All too often I see people on the internet and have customers come to me asking about bulk installs. You may be wondering what is a bulk install? A “bulk” or “custom” install is where we take giant sheets of uncut material and essentially install it from scratch on the car. This process is usually more wasteful, very time consuming and should only be performed by installers with many years of experience. Hence the larger price tag it comes with.
Now I am not saying its all bad by any means! There’s just a time and a place for it. The reason I felt compelled to blog about this is because I feel that there is a lot of misinformation floating around social media, the Internet, Youtube and frankly straight out of other installers mouths! In my opinion, an installer that touts how they only bulk install doesn’t have access to great patterns! Here at American Wrap Company, we are exclusively aligned with XPEL and the DAP. The DAP is XPEL’s pattern cutting software and quite frankly XPEL makes the best PPF patterns in the industry. Starting with a quality pattern is super important but for us, that isn’t good enough. With over 18 years of experience in this industry and a decade of time running the DAP, on every pattern we cut we extensively modify and manipulate it in the program prior to pressing cut. We make sure edges are extended and corner notches are removed, bumpers are extended to wrap deeply into recesses. All of this yields a very clean long-lasting final product for our customers. Another reason why having solid patterns to start with is super important is EFFICIENCY! We are able to modify our patterns and then “nest” pieces together in order to save square feet of material which then helps us to keep costs down for our customers while still providing a truly custom, wrapped and tucked install of Paint Protection Film. This way your Tesla Model 3 full car wrap doesn’t cost you $7,000+ dollars like MANY other shops are price gouging people for!
I have thousands of hours in bulk installing PPF, so don’t think I don’t know what I’m doing or talking about. I have bulked hundreds of hot rods and classic cars, random exotics like the Jaguar XJR15, C7 rear bumpers, Tesla 3 Rear bumpers, and Trunks. Bulking has a time and a place! On every Tesla Model X, Tesla Model 3, and Tesla Model S I bulk the side mirrors. Bulking the Tesla side mirror yields a super clean install and is actually easier and less time consuming than using a pattern. The Tesla Model 3 rear bumper is another great example of when bulking is appropriate and makes total sense. The DAP pattern has an unnecessary seam and when bulked properly we can do it seamlessly. The Model 3 and Tesla Model S hatch is another prime example. We can manipulate the film to achieve a very save one piece install. It is crucial when bulking to make sure the installer really knows what they are doing. Ive seen a lot of installs where they put to much tension into a piece to try and be the one-piece hero but it is very risky because it compromises the structural integrity of the film. This makes the film rip and punctures much easier. When over stretching the film you can also crack the self-healing topcoat which ruins the piece.
So in the long and the short, I feel bulking has a time and place. Patterns have come so far and XPEL makes the best patterns money can buy which provides a great starting point. Bulking requires high levels of skill and shouldn’t be attempted by new installers. You must be very comfortable making all your trims on paint with a razor blade. Everything has a time and a place! Don’t be brainwashed into thinking a bulk install is the only way to get a clean PPF install. I promise you with my Hybrid pattern approach mixed with bulking certain pieces I determine are good candidates that I will beat any expectations you have conjured thanks to the Internet!
I was so excited when I took delivery of my Tesla Model 3 and the first thing I did is take my car to one of the big-name places with all the videos and hype and wanted my black car’s paint corrected and then fully wrapped with XPEL ultimate. I also wanted the really cool chrome delete. I was told that the way the paint is it can’t be fixed to the level I expected and that once the car is wrapped that I need to examine it from a couple of feet and not up close. Needless to say, nothing went as I planned or envisioned. I sought out a local well-respected detailer, Mitch Sison. I was hoping a ceramic coating would make the car look better. I have to say Mitch was amazing! As soon as he saw my car, he commented that the wrap looked defective but he wasn’t sure. He told me he was going to call an expert at car wrapping, Tyler Ohara, for his opinion. Tyler immediately noticed that both the film and installation was substandard and defective. What happened next left me speechless. Both Mitch and Tyler, sought help from XPEL and through the product’s warranty were able to redo my entire car including treating the paint, wrapping the entire car, re-doing the chrome delete, and applying ceramic coating. My car is now everything that I had hoped it would be. The level of detail, care, and expertise that went into my car truly made me realize the difference between amateurs and professionals. I can now honestly say that both Mitch and Tyler are friends and have a customer for life. I would recommend these guys without reservation to anyone. You can’t go wrong!
