Stone & paint chips on your vehicles

 

There it is on your car, another scratch. How did it get there? Why is it never long before another one seems to replace the one you just fixed? The truth is; stone and paint chips on your vehicle are a part of everyday life. There is nothing we can do to prevent the inevitable wear on our vehicles but we can ensure that we are repairing and protecting to the best of our abilities. 

There are two types of damage that can occur to the paint on your vehicle. One is simply a scratch to the surface of the paint. The other is a full chip in the paint of your vehicle. The full chip to the paint is what can cause deeper damage to your vehicle. Left untreated it can begin to form rust and damage the vehicle further. Therefore, protecting your vehicle before damage strikes can save you money. Bringing your vehicle to a professional repair shop like Uniglass Ziebart for paint protection is a great way to save yourself numerous repairs in the future.

One way to protect your vehicle is paint protection film. This is a transparent shield that is applied to key areas of the vehicle including;

·      Hood

·      Fenders

·      Mirrors

·      Front Bumper

This film can be both applied, and removed safely without altering the appearance of the vehicles original colour.

If you are looking for a more 360 protection of your vehicle Uniglass also offers a resin based sealant called Diamond Gloss. This gloss is applied to your vehicle after it has been buffed and provides protection against;

·      Premature ageing

·      Weathering

·      Acid Rain

This gloss even allows you to go a full year without polishing your vehicle because it keeps the paint finishing from dulling over time.

It is important to protect your vehicle before damages occur. Bringing your vehicle to professional establishments like Uniglass Ziebart  ensures the right selection of paint protection for your vehicle.

To protect moving forward, we recommend you protect your exterior paint finish with a clear, transparent shield applied wherever you need it most. Our protective adhesive film prevents debris from physically damaging the paint.

 Diamond Gloss

Diamond Gloss

Window tinting and sun protection

The sun and warmth of summer and winter is inviting - the air smells of new life, and you’re ready to leave the daily grind behind, break out of the office and go outside and enjoy the sunshine.  The inviting warm rays of the sun, however, should come with a warning label. 
Sunshine is important. It supports all life on earth, from the very bacteria at the bottom of the food chain to the photosynthetic processes in plants and even the weather patterns and processes involved in climate change. For humans, sunlight is important in producing vitamin D, which is vital to living a healthy life. Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption in the body, raises the immune system to fight off illnesses, and plays a part in mood regulation. Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem and can result in fatigue, low moods, and muscle soreness. But the sun’s rays, while important for life, are not harmless.
The sun produces UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are damaging to the skin, and can cause premature aging and wrinkling. These effects, however, are mostly superficial. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and this is the type of radiation that causes skin cancer. Both types of UV rays are harmful, and should be protected against. 
How can you protect yourself and your family against harmful UV rays? Be smart when in the sun and going outside. Wear sunscreen and cover up when you want to enjoy the outdoors during those warmer months. UV rays can still penetrate glass, however, such as when driving. Even if you don’t get a sunburn while driving, these damaging UV rays are still radiating your skin and raising your risk of skin cancer. For your car, something as simple as window tinting can provide efficient protection for car trips, offering year-round protection from UV rays.

Window tinting is a popular way to customize your car. Instead of opting for expensive spoilers or add-ons that can be costly and potentially affect the performance of the vehicle, window tinting is easily customizable and does not impede your vehicle in any way. Window tinting can range from bronze, grey, gold and amber, to a plain dark tint, suited to your needs for reflectiveness and colour preference. 
So why tint your windows? Aside from the esthetic appeal of customizing your car, window tinting actually offers health benefits. 
The sun releases harmful UVA and UVB rays, both which contribute to not only wrinkles and burns, but the production of skin cancer. In fact, you’re less likely to get a sunburn while driving, but the UVA rays that contribute to the formation of skin cancer still penetrate deep into your skin when they travel through the car windows. There are a variety of colour tints available, but they also vary in effectiveness in reflecting the sun’s UV rays. Tinting is proven in effectiveness in preventing harmful UV rays from reaching drivers. Without tinted windows, drivers have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side because of the sun’s UV rays constantly penetrating their skin, left unprotected by regular glass windows. Window tinting is also affordable readily available.

 

Window tinting should be done by a professional, Uniglass Ziebart – Prince Albert,SK.  You’ve likely driven by someone with a DIY tint job, often indicated by patches of bubbles under the tint colour on the window, and the tint job looks lumpy and lacks smoothness and uniformity. Going to a professional will ensure you get your window tinting done right the first time, and will also come with a warranty for added peace of mind. Just make sure you’re aware of the window tinting rules in your province as they vary across Canada, and stay within the allowed regulations to guarantee your best window tinting experience. 

Undercoating and Rust Protection

Two of the best ways to protect your vehicle from the damages brought on by rust are undercoating and rust protection. Learning the difference between the two types of rust proofing can play a large part in determining which one is better suited for you. Here is a deeper look into both packages and highlight their benefits. Check out the two different levels and get a better idea as to what each has to offer!

