Stone Guard™: Door Edge Paint Protection
When it comes to vehicle paint damage there are two main areas that are the most heavily affected. The first is the front of the vehicle, because it is the most exposed to road debris, and the second is the door edges, because city street parking and parking lots leave little room for entering and exiting your vehicle. When your door hits a nearby vehicle, telephone poll, parking meter, or high curb, the paint easily chips around the door-edge pinch welds. With a simple strip of protective film this is easily avoided, and is one of the least expensive applications we offer at the shop.
At Diversity Auto Films we offer a range of extremely durable but completely transparent paint protection films that can be applied to your vehicle’s door edges. The protection package outlined here is a two door edge package that covers the complete passenger door edges of your vehicle. Read on to see how we do it, and click through to contact us with any questions or to make an appointment.
- Chip Protection
5 Year Warranty
What is involved
How we do it and why.
To complete a paint protection package we need to make sure the door panels being protected are impeccably clean and that we have factory cut films specific to your vehicle’s make and model.
To prep the paint surface we start by washing and drying all of the surfaces that will have protection films applied. In this case, each of the four door sills. We then clay bar the areas to remove any imperfections or contaminants like wax, grease, dirt, or industrial fallout from pollution.
When the vehicle is perfectly clean, the films are cut specifically for the vehicle’s make and model. We do not have to order any paint protection films for our clients, instead, we are able to print films that are pre-cut for the proper size and dimensions of every make and model of car in the world. By manufacturing the films on site, we save you time and money, create less waste, can perform a “knife-less” installation, and achieve a fit and finish that will go way beyond your expectations.
With a clean vehicle and custom films ready, we apply a slippery solution to the vehicle so we can easily centre the film on the panel. When it is perfectly aligned, we squeegee the remaining solution out from underneath, setting it in place. We allow the edges of the film wrap around the bottom of the hood to make a seamless install that is invisible to the naked eye from almost any distance.
To permanently set the film, it goes under infrared lights, similar to what we use for windows, for about 15 mins per panel to cure the adhesive. IR light penetrates the film to cure the adhesive, and we favour this method over using heat guns that just heat the surface and cause discolouration and can damage the material.
Once the panels are set, the vehicle is ready to be returned to the owner with a rock hard paint protection unrivalled in the industry.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take?
Generally speaking it takes about two hours to apply door edge protection. That means you drop of your car and pick it up the same day, hassle free.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes you do. Because we tint for major dealerships in town as well as individual clients we are usually booking about a week in advance for appointments. Some times in the year you can get in sooner, but just give us a call and we can let you know right away.
Our contact form allows you to tell us your vehicle’s make and model so we can give you an exact quote at the same time as booking your appointment.
Do these films require any maintenance?
No they don’t. You can wax them with spray wax and you can wash your car as you normally do. We recommend waiting 72 hours before you hit the pressure wash, just to be safe.
Can paint protection films be removed?
Yes, they can easily be removed at any time.
Do these films cause fade lines?
No they do not. These films do not block out UV light, so any fading to your vehicle’s will not be evident underneath the paint protection film.
Is there a warranty or guarantee?
The manufacturer gives a five year warranty against any defects, including peeling and chipping, and if you take good care of your vehicle, you can expect the film to last even longer than that.