Let’s face it cars are expensive and not getting any cheaper! Many of us buy cars with the expectations of having them for a long time. Everyone in my family has owned their vehicles for over 5 years. New car buyers have no problem buying extended warranties, GAP insurance, and service plans but why is a product that costs a fraction such as PPF a taboo thing when its truly one of the most beneficial things you can do to preserve a vehicle’s appearance. Everyone loves the way a new car looks and usually tries hard to keep it looking good for a little while at least. Now let me ask you this, why wouldn’t you wrap your whole car in PPF? PPF is the ONLY product on the market that completely eliminates the risks of normal wear and tear, swirls in the paint and UV damage.
I want to elaborate a little on what is considered normal “wear and tear”. Often times other PPF installation companies pitch PPF as an impermeable force field for your paint. XPEL paint protection film is impact-resistant from a .75” diameter object at 140 miles per hour! For only being 8mils thick and almost completely transparent that is very impressive! The engineering that has gone into XPEL Ultimate Plus is the result of over 15 years of experience manufacturing film! Again self-healing prevents swirls and chemical burns but once the actual integrity of the film is compromised the piece will need to be replaced. Some companies pitch self-healing as if gouges in the film will heal. This is not the case with any manufactures PPF!
I have also seen PPF withstand key damage from a disgruntled patron trying to key a customers car on more than one occasion. In one particular case upon removal, I could tell that the perpetrator was really using force at the end and the PPF completely saved the paint from all key damage! Had the car not been fully wrapped in PPF the owner would have been looking at thousands in paintwork!
XPEL is also extremely swirl resistant because of its self-healing coating. This means automated car washes and improper wash techniques will not swirl the surface of your vehicle when fully wrapped in XPEL by American Wrap Co! Swirls on dark colored cars are a thing of the past with a full-body PPF wrap.
Another really common thing is door dings and dents. When a vehicle is fully wrapped in PPF a common door ding will be easily repaired by a paintless dent repair technician with no paint damage. I have personally dented my vehicles and was very thankful I fully wrapped them because I had my PDR technician pop the dent out with the PPF intact and it was like the incident never happened.
In conclusion, as you can see there are many advantages to fully wrapping your new vehicle in PPF. Paint protection film blocks harmful UV rays that fade paint, prevents most rock chips and scratches, door dings and dents won’t scratch the paint and swirls on dark cars are a thing of the past thanks to self-healing! Protect your car today with XPEL by American Wrap Co and keep your new baby looking sharp for years to come!!
This is a Tesla Model 3 that we full car wrapped in XPEL Stealth. It was keyed on the passenger side 1/4 panel. The insurance adjuster was doubtful that the paint was saved so we trimmed out around the keyed area to prove the paint was totally saved.
As you all probably know by now here at American Wrap Company we will literally wrap anything. Whether its a classic 1928 Alfa Romeo or a brand new 2019 Porsche GT3RS. We are no strangers to wrapping everything and anything! Today though Id like to blog about the beautiful Porsche GT3RS Weissach that we just had the pleasure of doing a bunch of cool work to!
This car isn’t your run of the mill Carrera. This is a fire breathing dragon bread from 87 years of automotive engineering. The 2019 Porsche GT3RS Weissach package car is made for pounding laps around a race track. It has a thicker crankshaft with better oiling passages to keep the 520Hp motor ticking while you’re cranking out laps! The carbon-ceramic breaks are not only lightweight but also specifically designed to take a beating on the track stopping you on a dime!
The Weissach package is an 18,000$ upgrade that saves weight! The Weissach Equipped GT3RS comes with an ultra-thin hood and roof made out of 2 layers of carbon with a special clear coat. Weight savings was also achieved when Porsche opted to not install sound deadening material in the GT3RS. Porsche Engineers wanted you to here the gearbox, the engine revving to 9k and all the rocks flinging off the monstrous 325 rear tires! This all adds up to one of the most engaging driver experiences you can have in a street-legal car!
