but won’t harm your factory finish underneath. Auto Super Shield considers its technicians to be “chemists” in adhesives, meaning the right material is always used for the longest and best looking wrap job possible.

In the video, you first see the car nearly finished with its matte orange and black trim wrap. In scenes that follow, you see the car in process as the wrap is carefully applied to each area. Before the first step, however, all the identifying chrome is removed from the car — brand trademarks, insignias, and hood ornaments, for instance. The side panels and the doors are early in the wrapping process; you can see the meticulous care taken to make sure the wrap is smoothed and stretched around the corners and into the grooves. Precise razor tools cut away the film from windows and other areas it’s not wanted.

The contrast between areas that have been smoothed and adhered and areas that have not is startling. But bit by bit, the new color takes precedence. After the side panels and the doors are finished, the lower rear body is wrapped. All this is done before the hood or the coupe back is done. In those places, the piece of orange wrap matte is so large that it takes two of the professional workers to hold it taut and lay it over the proper section of the car. Then the tucking, fitting, smoothing and cutting begin again, as each new part of the vehicle is wrapped. Soon the only remnants you see of the original color are in small areas beneath the rear body of the car.

As a finishing touch on this car, black racing trim was added down the front of the hood. If you go back and look at earlier portions of the video, it wasn’t there at the beginning, nor was it a part of the factory finish. It’s just a creative flourish added here at the shop. All the branding and insignia is returned to the proper spots on the car, and the vehicle is given a final wash and polish before it is turned over to the consumer.

Why wrap your car?

It might be just because you yearn for a custom-wrapped vehicle that is distinctive, with its own appearance and personality. But you also are investing in the original, factory-finish paint underneath. A luxury wrap protects your car from the nicks, bugs, tiny scratches and dirt-dings that almost every car suffers on the road. And if you remove your wrap one day, what you will find underneath is a pristine factory paint job, unfaded and unmarred.

If you want to wrap your ride, contact the experts at Auto Super Shield. We’re proud to be the best car wrap shop in Miami, Boca Raton, and the surrounding areas in Southern Florida. Contact us online or call (561) 295-7625 to request a free car wrap estimate or to schedule your car wrap appointment today!

Vinyl Boat Wrap Designs

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Vinyl Boat Wrap Designs: Protect Your Craft & Make a Statement

Whether you experience the open water in a luxurious yacht, high-end cruiser or sail boat, a sporty salt- or fresh-water fishing boat or a fun-loving pontoon, preserving the look and overall investment of your craft is important. You wouldn’t dream of ignoring scheduled engine maintenance, so make sure you guard its appearance and investment value by protecting the boat’s surface, paint and undercoat with vinyl boat wrap designs.

Protective Wrap

Your boat takes a beating every time it’s on the water, particularly if it’s a salt-water boat or if you travel on choppy waters. Salt water corrodes unprotected paint and undercoat, and continuous use on any type of open water will begin to show in wear and tear on the boat’s surface.

Adding the vinyl film to your boat protects the paint from the sun, salt or fresh water, and scratches that might be caused by rubbing up against the dock or drift wood. A vinyl wrap helps your boat’s exterior remain like new.

Keep in mind that preventing damage is easier than repairing it. Covering scratches and gouges in the hull can be complicated and unnecessarily expensive, yet getting a vinyl wrap is much more reasonably priced.

Wraps that Make a Statement

Your boat is a representation of you and your lifestyle. Why not make it beautiful, eye-catching or dynamic, so it stands out among the other boats?

Choose a design or color that sets you apart and represents you. And, if you’d like to upgrade the look every year or two, the cost of vinyl film isn’t as expensive as a custom paint job, so the price and the effort of an upgrade are relatively easy and inexpensive.

Fortunately, vinyl boat wrap designs provide two solutions in one, by protecting your investment and upgrading your boat’s look. This article explores the different types of designs that you can choose from.

Graphic Designs

Set your boat apart from others by choosing an eye-popping, modern, graphic design that draws attention and represents your commitment to live life full-out, be relevant and at the leading-edge of contemporary culture.

Fortunately, today’s vinyl kits provide professional detailers all they need to install a beautiful, protective film that looks great. Choose from the many kits that are available, or request a custom design to be truly unique.

Solid Color

Your choice of color can communicate your laid-back vibe, sunny personality or dynamic nature. Or, it could simply be your favorite color.

Fortunately, if your mood changes, you can easily replace one color or design with another. And, you can replace a dark vinyl wrap with a lighter color, so you’re not restricted by your last color or design choice.

Clear Wrap

If you’re happy with your craft’s look, but want to take advantage of the protective value of a vinyl boat wrap, choose a clear wrap. This adds a level of protection to reduce the risk of the top-coat, paint and undercoat getting damaged for a lower price than a color or graphic design.

