There are centain limitations of filming. We strongly recommend you to explain these to customer before starting installation.
- Filming can't be carried out on non-painted surfaces like rubber, plastic, steel and chrome.
- Filming can't be carried out on painted but soft surface.
- Film can't be put on small raised designs or small dips.
- Clearly point out customer areas where film can not be put due to difficult contour or heavy turns.
- Educate customer about stretch marks (only in Armor Film), potential cuts and joints.
- Clearly point out customer where joints are likely to come.
- Throughly check vehicle for any damages, scratches, paint peel off, stone marks, chipping, paint damages on edges, etc. Please note your observations and explain to customer. Explain customer risk of paint peeling off near stone marks, chipping, or loose paint.
- With hand check painted surface. Painted surface must be smooth. Film can not be put on rough or damaged painted surface. Please note your observations and explain to customer. DO NOT ATTEMPT FILIMG THIS PORTION.
- Check interior of vehicle and also note down all accessories. Please note your observations and explain to customer.
- Note down all your observations on inspection report and take customer's signature.
- As per requirement, remove accessories like lamps, mirrors, number plates, etc. Loosen bumpers.
- Clean vehicle properly. If vehicle is used, carry out good exterior body treatment to remove tar marks, dirt, scratches, etc. It also increase paint gloss.
DO NOT WAX/POLISH AFTER EXTERIOR TREATMENT. If it is waxed/polished, carry out a thorough soap wash the vehicle. Ensure all edges, joints, hidden areas are cleaned properly using steam wash.
- Just before filming, clean the portion with 20% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) and 80% water mixture. Carry out this a couple of times. Rub clean the portion with clean cloth.
- Clean the surface with mild soap + water mixture. Wipe with clean cloth. Repeat it a couple of times.
- Ensure surface is clean. Pay special attention to edges, joints, lining portion and lower side of vehicle. If needed use fine and soft brush like toothbrush to clean edges, joints and lining portion. Otherwise hidden dirt tends come out along with soap water during filming.
- Measure and cut piece of film as per size of the panel to be filmed. Cut the film to the shape of the panel leaving 2" extra film.
- We strongly recommend you to plan film cutting for minimizing film usage.
- Most bumpers are less than 30" in height. Take out pieces for front and rear portion from a 5' width roll. In some SUVs they are less than 24' in height. In that case take out from 4' width roll. Any excess can be used for runners below doors.
- For joint free frame, use a single 5' width piece starting near tail light to near side mirror. Take out portion of two doors. Film portion near windows can be cut and kept aside. Later on this piece can be used on side mirrors and runners below doors
- For all other portions use 4' width roll.
- Remove the back protective film, spay mild soap solution (like Johnson Baby soap, Easy, etc.) on the back of film and on panel. All vinyls/cooling films/roofing film are bubble free. They can be applied dry. Dry application is faster and cleaner.
- Paste the cut portion on the panel. Work with squeeze/brush to paste. On curved portion give low heat to film and give shape of curve. Press with cloth and hard squeeze to give shape.
- Once the basic shape is given, remove the top protective layer.
- Remove the whole film and reapply after spaying soap solution on both sides, if required. Work from center to outside.
- Low heat the film to give shape. Use cloth for pressing and give shape. Do not over stretch hot film. Overstretching can leave stretch marks.
- If there is a dip in the panel and film cannot pasted or it keeps coming off, let that portion cool down and then retry. In case of difficult area apply 3M Primer 94, let primer dry for 5 mins and then paste it. Use minimum primer.
- In case of very difficult portion, you may need to give a small cut and take-out the excess film. Ensure cut is at the right place, uniform and small.
- Finish edges of film by turning around the panel or pressing below lining, etc. Apply 3M Edge Sealer 3950 where edges are finished.
- Ensure that water is completely squeezed out. Pay special attention to lower portion of the body as it requires more bending. Take out water from bubbles using a syringe.
- Paste matching color radium tape on the edges of installed film.
- All exposed edges should be sealed using 3M Edge Sealer 3950.
The following image illustrates typical joint points. As far as possible put joints near a panel design. The joint on fenders come approximately 2'3" from the top.