So by now your probably wondering what we did to the car! The real question is what didn’t we do to the car? We started by removing all the factory decals and quarter panel PPF. We then did a full paint decontamination and prep. This includes a thorough wash, deionizing spray on the surface, clay bar and lastly full panel prep with Shine Supply Throwback!
After all the prep was completed we wrapped the entire car in XPEL Ultimate Plus Paint Protection Film! Every edge of the Ppf was wrapped and tucked for a completely edgeless look. On a dark color car like this, it is a critical step to make sure that all edges are hidden so that over time the car looks as good as the day we finished it. We don’t want dirt accumulating on the edges of the film!
The owner of the car wanted to make this GT3RS unique to his style. The interior of the car had lime green seat inserts, door handle pulls, seat belts and stitching throughout the cockpit. The exterior of the car had a lime green ring on the wheels and lime green calipers! We custom made color-matched decals to bring the whole car together. We installed a new Porsche logo on the wing, GT3RS logos on the hips of the rear quarter panels and we accented the sides of the GT wing with lime accents. To finish everything off we did a single offset euro style racing stripe. The main body of the stripe is lime green accented with satin black one inch wide stripes. The idea with the stripe was to run it up and over the drivers head!
In conclusion, this was a very special project for us! The owner of the car was recommended to us by a mutual friend and we really wanted to make sure this project came out above and beyond everyone’s expectations! Look for this car rolling the streets from Thousand Oaks Ca to Los Angeles! This is one bad GT3RS that refuses to be missed!
Ventura County and Los Angeles have always been synonymous with the car scene. Whether its an import tuner, supercars or classics and Hot Rods it’s easy to say we love our cars!
As people now days are really putting a lot of money and time into building these beautiful masterpieces it’s becoming more common to wrap them in Paint Protection Film!
We were recently honored to wrap a few beautiful classics back to back for some of our vendors! We always take great pride in wrapping these works of art because we are the last step in the long build process before the vehicle hits the open road! This type of paint protection wrap work is not for the faint of heart and not every wrapper out there is even capable of the skill required to get these done! With our 11 years of experience, it is no big deal for us! Every piece of film is hand-laid and hand-cut with surgical type precision! A lot of planning, measuring and problem-solving is involved to get these jobs done correctly and to the degree of perfection, our company is founded on!
The first car we had the pleasure of wrapping just took 2nd place in the Concourse de Elegance at the 2018 Pebble Beach car show! It is a 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS. This car is very very special and has a lot of history behind it! The car is now owned by the great-grandson of the original family that built the car in 1928! This exact car is also the only 6C that was ever built by the Atcherley family in 1928! It’s also one of ten that was supercharged from production! It literally doesn’t get rarer than this! With an estimated current value in the two million dollar range, it is gorgeous! We wrapped every square inch in XPEL Ultimate Plus paint protection film! The owner then took the car and raced the 2018 Colorado Grand Rally! 1500 miles in 1928 comfort with a top speed estimated at 80MPH!
The second beauty we recently had the pleasure of wrapping in XPEL paint protection film was a beautifully restored 1968 Chevy Camaro! This beauty was painted with a BMW blue for a very sharp look! its sporting Recaro seats inside, custom gauges, custom door panels and dash, shaved door handles, a nasty 383 stroker SBC and custom real 3 piece wheels! We were also extremely excited when we say it had a push-button starter! That is not something you see in a hot rod very often! Again we had the honor of wrapping every square inch of the exterior in XPEL Ultimate Plus paint protection film! The owner plans to drive it all around southern California and to local track events!
In conclusion, don’t ever think your car isn’t qualified for paint protection film! No matter how old or how new we can get it done! If the paint is pristine let us wrap it with XPEL ultimate plus in thousand oaks California and it will stay sharp for years to come!!
As we approach September it means that in a matter of days I will be boarding a plane and flying to the next IWFC show and installation competition! Don’t be fooled by the title the IWFC show is rooted with Paint Protection Film and not just window tint or flat glass. The IWFC is a 4-day trade show that bounces between the west coast, east coast and central United States each year in a different area.
