Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Car Wrap

Yes you can! However, it is always best to double check with your dealership.

Post-heat is a crucial step that can’t be missed; especially on all RepoTack colors. Our films will lose memory between 205 to 215 Fahrenheit (95-100 degrees Celsius) Once it reaches that temperature the memory dies.
You must use a heat gun because the propane torch is too strong and provide less control of the heat! Must also use an infrared thermometer in unison with the heat gun to be able to measure the vinyl’s temperature during the post-heating process.

Heat the area by moving the heat gun around or back-and-forth (do not keep it stationary pointing at one spot as it may over-heat the vinyl too quickly) and use your temperature gauge to ensure the heat at the right temperature. So be sure to apply this to all complex shapes, recesses and extrusions: bumpers, mirrors, overlaps etc. If you don’t do this your vinyl could return to its original shape and start lifting, bubbling & curling if over stretched.

Never forgot your IR gauge. By thinking you can achieve the same results by just heating for a longer period of time. That type of guesswork is dangerous as you may overheat the vinyl and damage the finish!

Make sure the car is properly washed and free of dust before the installation process starts. 

During the removal process it is important to apply heat with a heat gun to the vinyl, up to a temperature of 50ºC. In regards to this, pay extra attention to the painted plastic parts and areas of the bodywork that have been repainted. It is the responsibility of the customer to determine the suitability of the self-adhesive vinyl with the surface that it is to be applied to.

The time it takes to remove vinyl is affected by many factors, such as the time passed from the application, exposure of the decoration either outdoors or indoors, type of surface, temperature of the room and of the surface, etc.

Make sure the material is stored in a cool environment.

Warranty depends on the individual product line and also how the vinyl is taken care of. To find out the warranty of the a specific product, please visit the resources tab of website. In the resources tab you can find all the technical information regarding the product lines.

Installation prices depend upon the individual installer. Installation prices typically range from $2,500 To $6,000.

It depends on the individual color. On our swatchbook you are able to see if it applied in one direction. For metallic colors, we recommend installing in one direction.

It depends on the individual color. On our swatchbooks you are able to see if it applied in one direction. For metallic colors, we always recommend installing in one direction.

No, vinyl wrap is not permanent.

The best way to clean the material is with water and a neutral soap. Make sure the soap doesn’t have an additive, polish, or an other add ins! The more neutral the soap is the better

UltraJet: Our newest technology. The 4th generation of our technology. Pressure Sensitive. Makes the installation process faster and easier. Easy to adjust into position because of the its slideability feature. Post heat the material after installation.   Repotak: Our 3rd Generation Technology. Heat Sensitive. Needs to be heated in order to become stretchy. Needs to be posted-heated to remove air bubbles or bumps.

A vehicle wrap should not damage factory or high quality paint. If the vinyl is removed properly, then the vinyl won’t leave residue, or remove any paint or clear coat.

FAQ Ultramatte colors

Yes, you can wash the car.

Yes, you will need to post-heat. It is best to post heat at 215 degrees Fahrenheit

During the removal process it is important to apply heat with a heat gun to the vinyl, up to a temperature of 50ºC. In regards to this, pay extra attention to the painted plastic parts and areas of the bodywork that have been repainted. It is the responsibility of the customer to determine the suitability of the self-adhesive vinyl with the surface that it is to be applied to.

The time it takes to remove vinyl is affected by many factors, such as the time passed from the application, exposure of the decoration either outdoors or indoors, type of surface, temperature of the room and of the surface, etc.

For the best results, the UltraMatte vinyl should be cleaned with the pressure washer set at a low setting. It is also fine to clean the material with water and soap. For a good maintenance of the UltraMatte vinyl, regular cleaning is recommended.

Do not use a rag. For drying it is best to use a fan or let the car air dry

This is a very matte material in comparison to other vinyls. It is velvet-like and very smooth to touch.

No, there is no problem if the UltraMatte vinyl gets wet

Yes, the UltraMatte vinyl is very stretchable.

Ultramatte is vinyl with a suede/velvet finish made exclusively by APA. There are 5 colors that come in the Ultramatte finish: Black, Militray Green, Burgundy, Blue, and Grey.

