HOW TO PIMP AN OLD CAR TO APPEAR NEW

 

An old car is often referred to as a decrepit car. It may have reached a point where the expense of maintaining it outweighs the value of keeping it. Due to age, neglect, and damage, the car is generally abandoned or stripped apart; however, one can choose to risk the expense and make it appear new. The following are some of the ways of making it look new.

 

  1. Make a plan before handling the car. It is an excellent idea to create an overall strategy, consider the way each of your upgrades will affect each other. Some aesthetic changes will clash against each other. Even worse can run out of space to fit all the pieces on your car. Run all the ideas past a car expert before making any financial commitments on it.

 

  1. Paint your car. A fresh coat of paint is considered the most transformative thing you can do to a car’s appearance. It can be painted with specialized sprays while still in the garage. Due to the value of the vehicle, it is important to be slow and consistent with your paint. Car modification while in the garage can offer more intense jobs with graphics like flames. These are very stylized, but make sure your car model is worth of the flair before you commit to something flashy.

 

  1. Get tinted windows. These windows {give the car a new look and } adds the first-class essence to the vehicle. The mystery factor and the privacy of tinted windows can make even an average car look posh by comparison. However, by replacing original parts, you may void your car’s warranty. It is advisable to check with the manufacturer before proceeding.

 

  1. Replace your heads and taillights. Heads and taillights draw attention as they are designed to be reflective. Make sure your taillights modifications are road-friendly. Although you can change your car’s look by replacing the lights on it, you must make sure they are by the road regulations.

 

  1. Change the seats and tires. For a fashionable touch, replace the seats with leather seats or any other material as you see fit. Do not forget to change tires to increase the functionality of the vehicle while driving.

 

  1. Add a spoiler to the back of your car. That gives the automobile the visual impression that is fast enough to need some aerodynamic support. The mechanic specialist may be able to direct you to a spoiler especially suited for the car you are adjusting.

 

  1. Give your car a hydraulic suspension rig. With hydraulics, you can boost your car suspension and make it “dance.” Hydrology is a significant part of the car modders culture and is preferred on cars with low suspension called low-riders.

 

  1. There are other unforgettable ways like; upgrading the stereo system, lowering the car suspension to make it look sleeker. Reprogramming the car’s Engine Control Unit, improving the exhaust and gaging the vehicles modding potential.

 

By following all those ways described above, the formerly old and scrappy car appears to be a new car.

 

 

 

 

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Best car cleaning tips

If you are one of those who spends a lot of time in the car, you may find it hard keep it clean. At this point, you’ll have only two options: going to an auto detailer (expensive) or, you can manage the situation and clean it yourself. Could be sound hard but is much easier than you think; you can wash your car like a professional with the following tips that we’ll give you. The only thing that you need is the best disposition!

Also, you should know that car washes with big brushes can do more damage than good to your car’s exterior. If you want to protect your vehicle’s paint, there’s no better way than do it yourself.

Go for it!

Evaluate your car. Yes, you may think: I know my car! But no. You have to evaluate the condition of your vehicle in order to understand how should be cleaned. Observe every detail, find the areas that need more care and the cleaning process will be easier. If you start washing your car without even think where to start first, the result won’t be the one you desire.

Don’t forget to check your car at least once a week. Not only regarding the cleaning but also the function. This way, you’ll be aware of the things that might need some assistance.

Wet your car.  Our first duty is to hose your car with lots of cold water. This will help you to remove the dirt later. If you own a pressure washer, use it underside and wheel arches but avoid the direct contact on door seals, rust or any area with loose paint. High-pressure water is a paint remover, so you have to use it carefully.

Read the product’s label. Before you start cleaning the vehicle with any product, you have to read the label cautiously. For example, if you don’t read the product and is a chrome wheel cleaner, this can ruin your aluminum wheel because it’s incredibly acidic. Be aware of the composition and if fits your car needs.

Washing soap. Instead of any liquid detergent or dish cleaner, you should use a washing soap. They are more efficient and will give you the final aspect you were looking for. Rinse your vehicle deeply first to eliminate bigger pieces of dirt which can make some severe scratches on your vehicle if you don’t remove them before washing.

Thick cream for the glasses. You can use a spray liquid, but the result won’t be the same. The thick cream is for effective at removing heavy dirt and let your glasses flawless. If you decide cleaning your vehicle, do it correctly, don’t you think? 

Drying. Don’t think that you can just leave the car drying naturally with the sun; you must dry it yourself because if you don’t, you’ll have streaks all over your car. Use a real chamois cloth to do this process, and you’ll notice the difference. They may be a bit expensive but they worth it.