The IWFC show consists of industry professionals from all around the world, hence the international title in the name. People from as far away as Asia, Russia, the UK, and even Jamaica come to the show! Typically the show is hosted in convention centers and occupies a few hauls as well as other ballrooms for guest speakers and meetings. The show is focused around the automotive and flat glass industry. On the automotive side, they have window tint, paint protection film, and glass repair. On the architectural side, it is focused on industrial window tint. Basically, it’s a trade show solely focused on window films and paint protection films.
Inside the main trade show floor, there is always three corals housing 10 plus cars. One coral is for the Paint Protection Film installation competition, another coral is for the window tint competition and the last houses cars for the glass repair competition. As primarily a paint protection film installer I only compete in the clear bra category. Every year the show is gaining more and more traction as more people from around the world catch word of it and come to test their skills against other installers from around the world.
This is always a great time competing against other people from around the world in your respective professions. 2018 will mark my fourth year in a row competing in the Paint Protection Film division. In the PPF class, we are always broken up into “heats” and then the top scoring installers from each heat are chosen for the select group of finalists. In our heats, we are given 55 minutes to install a partial hood with wrapped edges, fenders and mirror caps. In the final, we are given 85 minutes to install a full clear bra bumper kit.
Judging is based off a whole list of things. Its funny cause anytime I talk to people about the competition the first thing they always ask me is “what are you judged on?”. The easy answer is EVERYTHING! The judging panel is comprised of a team of 3 industry professionals from some of the industries largest Paint Protection Film manufactures. For 2018 we will have Alex from XPEL, Jaime from premium shield and Jacob from Suntek. They literally go in the vehicle coral with grease pens and flashlights to pick apart every aspect of your install. The three main categories are cleanliness of the vehicle, edging, and quality of application.
Cleanliness of the vehicle would apply to whether or not you wiped the vehicle down after your Paint Protection Film install and if there’s any trash left out. Edging has to do with alignment to edges, uniformity and any areas of Paint Protection Film that are lifting or peeling. The quality of install category applies to bubbles, scratches, lift lines or stretch marks, contamination under the film and silvering of the adhesive. Needless to say, there are a lot of possible points to lose and time is not on your side!
This will be my fourth consecutive year competing in this competition. I am the only person in competition history to place 2nd or 1st three years in a row. In 2015 I got second in Reno Nevada. 2016 brought me a first-place medal and the title of “Worlds Best Paint Protection Film Installer” in San Antonio. in 2017 we competed in West Palm Beach Florida and I was able to capture another second-place medal! For 2018 we are headed back to San Antonio TX and I am hoping its good to me once more! This year will also be a big year because I am competing for XPEL! XPEL Ultimate Plus has won my heart over and I am hoping to bring a medal home with the XPEL team that’s welcomed me in like a long lost family member! If I pull this off I will be the only competitor in competition history to place for 2 separate film manufactures!
All I can do is give it my absolute best! I think about these events every single day! Every day I perform clear bra installations I am thinking about that year’s competition! Its always a great trip and I have so much fun competing against the best from around the world!
Stay tuned for a blog about how it goes down the last week of September!
We often get asked about our process for detailing a vehicle that is wrapped in PPF, coated with ceramic or just the general way to properly wash a vehicle. Here at American Wrap Co in Newbury Park CA we are always more than willing to help our customers have the best possible understanding on Automotive detailing.
We don’t look at this as just a car wash. We consider it the art of vehicle detailing. The steps were going to describe in this write up will cover a routine maintenance wash for any vehicle.
To begin the wash we always recommend using a pressure washer held about 1 foot away from the vehicle’s surface. Rinse the vehicle from the top down. This is important to keep all contaminants running down towards the ground. Be sure to thoroughly rinse, really focus on getting the surface as clean as possible during the rinse process.
