Kit Wits

Dec 3, 2009

Pre-cut PPFs and window films are part of the installation equation.

While there are those who cut and install window film and/or paint protection films strictly by hand, and those who download or use CDs of predesigned vehicle patterns for PPFs and window films, it is the pre-cut film kits that many installers – scores of whom are film-maker certified – rely on to get the job done.

Following are some of the kit suppliers whose products may serve your needs.

Solar Gard / Bekaert Specialty Films, San Diego, has the Solar Gard Clearshield starter kit containing all tools necessary to get a paint protection film business started: pre-cut Clearshield Kit, Jiffy Steamer, self-learning Clearshield Installation DVD and Clear Max Squeegee. Clearshield paint protection film is available in pre-cut kits or in roll form.

3M, St. Paul, Minn., has its Scotchgardâ„¢ Paint Protection Film available in narrow rolls to help protect door edges by reducing paint dings and nicks that are common on these vulnerable edges. Edge guards are quick and easy to install. Pre-cut to fit virtually any vehicle; doesn’t require the use of software or electronic cutting equipment.

Husky Liners, Winfield, Kans., has Husky Shield 6-mil urethane paint protection kits that are application specific; ready to install out of the box. Hood, fender and door edge kits for most vehicles. Installation tools offered as individual and combo kits, as well as bulk film, to cover almost any application.

Performance Tools Distributing, Plain City, Ohio, has window tinting and paint protection film products for restyling businesses: clear-coated PPF in full or partial rolls; extensive selection of kits for cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs; and tools needed for professional installation.

Lamin-x Protective Films, Blue Ridge, Ga., has headlight, tail light and fog light covers for the restyling industry. Available in clear, yellow, blue, tint, gunsmoke, smoke, charcoal and red. Uses Lamin-x adhesive-backed 17-mil films. Kits are fully packaged with installation tools and instructions for end-user or dealer installation.

Marklyn Group Inc., Brampton, Ont., has Moonrakerâ„¢ Professional Installer film created to provide a greater amount of slip. Heavier amounts of adhesive increase bonding and help reduce fine scratches in glass. Excess amounts of UV stabilizers and blockers directly increase the life of the film and maintain color.

Topline USA, Traverse City, Mich., has the LEADINGEdgeâ„¢, pre-cut paint protection kits for cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, RVs and motorcycles. Kits for hood, fender, mirror, bumper and more. 3M Scotchgard and VentureShield, manufacture the 8-mil films. Headlight kits available in 14 mil. Training, tech support and tools available.

Star Shield Armor, Irwindale, Calif., has invisible bras designed to protect the painted surface of vehicles from rock chips, salt and other road debris. Using an 8mm thermoplastic urethane film to cover vulnerable surfaces, each kit is precision cut to fit hood, fenders, lower body panels and other high-impact areas.