Waxing. Waxing is optional, but it will give your car more protection. It preserves your paint, and the cleaning will last longer. You have two types: polymer or carnauba. Both are great, and your car will shine.

 

 

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Caring For Your Car Wrap In Winter

With our last post, we had some requests and questions from car owners asking about tips on how to suitably care for a vehicle wrap during winter. So today, we’ll try to address some of the questions that we got. Let’s get started!

“Can I wrap my car during winter?”

Yes, but it’s safer to not DIY it and do not do it outdoors. Regardless of the high quality material or brand that you’re using, one thing remains true: vinyl will expand and contract in accordance to the material and the temperature around the car. If you do not have the proper material and place to shut out the cold temperatures, the vinyl can become brittle, rigid, and non-pliable. The cold can affect the efficacy of the adhesive.

So take the safer route and get professional to do your vehicle wrap. You can go to a trusted car service company for a diagnostic and they’ll be able to give you a definitive answer on how to successfully install vinyl during winter.

“I don’t like ice on my car. Can I use a scraper?”

This is a big N-O. Ice can understandably cause annoyance for any car owner that wants to keep their vehicle pristine. However, if you use a scraper to fight the ice but no matter how gently you try to use it, there is an almost guarantee that you will end up scratching the vinyl. On a worse case, you can end up peeling your vinyl off.

This is particularly true for window graphics. We suggest using a brush with soft bristles–this is very helpful with fluffy snow. You can use a soft cloth to wipe of ice from door handles. If there’s some pretty persistent ice on your windows, using your heater first can help loosen it up so you can wipe it away. It may take a bit more effort but it’s the sacrifice needed to keep your investment intact.

“I heard that road salt is bad for my vinyl. Is that true?”

Yes, this is very true. Road salt during winter is used to melt snow. That is pretty good since it helps keep our roads safe. The one time we’re not thankful for road salt is when it’s left alone on vinyl covered cars. When exposed to road salt for an extended time, vinyl corrodes and loses its color.

“How do I protect my vinyl from road salt?”

It’s always best to be proactive it certain situations–this is one of them. So ideally before winter starts, it’s best to apply a coating of wax and oil unto the body of your vehicle.

It’s also pretty important to remember which parts of your car (and your vinyl) are more susceptible to rust because of road salt like the doors, fenders, the good, and the tailgate. Remembering these areas will help give your priority areas that always need to be checked and cleaned for any road salt.

For some last minute protection, it’s best to wash your car around every 10 days or less–best time is whenever temperatures hit around 40 degrees F.


Now for some general tips:

  • Avoid driving through snow when it looks like its deep.
  • Avoid applying a wax coat during winter.
  • Wipe down your car with microfiber towel to absorb any excess moisture.
  • Don’t let snow turn into ice on your vehicle.

Just keep these tips in mind and your vinyl wrap should be safe and sound even during the harshest of winters.

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How You Can Wash and Care For Your Vehicle Wrap

If you’ve made the wise decision and invested in a vehicle wrap for your car or truck, you must probably wondering how best to wash and care for it. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in the worry. This is one of the more common questions that we’ve come across in our line of work.  Today, we’ll tackle how you, as the owner, can wash and care for your vehicle wrap.

While washing a wrapped vehicle is a tad different from one with a standard paint job, it really isn’t a complicated task and can be accomplished without breaking your wallet.

Tools

When washing your wrapped vehicle, there really is no need to bust out any specialized tools. In fact, most car owners are surprised at how simple the tools needed for the task are. For starters, any clear and soft sponge, cloth, or microfiber towel works! These are quite effective in scrubbing away any dirt or grime off your wrap.

While you can use car washing brushes, it is advised that you use them very carefully. Brushes are notorious for keeping hardened dirt around bristles that can scratch and damage your vinyl wrap. If it something that can ding normal paint jobs, they’ll be able to hurt wraps as well.

If you’re a car owner that wants to pressure wash your wrapped vehicle, keep it below 2,000 psi. Ensure that the spray nozzle is used and uses a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern. It is also important to keep your water’s temperature below 60 degrees Celsius. To avoid damaging your wrap, keep the nozzle at least 12 inches away from the car’s edges.

Soaps and Solutions

While certain stores and shops will suggest that you buy the latest and more popular brand on the market like 3M–we’ve found that any quality car wash soap is as effective as the larger brand ones. With that said, it is important to note that you mustn’t use home or kitchen cleaners on your car. While this may seem like a no-brainer, you would be surprised at the sheer number of damaged wraps because of that simple mistake.

