Wrap of the Week: STEK’s Dyno Blue Chrome PPF

The Las Vegas convention center is home to a plethora of paint protection film (PPF) solutions. STEK made quite the splash by unveiling its brand new protective wrap on a BMW M4 Competition turned pickup truck.

STEK’s new product has been in the works for four years.

“This is a TPU-based PPF,” says Howard Goldberg, operations manager at STEK. “It’s nine-mil thick layered film with an actual layer of blue chrome in it. All of the protections, qualities, gloss and self-healing of our traditional PPF—but now in blue chrome.”

STEK began its Fashion Films line several years ago, starting with gloss black and moving into carbon fiber and forged carbon fiber. Dyno Blue Chrome PPF has been in the laboratory and in the works for four years.

“Before, if you wanted a long-term, high-quality chrome wrap, you had to get a good vinyl, wrap the full body with that and then re-do the full body in PPF,” Goldberg adds. “You had a product that didn’t look amazing but you still had to charge a high premium for it because so much labor is involved. Now it’s all-in-one.”

Goldberg adds, “People can’t believe it. First, they’re stunned that this is an M4 Competition that someone chopped in half and made a pickup truck. And then most people think it’s a vinyl. When they learn it’s PPF, they’re stunned. We’ve been keeping this secret for a very long time.”

Click here for the first edition of Wrap of the Week, and reach out to editor Chris Collier at ccollier@glass.com to submit your entry.

A Conversation with John Hennessey, the Creator of the World’s Fastest Convertible

John Hennessey founded Hennessey Performance in 1991 to make “fast cars go faster.” Twenty-five years later, he did just that. On March 25, 2016, the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder set a new world record for open-top sports cars at Naval Air Station Lemoore, where Racelogic, an independent speed testing firm, confirmed an achieved top speed of 265.6 mph.

John Hennessey founded Hennessey Performance in 1991.

John Hennessey earned recognition in the early 1990s with race-winning vehicle modifications that gained global fame. His company operates Hennessey Performance Engineering, Hennessey Special Vehicles and the Tuner School, where future vehicle engineers and tuners learn the trade.

70-plus employees comprise the Texas-based automotive juggernaut, which modifies, tunes, and enhances high-performance cars and trucks. Hennessey has modified more than 10,000 cars and trucks since opening in 1991. Today, Chris Collier, editor of WINDOW FILM and Paint Protection Film (PPF) magazines, chats with John Hennessey to discuss the state of the paint protection film (PPF) industry and its role in his company’s operations.

PPF: When did you first hear about paint protection film?
John Hennessey: I’ve been aware of PPF for many years and have been paying close attention as the technology has been perfected. At Hennessey, we like to say that ‘We make fast cars faster,’ and that means there’s a potential for paint damage. PPF applies nearly invisibly, and it doesn’t affect performance or aerodynamics, so we can break acceleration and top speed records without worrying about damaging our paint. Our customers are elated to learn that we offer PPF for their expensive paint jobs.

PPF: How many of your cars have paint protection film applied?
John Hennessey: Our customers know that PPF is very effective in terms of protecting paint from rock chips and environmental damage. On that note, we apply PPF to every one of our Hennessey Venom F5 hypercars before the customer takes delivery. We also recommend it to customers buying our modified Hennessey Performance cars and trucks, but we leave the decision up to them.

PPF: Where is the paint protection film segment regarding the automotive industry’s awareness?
John Hennessey: Almost all of our customers are aware of the benefits of paint protection film because we are selling premium vehicles—they ask about PPF. Awareness is strong for our segment, and owners of less expensive vehicles are beginning to embrace its benefits, too. I imagine that its use will be widespread very soon.

PPF: What is your personal, all-time favorite car in Hennessey’s line-up?
John Hennessey: Without question, it is our 1,817 brake horsepower hypercar—the Hennessey Venom F5. It is the culmination of 30-plus years of Hennessey engineering experience, boasting a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter ‘Fury’ V8 that is engineered to exceed 300 mph. Another one of my favorites is our ‘Fly Navy’ Dodge Viper that we named the Venom 1000 Twin Turbo. Back in 2007, it won a Road & Track supercar shootout with a 210.2 mph top speed—beating the Bugatti Veyron.

ICYMI—Webinar: How Rapid Growth Leads to New Opportunities for PPF

Learn about the trends and drivers leading to rapid growth in the global paint protection film industry, and how to overcome obstacles for meeting market needs through accelerated product development.

This webinar, hosted by PPFMag and WINDOW FILM Magazine, presented by Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, explores:

1. Trends driving PPF growth

2. Significance of premium materials in PPF (from an installer’s perspective)

3. The role of TPU in PPF

4. How the PPF industry is responding to rapid growth

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XPEL Acquires Assets of Australian-Based Distributor

XPEL, a provider of protective films and coatings, announced the acquisition of the paint protection film business of Car Care Products Australia, a distributor of automotive protective films serving Australia. Car Care Products Australia will remain in business selling its non-paint protection film products.

Mat Moreau, senior vice president, Sales and Product of XPEL, states, “Australia is a great market for us and one we think we can develop greatly. We’re excited to begin serving our customers in Australia directly and to increase our investment in the market for their benefit.”

The company expects to add training, marketing and other local operational support in the coming months.