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Film (car-wrapping)

All one has to do, is drive behind a commercial vehicle, it can be seen anywhere and at any time. Earlier, the vehicles had to be carefully masked and then given several layers of paint. That has all become much more simple. The naked but absolutely clean vehicle is photographed, then, using a computer the the picture is overlaid with the proposal, the result is so realistic that one actually has a picture of the indeed, only virtual, finished product.

You can see a further way of processing of the film here.

Once everything is decided, the cutting-plotter comes into play (figure 2). Only then, with the the transferring of the film to the car, does the delicate handwork begin. The film itself will last for up to ten years, with subsequent overprinting, only another three years. It will stand up to the car-wash and, using a hair-drier it can be removed at any time. It may however, cause colour differences in the original paint-job.

Should there not be enough space on the bodywork, the windows can also be included. If the windows are to remain transparent, a different type of film is used. The interior is however, in almost all cases, somewhat darkened. This brings us to another chapter, for some car owners, who want to have the anonymity effect of all-round darkened windows, (mostly legal) this is not enough, thus they also darken the windscreen and the front side windows (mostly not legal).

Ye another way of processing of the film here.

The film is much more widespread than one would think. At the moment (2011), Toyota is pushing a process, whereby precisely fitting film is used in the event of repair-work. Thereby, the workshops are supplied with film, which is not only precisely cut, but is also available in various nuances to cater for, e.g., any colour differences caused by aging. A complete 're-spray' is no longer a problem. Also for dream-cars with an accordingly high quality design.

However, before you get the idea of wanting to get hold of a film for your beloved car, and to do the job yourself, just a word of warning. The larger the area to be worked on, and the more complicated the undercoating is, the more your patience will be put to test. Very important, is knowing just how much heat to apply, Woe betide, if at the end the film tears.

At the end of this article we have put in a video-clip showing the amazing conversion of an Opel Tigra. If one leaves out the very lengthy parts by cutting, the whole thing looks rather inspiring, what is not shown however, is the underside, e.g., of the bonnet. Is it also so clean-cut here? Completely apart from the fact that the underside has of course, still the old paint-job. It would be nice if the old and the new colour could harmonise, at least a little.

By the way, this problem also arises with a normal re-spray. Hardly anyone takes the whole car apart and applies the new colour everywhere. That's when, when opening the tailgate, the original colour is brutally obvious. The advantage of the film: The original condition can be restored. For a long time already, there are transparent films being used as a protection against salt, among other things, which are processed in a similar manner. In the future, car-wrapping-film is probably here to stay.

Removal e.g. of the window film:
best with the hairdryer

Whom all that is not enough, you can even become laquered the film, so do not depend on fixed patterns or colours of film producers. Also from the area outstanding effects are possible, whether useful that will be cleared up ... 03/11

Film coating instead painting - full bonding