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The Importance of Paint Protection Films

No matter what type of car you drive, it is certain that you care about how it looks. Sadly, the sand, bug splatter, pebbles, rocks and road debris that your car face on your daily drive don’t care about this at all. If you offer them sufficient time, they’ll do quite a good job on your vehicle’s paint. Fortunately, the owners who are serious about protecting their cars’ paint have some cost-effective options at their disposal.The best way to protect the paint of your vehicle is installing paint protection film. It is a clear, thin and transparent thermoplastic urethane that is applied on various portion of the vehicle in order to give strong and effective paint protection to the vehicle against the damages that are often caused by sands, gravels, small rocks, stone chips, road debris and all. There are various types of paint protection film that car owners can look for if they want to maintain the value of their vehicle for several years. One such film includes Clear Bra paint protection film.

How Does Paint Protection Film Work?

The Atlanta Paint protection film, also called the “Clear Bra” is a clear, high-gloss thermoplastic urethane film, used to protect your car from scratches, chips, road debris and, other elements by being applied to the paint on new or used vehicles. Presently, it is being used on other vehicles such as RV’s, boats, planes, motorcycles, and ATV’s. You can also notice it on mobiles, screens, and other electronic devices. Clear Bra Film comes with an ultra-violet inhibitor to prevent any yellowing of the surface, because of sun exposure.

What’s in a PPF?

Atlanta Paint protection film is the most popular and affordable solutions for preventing paint scratches. Not all automotive paint protection brands are created equal. Since every car enthusiast has a slightly different approach to the subject, it’s significant to note that the protection film offers some of these most significant benefits:


1. Matchless durability that keeps your car looking like new for many years to come
2. Paint protection film (PPF) provides chemical resistance to corrosive agents and solvents
3. A nationwide warranty that protects your film no matter what the condition
4. Self-healing technology that automatically repairs minor scratches and scrapes over the time
5. As it is invisible, it won’t change or modify the original design and color of your car

How to Reduce Scratches and Dings?

Of course, paint protection film isn’t the only option to ensure that your car remains scratch resistant for a long period of time. These consist of:

1. Do not attach foreign objects to your vehicle
2. Park away from heavy foot or vehicle traffic
3. Use touch-up paint when you see the first sign of a scratch

It’s also crucial to note that cleaning and proper maintenance are vital for any serious car owner. Taking time out of your day to visit the car wash each week can go a long way towards preserving the vehicle value.


While it might include some high-tech films, keeping your car looking like new isn’t exactly rocket science. There is a range of paint protection films that fight off those horrible scratches and preserve your car’s value long after similar models start looking their age. Look into paint protection film today to raise your car value.

Repairing Windshield Cracks and Chips

If you have a growing crack or chip in your windshield, you probably know it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Your choices are to replace the whole windshield, repair the crack or chip, or do nothing.

Replacing your whole windshield is an option. However it will likely cost you quite a bit of money. Unless you have tons of extra money lying around this would not be a solution for you. Even if you do there are other things to consider. Replacing the entire windshield will take more time as well. So unless you really have to replace the whole windshield you should try to get it repaired.

There are several different ways a windshield can be repaired, take the next few minutes to learn about each technique.


Let’s start with the DIY windshield repair technique that can be done at home. Most auto parts stores sell one or more DIY windshield repair kits. Each kit comes with a glass removal tool (often a razor blade), a suction or stabilizing device, a resin that is injected into the crack or chip and a sheet or two of curing film. The first step is to be sure the area you will be repairing is completely clean, then you can use the tool supplied in the kit or a small razor blade to remove any loose or semi-loose glass particles. This step is very important as any loose pieces will prevent the resin from making a clean and clear seal in the glass.


After removing any particles, you can then attach the suction or stabilizing device so that the opening is centred directly over the chip or crack. Then you will screw in a tube in the opening of the suction or stabilizing device. This is where you will next inject or drop in the sealing resin. The next step is to screw the tube in until it puts pressure on the glass. Some kits come with a plunger device for this purpose. The plunger or tube is released and pressed against the glass several times to remove any air bubbles. Lastly a sheet of curing film is placed over the fixed area for about 15 minutes. Then the film can be removed and the area wiped clean. If done correctly it should be very hard to tell where the chip or crack was.

There are other types of windshield repair kits that work like a vacuum as you push resin into the crack or chip, but these methods seem to make it a bit trickier to get the sealant or resin exactly where you want it. However, it is all about your comfort level and experience with glass repair that can help you determine which version of the product to use.

Professional windshield repair techs use a similar technique but it differs by the equipment used, not to mention their experience repairing windshields. Most windshield repair techs use a professional machine that injects the resin into the cracks or chips while keeping the surrounding glass pressured to create a tight seal. After the resin is injected a professional grade mylar, similar to the curing sheets in the DIY kits, is applied to the crack or chip. The windshield repair tech will then usually apply a high powered ultra-violet light directly to the area being repaired. This is done to fully cure the sealant or resin.

There is also a professional vacuum method similar to the DIY vacuum method, but in a glass or auto repair shop the technician would use a special machine designed for windshield repair. This small machine actually both draws air out from the cracks and compresses the glass together and at the same time it injects a resin to bond the broken glass together. Just as in the other technique, a ray of ultraviolet light is applied to the repair to fully bond it, creating a smooth and clear finish.

In the event the windshield needs to be replaced, your best bet is to have a professional do it. The window tech first first uses a special tool to remove the moulding from around the glass. The next step is to remove the damaged windshield. Windshield repair techs have a special suction device that grabs onto the glass and makes it easy to remove as all they have to do is pull the handle of the suction device, and out comes the windshield. Next the tech applies a primer to the outer edge of the glass and then applies a strong Urethane adhesive to the edge of the glass and the vehicle frame where the glass rests against. Lastly the tech reattaches or replaces the moulding and reattaches the windshield wipers. The vehicle will be safe to drive about an hour after replacement.