Level #1 – Undercoating

We think of it as the underbelly when you hear undercoating. Ziebart’s thick, abrasion-resistant seal is designed to adhere to the most vulnerable parts of your vehicle that you may not see every day. Undercoating effectively seals areas from the environment, abrasion, and harsh chemicals like road salt. With specialized tools and training, our skilled technicians have the ability and knowledge to seal all of the areas of your vehicle that need it and avoid all the areas that don’t. This type of  undercoating also helps reduce noises from the road. With yearly maintenance, you can have your underbelly sealed for years to come!

Level #2 – Undercoating with Rust Protection

Take undercoating from level #1 and add rust protection into the mix. Genuine Ziebart rust protection includes undercoating as well as protection for those hidden areas that are more prone to rust. Doors, fenders, rocker panels, upper body panels, and tailgates can take away from your vehicle’s appearance if rusted. Protect those important areas with our Genuine Ziebart rust protection package!

There are ongoing advancements in the automotive industry, yet rust continues to be a concern, and rust protection is still the best way to protect against corrosion on new and used vehicles.

For over five decades, Ziebart permanent rustproofing—invented by Kurt Ziebart—has remained unmatched in the industry, protecting vehicles around the globe from some of the harshest weather conditions.

For more details, please visit our website at: Uniglass Ziebart Prince Albert

For your Car!!! A New Year's Resolution

1. Prepare your vehicle's body to be in shape
Most people resolve to get their body into better shape in the New Year. Why not make the same resolution for your vehicle? A simple vehicle maintenance regime -- including measuring your tire pressure, checking for leaks once a month, taking your vehicle in for regular tune-ups and reading the owner's manual -- will help you save money and fuel, and protect the environment. Maintenance regimes vary widely from one vehicle to another so check with the manufacturer of your vehicle and find a trained automotive professional to tune up your vehicle.

2. Change your idling habit
New Year's is a great time to start kicking bad habits like unnecessary idling. It's bad for your wallet, your vehicle, the environment and the health of people around you. Contrary to popular belief, the best way to warm up your car is to drive it at a moderate speed. Idling for 10 minutes a day produces almost a quarter-tonne of carbon dioxide emissions and costs you more than $80 every year!

Be aware of using automatic car starters -- they encourage idling and waste a lot of fuel. Even on the coldest winter days (and as long as your windows are defrosted) today's electronically controlled engines allow you to drive away 30 seconds after starting the engine, even on the coldest winter days.

Another option is to use a block heater to warm your vehicle's engine before you start it. Use a timer so that the vehicle will be warm by the time you need it.

3. Be a fuel-efficient driver
Relax behind the wheel. Aggressive driving and speeding can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 35 percent. Slowing down, giving yourself more time and planning your routes ahead of time are just a few of the many things you can do to save money and fuel, and lower your vehicle's emissions.


4. Check your tire pressure
Your tires need special attention during winter. Cold temperatures decrease the air pressure in tires, which adds to the rolling resistance caused by snow and slush. Measure tire pressure regularly, especially after a sharp drop in temperature. Operating a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi (56 kPa) can reduce the life of the tire by 15 000 kilometres (9,320 miles) and increase the vehicle's fuel consumption by 4 percent. For improved fuel efficiency and enhanced safety, give your tires the attention they need.

What’s a Remote Car Starter?

Vehicles are great at protecting us from the elements but one of the greatest luxuries to have for your vehicle is a remote starter. Remote car starters allow you to start your car from the luxury of your home, or from inside your work. This way the car is warmed up, and ready to go by the time you’re ready to leave. How do I get one of these for my vehicle you ask?

 

The first is that you paid for its installation when you bought a new vehicle. Many dealers give you the option to pay an extra fee to have a remote starter pre-installed into your vehicle. What do you do though if your vehicle is older and you didn’t get that option? You can always purchase a remote starter if one isn’t pre-installed. The prices on these starters vary depending on how many bells and whistles you want, but can be quite affordable for those who want that luxury in their vehicle.

There are several different types of starters including;

·      A smart remote starter – This type of starter uses wireless or 3G to start your vehicle.

·      Two-way remote starter – This starter displays information from your vehicle such as if the door is unlocked.

·      One-way remote starter – This type of starter is simple and will send the signal one way to start your vehicle.

remote car starter

 

Selecting the right starter can seem easy but you do want to make sure you do the appropriate research. Such as; vehicle warranty, will your insurance still cover the vehicle even if you make changes? What starting range are you looking for? Does it cover the distance from your house to where you park your vehicle? As well as ensuring that the remote starter you purchase comes with its own warranty. Make sure that you are doing thorough research before purchasing and installing a remote car starter to your vehicle. Purchasing the starter through a shop can ensure that the installation is done correctly.