APA’s UltraMatte material comes in rolls of 18 yards, 27 yards, and 54 yards. You can also by the material by individual yards. The width of the material is 57 inches.

FAQ Tail-Lights

No, taillight smoke vinyl film cannot be used as window tint. However, some of the customers use our taillight film on polycarbonate motorcycle’s windshield 

Yes, taillight vinyl film can be used on headlights as well. On the headlights we recommend to use the taillights without air release. 

Yes, the taillight vinyl film needs to be post-heated at 215°F

Make sure the surface is clean and dry before beginning the installation process

  • APA’s Taillight vinyl film with air release channels comes in 3 different shades: Light, Medium, and Dark
  • APA’s Taillight vinyl film without air release channels comes in 2 different shades: Light and Medium
    • We even have a matte light taillight film

Yes, the taillight vinyl film is stretchable like our car wrapping material. Our taillight smoke film is full cast PVC, that makes it easier to stretch with heat.

Tail light film not only makes your car more stylish, but also prevents yellowing and cracking of your lights.

Taillight smoke film with air release channels require dry application and taillight smoke film without air release require wet application.

Most of our customers prefer dry application because it makes the installation process faster and easier.

The width of our taillight film is 19.5 inches. APA Taillight film comes in 5 yards, 25 yards, or 32 yard

FAQ Frosted films

All of our films are very durable, however care still should be taken not to scrape or gouge films.

Yes, most of our films can be installed onto Plexiglas or Polycarbonate sheets. Unlike glass or mirror, Plexiglas expands and contracts by temperature and also emits gasses. This may cause many small air bubbles between glass surface and film as time goes on, causing the film to appear wrinkled or blistered.

Yes, you can.

Yes, you can remove frost material.

Always on the inside if possible. The films will stick to the outside, but the life of the films will be reduced due to weathering if installed on the exterior side (exposed to the elements).

We have both frosted film with air release and without air release.

Dry application is used for frosted material with air release. Wet application is used for frosted material without air release.

Peel away the film from one corner and pull the film from the glass. If any adhesive remains on the glass it can easily be removed with a spray of soapy water and a single edge razorblade.

Yes, both adhesive and static cling films can be installed in humid and moist conditions.
If being installed on a shower door, mounting on the outside of the shower door is recommended.

Yes, it is easy to install.

We have the regular, blue, gold, green, pink, yellow, and sandblast frosted vinyl.

Frost film also known as etched glass is a self-adhesive film, ideal for full or partial covering of glass windows. It uses a crystal effect.

We have FT and FX frosted material which is the air release frosted material. This makes installation easy and quick.

Under reasonable weather conditions, film will dry flat with no blisters within 30 days when viewed under normal viewing conditions. Normal viewing conditions are viewing treated windows from a distance of ten feet from the room side, looking at a clear or uniformly overcast sky. Since a particle-free application isn’t possible, there may be small amounts of dust or grit caught between the film and glass.

There may also be a small amount of water left behind the film, particularly with the thicker films. Please be patient. Although in most cases this evaporates within 5-7 days, in rare cases this could take up to 90 days for the water to fully evaporate through the film.

Frosted material is available in 10 yards, 27 yards, and 54 yards.

Basically, you will need tools to clean the glass, cut the film, squeegee the film and spray the soap and water solution.

FAQ APA Truck

Yes, you can cut it.

In order to prepare the truck for the application process you need to clean it.

Only proper application can prevent wrinkles and blisters. The application techniques are the same, however it must always be kept in mind that the material is softer than a normal cast, so use extra caution and work at a temperature no higher than 28 degrees. The material must always be applied on a clean sheet and horizontally on a flat surface.

Graphics sticking in the wrong places is prevented by applying the correct method of application (hinge method), experience and precision.

The application to partially or totally cover a sheet is identical. In any case, it is necessary to check the surface state of the cloth so that it is uniform and regular.

With the APA Truck vinyl for digital print it is necessary to pay much attention to the drying process of the solvents contained in the inks, as their presence could compromise the adhesion of the decoration. Before laminating the printed material with transparent vinyl L/281 or L291 (and in any case before applying the printed material on the curtain) make sure that the solvents contained in the inks are evaporated completely. The waiting period could be between 24-72 hours.

