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F.A.Q

Here you will find answers to some of the most frequent questions that we get asked, without having to trawl through our entire website for the answer. Of course, if you are still in doubt or if you have any queries that are ‘off the beaten track’, you can always get in touch:-

Who does ArmourFactory deal with?

We are a specialist automotive detailing, protection and cosmetic enhancement company. We offer a range of services, predominantly tailored towards cars and motorcycles, although we also work on  commercial vehicles, bicycles, boats & marine applications, karts, quads & ATV’s and special projects. We deal with both end user (retail) customers, automotive dealerships and B2B clients.

Where is ArmourFactory based and within what geographical area do you operate?

Our office, workshop and detailing studio is based in Whalley in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. The majority of clients bring their car or motorcycle to us but we also carry out a lot of off-site work, for example, at automotive dealerships. As we operate with a comprehensive motor trade insurance policy, we can collect and deliver vehicles as well as having the facilities to provide covered transport for both cars and motorcycles, anywhere in the UK. In this respect, there are no geographical limitations to the services that we offer.

What services does ArmourFactory offer?

We offer a range of cosmetic services, mainly for automotive applications although we do get involved with more diverse and ‘one off’ projects. All of our services are of an ‘aesthetic’ nature, designed to either visually enhance or protect the vehicle or object that we are working with. These services include, but are not limited to:-

Detailing & Paint Correction

Paint Protection Film

Ceramic Coatings

Carbon Fibre / Composite Production & Repair

Vinyl Wrapping & Graphic Design

Protective / Rubberised Coatings

SMART Repairs – Exterior Paintwork & Interiors, Including Leather.

How do I go about arranging an appointment or booking a vehicle appraisal?

All you need to do is get in touch, either via telephone on 01254 825212, or send an email to hello@armourfactory.co.uk and we can arrange a mutually convenient time to carry out a full appraisal on your vehicle. There is, of course, no obligation to commit. If you just want some impartial advice or to discuss your possible requirements in more detail, please just pick up the phone.

What products does ArmourFactory sell?

As a bi-product of our everyday service offering, due to customer demand, we began to supply self-install PPF kits, NanoTech protective coatings and vinyl graphics some time ago and have continued to develop our range ever since. As a Gtechniq accredited detailer and R&G dealer, we have also introduced their products into our range along with additional, relevant merchandise and accessories.

How can I purchase these products?

All of our products can be purchased directly via our Online Store or through Facebook, eBay or Amazon. You will always get the best price if you purchase through our online store as we don’t have to pay seller fees or commissions. Here, you will also find our most up-to-date range and the very latest products, which may take a while to be populated on the third party marketplaces. If you have any queries about a particular item, or if there’s something you would like to see in our store that isn’t already available, please let us know… we’re all ears!

I'm interested in becoming an accredited installer. How do I go about this?

So are we! We are actively looking for skilled professionals to join our fledgling network of accredited installers in the UK and would be delighted to discuss this with you in further detail. Full installation training and certification will be provided and you will have access to exclusive pricing and lead generation. So, if you are practical, enthusiastic, highly driven and looking for a career change, or maybe even just a sideline business, this could be a marriage made in heaven! Please get in touch with us on 01254 825212, drop us an email or fill out the form on our Installer Program page.

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ArmourFactory made some aftermarket carbon fibre hugger extensions and replacement fuel tank panels for my Scrambler and I am really impressed with the quality of workmanship. The parts look great on my bike and I've received a lot of favourable comments from fellow Scrambler owners on the FB group.Alessandro Ricci

5 out of 5

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I take all my new cars to ArmourFactory to have a full detail and ceramic coatings before they hit the road. My new Porsche Taycan is no exception. A superb job as always. Justin is always friendly and enthusiastic and the Gtechniq Crystal Serum finish is astonishing!Gus Walmer

5 out of 5

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After careful deliberation, I decided to have a full front end PPF kit fitted to my new Range Rover to prevent stone chips and scratches. Having no previous experience of this 'magic' material, I shopped around and spoke to three different installers. ArmourFactory offered the best advice and seemed both trustworthy and reliable so I took the plunge and haven't looked back since. I can now drive around in the knowledge that my car is fully protected and you can't even tell it is there. Money well spent and highly recommended.Allan Styles

5 out of 5

So, in a nutshell, why should you deal with us? Quite simply, we are...

Overly Qualified

Extremely Experienced

Unbelievably Passionate

Accustomed To Hard Work

Services Lowdown

Paint Protection Film is a clear, adhesive backed laminate film that is applied to vehicle bodywork, pretty much in the same way as a vinyl colour change wrap (although the technique is completely different). The film is designed to prevent stone chips, road rash, scratches and scuffs caused by everyday driving, poor washing methods and general wear an tear. The film is typically applied to the most vulnerable areas of the vehicle. For example, on a car, the film may be applied to the rear wheel arch flanks, the sills and, most commonly, the forward facing areas such as the front bumper, bonnet, wings and mirrors. On a motorcycle, these areas would include the nose cone, fairings, fuel tank, belly pan and seat cowl. Another popular application is on exotic materials and composites such as carbon fibre or titanium components. This is primarily due to the high cost of having to replace these items due to damage.