Unique Finishes

If your attitude is decidedly metal, a chrome finish on your boat tells a high-end, grab-life-by-the-horns story. Choose from your favorite metallic gold, silver or chrome finish.

Partial Wraps

If you’ve always wanted a graphic bow that alights atop a solid-colored hull, then partial wraps can customize your craft. A professional detailer can help you install the wraps perfectly, so you create the signature look you want.

Sponsorship Wraps

Want to add your company logo to your boat? How about your favorite NBA team’s logos and colors? Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a luxurious or cool craft, you may be able to get paid to sport a company’s logo on your bow or stern.

Life is too short to navigate the open water in a generic boat. While you’re protecting your investment, get rid of your boat’s cookie-cutter look by installing a customized or specially selected vinyl boat wrap. For more information,  contact us online or call Auto Super Shield at (561) 367-0101.

 

How to Plan a Car Photo Shoot

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The sun is setting in the distance and reflections shimmer across the paint of a black luxury sedan. A team of assistants makes sure that not a speck of dust touches the hood, not a single streak mars the windshield. The photographer’s lighting assistants hold reflecting fabric in just the right places to enhance the light and minimize the shadows. And when everything is right, click! The perfect car photograph is made.

That’s how the professionals do it, anyways. But if you can’t afford a professional photographer and a crew of assistants, there are tips that will help you take impressive photographs of your own treasured vehicle.

“Cars make great subjects, but it is easy to take photos that look like simple snapshots,” says Photography Mad in its Car Photography Guide. There are simple ways to elevate those shots.

Before you do anything else, take out your car magazines or surf the internet and find examples of some of the best car photography you can. Look at these specifics:

  1. What’s in the background?
  2. Where is the light coming from? (If you’re not sure, look at where the shadows fall on the ground. The light is coming from the opposite side.)
  3. Look at the ground. Does it look wet? (Wet surfaces reflect light; think about the streets after a rainstorm, reflecting the glow from shop windows and stoplights.)
  4. Where is the photographer? (Does the shot come from above, below, or at equal height to the car? Is it taken to highlight a front or back corner of the vehicle, making the whole shot a bit of a diagonal? How does that angle enhance the photo?)

Now you’re ready to photograph your own car, by mirroring some of the techniques of the folks who do this for a living.

Car Photography Tips

  • First of all, make sure it’s absolutely pristine. This means no fingerprints on the paint or chrome, no dust on the wheels or hubcaps, no streaks or smears on the windows. You’d be surprised how much one streak or scuff can catch the light.
  • Second, find your location. Most likely it’s not going to be your street or driveway, because there will be things in the background that distract from the photo. You don’t want a tree growing out of the top of your car, or other vehicles or houses down the street pulling your viewer’s eye away. Your best bet is to find the back of an empty parking lot that bumps up against scenery, or a secluded place on a country road where you can pull over to the side. (Don’t forget to take your chamois, chrome cleaner, window cleaner and a couple of rags with you in case you get dust on the car when driving there. One great hint: “It should be a good picture without the car in it,” says professional automobile photographer DW Burnett, who has taken pictures for many publications, including Road and Track. Another thing to think about in terms of location: What kind of vehicle are you photographing, and where does it belong? A big Ford F-150 would look right at home on a dirt road in front of a ranch fence, but a Corvette might look silly there. An SUV looks great parked next to a wooded campsite, but a luxury sedan will look more impressive in front of a mirrored building on a city street. Andrew Hoyle, photographer for CNET and Roadshow, shares more about styling a car shot this way.
  • Plan the time of day. The best light for shooting is in the early morning hours or late evening hours, when the sun is closer to the horizon. This is typically referred to as the “golden hour.” There’s not as much glare, and the light that reflects off your car is much prettier. Sunset light, especially, tends to add warm golden tones. Shooting in the middle of the day makes the light too harsh and the shadows too sharp. The one exception? If you have a partly cloudy day. A blue sky with a lot of sculptural clouds floating by can create a beatiful image; just make you shoot when the sun goes behind one of those clouds.
  • If you’re near a hose, wet the ground around the car. It will darken the pavement, making it look less dirty, and it will reflect more light. The contrast will also help your car’s paint stand out and pop in the photograph.
  • Pick your angle. Take several practice shots of your car at different angles to see what they look like. A very successful angle is to shoot the car diagonally from in front of one headlight, from a vantage point a little lower than the headline — in essence, so you are looking up at the car.
  • Angle the front wheel. “Turning the front wheel so that the rim faces the camera gives the car a more poised and dynamic look,” says Photography Mad. “It also creates a more interesting composition than if all the wheels were facing in the same direction.”
  • Balance the image. Don’t forget the rule of thirds: Your subject should be in the left third or the right third of the photograph, but not centered. Photographer Burnett notes how important this is, especially if you want to suggest motion: “Putting the car dead-center in the frame may not be the right choice if  you’re supposed to be illustrating direction or motion,” he tells Gear Patrol. “If the car is coming in from the left, make sure you leave space on the right.”
  • Look for reflections. “A car (especially a new shiny one) is like a mirror,” says Digital Photography School. You can find reflections in the windows, in the paint of the car, and in the chrome. Try to pick photo sites where there’s little competing structure behind you, and be conscious of where your reflection is as you move around the car.

