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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 Choose a New Color for Your Car

What color for your car?How to Choose a New Color for Your Car

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?

Vinyl boat wraps

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.

Best Protective Coatings for Car Paint

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Use the best paint protection to ensure your ride looks its best for years to come

It can be costly to purchase and maintain a vehicle that you are proud of. If you’ve invested in a beautiful car, it’s important to keep its paint shiny, scratch- and chip-free.

With many different new car paint protection products on the market, it can be confusing to choose the one that offers the best protection for car paint.

 

This article offers information about the protect product options for cars, to help you choose the option that gives you the best chance of maintaining your vehicle’s beauty and while boosting its “wow” factor.

Best Protection for Car Paint

Waxes

Waxes are made from Brazilian carnauba, which often leaves a warm glow on the vehicle’s surface, or a wet look on darker or metallic paint. Typically, the wax is applied to the surface and left on for a period before it’s buffed off. A protective coating remains, which lasts between four to eight weeks.

There are different grades of the carnauba wax – the highest grade is yellow in color and provides the best protective properties. For the best results, have an installer apply the protective wax rather than doing it yourself.

Protective wax only provides a light “sacrificial” layer on the surface of your car that will protect it from mild wear and tear and light scratches. Although easy to use, there are drawbacks of using wax as your only protection – it must be reapplied often and it only offers minimal protection compared to the other new car paint protection products.

Sealant

Sealants are made from synthetic polymers that are easy to apply over your car’s paint. Unlike waxes, most sealants are sprayed and left on the surface of your car rather than being buffed off. Multiple layers of sealant can be built up on the surface, offering better protection than wax alone.

The simple application is a plus and it is relatively inexpensive to apply yourself, but the best results may be achieved by going to a professional rather doing it yourself. To strengthen a sealant’s protection, multiple coatings can be applied and it can be layered over other protective methods, such as wax and clear film.

Although the multi-layered protection is stronger than wax protection – is it the best protective coating for cars? Read on for more options.

Coatings

There are a variety of coatings that protect the car by leaving a hard-candy coating over your paint. Coatings are usually made from ceramics, are semi-permanent and last up to five years and protect your car from heavier wear and tear than waxes and sealants alone.

Coatings stand up to environmental contaminants, bird droppings, chemical deterioration and scratches caused by everyday driving. Some coatings come with a warranty that is registered with the coating’s manufacturer, guaranteeing outstanding protection for the life of the warranty.

Coating costs vary by manufacturer and installer, ranging from several hundred dollars to thousands.

While offering outstanding protection, the cost of coating could be higher than the price of the materials and labor to install it. Because coating bonds with the surface of the car’s paint, it’s recommended to correct any defects in paint, surface dings or scratches because once the coating is applied, it is nearly permanent.

Clear Film

Initially used by the military to protect airplanes and vehicles from surface scrapes, chips and environmental wear and tear, clear film became available to consumers first in the high-performance vehicle market.

The protective properties vary widely, depending on the manufacturer, some offering temporary protection against road abrasion to long-term protective qualities with warranties that cover five to seven years of protection.

Recent developments in the clear film market include “self-healing” properties, which allows the appearance of light scratches to be reversed with exposure to heat, or over time to a near scratch-free look.

As with coatings, before applying clear film, it’s important to correct all paint flaws and surface imperfections to ensure a lasting, beautiful vehicle surface.

In addition to protecting the car’s surface, clear film’s protective properties can reduce body maintenance and provide the most durability, making clear film the best protective coatings for cars, the cost running into the thousands of dollars for a full vehicle wrap.

Blending Protective Methods

Although it’s worth the money to provide the best overall protection for your luxury vehicle, you may want to consider a less expensive option. Ask your car protection pro for suggestions on how to get the most out of your auto protection at a lower cost.

Your car pro may suggest applying clear film to the vehicle surface that are most at risk for damage, including the front fender, hood, inside of door handles and side skirts, while using less expensive protective measures on the rest of the car surface to save on costs.

Whichever new car paint protection products you choose, it’s important to be informed of each option and to ask for advice from a trusted auto protective professional. Your auto’s beauty contributes to its overall value. Help protect it, so you can feel the pride of ownership every time you slip behind the wheel.

If you’d like to discuss your options, including how to maximize your paint protection and value of your vehicle, contact Auto Super Shield or call 506-367-0101.