Also, avoid using any chemicals like solvents, oil based cleaners, and bleach. If you happen to have isolated stains on your wrap, using Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a soft rag will be your best friend. You can rise the area with cool water after the rubdown.

Frequency

Incidentally, there really isn’t a difference in the frequency of washing a wrapped vehicle and a painted vehicle. It is actually advisable for car owners with wrapped vehicles to wash their vehicles quite often. Particularly if they’d want their wrap to look cleaner and stand out from most. Developing a once in a week wash routine will help keep your wrap in stellar condition.

Special attention must be given if you live or drive in an area that’s riddled with dust, mud, or dirt. In such cases, more steady and frequent washing routines are required to avoid any build-up on your wrap.

Wrapped vehicles can be brought to car washes BUT they must preferably be an automated brushless car wash. Brush car washes, particularly automated ones, will be too rough on the vinyl film and can cause peeling or lifted edges.

Keep these little pointers in mind that you’ll keep your investment as good as they day you installed your vinyl wraps!

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The Matte Finish: A Closer Look

In previous posts, we’ve talked about how vinyl car wraps have made customizing one’s car accessible and a more feasible option for all. Vinyl doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and for good reason! Wraps are quite easy to remove for professionals and learned car owners.

So today, we take a closer inspection at one of the more popular vinyl wrap finishes that exists in the market today: MATTE.

Now, matte has arguably been a rather sought after finish for several things, including cars, for years now. When glossy paint was launched into the market, there was an eventual call to have a finish that went in the opposite direction. Something that did not reflect the lights or the area that surrounded it. Matte is the preferred finish as it is the one that fully shows off surfaces and curvatures and the end result is a smooth and subtle sheen.

The more preferred or requested color for a matte finish is black as it exudes class and power. Car owners that usually join car shows and contests make use of matte to give their vehicles a little extra in terms of appearance. Normally, glossy cars reflect the bright lights that surround it. Matte black cars serve to stand out as sleek dark silhouettes. Don’t be fooled by the low-profile look that it may have! Having a muted look can really show off the curves of any vehicle.

If cost continues to be a concern, there’s a whole lot of good news in that department. The continuous development and improvements of vinyl wraps have contributed to driving down production costs of specialized materials like matte. When it was first introduced, Matte wraps would go for $80-$600 per sq. m. A regular vehicle will use about 29 sq. m. Today, the cost of matte goes for $40-$400. Quite a bit of an improvement!

Gone are the days where black was the only sought after matte color. If ever you are in the market for good quality matte wraps for your car, brands like Avery and 3M have various colors to suit your tastes. After black hit the market, the colors that launched after were white, green, silver, and even silver. A more recent development is the matte paint protection wrap. This is for car owners that are presently satisfied with their car color but want a less glossy exterior. Clear matte vinyl offers the same aesthetic benefits of colored vinyl matte wraps but with the bonus addition of protection against chips, scratches, swirls, fading, and corrosion.

Matte vinyl wraps stay at peak condition for about 3 to 5 years after application. With proper maintenance and care, it extends from 8 to 12 years. Maintenance would mean suitable cleaning conditions. It’s best to learn the best way to clean your matte wrapped vehicle from your trusted car service crew. More likely than not, they’ll have any sprays that you can use to better keep your wrap in prime condition.

It is also essential to note that the more recent matte wraps no longer need sprays so it’s best to truly inform yourself about the model of wrap you’re getting so as to get the most bang out of your buck! So if you’re ever going to have your vehicle wrapped with vinyl, matte is a good choice overall.

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Vinyl Car Wraps

Vinyl Car Wraps: Every Car Owner’s Friend

Any person who’s ever aimed to buy a brand new car will know that the color of the car adds or deducts from the total purchase price. Sometimes, car buyers may even end up having to settle for a color they don’t want. After that comes the saving up funds to get your car repainted into the hue you want. Sounds arduous but thankfully there are now more options available for car owners everywhere! Specifically: Vinyl Car Wraps.

A Vinyl Wrap is basically a giant sticker that you can put on and take off from surfaces with very little difficulty. A Vinyl Car Wrap is an even bigger sticker that can have a specific design or decal for your vehicle. Despite it only being quite popular now, it’s been around for quite a while. It’s been the go-to of most companies for their mobile advertising as it is a lot cheaper than a more permanent space, durable, has the option of being interchanged with other ads, and the application is fairly easy. Luckily for the everyday consumer, technology has advanced sufficiently that vinyl wraps are more affordable to produce. This automatically means that the overall cost of getting a vinyl wrap for your car has gone down significantly.