Self-healing paint protection or luxury vehicle wraps can enhance the life of your car’s original factory finish — and give it an entirely new appearance as well. Auto Super Shield specializes in finishing high-end vehicles to your specifications.

Let our in-house design team and installers answer any questions you have, and explore the hundreds of options you have in color and finish. For more information, don’t hesitate to call us at 561-295-7625 or email us at info@autosupershield.com.

 

How to Choose a New Color for Your Car

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Next time you’re waiting at a red light, look around at the cars next to you. What do you see? A young and sporty career woman in a two-seater? A farmer in a rural pickup truck? An established and successful real estate agent in a sedan? A dad who has a utilitarian SUV for hauling kids and dogs around?

Actually, you don’t know anything about the people inside the vehicles — you’re making judgments based on the styles of vehicles that you see. And color makes a difference, too.

People pick a color to express one of two things, said Jim Parker, head of exterior color and trim for the Chrysler Group, in an interview with Edmunds. “It’s either what they feel about themselves or what they think they would like to feel about themselves.”

It may surprise you to know that color also plays a part in the resale value of your car. Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars.com, told U.S. News & World Report that this is due in large part to supply and demand. Black and white vehicles are always safe, but “trend” colors can sell fast on the used market because there are fewer available. On the other hand, if you care about resale value, avoid gold cars — they depreciate more than any other color in the first three years, partly because there are so many of them out there.

What Car Color Says About You

It’s possible you’re one of those people for whom the color of your car really isn’t important; you’re more interested in the deal you can get than what the vehicle looks like on the outside.

But if you’re like the rest of us, you do put thought into the color of your car. Maybe you love red, but you’ve heard stories about how red cars get more speeding tickets (by the way, that’s not true, according to the National Motorists Association.) Perhaps green is a favorite, but you wonder why you never see many green cars on the road. White cars feel fresh and modern (think about Apple’s product line) and they reflect light, so they stay a bit cooler in the parking lot than darker cars. But does that make them a more sensible choice? Or does the elegance of a black car win you over? Should you follow the trendy colors of any given year — the chroma-orange or the school-bus yellow? Or are you better off staying with a more conservative color, like burgundy or navy blue?

It’s all a matter of interpretation. Car Connection reporter Richard Read notes that there’s an entire industry around creating, choosing and predicting vehicle color. He talked to PPG Industries, a top car paint company, for some insight.

“Color and styling choices by [automakers] must be responsive to… differences among potential  buyers,” says PPG’s Jane E. Harrington. “They need to consider everyone from technology-focused millennials to family-focused baby boomers, monitoring sales data and style trends to try to predict two or three years in advance of a model year what colors and effects they will offer.”

Car manufacturers and color experts know that some colors are “power colors” — pure red or bright yellow, for example. Black signifies sleek luxury, especially in an upscale brand. White has been an industry leader for years, so it’s become a “safe” choice. Early Toyota Priuses signaled their eco-friendly hybrid status with a pale metallic mint green called Sea Glass Pearl. And Robert S. Daily, color-marketing manager of DuPont Automotive, has some insight into the rising popularity of silver cars on the Kelley Blue Book site: “Silver and gray reflect our fascination with technology, such as seen in the brushed chrome hues on laptop computer covers and other electronic devices,” he said. “Secondly, silver and techno-gray seem to accentuate the angular, ‘new-edge design’ of the latest luxury sport vehicles.”

Options for Protecting Your Car’s Paint

Once you’ve chosen your color and purchased your vehicle, though, are you stuck? What if that chroma-orange doesn’t make you as happy in the future as it did the day you bought it? Or what if you want extra protection for the glistening factory-original finish on your Corvette or Mercedes?

There are multiple answers, ranging from window tints and self-healing transparent paint-protection films to luxury vehicle wraps, available in a nearly unlimited range of colors and effects. A wrap can change the color of a vehicle entirely or simply preserve the original paint. Or if you’ve decided you want to stand out in the crowd, you can have your vehicle wrapped in animal prints, artwork, racing designs or any other design you can imagine.