5 Luxury Car Clubs in South Florida

If your vehicle is a product of your lifestyle, then your car is more than just a ride or an investment, it’s an extension of you. It tells the world about you – how confident you are, your status and overall approach to life. In the exclusive South Florida social scene, an exotic, high-performance, classic vintage or high-end luxury car can add to the landscape, and you may feel exhilarated operating a distinctive vehicle along the open roads.LuxuryCarClubsInSouthFlorida

If you’d like to try operating an even more exotic car, you don’t have to purchase an expensive car and deal with the hassles of maintenance to operate one. You can join a luxury car club in south Florida to rent and drive the vehicle of your dreams. Here are some luxury car clubs that will help you enjoy the premium auto lifestyle in South Florida even more:

 

South Florida Luxury Car Clubs

 

1. Redline Society – High-end Rentals

If you’ve always wanted to drive ultra-luxury cars that are among the most expensive ever made, explore the membership options at Redline Society. With four annual car-sharing packages, Redline gives you access to most of the Miami car club’s luxury collection so you can drive your dream auto. For instance, the 91-Octane level offers 84 days of access to the luxury car collection per calendar year. Not enough drive time?  How about 276 days and fractional ownership of the luxury car of your choice? Be sure to check out Redline’s 91 Octane Car Sharing Package.

The luxury car club, which is part of Xotic Dream Cars, also offers VIP packages, weekly rentals and concierge services.

2. The MPH Club

This Miami car club offers a customized membership, which includes access to the exotic cars you desire, your choice of rental days per calendar year, and more.

The club also has established membership levels that range from 100 -200 days of luxury car rentals per calendar year, chauffeur services, delivery and pick-up of your rental among other concierge-style services. The MPH Club’s membership cost per year for its regular membership ranges from $50,000 to $150,000, depending upon the level of membership.

3. Gotham Dream Cars

If you want access to “ultra-exotic” and luxury autos from exclusive manufacturers, such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Ferrari to experience driving a high-performance vehicle the way it was meant to be driven,  Gotham Dream Cars may be the luxury car club for you.

The club also offers the Dream Car Sprint, allowing you to operate a high-performance vehicle on an auto-cross course with no speed limits. Imagine, operating a vehicle designed to be driven at 8,000-rpm without the confines of traffic.

After a short safety course and vehicle overview, you can let loose—starting at just $249.

4. Lou La Vie

A fixture on the exclusive Miami social scene, Lou La Vie offers preferential access to an extensive collection of exotic cars without the hassle of ownership. The Miami car club offers three levels of personal membership, from silver to platinum and prices that range from $20,000 to $50,000 in annual membership fees.

Members also receive invitations to private events and receive VIP services as part of the Lou La Vie’s Miami car club membership.

5. Millionaire’s Concierge 

One of the best concierge services in south Florida, Millionaire’s Concierge offers a wide variety of exotic vehicles to rent, but members can also request a specialty car that is not currently in the luxury car club’s inventory. The company also offers access to VIP events, luxury accommodations and 24/7 roadside assistance.

High Performance Driving Events and Education

Although not usually associated with luxury events, a south Florida meetup club is offering high-speed auto events throughout Florida and Georgia.  The High Performance Driving Events meetup group offers access to world-famous tracks, like the Sebring Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daytona and even more race tracks, so you can put your performance vehicle on the track.

This meetup has an exciting calendar that features course track events, club racing, top-speed runs and autocross events.

You deserve to own and operate a car that fits your lifestyle and tastes. Whether you decide to join a luxury car club or not, your everyday vehicle still deserves love and attention to maintain its value and high functionality.

If you’d like to know about the latest window film tint or car paint protection, contact an Auto Super Shield customer representative at 506-367-0101.

6 Coolest Cars in the Fast and Furious Movies

Coolest cars in the fast and furious movies The Fast and the Furious franchise was built on top of some of the coolest cars in the world. From iconic American muscle dragsters to ultra-premium exotic sports cars, The Fast and the Furious movies put a lot of different vehicles on display for all kinds of automotive enthusiasts. In honor of the release of the latest installment in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, we decided to look back at some of our favorite cars in the series.

What do you think of our list? What are some of your favorite cars in the F&F franchise? Let us know in the comments section!