If you’re looking to use a vinyl wrap for your car, there are several factors you need to consider: make and model of car, how much of your vehicle is going to be wrapped, who’s going to do the wrapping, what design are you aiming to apply, what film type of vinyl will be used, etc.

A partial wrap, of course, would cost less than say a full wrap. A larger car like a truck will cost more compared to an old model of Volkswagen. And it’s not just large vehicles that you can wrap with vinyl; even motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles can be wrapped with vinyl nowadays. The process is fairly simple, the every day consumer can even DIY it themselves. Novice application kits are now being sold on the market for as low as $29. Also, a car owner that knows how to apply, care for, and remove vinyl properly now empower themselves to more opportunities to wrap their vehicle at an even lesser cost. This is why a lot of car lovers now are known to keep changing the vinyl wrap on their cars just for fun.

Partial car wraps, like the one for just the doors, hood, or rear cost as little at $250 to $300—less, if you’re doing the application yourself. Full car wraps can range from around $2000 to $5000.

Considering all this, why would it be a good idea to choose a vinyl car wrap over getting your car repainted? The answer is simple: vinyl car wraps can be removed and changed whenever you want. Also, the different finishes that car enthusiasts usually aim for with a new paint job is now completely doable with a vinyl car wrap. You want a chrome, matte, gloss, or carbon fiber finish? It’s fully achievable now with vinyl. Most people are now growing more aware that vinyl wraps (with proper care) can last pretty long. The average has been noted to be seven to twelve years. Graphic printed upon vinyl wraps aren’t as durable but still last on an average of five to seven years.

If at the moment vinyl car wraps are a bit on the pricey side for you, just waiting a few years can see a dramatic decline in pricing as the technology we have is constantly improving. Most car lovers are pretty happy with vinyl car wraps as it opens up more chances for them to express themselves through the various colors, designs, and types of vinyl currently in the market today.

Car Wraps 101

Car Wraps 101 – All You Need To Know About Wrapping Your Car

Car wraps have quickly revolutionized the mobile advertising sector. They are sometimes referred to as mobile billboards. The wraps are decals with graphics applied directly on the car to change its appearance. The decals or labels are temporary fixtures that can be removed and have the vehicle back to its originals paint color.

What Is A Car Wrap?

The wraps are often vinyl signs or decals used to wrap or cover sections or entire surfaces of vehicles. The earlier version of wrapping was done using actual paint but this has been modernized to the use of magnetized vinyl signs. The decals have graphics printed on the surface and then laminated to protect the vinyl and the graphics from UV rays and abrasions.

How Is The Wrapping Done?

The wraps are often placed on sections of the car that are visible. Such sections include the truck, the hood, and the doors. The car roof is considered to have the least visual effect. Vehicle wrapping can either be a full wrap or a partial wrap. A partial wrap can have one part of the car wrapped, half of the vehicle, or a third of the vehicle wrapped. A full wrap entail a complete covering of the vehicle though the roof can at time be excluded.

What Do Wraps Do?

As mentioned, car wraps are mainly used for advertising purposes. Often, wrapping is done or van, buses, and large truck though salons and other small cars can also get wraps. The objective of wrapping is to have a low cost advertising strategy that ensures the intended message gain a big coverage.  Wrapping is often considered by private businesses that have a fleet of vehicles. They choose to wrap their cars to advertise their business. Alternatively, some private vehicle owner allow their cars to be wrapped and used and advertising platforms but for a fee, of course.

Vehicle wrapping has gone mainstream to a point where single color wraps are the new way of giving vehicles a short-term color change.  AZ Car Wraps is the leader in Phoenix for color change wraps. The single color or solid color wraps have gained popularity more so because they are designed to easily blend in with the car’s original color paint especially in sections that the wrap may not cover such as the door seams. Nevertheless, today’s wrapping technology make it possible to do fine detailed wrapping to even parts such as door handles.

How Much Do Car Wrapping Cost?

The cost of wrapping a vehicle depends on several factors. The first thing to factor in is the type of brand to be used. The top car wrapping brands are Arion, 3M, Avery, and Orascal. Here are the main elements that determine the cost:

  • The graphic design for the vinyl decal
  • The size of the vehicle to be wrapped
  • The condition of the vehicle’s surface
  • The type of vehicle wrap brand preferred
  • The nature or structural flow of the vehicles surface
  • How long the wrap should stay on the car

With such issues among others factored in, full car wraps can cost between $2,500 and $3,500. Prices can go lower if the wrapping is partial or the graphic details or not complex.