If you’d like to know more about self-healing paint protection or luxury vehicle wraps, contact South Florida’s car wrap experts. Auto Super Shield specializes in finishing high-end vehicles. Let our in-house design team and installers answer any questions you have, and explore the hundreds of options you have in color and finish. For more information, don’t hesitate to call us at 561-295-7625 or email us at info@autosupershield.com.

 

 

How Much Does a Boat Wrap Cost?

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Boat Wrap Pricing Factors: Protect Your Investment & Elevate Your Experience With a Vinyl Wrap

You love your boat and the time you spend on the water, sure. But you can elevate the experience of owning a boat and maximize the dollars you’ve spent with a vinyl boat wrap.

A wrap does a couple things – it sets your boat apart from the crowd, and it protects the boat’s surface. And when you compare the cost to a custom paint job, you’ll find a wrap is far less expensive. This article explores boat wrap pricing and the value it brings to your boat.

A Boat Wrap Elevates Protection & Personality

Even if you only embark on calm waters, the lapping waves and pounding sun take atoll on your boat’s surface. Vinyl protects the paint and undercoat from daily wear and tear, as well as from the nicks caused by distracted neighbors and occasional bumps and rubs against your slip.

If you aim to grab attention while you’re on the water, a vinyl wrap makes it possible. Make your outing an eye-grabbing event with an elegant graphic, dynamic team logo, or shock of color on the bow. If you want to create a unique vibe, you can have a one-of-a-kind design by combining more than one vinyl wrap designs.

Not only is a quality vinyl wrap more affordable than a custom paint job, the vibrancy of vinyl will remain long after paint fades. Depending upon the vinyl’s quality, the color may last up to seven years.

The cost of a wrap can’t be ball-parked, because boat wrap pricing depends on several factors, including:

  • The size of your craft
  • Type of boat
  • Whether you want full or partial coverage
  • Prefer a graphic wrap or solid color
  • Want a wrap with a special finish
  • Select a clear wrap for protection

Let’s look at each one of these factors.

The Size of your Boat

It should be no surprise that the larger the boat, the higher the price to wrap it. Not only will you use more of the vinyl wrap, but your detailer will have more surfaces to cover and it will cost you more in labor.

Type of Boat

A cruiser’s streamlined design is usually less expensive to wrap than a more complicated vessel like a pontoon boat. Fewer nooks, crannies and seams mean less time to install the vinyl on your boat’s surface.

Ask the service provider specifically about the complexity of design and request a detailed quote.

Graphic Design or Solid Color

Wrap designs are similar to high fashion – today’s designs will cost you more than last season’s. If you’re on a budget, consider an older design, a solid color or a combination of the two. One idea is to use the expensive graphic as an accent color and a less expensive solid color as the primary part of the wrap.

Special wrap finishes may drive up the price – expect to pay more for a wrap with a sparkly chrome finish, for example.

Full or Partial Coverage

Decide if your primary goal is to achieve a particular aesthetic or if full protection is your ultimate goal. That will help you decide if a partial wrap will work or if you need a full wrap, which impacts your costs. Discuss your ideas and desires with your detailing professional and they can provide some good options to fit your budget.

Clear Paint Protection Film

If protection is your sole purpose, then a clear paint protection film is all you need – and it will be less expensive than the above boat wrap options.

No matter which option you choose, to ensure your boat’s beauty is elevated when the wrap is installed, consult with an experienced detailer to share your goals and discuss the options. For more information, contact us online or call Auto Super Shield at (561) 367-0101.

Pros and Cons of Tinted Car Windows

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Trying to decide if you should get your car windows tinted? Besides reducing glare and keeping you cooler, tint really helps your car stand out – but there are other things you should be aware of before you commit. We’re outlining the pros and cons of tinted car windows, so you can feel confident with your choice.

Tinted Windows Pros

When installed by an expert, window tinting can drastically improve the aesthetics of your vehicle and improve the driving experience. Tinted windows can also be a value-add that improves the attractiveness of your car to future buyers. Here are some benefits.

