What Makes Us the Best Paint Protection Film Installation Shop in Dallas
If you are in the DFW area and plan to protect your car with Paint Protection Film, we highly recommend you to visit our shop and learn more about the films and the installation process. If you are not in the area, we can help you to find the best Paint Protection Film installer in your area.
Choose Your Paint Protection Film
If you are considering paint protection film for your car, you should keep in mind that your choice of installer matters more than your choice of paint protection film. However, this doesn't mean that you should first find an installer and let them choose the film for you. The fact is, most paint protection film installers carry only one brand, but not all the brands on the market and not necessarily the most trending or the best brand.
For this reason, before choosing an installer, we recommend that you have at least a beginner's level of information about the paint protection films on the market and their pros and cons. After this, if you find out that say STEK DYNOshield stands out in the competition, you should go to STEK-USA.com and find an installer there.
What Really Matters When Choosing a Paint Protection Film
A paint protection film is comprised of three layers, a topcoat, a polyurethane layer, and an adhesive. In today's market, while the films† do not differ very much from each other with their adhesives and their polyurethane technology, there are significant differences in their topcoats. Therefore, it is the topcoat that matters the most.
† Especially that of major manufacturers (including but not limited to 3M, STEK, Eastman SunTek, and XPEL) flagship series.
What Makes Topcoat Important For You
As an outer shell, the topcoat determines some of the most crucial end-use properties of the paint protection film, such as gloss, clarity, hydrophobicity, and self-healing. In today's market, with regards to their topcoats, it is safe to say that there are two types of paint protection films, (1) Films with "laminated" topcoats and (2) Films with "impregnated" topcoats.
The difference between the two is not only the coating formulation but also the manufacturing technology. In terms of gloss, clarity, invisibility, and lack of orange peel texture, films with impregnated topcoats are far superior to those with laminated topcoats, as the topcoat is laid on the polyurethane as a liquid, not as a solid film.
During the impregnation process, the liquid topcoat self-levels and cures when it is in contact with the polyurethane layer. This process allows impregnated topcoats to (1) have super smooth high-gloss surfaces with no orange peel texture and (2) form strong "molecular bonds" with the polyurethane layer instead of relatively weaker "sinter bonds" in laminated topcoats.
Gloss and Clarity
In terms of gloss, clarity, and invisibility, paint protection films with impregnated topcoats, such as STEK DYNOshield or Eastman Suntek Reaction are far superior to those that have laminated topcoats.
At the molecular level, films with impregnated topcoats have smoother surfaces and are more hydrophobic. They don't need a ceramic coating as much as a paint protection film with a laminated topcoat.
Best Paint Protection Films
In today's market, almost all major manufacturers (e.g. 3M, STEK, Suntek, and XPEL) offer an 8-mil thick film with a self-healing topcoat and an anti-yellowing adhesive – it has become an industry standard. What has not yet become an industry standard is a hydrophobic high-gloss topcoat. For this reason, we recommend STEK DYNOshield and Suntek Reaction, as they differentiate from the other films on the market with their topcoat.
STEK DYNOshield8 mils thickness, hydrophobic high-gloss topcoat
STEK DYNOmight10 mils thickness, hydrophobic high-gloss topcoat
SunTek Reaction8 mils thickness, hydrophobic high-gloss topcoat
3M Scotchguard8 mils thickness, traditional topcoat
STEK PROshield8 mils thickness, traditional topcoat
SunTek Ultra8 mils thickness, traditional topcoat
XPEL Ultimate Plus8 mils thickness, traditional topcoat
XPEL Ultimate Plus 1010 mils thickness, traditional topcoat
† Sorted in alphabetical order.
Choose Your Paint Protection Film Installer
After you become more familiar with the paint protection films on the market, we recommend that you contact installers using the film manufacturer's list of authorized installers, instead of just googling "best paint protection film installer near me".
There are several reasons for this: First, you want to verify the installer's affiliation with the film manufacturer, and second if the manufacturer has an authorization, certification, or a licensing program, their website is the only source to learn more about that program (if there is any) and reach the authorized, certified or licensed installers. Here you can find the Installers (or Dealers) of major paint protection film manufacturers (or suppliers) in the U.S.
STEKDealers & Installers
SunTekDealers & Installers
† Sorted in alphabetical order.
What Really Matters Most When Choosing a Paint Protection Film Installer
Diversity of Experience
Paint Protection Film
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Is the shop utilizing the most ideal combination of installation methods (namely, "bulk" and "kit") to hide the film edges and maximize invisibility?
Is the shop utilizing an MRP (aka ERP) based system (e.g. SAP, Oracle, Odoo) to monitor quality?
Is the shop equipped with a strong lighting system to see even the smallest imperfection or contamination during installation?
Is the shop equipped with a scissor lift to enhance the ergonomics of the installer and minimize the risk of errors and omissions?
Water Deionization System
Is the shop equipped with a commercial commercial water deionization system?
Slip Solution Heating System
Is a built-in heater used to continuously regulate the slip solution temperature?
High-Output Slip Solution Spraying System
Is the shop equipped with a high-output slip solution spraying system?
Jib Crane Spraying System
Is a jib crane used to carry the keg sprayer's nozzles and hoses and prevent them from touching the floor?