Bumpers and Trunk are some of most difficult parts of any vehicle. Please use the following techiques.
Ensure lights are uninstalled and bumpers are loosened to have at least 3-4" gap. Always start from center to side ways.
Dips Near Lights and Truncks : This is one of the most diffcult part. Here film tends to pop out. To ensure quiker and firm pasting dry that portion, apply 3M Primer 94, let primer dry for 3-5 minutues and press film hard for few seconds. On primed portion you can not retry again and again. Ensure edges are tucked inside. Edges should be pasted using radium tape/feviquick. Similar dips are present near the truck on the rear bumper. Seal all edges with 3M Edge Sealer 3950.
Sharp Bends Near Bumper Corners : This portion turn three ways at the same time. Also, the area on the upper part suddenly decreases. Here film tends to shrink. To ensure quick and good finish, one applicator should hold and pull film in the right direction. Another applicant should heat the film and start pasting with squeeze or dry cloth. If needed use apply 3M Primer 94.
Curve Designs : These sort of designs require cuts or have to be finished with small pieces. Ensure there are minimum cuts on visible surface. Since this portion is on the lower side, these cuts are not easily visible.
Film can come off only from exposed edges because poor installation, washing or film contraction/expansion. All exposed edges must be sealed using 3M Edge Sealer 3950. Also seal with radium tape where possible. The following are some of the areas requiring special attention.
- Lower portion of bumpers and side panels
- Wheel portion
- Top portion of bumpers
- Edge near trunck
- Edges of front fender near doors
- Edges in fuel tank inlet
- Do not heat a large portion of film at a time and stretch.
- Take extra care while finishing edges. Press hard an inch of portion at a time.
- Do not cut out potion for emblem or handle before pasting. Because during pasting the film tends to shift. To work in that area, just give a small linear cut.
- Take extra care while pasting film in the lower portion. As this portion requires bending, there is a tendency of not applying full pressure to squeeze out water and not finishing edges.
- If joints are required, try to give them on a curved potion. This way joints will not visible.
- Try giving overlapping joints.
- If joints are coming on a portion which is a plain surface, try giving diagonal joints. Diagonal joints are less noticeable than vertical/horizontal joints.
- If cutting of film is required to be carried out on the panel, put a film waste piece at the bottom and cut film. This will reduce chances of scratches from cutter.
- Never expose film edges pointing upwards. Film may come out during washing.
It is very important to finish car properly. No customer likes to see bubbles, loose ends, improper cutting, etc. There is chance that film may come off if proper finishing is not carried out. It is always better to finish properly than redoing later on.
- Open all panels like doors, trunck and bonnet. Visually inspect all edges. Ensure edges are firmly pasted and finished with radium tape. Give light heat to radium tape to make it firm.
- Touch the lower side of running boards, fenders and bumpers. There MUST not be loose ends. All edges should be finished with radium tape, otherwise water can seep inside.
- Take car under sun, check each and every panel for bubbles. Bubbles are easlily noticable from an angle. In the evening/night use white bright light to check bubbles. These bubbles are easily removable. Lots of bubbles means applicant did not use force to take out water.
- Carefully check for any left over water. Especially check near edges.
- Check whether edges near lights are properly tucked inside. Use radium tape to finish. If needed use 3M Edge Sealer 3950 for sealing. Sometimes near lights either wrinkles appear or film tend to pops out. A proper finshing and tucking of edges minimises the probabilty.
- Put accessories back.
- Inspect vehicle again in front of customer. Put your observations on the job card. Take signature of customer on delivery section.
- Explain customer all do's and don'ts.
- During and immediately after installation the filmed portion looks blur. Also, many stretch marks and squeeze marks may be visible. THIS IS VERY NORMAL.. Keep car for film to totally dry. These blurriness and marks slowly disappear after a few days of drying.
- Due to heat, the left out water will tend to either form bubbles or push the film out. Notice such portion and take out water using a syringe.
- Don't drive vehicle unless film is totally dry.
- Recheck the vehicle after 5-7 days and fix all defects.