  • Lowers the temperature in your car: Especially for warm climates like South Florida, window tinting provides immediate benefits in cooling the interior temperature. Window tint wards off the sun’s thermal rays to block heat creation. You’ll still be able to see gorgeous sunshine, but you and your passengers won’t feel the heat nearly as much. The cooling provided can help you lower your air conditioner use, too.
  • Blocks UV rays: While you can enjoy the shining sun outside, you can help mitigate damage from ultraviolet rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports while windshields are usually treated to block UVA, side and rear windows on a car don’t offer this protection. Window tint helps and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to stay sun-safe.
  • Increases privacy: Don’t like the thought of other drivers or pedestrians being able to watch you while you’re in your car? Window tinting shades those inside. Whether you love to sing along to the radio or don’t want to have to worry about your appearance in your car, window tinting allows you to go mostly incognito.
  • Thwarts thieves: This “pro” is especially important around the holidays, after big shopping trips, and when you’re transporting an expensive item like a laptop and don’t want to have to take it with you for quick trips outside your vehicle. Window tinting help protect you from thieves who might be looking for items to steal from a car. If you use your car to store valuable items for work or for your family, tinting also helps prevent onlookers from seeing what’s inside.
  • Protects your interior: Besides the threat of the sun on your skin, it can also damage your car’s seats and interior design. Prevent cracking or fading of your interior’s carpets, leather seats and more with window tinting that blocks out elements that can age your vehicle.
  • Reduces glare: Glare from the sun makes driving more dangerous. Not only can it temporarily impair your ability to see clearly, having to constantly squint or crane your neck so you can see makes for distracted driving. Just like you wear sunglasses outside, window tinting makes driving easier on sunny days – which Florida has a lot of.

Tinted Windows Cons

When you get window tinting from a provider that doesn’t have extensive experience, your window tint may become more of a burden than a benefit. Here are some negative aspects to cheap window tinting.

  • Peeling may occur: Window tinting that is not properly applied, whether because of an inaccurate process or haphazard application, can result in bubbling or peeling over time. Low-quality window tint film that is used can also damage the results. The tint will need to be removed, and new tint will have to be applied.
  • Poor visibility: The perfect window tint strikes the optimal balance between visibility and shading. Too much tinting can result in poor visibility, especially at night or in dark areas like tunnels, which can be dangerous to the driver and other road passengers and pedestrians. Window tinting should make a car look sleek, not dark and unsightly.
  • Inexperienced installation may break the law: Each state has different laws regarding window tinting. Only an expert installer will be able to ensure you are up to par and stay safe and legal in the state your vehicle is registered in. If you frequently drive to other states, making sure that your tinting meets the legal standards set forth by the states you’re traveling to can help you avoid getting pulled over and questioned by police.
  • Cheap materials/service cheapens the look: If the quality of the window tint film or application is low, it will show in the vehicle’s appearance. Cheap tint and poor application can make your car look unattractive. Fixing poor tinting is more expensive and time-consuming than getting it right the first time.

Get Window Tinting Help from an Expert

Window tinting can elevate the look, feel and comfort of your car when it’s added by a trustworthy professional. At Auto Super Shield, we love thrilling our customers with beautiful window tinting that’s high-quality and long-lasting. Our experts know the window tinting laws in Florida and we only use the top materials.

To learn more about our premium window tint or to get a quote on installation in South Florida, contact us online for window tint information or call Auto Super Shield at (561) 367-0101. You can also read more about what makes the best window tint for help deciding which type of film to add to your vehicle.

9 Reasons to Change the Color of Your Car

Did you know that today’s technology makes changing the color of your car so simple, that you could easily change your vehicle’s color several times during its lifetime? Plus, there are benefits beyond how beautiful your car will look – like protecting the surface, reducing the time and money you spend keeping your car looking good and increasing its value.

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Why Changing the Color of Your Car is a Good Idea

 

1. Maintain your car’s beauty

Your car’s color plays a big part in its appearance, which reflects your personal taste and style.  Because tastes can change with the passage of time, changing the color of your car can be an affordable way to keep up with your evolving tastes and automotive color trends.

2. Transform it into a new looking vehicle

If you’re itching to get a new vehicle consider a color change instead of taking out a new car loan. A new color – especially one that’s completely different – can make your current vehicle feel like a different car and save you a whole lot of money.

3. Reduce the cost without sacrificing appearance

A premium paint job can transform your vehicle’s look and can last for many years.  It can cost you from $4,000 to $10,000, depending on your vehicle and the quality of paint that you choose.  With advancements of vinyl wrap, you can install the highest quality starting at $2,500 and completely change the color of a car.

4. Preserve the value of your investment

Your car is an important investment. Keeping up the appearance of your car is a smart way to maintain its resale and trade-in value. That includes making sure that the surface of the car looks good, is free from scratches and dings, and is in an updated color.

5. Change a dull factory color

If you have a vehicle color preference that isn’t available from the manufacturer – no problem! There are a wide variety of colors in vinyl wraps, as well as treatments such as sparkles, chrome or matte finish, or silky pearlescence, so you can express your individuality through your car color.

6. Add protection to your car’s surface

If you’re already changing the color of your car, why not do all you can to protect your car, too? Applying a vinyl wrap can change the color of your car while adding superior protection, which isn’t available with new paint.

7. Wraps add color and subtract the wax

With a new paint job, you’ll have a great color, but you’ll have to wax regularly to protect the paint. With a vinyl wrap, wax isn’t necessary, so not only will you have a beautiful new-looking car, a soap wash and towel dry is all you must do to maintain its gorgeous look.