 1970 Dodge Charger

Dominic Toretto’s matte gray 1970 Dodge Charger R/T is one of the most iconic vehicles of the flagship film that helped launch an international Blockbuster series. In 2001, when the first The Fast and the Furious hit theaters, modified import cars were all the rage, but the car everyone remembered from the film was the 1970 Charger that even Vin Diesel’s character was scared to drive.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Certainly not the most agile or fastest car ever to appear in the franchise, the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that we saw at the end of Fast and Furious 6 is near the top of its class when it comes to the parade of bad-ass muscle cars that have appeared in the series so far. The ‘Cuda’s attitude jumps off the screen, and the twin four-barrel carbs under the hood produced a symphony worthy of being played over a movie theater surround sound system.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko seen in 2 Fast 2 Furious was a replica—after all, no one in their right mind would subject such a rare and beautiful car to the automotive stunts attempted in the film. Chevy Camaros prepared by Yenko Chevrolet are some of the most sought-after collector muscle cars in the world. A total of 201 Yenko Super Camaros was produced in 1969.

1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R

If you’ve seen the films, you understand Brian’s love affair with the Nissan Skyline. Various models appear throughout the franchise, but none as iconic or unforgettable at the 1999 R34 Skyline driven by Paul Walker in Fast and Furious 4. Fun fact: nine Skylines were used for the film, but only one was an actual 1999 R34 Skyline GT-R—the others were plastic bodies fitted on the chassis of VW Beetles.

1995 Toyota Supra

If Dom’s 1970 Charger stole the show in The Fast and the Furious, it’s only because it surpassed the equally amazing 1995 Toyota Supra. On its own the Supra is a fine car, but what made this one special was the mad science that took place underneath the hood. Performance mods include a 2JZ 3.1 engine swap, custom stainless steel headers, NOS, boost controllers, and a stage III racing clutch.

2007 Koenigsegg CCXR

Fast Five is a showcase of the world’s sexiest and most expensive cars, including the Koenigsegg CCXR. Only six such vehicles were made, and each had an asking price of $2 million. Although the CCXR in the film isn’t driven at speed in the film, it looks faster than just about anything that’s appeared in the series since. If you want to get close to a 1,000-horsepower supercar that runs on bio-ethanol fuel and has been called one of the most beautiful vehicles of all time, the end of Fast Five might be your only chance.

The Fast and the Furious franchise is a love letter to amazing cars. Every vehicle that’s been featured in the series over the last 20 years has a special place among the greatest cars of all time. We told you our list wasn’t exhaustive, and we’re sure you have a favorite or two that wasn’t mentioned here. Drop us a line or comment below and tell us your favorite car from the series.

And of course, if you drive something worthy of appearing in the next F&F film, stop by Auto Super Shield in Boca Raton, FL to learn how we can make it pop with stunning premium window tint or a custom-printed vinyl car wrap. We also specialize in paint protection film, which can protect your vehicle’s Hollywood paint job from scratches, swirl marks, fading, and corrosion.

Contact us online or call 561-367-0101 to learn more about our products and services.

XPEL vs. 3M Paint Protection Films

XPEL vs. 3M Paint Protection Films: What’s the Difference?

BlackFerrariYou love your car. You love looking at it, almost as much as you love driving it. But no matter how often you wash and wax your ride, things like gravel dings, chipped paint and bug splatter can cause permanent damage to your vehicle’s paint. If only there was some sort of “force field” around your car that protected the paint.

Enter XPEL and 3M paint protection films (sometimes known as “clear bra” or “car bra” films). As trusted leaders in the industry, both manufacturers offer peace of mind that your car’s paint will be preserved for many years to come. And with today’s technology, these thin, protective films can be applied to new and used vehicles without changing their appearance—unless of

course you want to add a matte or glossy finish, in which case both XPEL and 3M paint protection films will oblige.

So, which film should you buy? That depends on your needs. XPEL and 3M offer similar product lines, but there are differences between each brand’s top films that can help you decide. Read on to learn more about these films and the differences between them.

XPEL Paint Protection Films

XPEL excels at finding innovative ways to shield your car’s paint using only the highest quality film. The entire XPEL line of films is hand drawn, measured, and tested manually. And you can take comfort knowing XPEL products are only installed by highly qualified experts.