Over 20 years.

You should not use heat in the application process.

Before applying the vinyl it is necessary to clean the PVC curtain carefully and remove any trace of grease. It is recommended to use ethyl alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol. The quick evaporation avoids any liquid drops that may remain trapped in the porosity of the curtain. In any case at the end of the cleaning use a dry cloth to eliminate any residue.

The curtain must be washed with non-aggressive detergents (no solvents or steam washes 100°C) and put much attention to the use of the pressure pistol: an insistent water jet exerted on the borders of the vinyl could create detachments and compromise the adhesion of the decoration. We recommend that you communicate these cleaning instructions of the curtain to the end user.

The truck can only be applied to a regular and flat sheet, not to straps or reinforcements that would alter its thickness, causing possible detachment and water infiltration.

For a correct application of the APA Truck vinyl, place the curtain you want to decorate on a flat and rigid surface. If the curtain is placed on the truck it is necessary to put a rigid panel behind the curtain. The application of the APA Truck vinyl must be done at a temperature no less than 10°C. To obtain the maximum adhesion of the vinyl onto the curtain we recommend the dry application method. We advise against using the wet application method, as the porosity of the curtain could detain parts of the liquid. The trapped liquid between the vinyl and the curtain could compromise the adhesion of the vinyl. Use a low/medium tack application tape to avoid using too much force when removing it. Using a higher tack could result in a detachment of the vinyl from the curtain. Remove the tape at least half an hour after the application, this will allow the adhesive of the APA Truck vinyl to adhere to the curtain. The maximum adhesion of the APA Truck vinyl happens after 48 hours. Therefore, we recommend to allow the curtain rest for at least 72 hours before using the vehicle. If possible, avoid putting the vinyl on top of other vinyl and onto parts of the curtain that undergo strong excessive mechanical stress or continuous bends like the areas of opening/closure. The APA Truck vinyl must be applied onto a smooth curtain. Do not apply onto folds, creases and seams.

They must not be sealed.

There is not.

We advise against the wet application method, as the porosity of the curtain could detain parts of the liquid. The trapped liquid between the vinyl and the curtain could compromise the adhesion of the vinyl.

In order to transfer the graphics from the liner to the PVC curtain to be decorated, we suggest the use of APA AT/5 paper application tape or an application tape with a medium or low tack adhesive to avoid using too much force when removing it. Using a higher tack could result in a detachment of the vinyl from the curtain.

Soft with felt.

APA TRUCK was made with goal of making the decoration of truck curtains faster and simpler, reducing expensive downtime and, above all, offering our customers a greener and healthier alternative to paint. Today, 25 years after its debut, this cast film is met with a lot of approval by a market which increasingly recognizes and appreciates its unique and unparalleled features. APA TRUCK, an ultra-conformable and elastic cast film, is formulated to stick to PVC curtains, so that they can withstand the stress to which they are subjected to daily on the roads across the world.

The surface of the vinyl is delicate and therefore should be treated with care. Avoid rubbing against objects that could cause scratches or ripping of the vinyl beyond repair. An extended exposure to solar rays and to atmospheric agents could provoke a premature aging of the film. In regards to the digital print series, gloss films can lose shine and give a matte appearance. We recommend protecting the decorated surface from the sun and the elements to the greatest extent possible. For good maintenance of the vinyl, regular cleaning is recommended. To maintain the original finish of the vinyl with clear colors it is essential not to allow dirt to accumulate. In order to save the graphics, always roll the banner with graphics face up. Never fold the banner. If a film deterioration should arise, for example, fading, change of color or become brittle, the an immediate removal is recommended.

In case small bubbles form due to an incorrect application, you can try to make very small holes on the bubbles. For large bubbles, you will have to remove and redo the graphics.

It is recommended to apply the film in a room with a temperature between 15° and 28°C.

APA truck material is cast material.

Never use a hairdryer, detergents, never heat the lamination during the application phase. Do not use rough sponges and cloths, abrasive creams or very strong solvents.

The film has been formulated to weld onto PVC curtain surface.

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