8. New color doesn’t have to be permanent

The beauty of today’s vinyl wrap is that when you decide to change your vehicle’s color, you don’t have to live with the decision for the life of your car. Vinyl wrap can be removed safely any time by a trained auto care professional, and with the lower price point, you can afford to change color every year.

9. New technology means a color change won’t take long

Paint jobs may mean that you’re without your car for two weeks or more. Fortunately, wraps can cut the time to change the color of a car at least in half. When you choose to wrap your car, expect to be without it for just three to five days.

Painting is a good option to change color, but vinyl wraps present an even greater option. Its lower cost, increased protective quality, easy installation and less time in the shop, make premium wraps a better option, giving you more reasons to change the color of your car over the life of a vehicle. A wrap can be safely removed and another added in less time than it takes to complete a new paint job.
 

Next Steps

Your auto’s beauty contributes to its overall value. Help protect it, so you can feel the pride of ownership every time you slide behind the wheel. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of changing the color of your car, and which option would work for you, ask a trusted auto protection professional.

Contact Auto SuperShield, or call 506-367-0101 today to discuss how to maximize the color, protection and value of your vehicle.

How to Remove Paint Protection Film

Congratulations for choosing to apply paint protection film and preserving the beauty of your car’s paint. As with all good things, the life of your film must come to an end. If it’s been more than four years or you’ve noticed some changes in the film’s condition. It might be time for paint protection film removal.

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Find out how to remove paint protection film

If you’ve decided that you can take care of the removal, it makes sense to understand the steps involved in the paint protection film removal process to ensure you don’t damage your car’s paint.

This article offers the steps involved in removing film safely, so you can continue to protect the value of your car.
 

Prior to Paint Protection Removal

  1. Determine the film’s condition – If the overall condition is good with just a few troubled spots, you may be able to polish the rough spots into a near-new condition. If you’d prefer to try to preserve the film, contact a trusted auto specialist. You may be able to help save the cost of full installation if a pro can buff out the rough spots.
  2. If it’s clear that the film is outdated and you want to move ahead with the paint protection film removal process, there will be several tools and products to have on hand:
    • Heat gun or high-powered blow dryer
    • 3M Adhesive Remover
    • Plastic razors or plastic window scraper
    • Microfiber towels – at least three
  3. If there’s an area where the film is bubbling up, resist picking that section and immediately start removing film, instead:
    • Look for the area of the greatest separation between the film and the car
    • If you can’t find any, make sure you look at the edges of the film – in hood seams, in door seams, on the undercarriage of the car – to see if separation is beginning.
  4. If it’s a warm day, let the car sit outside for an hour or so to warm up the surface of the car to make removing the film easier.

The Paint Protection Film Removal Process

After you’ve identified the areas to begin removing the film:

  1. Take your plastic razor blades or plastic, flat tool to lift the film and see how much will come off easily. If you sense resistance from the film, or it comes off in little chunks, you’ll need the heat gun to break down the film and make it easier to remove.
  2. If you apply heat to the car’s surface, make sure the gun is at least eight inches from the car. Hold it to a strip of film for two minutes to make it easier to remove the film.
  3. Use the scraper or plastic razor to push under the heated film to help the paint protection film removal process.  If the top layer comes off, the rest should come off easily when you use the 3M Adhesive Remover.
  4. When you use the 3M Adhesive Remover, follow the package instructions.
  5. Work in small sections of your car and use the same process until the films are removed:
    • Heat the car surface for two minutes
    • Use the plastic implement to push under the film and remove it
    • Use the 3M Adhesive Remover to get the rest of the film
  6. Get rid of the remainder of the adhesive with a microfiber towel and 3M Adhesive Remover.
  7. When the adhesive is removed, get a different microfiber towel and rub the surface of the car.
  8. Pick up the phone and call to make an appointment to get new paint protection film applied.

Next Steps

Whew… as you can see, the paint protection film removal process isn’t for sissies – if something goes wrong, you risk damaging the surface of your vehicle. Don’t ruin your car’s paint – find an auto specialist to help with the rest of the film removal.

Contact Auto SuperShield at 506-367-0101 and ask us to help maximize the beauty, protection and value of your vehicle.

Fixing a Keyed Car

Fixing-a-Keyed-CarThe car shimmers in the parking lot as you walk up, metal reflecting the sun, hubcaps gleaming, the paint smooth and gorgeous. But when you walk around to the driver’s side to get in, you see something new: a deep, nasty scratch. Someone has keyed your car.

