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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.
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Tires are a significant and unavoidable part of your vehicle's maintenance requirements. They will cost three to four figures on average, so you're going to want to make them last as long as possible.
How many miles a set of tires lasts is going to depend in large part on what you spend. Typically, you get what you pay for, and the more you spend, the more miles you'll get.
Some all-season tires come with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, but that doesn't mean they're guaranteed to last that long. Most tires last around 40,000 miles, mainly because theyre not maintained well.
The total mileage you get out of a set of tires depends on the tire's compound, how you drive, and how well you maintain your vehicle.