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a.1 - How easy is it to apply?
TRANSPORTWRAP™ is designed specifically for this application. It is as easy as applying stickers to an object and adheres to any finished surface coat (ex. clear coat, powder coat, polished/brushed metals, glass, plastics, etc.)
a.2 - Is there a special technique to applying the wrap?
Always apply TRANSPORTWRAP™ to a clean and/or washed surface to ensure the best amount of adhesion. We do not recommend that you apply the product in heavy winds as dirt/dust will get trapped under the wrap and prevent good adhesion. To prevent any edge of the wrap from potentially being lifted during high speeds it is recommended to not leave any excess material dangling off any edge. Cut the material off just before the edge so that you will get a flat lay of the material. To fruther prevent any edge of the wrap from potentially being lifted during high speeds, begin wrapping the vehicle from what would be considered the rear when hauling and progress towards the front, layering over the previous layer. In the instance where the vehicle will be backed on to the carrier, you would want to start with the front and work towards the rear. This way all leading edges will benefit from being tucked under a layer of wrap that is more towards the direction the wind resistance will be originating from. The flatter and less air bubbles when you apply the better it will adhere. We recommend that you inspect the wrap every 500 miles to ensure that it is still adhered properly and replace any sections as necessary. Using this method and when properly applied, TRANSPORTWRAP™ has been known to go just over 3800 miles!
a.3 - What if I mess up during application?
TRANSPORTWRAP™ can easily be lifted and repositioned since the adhesive is designed to be low tack enough for easy removal but strong enough to resist edge lift during transport on the highway. (Note: Repositioning is different from removal. Once completely removed it cannot be reapplied.)
a.4 - How easy is it to remove?
TRANSPORTWRAP™ peels right off, cleanly and easily and does not damage the exterior of any cured, factory painted exterior finish as it is designed for this specific application.
a.5 - What if I want to cover the whole vehicle?
1 roll of TRANSPORTWRAP™ (400sq. ft) is typically enough to cover and protect an entire vehicle in most cases. Vehicles vary in size and shape. For example, covering a full size truck with extended cab will require almost the entire roll. Keep in mind that most dealerships do not even cover the entire vehicle during transport. However, they are also confident that the new vehicles being hauled will not leak/drip fluids down on to the lower rack of cars. If you do cover the entire vehicle, make sure to trim for opening doors, necessary air intakes, driver visibility, etc. as most likely your vehicle is going to be driven on and off the carrier transport during its journey. In addition make sure to trim off any excess around the wheel wells, rocker panels, fenders, bumper, etc. as you don't want any loose edges but rather every bit of Transportwrap™ laid as flat and as smooth as possible.
a.6 - What if I want more protection, can I wrap it twice?
TRANSPORTWRAP™ self adheres to itself for adding additional layers of protection to your vehicle surface. Customers may add multiple layers of material (especially during assembly or when towing) over certain areas that are more prone to a direct hit from road debris (front bumper, side view mirrors, bow/hull of a boat, dropping a tool, etc.). 1 pass of material = 3 mil thick, 2 passes = 6 mil, 3 passes = 9 mil, etc. However, please keep in mind that auto manufacturers only use 1 layer of material and find this sufficient.
b.1 - Is it okay to put it on my new paint job or "special" (ceramic or similar) coat?
When Transportwrapª is applied to cars that are right off the assembly line the paint is fully cured. There are no waxes, polishes, etc. applied to the surface thus ensuring maximum adhesion of the wrap to the body of the car on its way to dealerships. If you recently painted your car, common practice within the automotive paint industry is to recommend that you do not use any chemicals, cleaners, waxes, polishes, etc. on any re-painted surfaces for 30-90 days and/or until it has fully cured (completed gassing out phase). It would be best to contact your paint specialist to find out what they recommend for their paint product as they would be most knowledgeable about their own gassing out phases. A ceramic coating repels dirt and chemicals by creating a very, very low surface energy layer. This same low surface energy that repels water and chemicals so well will also keep our already relatively low-tack wrap from sticking to the vehicle while going down the highway. All in all it is not recommended to use in these instances as it is also possible with all of the various types of special coatings out there that there could be a reaction between a proprietary chemical formula and our acrylic based adhesive. Therefore it is recommended to only apply Transportwrapª to a vehicle's fully cured painted/clear coat finish and avoid waxes, nano, ceramic, fluoropolymer, teflon coatings as it will be difficult to stick. Finally, although our adhesive is water based and designed to not leave any residue nor damage paint or special coatings, you use at your own risk.