A “keyed” scratch – most often made when someone digs a key into the paint and drags it across the surface – is an ugly thing, different from most parking lot scratches. It’s deeper, penetrating the car’s clear coat and color, sometimes reaching all the way down through the primer.

What can you do, outside of paying the cost – it can go as high as $1,500 – to fix the scratches at a body shop?

Different Degrees of Car Scratches

To know what you’ll have to do to repair a scratch, you have to identify its depth and the extent of its damage. There are actually five classifications:

  • Level 1A: A minor clear-coat scratch or scuff. These don’t even penetrate the clear coat; in fact, they can be hard to see.
  • Level 1B: A deeper clear-coat scratch. These can be caused by such things as small road debris, automatic car washes or dirty/textured wash/wax applicators. They have penetrated the clear coat but not all of the paint.
  • Level 2: A clear-coat and paint scratch: The scratch is deeper than the above two, but it’s still the same color as the rest of your car, so it didn’t reach the primer layer.
  • Level 3: A clear-coat, paint and primer scratch: The scratch is a different color than the rest of your car, meaning it’s gone into the primer layer.
  • Level 4: A scratch that reaches the metal: This scratch has penetrated all the layers of paint and protection down to the metal of the car.

Keyed scratches are most often a combination of the above levels, making repair more multi-faceted. For levels 1A through 2, for instance, you won’t need touch-up paint, but for levels 3 and 4, you will.

Tools You’ll Need to Fix a Deep Scratch

There are multiple methods to remove deep scratches, and they don’t all include the same materials or steps. The following is a combination of techniques that covers scratches from 1A to 4. Read through all the steps and be sure you’re confident about your abilities before you attempt this yourself; sanding down a car is not for wimps.

  • Black shoe polish
  • A bucket and water
  • Prep solvent
  • Wet/dry 2,000 grit sandpaper
  • Clean rags
  • Rubbing compound
  • Clean, dry soft cloths to apply compound
  • Touch-up paint
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Touch-up clear coat
  • Polishing compound
  • Wax
  • Rubber sanding block (optional)

How to Fix Key Scratch on Your Car

The first thing you need to do is wash and dry your car, or at least the entire area that contains the scratch. Then follow these steps:

  1. Work on your car in a shady area, not in direct sunlight. The sun will make the compounds dry too quickly.
  2. If areas of the scratch are difficult to see clearly, rub some black shoe polish into it and then wipe off the excess with a rag. The polish will stay in the scratch and you’ll be able to see it in its entirety.
  3. Spray prep solvent over the entire scratch area, and wipe it off with a clean rag. This removes wax and grease, and improves adhesion for paint.
  4. Soak the sandpaper in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes before you use it. Wrap it around the rubber block (or just use it by hand) and gently begin sanding the scratch. Keep a spray bottle close at hand and spray the scratch regularly to keep the area wet. Repeatedly feel the scratch with your fingers; your goal is to sand the clear coat off the paint and to leave a smooth surface area.
  5. When you are finished sanding, use a microfiber rag to clean the area off. The surface should appear dull if you successfully removed the clear coat. Don’t be alarmed that the sanding left tiny scratches of its own; a later step will take care of that.
  6. Using the fine brush, dab touch-up paint into the scratch wherever needed. You can also use a toothpick for this step if that’s easier. Be patient; this takes a while. Don’t paint too thickly; rather, use more coats if you need to, with 12 hours of drying time between coats.
  7. Once you’re finished with the touch-up paint, let it dry for 12 hours and then apply touch-up clear-coat over the paint. Let this dry thoroughly as well.
  8. Using the cheesecloth or soft application pad, apply the rubbing compound to the entire area. You can buff it by hand – and some experts believe this is preferable – or a buffing machine; if you use the latter, set it at 18 rpm. You may need to use the rubbing compound a few times to remove any excess touch-up paint. When you are finished with this step, clean off any residue with a microfiber towel. This step should remove any leftover sanding scratches.
  9. Apply polishing compound: Just as with the rubbing compound, you can do this step by hand or machine. If you use a polishing machine, set it at 1,000 rpm. Wipe any residue with the towel.
  10. Apply wax, by hand or polishing machine set at 1,000 rpm. This step will seal the new paint and clear coat, and your scratch should be barely detectable.

Keeping Your Car’s Paint Job Like New

Whether you’ve had to repair a deep scratch or are simply worried about the possibility, there is more you can do than just parking your car off by itself in the far corner of the parking lot. Consider a Paint Protection Film that will preserve the factory paint for the life of your car. The self-healing film is custom-cut for each vehicle, and protect against chips, fading, bugs, sand, road debris and scratches.

Contact Auto SuperShield at 506-367-0101 and ask which auto protection products will maximize the beauty, protection and value of your vehicle.

Vintage and Muscle Car Restoration Shops in Miami

Do you refer to your vintage car as your baby?