XPEL offers four paint protection film lines for your consideration:

  • XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film – The special clear coat on this virtually invisible urethane film prevents discoloration due to contamination and UV radiation. The super-slick surface also allows for bug residue and other unsightly blemishes to wipe away with ease. What’s more, the XPEL ULTIMATE boasts a self-healing feature that makes light swirl marks, scratches and stains practically disappear.
  • XPEL STEALTH Satin Paint Protection Film – It’s hard to keep matte finishes in showroom condition, so you owe it to your car to preserve its satin paint job. XPEL STEALTH has the same self-healing and protective features as ULTIMATE, but it’s designed to match the sheen of most factory matte paints. And if you’re looking for a reversible, low-cost way to transform your car’s appearance, XPEL STEALTH can transform your car’s glossy paint into a sleek satin finish.
  • XPEL XTREME Paint Protection Film – Designed for minimal visual impact, XTREME is the clearest, thinnest paint protection film XPEL offers. It delivers an industry-leading level of optical clarity — ideal for showing off your car’s curves and custom paint job. XTREME is also backed by one of the best warranties in the business. If the film fails (yellows, cracks, peels, or delaminates) within seven years of professional installation, XPEL will replace it and pay for the cost to remove the old film and put on the new one.
  • XPEL ARMOR Paint Protection Film When the going gets tough, the tough get XPEL ARMOR paint protection film. XPEL’s thickest and strongest film, ARMOR looks and performs like spray-on bedliner and is designed to resist abrasions and punctures from even the most rugged use. ARMOR is ideal for off-road vehicles and heavy-duty commercial and industrial vehicles.

3M Paint Protection Films

3M is one of the oldest players in the PPF game—because they were the first. 3M filed the first patent for paint protection film, and since then they’ve earned a reputation as one of the best in the industry. 3M paint protection films are the choice of new car manufacturers all over the world, as well as NASCAR.

3M offers fewer PPF choices than XPEL, but they are just as good (or better, depending on who you ask). Here’s a closer look at 3M’s PPF line:

  • 3M VentureShield Paint Protection Film – 3M’s most cost-effective film still features the tough properties that protect your vehicle’s paint from daily wear and tear. And despite being one of the most cost-effective paint protection films on the market, VentureShield maintains its clarity, durability, and superior performance over a wide range of environmental conditions. In fact, VentureShield is guaranteed not to crack with UV or salt spray exposure.
  • 3M Scotchgard Pro Paint Protection Film – The next step up in quality and performance, 3M’s Scotchgard Pro line offers unrivaled scratch and stain resistance with amazing clarity. In fact, Scotchgard Pro PPF is one of the clearest paint protection films in the industry. The film also features self-healing technology that keeps the film (and your car, more importantly) looking new by allowing minor scratches to disappear by themselves. The Pro Series was also designed with the professional installer in mind, which means a quality finished product for you, the consumer.

Honestly, you won’t go wrong with either brand. Both have a great reputation for producing high-quality paint protection films that last. Just ensure you leave the job to an expert installer who’s professionally trained by XPEL and/or 3M. You’ll find both at Auto Super Shield, Southern Florida’s premier paint protection film dealer/installer.

If you have questions or would like a PPF quote, contact us online or call 561-367-0101.

5 Street Legal Car Mods to Boost Performance and Appearance

You like to make a statement. You like to be seen. You don’t settle for good enough, you want the best, no matter what. Then why are you stuck driving around that stock car that’s like so many others just like it on the road when there are dozens of ways to modify your ride and make it a true original?

Whether you want to make your car faster, louder, sleeker, or sexier, there are lots of ways to make your vehicle your own. But what about the legality of modifying your car? There are some things you can’t do, like put flashing red and blue lights on top of your vehicle or blackout window tint on the front windshield, but there’s no shortage of things you can do. Here are just a few of the best street legal car modifications that can help take your vehicle to the next level.

Aero-Kits

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Aerodynamics is one of the most important factors when it comes to how a car handles, feels, and performs—and it can also have a pretty big impact on how a car looks, too. That’s why aerodynamic upgrade kits, or aero-kits, are incredibly popular with car enthusiasts. An aero-kit can make your car look like a sleek and stealthy dragster, and depending on how you drive (and what you drive) you may notice significant improvements in key performance areas like top speed, cornering speed, and handling. To capture the aggressive look and performance of a wind tunnel tested racecar, go for a full body aero-kit that includes air dams, skirts, diffusers, and a rear spoiler.

OEM, aftermarket, and custom aero-kits are available. And if you’re thinking of having your car painted or wrapped, have the aero-kit installed first so the new body panels match the rest of your vehicle.

Turbocharger/Supercharger

Turbochargers and superchargers are known as “forced induction systems,” meaning they compress the air flowing into the engine to provide more power. Some forced induction systems can boost a car’s horsepower by as much as 50% or more, which means a turbocharger or supercharger can make transform a super mild car into a super wild one in an instant. But which forced induction system is right for your car? That depends. A high-performance tuning shop can help you choose between a turbocharger and a supercharger, but in the meantime here is a quick look at some of the pros and cons of each system to help you with the decision.