b.2 - Can it be used to protect other things (ex. boat, tractor, wagon, etc.)?
Yes, you can apply the wrap to various surfaces. Solid, finished and smooth surfaces such as various plastics, polished or brushed metals, finished woods, etc. will all adhere to TRANSPORTWRAP™. It will not adhere very well to fabrics, soft tops, heavily textured vinyl/plastic, or any other semi-porous surface. In addition to transport, our customers who are manufacturers use Transportwrap™ for protecting brand new cars during assembly (conventional and exotics), boats, firetrucks, tractors, custom handicap vans, helicopters (ground transport and assembly), airplanes (assembly), airconditioning units, packaged pumping systems, freeway signage, public park furniture, miscellaneous panels and more. If you would like to know if TRANSPORTWRAP™ will work in your application please contact us.
b.3 - Does it have an optimal "operating" temperature?
Yes. Our tack strength is balanced for optimum performance for a variety of weather conditions around the globe. With that being said, certain temperature extremes will affect tack strength and require either extra preparation and/or consideration for application/removal. For best adherence performance, it is recommended that the roll itself as well as the surface temperature you are applying to be approximately between 50-90 degrees F (10-32 degrees C). Even the strongest adhesives have difficulty adhering when applied in the cold. Do not store the roll outside and/or try to apply it to a surface outdoors if you are in or near freezing temperatures. For best results keep the roll(s) and vehicle(s) indoors prior to application if possible so the surface won't be too hot or too cold. Please note that ambient temp and surface temp are two different things as a surface can still stay warm in direct sunlight for application even if the air is cold. If applied and removed within optimal temperature range and conditions, the wrap can endure the hot highways of Arizona during the summer as well as harsh winter roads in Alaska.
c.1 - I see bits of residue left over after removal, what do I do?
While this is rare there are certain conditions in which this can occur. For optimal performance the wrap should be applied and removed between 45-90 degrees. There have been instances where if it is removed in very cold temperatures or very hot temperatures the adhesive layer can separate from the protective film and experience some transfer. As a result some portions of adhesive stay on the automotive surface while the rest is still on the wrap. If applied properly the material will stay on and protect outside of temperature spec but once the haul is complete it is advised that you either let Transportwrap™ warm up or cool down to within optimal temperature range prior to removal (for best performance) and again, same goes for applying it (for best stick). In instances where some residue is left after removal usually a car wash or two will get it off or you can try dish soap with warm/hot water manually. In the rare instance that there is still some residue left over after this, 3M's Advanced Auto Adhesive Remover or Motsenbocker's Tape & Adhesive Remover For Automotiver or Motsenbocker's Lift Off No. #2, (both for around $7) has a low-VOC formula that will breakdown the molecular adhesive bond of any remaining adhesive safely and easily as it is certified biodegradeable, uses a water-based formula that is safe on painted surfaces, and usually available at any hardware or cleaning supply store (Lowe's, Menard's, Home Depot, Walmart, etc.).
c.2 - I've heard that some carriers will not let you wrap your car, is this true?