Does the sight of a perfectly restored Corvette or Jaguar on the road nearly give you whiplash?

Do you haunt Miami car shows, admiring classic car restorations inside and out?

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Find the best restoration ships in or near Miami.

If so, then count yourself among South Florida’s most fervent car restoration fans; those who can tell the difference between a supercharger and turbocharger by sound; those who take pride in making sure that everything down to the wheels, upholstery and radio knobs of their classic cars are as true to the original as they can be.

How to Find a Car Restoration Shop Near You

So how do you go about finding the restoration company that’s best for your prized vehicle?

“Talk to other people at car shows,” says Gary Stone, a self-employed restoration specialist in Pawlet, Vermont, in the magazine Hemmings Muscle Machines. “Pick a car like the one you want to restore, or one that appeals to you. Talk with the owner about the restoration, and find out if any other cars at the show were done by the same restorer.”

Call or visit restoration shops, talk to the owner or manager, and determine whether they have the experience you need. Find out if the cars are all kept indoors while they are being worked on, and ask for references from previous customers of the restoration shop.

Best Car Restoration Shops in Miami

Here are a few of the Miami area’s many established restoration shops to get you started on the journey of transforming your car from simply old to absolutely classic.

Auto Technik Vintage

Milton Gusmao had decades of experience in car restoration and a love for antique cars when he founded Auto Technik in 1993. The gallery on the shop’s website includes cars Austin Healey, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar and Bentley. He is a member of – and his work has been recognized by – the Antique Automobile Club of America.

JC. Antique Restoration

In business since 1997, JC. Auto Restoration does color restoration, frame alignment, custom painting, and welding services, and guarantees its work for 20+ years. The business is family-owned, and likes to say that it treats its customers like family, too.

Mr. Classik Motorsports

Mr. Classik was first an internet-based vintage auto parts company, founded in 2000. It later added restoration and service, and now takes care of classic American, Asian and European vehicles. Among the cars showcased in its gallery are Porsches, Continentals, Mustangs and a bright gold classic Corvette.

Trans Am Specialties

The company restores Camaros and other vehicles, but it specializes in Pontiac Trans Am restorations. And the reason why is clear: There’s a worshipful Trans Am history on the website’s “About us” page, sliding Trans Am history in next to other American icons like Elvis Presley, “Star Wars” and President Jimmy Carter. Its restorations page is full of completed jobs with details about what each car needed to return to its original glory.

Vantage Motor Works

The company calls restoration “an art form,” and the photos on its site are a gallery of luxuriously restored Rolls Royce’s and Bentleys. It’s clearly doing something right; its restorations have taken Best in Class, Second Place, Third Place and People’s Choice and Most Sensitive Restoration awards at competitions from Boca Raton to Pebble Beach to Italy.

Make It Happen Automotive

In business since 1977, the company expanded in 2009 to a new high-tech auto body shop. It takes pride in its 15,000-square-foot facility, its paint lab, spray booth, high-tech measuring systems and metal aluminum welders. Its goal? To restore and preserve the original form of a vehicle, as the manufacturer defined it.

Buggods

While your classic bug or VW bus will find its next life here, the company doesn’t restrict itself to Volkswagen restorations. In fact, they list German, English, French, Italian and Japanese automobiles on their site, including Porsche, Triumph, Jaguar, Citroen, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Buggods has been a local favorite since 2001.

  • Website: http://www.buggods.com/
  • Phone: (754) 244-9801
  • Address: 5740 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 (23 miles from Miami)

Graveyard Classics

The company focuses on keeping classic cars out of the graveyard, specifically mentioning antique, muscle and classic cars and trucks. “Our staff has over 200 years combined experience,” the website says. “We can repair and paint anything from horse carriages to dragsters.”

Fabulous Restorations

The shop specializes in Corvette restoration, but isn’t limited to this; the gallery shows a variety of vehicles. The website goes into detail on several of the company’s most prized restorations, like the 1968 Corvette L88 #6 Owens Corning Race Car, Tony DeLorenzo’s, “Hot Commodity,” showcased on its home page.

The Creative Workshop

Located in an 80-year-old, 10,000-square-foot historic building, The Creative Workshop offers expertise in numerous eras, styles and nationalities of cars. They’ve even had cars shipped to them from around the world. “As craftsmen and historians, our goal is to produce results that are as functional and correct as they are beautiful.”

Protecting Your Classic Restoration

Whether you’ve restored a car yourself or purchased one that has been faithfully returned to its original condition, you need to protect your investment. Our Paint Protection Film is custom-cut for each vehicle, and protect against chips, fading, bugs, sand, road debris and scratches.

For more information, contact us or call 561-367-0101 today!

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