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Issue Eight
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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Eight
August 9, 2003
Cruising with Jay Leno
Hot Rod Power Tour
Paint Protection Film
Brake Pad Tech
Porsche Cayenne
Porter Cable Buffer
News
Coming Next Issue
Fernandez Racing
CPO Nightmares
Hot Lap: Strong Strut
Lotus Elise Preview


Paint Protection Films, continued.





Both Dynashield and Invinca-Shield custom-design and manufacture their kits using computer software and a sophisticated digital pattern-cutting machine. This eliminates a potentially serious problem as there is no free hand cutting involved. Many installers of other kits have to use knives to cut the film during installation and this could lead to paint damage if a mistake is made. The software and cutting machines were major investments, but both companies feel it gives them a big advantage over the competition. Dynashield primarily uses protection film from two companies, 3M and Venture, while Invinca-Shield uses 3M products almost exclusively. Each have advantages and disadvantages and Messer from Dynashield discusses the differences with every customer before producing the kit. After the kit has been cut, attention focuses on prepping the car, and this is where the similarities between Dynashield and Invinca-Shield end. Dynashield wants the customer to bring his or her car to their shop or one of their handful of installers.

After a day with the Messer's, we learned the ropes of their technique. Each car is hand washed before it's pulled into their workshop. The workshop itself is impressive; ventless, sealed and insulated with air conditioning and a 3-micron air filter making for ideal work conditions. The shop is not for show; it provides a controlled atmosphere that assures a top quality installation by eliminating dust and other particles from interfering and causing durability problems in the future. Once in the shop, Brenda Messer carefully preps the areas to be protected by using an adhesive remover to take off wax, paint sealant, bug residue and any contaminants. That's followed by a swirl mark remover which removes light scratches and polishes the paint to perfection.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Dynashield kit is the use of up to 48" wide sheets of film instead of the more common 24" wide sheets. For many vehicles this allows for one-piece protection on large areas such as the hood. The larger sheets eliminate seams and edges, giving a clean look to the installation. It makes for a challenging installation; however, and only a few shops have successfully installed a Dynashield kit. Messer makes it look easy by using a steam buggy to set the film instead of a heat gun which he believes can blister the film if used carelessly. The entire installation process can take up to 12-14 hours when done by the Messer's. Many vehicle owners leave their cars overnight, and some even have them trucked-in to be worked on. While we were visiting, a BMW Z8 was parked in the Messer's garage, awaiting its application of paint protection film before being extensively driven.

Dynashield focuses on the high-end vehicles of the automotive landscape, producing kits for brands such as Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti and a few select models such as the Nissan 350Z. Contact Dynashield directly at www.dynashield.com or (770) 471-8598 if you are interested in their products. Along with the front-end bra they offer door edge guards and headlight guards. They also offer less expensive kit alternatives for those who want to install it themselves.


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