Protect vehicle exteriors during hauling with TRANSPORTWRAP to prevent possible scratching, sandblasting, rock chips, oil drips, chemical drips, low hanging branches, potential liabilities, etc. with this revolutionary white automotive adhesive wrap.
TRANSPORTWRAP will provide the same peace of mind auto manufacturers/dealers have with their brand new inventory during transport!
If you ever had had to deal with dripping oil or grease, antifreeze, battery acid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc. from a car stacked above, you will know the value of this wrap.
Maybe you have high end customers who demand the best protection of their vehicles, during transport, well this wrap is for you!
This is an email we received from Bob Goldie, inventor of Transport Wrap vehicle protective adhesive film:
We wanted to let you know that due to numerous inquiries we started making and now regularly carry a 24" x 200' Transportwrap – Long Term (up to 180 day) product. This is ideal for customers who are shipping overseas via cargo (boat) and/or could use more than 4 weeks worth of protection, or any other up-to-6 month long term outdoor storage protection for any painted surfaces.
Previously when Transportwrap is used longer than the prescribed 30 days (which varies with elevation and high temperatures) the acrylic based adhesive (water-based) eventually dries out resulting in it being more tedious to remove (no damage though). The 6 month adhesive will maintain the same tack strength for 5-6 times longer before drying out. To quickly summarize, the only change in this product is the make-up of the adhesive.
*********please note, if you are transporting or storing for periods of time less than 30 days, use regular transport wrap TPW-24200-- it's a lot less money!!************
5 BENEFITS of applying TRANSPORTWRAP:
1 - Protect your vehicle from sandblasting during transport.
(dust storms, rock salts, etc.)
2 - Protect your vehicle from rock chipping during transport.
(loose gravel, invisible road debris, etc.)
3 - Protect your vehicle from harmful chemicals during transport.
(dripping oil or fluids from the car above, road splash, etc.)
4 - Protect your vehicle from getting scratched during transport.
(low hanging branches, bushes, etc.)
5 - Protect your vehicle from squashed bugs during transport.
(gnats, grasshoppers, bees, etc.)
DISCLAIMER: TRANSPORTWRAP does not and can not guarantee absolute protection from any of the above mentioned occurrences or any other during vehicle transport. TRANSPORTWRAP only serves as a temporary layer of protection to lessen/minimize any potential minor damage a vehicle may encounter during transport. TRANSPORTWRAP is not responsible, nor can be held responsible for any damage a vehicle may sustain that occurs while the product is applied or not to the vehicle during transport. Buyer agrees to these terms and conditions upon purchasing the product.
How easy is it to apply?
TRANSPORTWRAP is specifically designed for this exact application. It is essentially as easy as applying stickers to an object and adheres to any finished surface coat (ex. clear coat, powder coat, polished/brushed metals, plastics, etc.)
What if I mess up during application?
TRANSPORTWRAP can easily be lifted and repositioned without any problems since the adhesive is designed to be low tack enough for easy removal but strong enough to resist edge lift during transport. (Note: Please do not confuse repositioning with removal. Once completely removed it cannot be reapplied.)
How easy is it to remove?
TRANSPORTWRAP peels right off, cleanly and easily and does not damage the exterior of any cured, factory painted exterior finish as it is designed for this specific application.
What if I want to cover the whole vehicle?
1 roll of TRANSPORTWRAP (400sq. ft) is typically enough to cover and protect an entire vehicle in most cases. Vehicles vary in size and shape. A full size truck for example fully covered will require almost the entire roll. Keep in mind that most dealerships do not cover the entire vehicle during transport. Don't forget to trim for opening doors, air intakes, driver visibility, etc. as your vehicle is going to be driven on and off the carrier transport.
Is it okay to put it on my paint job (repainted vehicle)?
Common practice within the automotive paint industry is to recommend that you do not use any chemicals, cleaners, waxes, polishes, etc. on any re-painted surfaces for at least 90 days (3 months) and preferably 6 months until it has fully cured. Ideally, it would be best to contact your paint specialist to find out what they recommend for their product as they would be most knowledgeable about their own gassing out phase. Although our adhesive is water based and designed to not leave any residue, you use at your own risk if your exterior finish is not fully cured.
Is there a special technique to applying the wrap?
Always apply TRANSPORTWRAP to a clean and preferably washed/detailed surface to ensure the best adhesion. We recommend that you do not apply the product in heavy winds as dirt/dust could get trapped under the wrap. To prevent any edge of the wrap from potentially being lifted during high speeds it is recommended to begin wrapping the vehicle from what would be considered the rear when hauling and progress towards the front, layering over the previous layer. In the instance where the vehicle will be backed on to the carrier, you would want to start with the front and work towards the rear. This way all leading edges will benefit from being tucked under a layer of wrap that is more towards the direction the wind resistance will be originating from. We recommend that you inspect the wrap every 500 miles to ensure that it is still adhered properly. When properly applied, TRANSPORTWRAP has been known to go 2000 miles with one application.
Can it be used to protect other things (ex. boat, tractor, wagon, etc.)?
