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38 THE SHOP JULY 2020 Installation in Differences The Film SPECIAL REPORT: TINT & PPF all PPF was transparent. However, more and more manufacturers are coming out with colors and patterns so that PPF can now both protect and customize. PPF is made from polyurethane and is significantly thicker than tint and commer- cial/color-change films. It can be stretched to form around curves, although this is almost always done without using heat. PPF doesn't respond particularly well to being heated and stretched, as it can split quickly. Thickness: 6-8 mil Commercial/Color-Change Films These films are PVC-based, which makes them highly conformable. Yet, PVC has a unique property called memory. This means that the film wants to shrink back to its original shape. To help PVC films hold for the long term, they need to be post-heated at a specified temperature at the end of an installation to negate the memory effect. The need to post-heat PVC films is one of the unique differences compared to installing window tint and PPF. Thickness: 3-5 mil BENEFITS/WARRANTY Knowing the various benefits and warranty ranges helps with sales and customer sat- isfaction. Some of the most common are: Window Tint • Offers UV protection • Blocks heat • Provides privacy • Warranty: 5 to 10 years Paint Protection Films • Protect the vehicle finish from scratches, UV damage, rock chips and chemicals • Can add customization if they contain colors and/or patterns • Warranty: 5 to 10 years Color-Change/Digital Full Print Films • Customization • Branding • Protect vehicle paint from UV damage, scratches and chemicals • Warranty: 6 months to 7 years MATERIAL SETUP Commercial wraps are the most involved in terms of required setup, as they involve creating a design, printing, laminating, trimming the panels and packing them up. The type of squeegee and angle of approach will vary between mediums—for commercial/ color-change projects, use a squeegee with a buffer and keep the angle low and flat; for PPF use a squeegee with no buffer and a high angle; and for window tint do double squeegees with a handle squeegee to finish. change films should be one of the main focal points for wrap shop owners and installers. Window Tint Most window film is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Its properties are suited for flat to moderately curved installs. For curves, window tint cannot be stretched to shape due to its inherent stiffness. Instead, it is formed to the shape before the installation begins by shrinking it to the window with a heat gun. During the install, if a wrinkle occurs, in most cases it cannot be self-healed, so the panel will need to be replaced. Also, window tint is very thin compared to PPF and commercial/color-change films, so cutting and removing excess film needs to be done with high focus from the installer. Thickness: 1-2 mil Paint Protection Films Paint protection films come with either a gloss or matte finish and, up until recently,

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