Wheel Care & Protective Coatings

Forging and casting are two very important terms used in the automotive car rims and in the car wheel manufacturing industry. Both forged and cast are the terms used to describe the manufacturing process of wheels. Both cast and forged wheels are made of aluminium but, the method of wheel manufacturing is different! The differentiating factors between the two types is really how the wheels are built. In this article we will be covering the differences between the different types.

Cast wheel vs forge wheel


In the process of casting molten aluminium is poured into a mold by using a vacuum. It is a characteristic of aluminium that if it adopts the shape of the mold in which it has been poured in molten form. In the process of casting, a desired shape of the wheel can be obtained. After pouring the aluminium in the mold it is allowed to cool and after cooling, minor modification can be made in shape if required. Drilling and trimming are common changes that are being made in the final outlook of the wheel. This process of wheel manufacturing is relatively easy and less expensive. The process of solidifying the molten aluminium makes the metal inconsistent due to oxidation, cracking and reduces the integrity of the wheel.


On the other hand, during the forging process solid aluminium (not molten) is used. This solid piece of aluminium is called as billets. Billet pieces are allowed to heat up by putting on heat and an intense hydraulic pressure is applied to form the wheel rims. These wheel rims are then configured into different profiles to make different designs in the final shape of the wheel by using lathes. The raw forging that is formed by the application of heat and pressure is the actual form of aluminium that is used to give any desired shape to the raw forging.

Forged wheels

Although the process of forging is hard and requires great tolerance of the manufacturers, but it is best to obtain the structural integrity of the wheel and to obtain high performance of the wheel. Forging is a costly process of wheel manufacturing, but it gives more benefits to the consumer

The compatibility and structure of the solid aluminium is by all means good as compared to the liquid aluminium that is used in the formation of the cast wheel. The application of pressure during forge wheels manufacturing makes them 3 three superior in performance as compared to the cast wheel.

Forge wheels are 25 to 30% lighter in weight than cast wheels and lighter wheels are highly demanded. The light weight of the forge wheels leads to better fuel efficiency by providing the longer brake system to the car. Forge wheels are durable, consistent and ensures the safe drive. The shape that is acquired after a hard process is fine, durable, less resistant to oxidation and corrosion. The manufacturer has an extensive control over the conditions during the forging process so he can add desired features to the wheel.

The 335i Successor Hits the Streets in 2016

The BMW 3 Series can be described as a near-luxury model. It comes as a sedan, coupe, and convertible. Since its first launch with the 1977 model year, the iconic 3 Series has gone through 6 generations of production. Today, we’re going to compare 2 of the BMW 3 Series models – the BMW 335i and the BMW 340i. The new BMW 3-series 340i’s mid-cycle updates have made a good vehicle a little better than the previous BMW 3-series 335i. Knowing its performance-rrecord, we can’t help but showcase the defining characteristics.


The biggest differentiator from the BMW 335i Gran Turismo is the new engine. The company’s new 3.0-liter inline six engine, internally called the B58 replaces the outgoing N55 engine from the BMW 335i. With the engine change, the BMW 3-series model name changes from BMW 335i to BMW 340i xDrive Gran Turismo. Though similar in format, the new B58 belongs to BMW’s portfolio of modular-build engines. The modular engines stretch from 3 to 6 cylinders and encompass both diesel and gasoline engines. In fact, it’s a new 3.0-liter turbo with more power, and torque. The the B58 produces 320 horsepower, a 20 hp improvement over the outgoing 335i model. Peak torque is an impressive 330-lb-ft of torque (30 more than the previous model).

The turbocharger is a TwinPower twin scroll, part of BMW’s “EfficientDynamics” family, and manages to be both dramatic and discrete at the same time: a whole lot of extra grunt, but practically zero turbo lag. It’s hooked up to an optional (unflappable) 8-speed automatic gearbox, which can make the new 3-series Gran Turismo go hilariously, stupendously quickly. Paired with a 6-speed-manual, the B58 shaved a few-tenths off the 0-to-60 mph-time of the manual 335i model, returning a 4.8 second dash. This makes the BMW 340i model the fastest 3-series that money can buy, short of the all out M3.

The refinements to-the 340i’s chassis are slightly more modest. They include retuned rear dampers, stiffer front struts, and new programming for-the electrically-assisted steering. The results are-fairly incremental: The ride’s a bit more composed. Improved body-control makes for steadier, flatter cornering. Thankfully, the 340i Gran Turismo bounds better than the last car model. The electric power steering and revised suspension geometry make the 340i come alive where the 335i was numb and removed. The handling improvements combined with the new engine make the 340i model distinctly more fun on a back-road than its predecessor.


Other 340i model upgrades over the 335i are the re-designed headlights with optional full LED lighting, running lights, and turn signals which are standard. The rear has a new bumper, with sharper and more dynamic LED taillights. The rear-end also gets more sculpted, with clearly defined lines. On the 340i Gran Turismo, LED headlights, running lights and turn signals are standard and the rear has a new bumper and LED lights. The rest of-the changes include subtle fascia & lighting touches as well as various new trim-pieces throughout the cabin. BMW has also changed around lots of the option packages. A Track Handling package is currently on the option sheet. Automatic high beams and adaptive LED headlights are new options. Besides, adaptive LED headlights and automatic high beams are new options as well.
While there is a marginal increase in prices on 4-cylinder models, the 340i Gran Turismo costs about 2-grand more than the 2015 BMW 335i Gran Turismo, at $46,795 to start. The outgoing 2015 BMW 335i, was priced at $43,750.