Pets and Your Vehicle

For a lot of people pets are members of the family. But, if you have ever travelled with them in your vehicle you know two things. One, the safety of your furry friend is important and two, they leave behind memories of their time spent in the vehicle. While no one wants to leave their furry pal behind, paw prints across your back seat are also not great for your vehicle.

 I love a clean car...    

I love a clean car... 

 

 

Protecting your vehicle from outside dirt can be as simple as having a fabric protection applied to the vehicle’s upholstery. This type of sealant can prevent stains from setting into the fabric in your car, and from absorbing liquids. If you do find your vehicle filled with traces of your furry friend detailing your car can be a great way to refresh the look, and smell of your vehicle. A professional cleaning can have your car smelling great again after Fido has come in from playing in puddles.

 

The safety of your pet is important to all pet parents. Ensuring your vehicle is safe for their travel can be very simple. Keeping them in an enclosed space like behind the seats, if you have a hatchback can allow the animal its own space without distracting you from the road. As well as, investing in a seatbelt designed to keep your animal in its seat, and from wandering around the cabin. These types of things will allow your pet a safe ride with you every time you want to take them out. Remember to maintain your vehicle, and keep your furry friends safe as well.

 

Rust Repair and Protection

When it comes to rust and vehicles the two are like oil and water; they just don’t mix. Signs of rust can quickly become a major problem for your vehicle, and should not be ignored. Quick detection and repair can save you from a costly bill in the long run.

The repair of rust can quickly add up as a patch of rust can signal further rust damages underneath the panel of the vehicle its detected on. A small amount of rust can easily be fixed at a lower cost than if you delay addressing the problem. By sanding the paint off a vehicle and grinding the rust down; a repair can be made to paint over the rust, and reseal the paint on the vehicle. A larger rust repair can quickly add up because after sanding and grinding additional damages to the inside of the panel may be found and then need to be fixed. The question is what can you do to prevent yourself from having to spend all that money.

There are things you can do to prevent rust damages to your vehicle. The first being to wash your vehicle regularly in the winter. City’s put down salt on the roads for safety purposes in the winter. While this protects your vehicle from sliding on icy roadways build up on your vehicle can lead to corrosion. Washing your vehicle regularly can help to prevent build up. Rust proofing your car is also an important prevention method. By investing in rust protection, you can save yourself a headache later down the line.

Remember when it comes to your vehicles longevity rust is not your friend. Prevention is your number one way to save yourself money down the line. But, if you do find yourself with a rust problem don’t let it deteriorate. Ensure that you repair early to prevent further damages to your vehicle.

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Preparing your car for winter

With winter fast approaching you may think the only thing you need to do to prepare your car is put on your winter tires. But that’s just Canadian winter driving 101. Here are 3 things you can do to prepare your car for the winter driving that awaits you.

 

First things first, change your wiper fluid to the appropriate winter solution. Many of us forget that we don’t have to use a year round solution in fact there are specialized formulas designed for that winter slush that dirties up your windshield. These solutions prevent it from frosting up when it hits cold air on your windshield, and suddenly you’re looking at ice instead of the road.

 

Secondly take your car in for a tune up. Colder weather can stress out your car. Make sure you are keeping it in top running condition to avoid breaking down when you’re out and about.

 

And last but certainly not least; always keep an emergency kit in your car. Making sure you are prepared for the worst case scenario will ensure you avoid a potential tragedy. Some basics for your winter emergency kit should include;

An emergency blanket and extra clothing – to help you keep warm,

A shovel – in case you get stuck,

And some food and water – protein bars and even candy to help keep your sugar levels up.

You may never need your kit, but it is better to have it and not need it; than need it and not have it.

 

Now that you have covered your bases you are ready to drive out into the Canadian winter. This means enjoying more time with your family and going to do all the fun winter activities you want instead of being cooped up inside. Bonus tip: Rinse off your car every once and a while as salt that is used on the roads can be damaging to the paint on your car.

 

 

 

Why do I need a new windshield?

It’s just a chip. It’s just a crack; it’s not impairing my vision. The reality of all these things is that when it comes to your windshield they are all compromising the integrity of the glass that protects you from the road. Not only can it cost you to replace your windshield but if you don’t do it most traffic authorities will issue you a ticket if the crack impairs your vision.

When it comes to damage on windshields it is important not to procrastinate. Not only because it can save you from paying an unwanted ticket but it can also save you from spending money to replace an entire windshield. If the damage is only a small chip, most of these can be repaired for a much smaller cost then replacing an entire windshield.

Replacing the entire windshield is necessary for cracks, especially those that impede your view of the road. Not only does this ensure you have a clear view of the road ahead but if you do get into an accident your windshield will act accordingly. A pre-existing crack can compromise the integrity of your glass and cause the windshield to be much weaker than it was before.

 

The sooner you fix your windshield the better it is for your pocket book and the less likely it is that you’ll have to replace it. The longer you wait the more likely that dirt and daily wear will damage the glass further resulting in a chip becoming a crack. Replacing your windshield can seem low on things you’d like to spend money on, but in the long run safety comes first.