There are many benefits to car film such as heat insulation, sun protection, and privacy, and some 4S stores will even provide “original film” for free. Many car owners will choose to apply film to their new cars. However, few car owners know that the so-called “original film” is just an excuse for 4S stores to make money and a bargaining chip for negotiating car purchases, and the quality cannot be guaranteed.
To avoid being deceived, here are some truths about the car wrap film industry that you should know:
Truth 1: There are four types of car wrap film:
Dyed film: the lowest-grade car film. This film is thin, does not insulate heat, and fades easily. It is widely available in small shops and is very cheap.
Coated printing film: a unique technology from Korea. This film is thicker and has good insulation performance, but poor transparency.
Metallic film: available in regular and precious metals such as aluminum, iron, chromium, platinum, and titanium. This film has moderate transparency and insulation but may interfere with signals and is expensive. This type of film was one of the first to enter the market, so consumers typically mistake it for a high-end film.
Nano-ceramic film: made with nano-titanium nitride as the base, produced through a combination of magnetron sputtering technology and metal nitriding technology. It is durable and corrosion-resistant and does not interfere with signals. It is currently considered the new trend in high-end film.
The current high-quality film includes precious metal film and nano-ceramic film. When selecting a film, you should first determine the type of film you want and avoid being misled by unscrupulous merchants who sell inferior-quality films.
Truth 2: Why is good car wrap film so expensive?
The insulation performance is the reason for its high price. Regardless of the brand, the better the insulation capabilities, the higher the price. Especially with front window film, the national standard requires light transmittance to be more than 70%, which makes it difficult to achieve both transparency and insulation. Therefore, the technology involved is very complex, which leads to the high price of good front window film.
On the other hand, inferior film not only lacks insulation ability but also pollutes the air inside the car. Due to the presence of paint, interior, and plastic, formaldehyde is already present in the car. An inferior car film would increase the formaldehyde concentration inside the vehicle, which can harm one’s health.
Truth 3: How to choose the right car wrap film?
Front window: If you want insulation, choose a car film with a higher infrared blocking rate and solar blocking rate within your budget. If you don’t need insulation, choose a film with high clarity. Do not choose poor-quality front window film, as it lacks practicality and may affect your vision and health.
Side and rear windows: It is best to apply the film. Most cars use tempered glass for these windows, which do not block UV rays or have insulation properties.
For cars with red, white, or black paint, choose light-colored car film. The light transmittance rate of the two front door windows cannot be too low and must ensure good driving vision, not affecting visibility through rearview mirrors or observations of road conditions when turning.
Truth 4: What does a real car wrap film store look like?
Three parts film, seven parts installation; a professional car film store is crucial. A legitimate car film store will have a dedicated workshop, and when the technician is applying the film, they will have a special cover for the dashboard and seats to prevent dust from getting on the film. If the store you choose lacks these facilities, it is best to leave and find a different store.