FAQ - CARDIP peelable paint spray films

1. How long does CARDIP spray film last?

CARDIP Spray Film usually lasts a car life, depending on handling and application. On the technical side, unlike conventional film (due to the adhesive), there is no time restriction on durability. The durability of the spray film is only influenced by mechanical effects. This means that the better the vehicle is maintained, the longer the coating lasts. This also applies to paintwork, foils and all other surface coatings. The spray film is very durable and does not lose its bonding.
The spray film can withstand temperatures from -50°C to over 100°C and thus local climatic conditions and the heat of the brake system, exhaust and engine without any problems. Thanks to special additives, such as four times the amount of UV-protective agent specified by leading car manufacturers, the coating achieves a long service life and neither bleaches nor becomes brittle or yellow.

2. In which colors is CARDIP Spray Film available?

You can choose from all colours that can be produced with conventional paints. From the standard RAL colours up to the original colours of the automobile manufacturers, in combination with all possible effects like metallic, pearl, candy, etc.. CARDIP® spray film is also available in a highly transparent version for use as stone chip protection. Invisible and protective according to DIN EN ISO 20567-1, the CARDIP spray film absorbs more than 90% of the stones from the vehicle paint. Color selection.

3. Can CARDIP spray film be removed without leaving residues?

The CARDIP spray film can be removed without leaving any residue. Since no adhesive is used, the spray film, unlike conventional adhesive film, does not attack your original paint but seals and protects it. Prerequisite for a clean removability is an undamaged original paint, as well as the correct application of the coating and proper preparatory work. On repainted or damaged surfaces or soft plastics the residue-free removability cannot be guaranteed.

4. How do I maintain the spray film?

You can maintain your vehicle as before. CARDIP spray film is both glossy and matt, resistant to all types of conventional cleaning: Car wash, high-pressure cleaner, brushes, cleaning agent and polish (only for gloss). For safe cleaning in combination with reliable care, we have developed high-end care products for spray films. These guarantee you a professional result with minimum cleaning effort, as well as the constant supply of the surface with care additives. In general, it is not recommended to use foreign or "sharp" cleaners (e.g. brake cleaner). Please test each foreign cleaner before on an inconspicuous place on compatibility. In the case of existing damage (e.g. stone chips), the spray film can only become detached if the surface adhesion is interrupted by direct action from a small distance on the affected area. If you are unsure when using a (cleaning) agent, please contact a CARDIP expert beforehand.

5. Can spray film be repaired in the event of damage?

Minor damage in the spray filml can be repaired, both in matt and high gloss. The severity of the damage must be determined by an expert. For larger damages it is recommended to remove the spray filml from the affected component and to recoat the corresponding part.

6. Does the spray film protect my original paint?

CARDIP® spray film is applied in a multi-layer process and thus achieves a uniformly strong and seamless surface coating that adheres to the surface like a second skin and absorbs damage to it. The CARDIP® spray film stonechip protection reaches a thickness of up to 200my and is thus twice as strong as the original paint of a modern vehicle. Tested according to DIN EN ISO 20567-1, it absorbs more than 90% of stone impacts. Classic key scratches usually do not get through to the original paint. Fading is prevented.
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7. What can be coated with spray films?

CARDIP® spray film is specially developed to meet the modern demands of an original car paint. In addition to entire vehicles, vehicle areas (e.g. roof, front end) and vehicle parts (radiator grille, mirror, diffuser, trim, chrome parts, plastic parts), any type of non-absorbent surface can be coated. These include high-quality plastics (e.g. ABS), glass, varnished wood, chrome and structural plastics.

8. Must damage to the substrate be removed before coating with spray film?

Depending on the severity of the damage, damage to the original paint can or must be removed beforehand. Due to the fine structure, the spray foil adheres exactly to your substrate and takes over any existing damage. Therefore such places should be repaired before. The damaged areas can be treated in the same way as during preparation for painting (sanding, if necessary filling and priming). The vehicle or component can then be coated as usual. Please note that after removing the spray film, the primed areas reappear and the spray film is difficult to remove at these areas due to the rough substrate. Usual stone chips in the paint can be left as they are. These are usually hardly visible after the coating.

9. Can the spray film be applied to a fresh paint?

In principle, the spray foil can be applied to a fresh paint coat which has been baked in beforehand. Due to the volatile components of a coating, we recommend a waiting period of 2-4 weeks for complete curing of the fresh paint. Subsequently, a coating with spray foil can be applied.

10. How long is the processing time?

The processing time can vary individually according to project and effort. Since, as with painting, material-related waiting and drying times must be adhered to, the average processing time for stone chip protection is 2 days, for a complete vehicle 4-5 working days. Further information can be obtained from the executing partner company.

11. How's the procedure?

1. Submit a non-binding project inquiry with your vehicle details via our project form or contact your chosen CARDIP partner directly.
2. On your request you will receive an offer for your project within a few days. If any details need to be clarified, e.g. the desired colour or the desired scope, we will contact you in advance by e-mail (check spam folder if necessary) or by telephone.
3. If you are satisfied with our offer, we will send you a written order and make an appointment to deliver the vehicle to the executing CARDIP partner, including the anticipated completion date. You are also welcome to make an appointment in advance for a personal consultation with your CARDIP partner.
4. You bring your vehicle to the executing CARDIP partner on the agreed date and arrange a pick-up date on site.

12. Does the spray film have to be inspected or entered at the TÜV?

If the exterior colour of your vehicle changes as a result of the coating with spray film, this does not have to be entered in your vehicle documents as long as the original paint finish can be recognised by a more detailed inspection, e.g. when opening the bonnet or doors as part of a traffic check. This applies to Germany. Legislation in other countries may require the new vehicle colour to be entered in the vehicle documents.

13. Is the filming with spray foil insured in the event of an accident?

The coating of the vehicle with spray film is like the vehicle filming counts as accessories, such as rims, spoilers or the like. In the usual motor vehicle insurance, accessories on the vehicle are usually insured up to € 5,000. In the event of an accident, the cost of repairing the spray film is usually fully covered by the insurance.

14. What does the standard complete coating 'Complete-Dip' contain?

With the Complete-Dip, all components painted in car color are coated from the outside in such a way that the original colour is no longer visible when closed. The coating of door and boot entrances is optional and subject to a surcharge.

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Data without guarantee. Based on extensive tests under various conditions and the experience of thousands of vehicles coated worldwide.