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Issue Eight
Table of Contents

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
Coming Next Issue
Fernandez Racing
CPO Nightmares
Hot Lap: Strong Strut
Lotus Elise Preview

Paint Protection Films, continued.

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Speaking of do-it-your kits, Invinca-Shield is the premiere source for do-it-yourself car buffs. Invinca-Shield is one of the most popular choices because they make ready to apply film protection for over 4,000 car models. Numerous shops all around the country can apply Invinca-Shield on your car, but they are quick to point out that their product is very user-friendly. An instructional video comes with every purchase, along with all of the tools to get that professional look. The kit also includes a few sample pieces to experiment with before tackling the big job.

Invinca-Shield is based out of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and has eight full-time employees. The company has been in business for more than seven years, which has allowed it to collect an extensive library of templates that cover almost all cars produced in the last 10 years. Kits for many popular classics are also available. The entire library is on a database that enables easy access, ensuring same-day order processing in most cases.

Templates for motorcycles, boats, RVs, racecars and commercial trucks are also available. Another thing that sets Invinca-Shield apart from the competition is the ability for customers to order individual pieces instead of only complete kits. This is ideal for cars that may have aftermarket accessories.

As far as installation is concerned, "patience is key" according to Invinca-Shield CEO Thomas Bell. He described applying the film as being very similar to applying window tinting or wallpaper, "but dealing with the contour is a factor," he added. "It's much easier to apply the film to the flat front of a Ford F150 than to the front of a compound-curved Maserati."

One of the biggest concerns with paint protection film is the effect of aging, but there's no need to worry. The film will not yellow because it contains a UV protection agent that prevents discoloration. It still allows the sun's rays to penetrate the film, which keeps the covered areas from looking more vibrant than unprotected portions. So, if for any reason you decided to take the film off, your paint would not appear two-toned afterwards. Also, the film will not remove any paint or have any other kind of effect on properly painted surfaces when taken off. If Invinca-Shield sounds like the right fit for you, contact them at or (336) 838-1392.

After visiting the shops, we were left with the clear impression that proper installation of paint protection film is the most important component in obtaining a top quality, durable product. While a do-it-yourself kit may be tempting to those trying to save a few bucks or just feel like tackling this project, it would be a good idea to explore all the options available before plunking down your hard earned cash. Whichever direction you take, there is no question paint protection has come a long way from black vinyl bras and pieces of plastic wrap flapping in the wind.

Justin Downum and Steve Litscher contributed to this article. All photography courtesy of Bret Frazier.

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