We then use a two bucket method to soap the vehicle. Our soap of choice is Shine Supply Shine Soap. For ceramic coated vehicles Shine Supply Shift Soap is our Go to! We then foam cannon the entire vehicle. Then using a Microfiber Madness wash mitt we scrub from the top down. After a 4sq foot section, we rinse the mitt in our rinse bucket, followed by a dunk into the clean soap bucket. Continue scrubbing, rinsing and dunking in the soap bucket.
Once the vehicle is totally scrubbed you can then give it one last thorough rinse with your pressure washer. Please note that depending on how dirty the wheels are you should clean them before starting on the paint to avoid water sitting on the paint unnecessarily long potentially causing water spots. We will have a separate blog on wheel care! Once you’ve completely rinsed off all the soap its time to dry!
Dry the vehicle with some sort of microfiber drying towel. Again start from the top and work your way down. It is preferable to not do this in direct sunlight. If you are in direct sunlight be sure to move quickly to avoid water spots. Once the majority of the water is off the car we use a compressed air blower and blast out all the nooks and crevices of the vehicle as well as the door jams.
Lastly, the windows are cleaned with Shine Supply Sunshine and we wipe the vehicle down with fresh towels and a product like Ride Shine, Clutch Silica, or Throttle. Various detail sprays with specific applications. Ride shine is great for raw paint, Clutch is a great rejuvenation to ceramic coating, and throttle is amazing on paint protection film or clear bra!
I hope this was educational. Please stay tuned for more! Thank you for reading and good luck detailing!
American Wrap Co Thousand Oaks CA
For all your automotive detailing needs in thousand oaks please give us a call at 661-878-5587
Have you ever been caught in a rainstorm and your windshield wipers just don’t cut it? I think here in sunny Ventura county the rain always catches us off guard. Why not make your life a little better with one of the most cost-effective products you can do to your vehicle?
In our constant quest to always bring our customers in Ventura county the best possible protection for their vehicles we at American Wrap Co have become authorized and certified installers of Glass Parencys nanoparticle glass coating!
Now I know what you’re thinking, it hardly ever rains in Ventura County and surrounding areas like Thousand Oaks but let me tell you first hand that this product performs on so many more levels! Glass Parency creates a 3-year hydrophobic barrier to any glass surface. This cuts downtime when washing a vehicle, reduces night glare and helps pesky bugs and bird droppings do not stick to the glass!
With a two-step professionally installed application it creates a barrier to repel water, snow, ice, dust, oil, and dirt creating a resistant and easy to clean surface. Some of the major benefits include enhanced optical clarity, better driver vision, safety for the driver and all passengers, a reduction in day and night glare, and a more aesthetically appealing look to your vehicle glass. Glass Parency is chemically engineered to react to silica within the glass, creating a bond unmatched by the competition. It’s product attributes go beyond just a water repellency, making it ideal for any silica-based surface, in any climate or environment.
Prior to the application, your vehicle’s glass will undergo a cleansing process. The releasing agents in the cleansing chemical will ensure that the pores of the glass are contaminant free to improve the bonding process. First, Chemical A is applied to the glass. Chemical A reacts to silica, growing a substrate within the pores of the glass. Next is Chemical B. Chemical B reacts directly to Chemical A, forming an ultra-hydrophobic barrier.
Every GlassParency automotive application is backed by a three year manufactures product warranty. This warranty ensures that the product will perform at its peak level as long as the glass is properly maintained. The maintenance process is simple but is recommend to be done by the Authorized Installer who applied the initial application.
As always we will continue to bring our customers and industry only the finest products that are made 100% in the USA! every product we use undergoes rigorous testing on our personal vehicles to ensure it performs above and beyond for our customers!
Call us today at 661-878-5587 to get your glass in Ventura county coated with Glass Parency!
Nowadays there are many choices on the market for paint protection film. In fact, most people assume that it must be a 3m product. We’ve heard it a hundred times “is that a 3m owned product?”. We as installers have the choice to use whatever Paint Protection Film we feel is best for our customers. On today’s market, PPF is almost becoming a dime a dozen just like window tint. It seems like every manufacturer is jumping on board to try and penetrate the PPF market. There’s Avery Dennison, Durashield, S-Tek, Suntek, Lumar, 3M, Premium Shield, Solar Guard, Madico, Hexis Body Shield and of course XPEL.