Yes, you can apply the wrap to various surfaces. Solid, finished and smooth surfaces such as various plastics, polished or brushed metals, finished woods, etc. will all adhere to TRANSPORTWRAP. Our customer manufacturers use Transportwrap for protecting brand new cars (conventional and exotics), boats, firetrucks, tractors, custom vans, helicopters (ground transport and assembly), airplanes (assembly), airconditioning units, packaged pumping systems, miscellaneous panels and more. If you are unsure if TRANSPORTWRAP will work in your application please contact us.
Does it have an optimal "operating" temperature?
Yes. Our tack strength is balanced for optimum performance for a variety of weather conditions around the globe. With that being said, certain temperature extremes will affect tack strength and require either extra preparation and/or consideration for application/removal. For best adherence performance, it is recommended that the roll itself as well as the surface temperature you are applying to be approximately between 50-90 degrees F (10-32 degrees C). Even the strongest adhesives have difficulty adhering when applied in the cold. Do not store the roll outside and/or try to apply it to a surface outdoors if you are in or near freezing temperatures. For best results keep the roll(s) and vehicle(s) indoors prior to application if possible so the surface won't be too hot or too cold. Please note that ambient temp and surface temp are two different things as a surface can still stay warm in direct sunlight for application even if the air is cold. If applied and removed within optimal temperature range and conditions, the wrap can endure the hot highways of Arizona during the summer as well as harsh winter roads in Alaska.
I see bits of residue left over after removal, what happened?
For optimal performance the wrap should be both applied and removed between 50-90 degrees. There have been instances where if it is removed in very cold temperatures or very hot temperatures the adhesive layer can separate from the protective film and experience some transfer. As a result some portions of adhesive stay on the automotive surface. If applied properly the material will stay on and protect outside of temperature spec but once the haul is complete it is advised that you either let Transportwrap warm up or cool down to within optimal temperature range prior to removal (for best performance) and again, same goes for applying it (for best stick). In instances where residue is left after removal usually a couple car washes will get it all off or you can try dish soap and warm/hot water. You can also try using a microfiber cloth with Orange Cleaner liquid spray or 91% isopropyl alcohol from your local hardware/automotive store. Body shops typically clean automotive surfaces with alcohol or citrus based cleaners to prep the surface for adhering moldings, pin striping, decals, emblems, etc.
I've heard that some carriers will not let you wrap your car, is this true?
As much as it does not make sense to prohibit an individual from wanting to protect their own property, this is actually true in certain instances. For ex. the state of Hawaii will typically not allow cars to come in with this wrap applied (concerns raised range from it bringing in foreign elements from the mainland like certain bugs, seeds, pollen, plants, etc.). In other instances, there are a few carrier companies and/or individual drivers that either prefer or will not allow the wrap since they are concerned it could hide defects on the car that could potentially be fraudulently claimed later. Of course this does not protect you from the damage that could still occur during transport from debris and dripping chemicals which you usually have to sign a waiver for anyways. In this event, we simply recommend you contact the carrier/driver ahead of time and suggest you take detailed pictures of all sides of the vehicle prior to wrapping and provide those to the carrier, reiterating how important it is to you to protect your vehicle's exterior finish. It is advised to confirm with your carrier that the vehicle can be covered with a protective wrap prior to ordering, especially if you may be riding on the bottom of the carrier.
I left it on too long and it dried up and is hard to come off, what can I do?
Our product is labeled either 30-day or 180-day. This is based upon our projections of the longevity and durability of the adhesive in direct sunlight which will vary slightly by elevation and geographical location. If you either forgot to remove it or left it on past the recommended application time and depending upon several factors (elevation, indoor/outdoor, summer/winter, etc.) will effect how dried out the water-based adhesive has become leaving the material burdensome to remove. You cannot technically put the moisture back in to the adhesive so it will not remove easily like it's intended to so here are some suggestions for removing it if you exceeded the prescribed limit: (1) Use dish soap, warm water, and a sponge. (2) Use any citrus based cleaner (like Orange Cleaner liquid spray), (3) or 91% isopropyl alcohol from your local pharmacy or hardware/automotive store that is safe for exterior automotive finishes. (4) For an even stronger cleaner, use any bug or tar removal cleaner from your local automotive store that is safe for exterior automotive finishes (access to a pressure washer is also helpful). With all that said please save yourself this additional hassle and order accordingly and be mindful of application time so as to not exceed the prescribed limit.
Can I use it to protect my headlights during transit?
It depends. In some instances it can react with a car manufacturers' proprietary protective film/finish that they apply on their headlight lens covers (such as a UV protectant layer to prevent oxidation, a special film to prevent spider cracking, etc.). Due to the wide variety of manufacturers and their own R&D to try to keep headlights looking as bright, shiny and clear for as long as possible we unfortunately are unable to guarantee that our acrylic-based adhesive (water based) will not somehow interact with any manufacturers' proprietary film on your vehicle's headlight lens covers. However in the instance of a real glass headlight (typically on classic cars) without a lens cover or protective film, Transportwrap is safe to use on all glass (windshields, mirrors, etc.) so it can be used to protect headlights with a real glass front. If you are unsure of what material your headlight lens covers are made of (plastic, glass, acrylic, etc.), or whether or not it has some sort of film applied to it from the manufacturer, we recommend to play it safe and not use Transportwrap on your lens covers.