Turbocharger

  • Pro: Greater power to size ratio (good for smaller engine displacements)
  • Pro: Power boost delivered at higher RPM range
  • Con: “Turbo lag” delays useful boost
  • Con: Installation requires additional plumbing (more expensive)

Supercharger

  • Pro: No lag, immediate power delivery
  • Pro: Cheaper to install, easier to maintain
  • Con: Less efficient than turbochargers
  • Con: Long-term reliability concerns

Performance Exhaust

An aftermarket exhaust can give your car a throaty, intimidating rumble that turns heads well before your vehicle is in sight—but that’s not all. Because performance exhaust systems eliminate the restrictive bends commonly found in OEM exhaust systems, the greatly improve exhaust flow which means increased horsepower and torque. Performance exhaust systems can also give your vehicle a stylish flair thanks to polished chrome tips or muffler placement at the sides of your vehicle.

Note: Refer to Florida law regarding motor vehicle noise to learn about the legal sound limit level.

Window Tint

If your aim is purely to improve the appearance of your vehicle, window tint is one of the best street legal car modifications you can make to your ride. Dark window tint can give your whip a mean, menacing look. And if you happen to be among Miami’s rich and famous, window tint can also provide some relief and protection from South Florida’s relentless (and notorious) paparazzi. However, there are limits to how dark window tint can be before it crosses the threshold of “street legal.” A professional window tint installer in Miami can give you specific details about car window tinting laws in Florida.

Vinyl Car Wrap

Some car mods are almost unrecognizable; others are impossible to ignore. If you want your car to be seen and remembered, a vinyl car wrap is the way to go. With a custom wrap you can completely transform the look of your ride. Snakeskin? No problem. Chrome? Definitely. A custom themed design? If you can dream it up, vinyl wrap installers can put it down. In addition to making your car stand out, a vinyl wrap also protects the factory paint and finish underneath from scratches, fading, and corrosion. Some of the most popular types and styles of custom car wraps include:

  • Color changing car wraps
  • Chrome car wraps (including colored chrome)
  • 3D animal print car wraps (snake, tiger, rhino, etc.)
  • Custom theme car wraps
  • Matte car wraps

When in Doubt: Check the Motor Vehicle Code

If you’re thinking about doing something wildly outlandish to your car and aren’t sure about the legality of the mod, refer to the motor vehicle code (MVC) in your state. The same book of codes that dictates how fast you may drive on the highway and whether you can make a right turn at a red light also outlines the requirements your vehicle must meet in order to be “street legal.” The Department of Motor Vehicles in your state can steer you toward applicable MVCs regarding the modifications planned for your car. Note: If you’re modifying a car for use at the racetrack or drag strip, MVC regulations generally do not apply and are not enforced (as long as you keep that souped-up whip on the track).

Serious about modifying your ride? Check out our previous blog about the best car customizations shops in Miami[JL1] . You can also call Auto SuperShield to learn more about custom luxury car wraps and performance window tint. We’re one of the premier car wrap and window tint installers in South Florida, and we look forward to helping you customize and modify your ride to your heart’s content.

The Value of Paint Protection Film [Datagraphic]

Is paint protection film worth it? It is when you consider all of the hazards your vehicle is subjected to on a daily basis. In addition to providing a beautiful, glossy top coat (which in some cases justifies the cost itself) paint protection film creates a nearly impenetrable “force field” around your vehicle that protects against road debris, environmental elements, and other hazards. If you drive a luxury vehicle, cosmetic damage can be very expensive to repair, in some cases a lot more than the cost of having your car wrapped in paint protection film. This amazing film can also put extra money in your wallet when the time comes to sell or trade-in your ride by maintaining the beautiful factory finish underneath.

This datagraphic showcases some of the benefits of wrapping your car in paint protection film. If you have any questions, contact the protective film and custom vinyl wrap experts at Auto Super Shield. 

Driving on any road subjects your car to debris, rocks, and other hazards that seem to be magnetically attracted to your vehicle. Over time, the resulting chips, scratches, and stains can lower the resale value of your car and make you feel self-conscious about the looks your vehicle is getting. Fortunately, there’s a solution: Consider paint protection film to preserve the value and showroom quality paint job on your vehicle.

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