We feel out of the main choices for PPF manufactures XPEL really stands out above and beyond. Lets first talk about the warranty. XPEL’s company is built on customer support. They truly stand behind their product with an industry-leading 10-year warranty. The claims process is very streamlined and easy to handle through their main office phone number. The warranty is good from coast to coast in the USA! It’s as simple as opening a claim, removing the old film, sending it back in a box, receiving credit, and installing new film! They truly stand behind the film 100%!
Even though the warranty is so amazing we can assure you won’t need to use it because the film has a self-healing clear coat! That’s right, this stuff actually heals fine swirl scratches on its own! XPEL was the first PPF manufacturer to integrate a self-healing top coat into their film. The first rendition was XPEL Ultimate. This version launched somewhere around 2010. Since then it has been refined and tweaked many times all leading up to what we have today, XPEL Ultimate Plus! XPEL Ultimate Plus is hands down the best paint protection film we have ever touched. From its ease of installation, minimal texture topcoat, clarity, great adhesion for deep tucks and wraps, hydrophobic topcoat and self-healing its a knockout combo! The self-healing also gives the film extreme UV resistance so that it will not yellow. Finally, self-healing provides industry-leading chemical resistance. I have yet to find a chemical that will hurt XPEL Ultimate Plus PPF, including carb cleaner, lacquer thinner, brake cleaner, even brake fluid didn’t hurt it! If you truly want to protect your investment, do it with XPEL and American Wrap Co!
Customer support now days seems to be completely hit or miss. companies either have great customer support or its nonexistent. XPEL has amazing customer support! It’s as simple as calling the 1-800 number and every person is completely knowledgable and able to help you with many things. As a small business, the amount of support they give us is incredible! It’s truly like having a full team of employees at our service! The other great thing about XPEL’s customer service is that you always get to speak with a living, breathing representative! No annoying automated menus! They even have an after-hours 24hr support line for any technical help we may need! Here at American Wrap Co we can’t say enough good about XPEL’s customer service and help! In our 10 years in this industry, we have never received better service from any other manufacturer!
So, in conclusion, we truly feel that XPEL Ultimate Plus is the ultimate winner out of all the PPF manufacturers available today. From industry-leading warranties, customer support and product development we feel that XPEL is the best PPF on the market. This is why here at American Wrap Co we exclusively install XPEL! Let’s get your new vehicle in Ventura County protected today!
By now I’m sure many of you may be wondering whether or not you need paint protection film in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. I know paint protection film can seem a little expensive especially after you just bought your new car. Trust me though PPF is worth every penny!
The last thing you want to see happen to your new baby is for it to get rock chips and scratches! It doesn’t matter if its a daily driver, a work truck or a weekend canyon runner! Every car is deserving of paint protection film. Our daily drivers are on the front line battle with rock chips every day! Ventura and Los Angeles counties are always doing road work and construction. That means there are more big semi-trucks out and about dropping gravel and debris onto the roadways! Then as your driving down the street the car in front of you is picking up all the debris with its tires and sending it straight at the front of your car! All of this leading to your car getting blasted with rock-chips!
Don’t think the “work truck” you just spent over 50k$ on isn’t worthy of PPF either! Whether is a construction truck with a tool bed or just a regular pick up truck to go to and from job sites. The chances are areas on the truck that will take damage PPF could stop from happening.
Of course, we all know the Malibu mountains, the Angeles crest highway, Mullhuland Snake, and many more local roads are go to spots for local drivers. All of these canyons have steep mountain sides that constantly drop debris onto the roads. The last thing you want is to be ripping through the canyons with a group of cars, come around a corner and see a gravel patch in the road! The car in front of you will send debris into the nose of your car and as you drive through the debris will fling into the side of your car! All of this causing paint damage and scratches that paint protection film would prevent!
Ventura County and Los Angeles County are growing rapidly every year! More infrastructure and construction are causing our roads and highways to be littered with more and more debris! All of this debris equates to a very high potential for rock chips even time you drive your car! Call us today and let’s get your new car or your low mileage certified pre-owned car in for a paint protection film installation!