As much as it does not make sense to prohibit an individual from wanting to protect their own property, this is actually true in certain instances. For ex. the state of Hawaii will typically not allow cars to come in with this wrap applied (concerns raised range from it bringing in foreign elements from the mainland like certain bugs, seeds, pollens, plants, etc.). In other instances, there are a few carrier companies and/or individual drivers that either prefer or will not allow the wrap since they are concerned it could hide defects on the car that could potentially be fraudulently claimed later. Of course this does not protect you from the damage that could still occur during transport from debris and dripping chemicals which you usually have to sign a waiver for anyways. In this event, we simply recommend you contact the carrier/driver ahead of time and suggest you take detailed pictures of all sides of the vehicle prior to wrapping and provide those to the carrier, reiterating how important it is to you to protect your vehicle's exterior finish. It is advised to confirm with your carrier that the vehicle can be covered with a protective wrap prior to ordering, especially if you may be riding on the bottom of the carrier.
c.3 - Are there daily shipping cut-off times?
All orders placed before 4:00pm MST ship out on the same day and will be received within 2-3 days (in some instances such as very rural/residential locations 4 days) and ship either FEDEX Ground, UPS Ground, or USPS Priority Mail. In order to be eligible for FEDEX Express Saver, Standard Overnight shipping, FEDEX First Overnight (delivery by 8am*) and FEDEX Priority Overnight (delivery by 10:30am*) (*to most locations) the order must be placed prior to 3:30pm MST to ensure that it will be worked and ship that day. When using FedEx, Saturday delivery must be specifically requested.
c.4 - I left it on too long and it dried up and is hard to come off, what can I do?
Our product is labeled either 30-day or 180-day. This is based upon our projections of the longevity and durability of the adhesive to retain its moisture in direct sunlight which will vary slightly by elevation and geographical location. If you either forgot to remove it or left it on past the recommended application time and depending upon several factors (elevation, indoor/outdoor, summer/winter, etc.) will effect how dried out the water-based adhesive has become leaving the material burdensome to remove. You cannot technically put the moisture back in to the water-based adhesive so it will not remove easily like it's intended to so here are some suggestions for removing it if you exceeded the prescribed limit: (1) Use dish soap, warm water, and a sponge. (2) A powerwasher spray. (3) Customers have had great success using 3M's Advanced Auto Adhesive Remover or Lift Off No. #2 (made by Motsenbocker's for around $7) available at any hardware or cleaning supply store (Lowe's, Menard's, Home Depot, etc. having a low-VOC formula that will breakdown the molecular adhesive bond of any remaining adhesive safely and easily as it is certified biodegradeable and uses a water-based formula that is safe on painted surfaces). Again, please save yourself this additional hassle and order accordingly and be mindful of applicaton time so as to not exceed the prescribed limit.
c.5 - Can I use it to protect my headlights during transit?
It depends. In some instances it can react with a car manufacturers' proprietary protective film/finish that they apply on their headlight lens covers (such as a UV protectant layer to prevent oxidation, a special film to prevent spider cracking, etc.). Due to the wide variety of manufacturers and their own R&D to try to keep headlights looking as bright, shiny and clear for as long as possible we unfortunately are unable to guarantee that our acrylic-based adhesive (water based) will not somehow interact with any manufacturers' proprietary film on your vehicle's headlight lens covers. However in the instance of a real glass headlight (typically on classic cars) without a lens cover or protective film, Transportwrap is safe to use on all glass (windshields, mirrors, etc.) so it can be used to protect headlights with a real glass front. If you are unsure of what material your headlight lens covers are made of (plastic, glass, acrylic, etc.), or whether or not it has some sort of film applied to it from the manufacturer, we recommend to play it safe and not use Transportwrap on your lens covers.
d.1 - Why do you ship USPS?
This is mainly for residential and rural customers and/or PO Box addresses. In addition, for a majority of international orders, the US Post Office has the lowest rates available. There are also instances where USPS Priority Mail is able to deliver a package to its intended destination faster than FEDEX Ground. For each order we do our best internally to determine the best carrier and choose the fastest delivery method. Customers are welcome to inquire estimated delivery times for ground shipments as well as inform us of their carrier preference.
d.2 - Why do you use Paypal?
It's fast, easy, insured, and does not require a Paypal account to use as it functions as a secure national/international credit card transaction processor. Paypal accommodates all of our international customers by providing instant exchange rates as we regularly ship overseas. Note: Distributors and customers on net terms can opt to remit payment via company check.
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