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Filling up at the gas station can be a little baffling, what with all of the options nowadays. Sometimes you’ll pull up to the pumps and see at least three options — sometimes even five or more. What makes different fuel grades special, and what makes premium, well, premium?
What Makes Premium Gas Premium?
First off, you have to know that the word premium is just marketing language. The name certainly justifies a higher price at the pump, but it doesn’t necessarily make it better, and it certainly doesn’t mean instant horsepower.
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Wraps are becoming more popular these days — even more so than painting. There are lots of reasons for this, not least of which is that wraps give you many more options than paint, and they’re usually cheaper too. But there’s more to the story.
Different Types of Car Wraps
There are two main types of vinyl wrap for cars: calendared and cast.
Cast vinyl is far more durable and can therefore be made thinner, so it’s great for complex shapes, such as those on cars with lots of fussy details like scoops and intakes.
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This comparison may sound like a joke waiting for a punchline, but if your car has a sunroof and your buddy’s car has a moonroof, does that mean they mostly use it at night?
Sunroof vs. Moonroof: What’s the Difference?
It turns out that a moonroof, properly defined, is a newer, higher-tech version of a sunroof. Both of them are holes in the ceiling of your vehicle, but the key difference lies in their history. It has a lot to do with the development of technology.
At one point in time, a sunroof was a panel in the roof of a car that could either be tilted for ventilation or removed altogether. The reason for it being removable was because it was, in the beginning, opaque, matching the car’s body color.
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When you bought that sticker that one time on that trip (it was in tents), it seemed perfectly rational to slap it on your car’s exterior surface at the moment. But the memories have faded — perhaps thankfully — and life has moved on.
You, too, would like to move on by removing said decal from your car, but how? Won’t it damage the paint?
Decal Removal Tips and Tricks
Paint damage isn’t inevitable, especially if you plan ahead a little. Let’s have a look at a few tips and tricks for decal or sticker removal. As with anything, a little forethought and planning never hurt anybody.
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Is it semantics, or is there a difference between satin and matte? And if there is a difference, where does the difference lie? This inquiry is a great question because there are many details, and the difference is significant, whether you choose to dress up your whole car or just black out your wheels.
Contrasting satin and matte paints is a bit of a conundrum because while one of these is likely to have been factory applied to an expensive European car, the other is most likely to be seen as an aftermarket modification on pickups and SUVs.