Unlike vinyl wrap, Paint Protection Film is arguably a more skilled application as it is applied ‘wet’, is generally thicker and it doesn’t breathe like vinyl so trapped air / water bubbles beneath the surface can be a problem as well as physically ‘asking’ the flat laminate material to adhere to extreme curvatures found on modern automotive bodywork. On this basis, there are usually two variants of installation available – the professional installation and the simplified pre-cut designed for DIY application.

Originally derived from helicopter tape (or heli tape) which was used to protect the leading edges of helicopter rotors against flying debris, modern day PPF materials are very advanced and come in a range of specifications including optically clear, UV resistant, self-healing, tinted and patterned and, when fitted professionally, should be hardly noticeable on your vehicle.

Please visit our Paint Protection Film page for further information.

Detailing, in automotive terms, is the art of cleaning and beautifying a car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle, boat or aircraft to a level way beyond that of a typical valet, the ultimate aim being to surpass even the customers highest expectations. In most cases, a professional detailer will have the skills to bring the vehicle back to the same condition as when it came off the production line. On most occasions, it is even possible to surpass this ‘as new’ condition by correcting imperfections in the paintwork, removing the orange peel effect and achieving an even deeper gloss finish or ‘lustre’. Any detailer worth his salt would also address imperfections in areas of the vehicle that are normally considered to be finished to an acceptable standard and hidden from view such as the engine bay or wheel arches on a car or under belly of a motorcycle. Due to the labour intensive nature of detailing, the professional skills involved, and the cost of the high quality materials used, you can expect to pay a much higher rate than simply taking your car through the hand wash!

Please visit our Detailing & Paint Correction page for further information.

We supply and apply a range of coatings designed to either protect, visually enhance or modify cars, motorcycles, possessions, business assets or, indeed, pretty much any object you can think of.

If it is an invisible protection coating that you are looking for or an alternative to paint protection film, then a ceramic coating is the way to go. Ceramic coatings incorporate nanotech technology and are supplied in a liquid form, to be applied to automotive paintwork, clear coat, glass, metals and alloys. Once cured, a ceramic coating facilitates an almost impenetrable barrier against environmental fallout, bird lime, tree sap and UV damage, as well as improving abrasion resistance,  deflecting rainwater and road grime whilst enhancing paint gloss levels.

Another coating service that we offer is a ‘rubberised’ spray paint coating. These durable coatings are often used to change the colour of a vehicle, a component or an object and as an alternative to conventional vinyl wrap. They can also be used for protection purposes. A rubberised coating has the advantage of being temporary as it is fully ‘peelable’ and can be removed easily, thus returning the object to its original state.

Please visit the following pages for further information:-

Ceramic Coatings

Rubberised Coatings

The term ‘carbon fibre’ when associated with automotive components usually relates to a reinforced polymer, thermoplastic or pre-impregnated (pre-preg) composite material that has extremely strong  and durable yet lightweight characteristics. Carbon fibre was first used in very high performance applications such as aircraft, racing cars and sporting equipment and, as it has become more commercially available,  although still very expensive to produce, it has become popular in the automotive industry due to it’s high performance, hi-tech and aesthetic appeal.

These days you often see carbon fibre being used in the construction of car and motorcycle components such as mirror caps, splitters / spoilers, engine covers, dash trims, fairings, huggers and protection products. Indeed, some high-end performance cars and motorcycle bodies and chassis are made almost entirely from carbon fibre.

Here at ArmourFactory, we offer the following carbon fibre / composite services:-

Repair and re-lacquering damaged carbon components

Skinning or ‘layering’ non-carbon components

Bespoke production of hand-made carbon components and accessories

Please visit our Carbon Fibre & Composites Page For Further Information.

Graphics, in automotive terms, relates to the application of a graphic design, logo or artwork on a vehicle’s bodywork using pre-cut vinyl. It can be as simple as adding coloured stripes on a car’s bonnet, a brand name on a motorcycle fairing or a complete graphic design and sponsorship package on a race car. The graphics can be as simple or as complex as you wish and, again, like vinyl wrapping, the design(s) can be removed or modified just as easily, allowing you to change the appearance of your vehicle as and when required.

ArmourFactory supply and install vinyl graphics on a bespoke basis as well making several of our own designs available to purchase online.

Please visit our Graphics & Vehicle Wrapping page for further information.

Vehicle wrapping is a process whereby the colour or texture of a vehicle, component or object can be changed by applying vinyl and is used as an alternative to conventional paint spraying. The advantage of using vinyl is that it is 100% removable, thus allowing the vehicle or object to be returned to it’s original colour. The other major advantage is that there are some fantastic colour and texture options available, including metallics, chromes, colour shifts, carbon, wood and even leather! Vinyl wrapping is also used in commercial vehicle signage to wrap an entire vehicle with a company logo, artwork or design.

Please visit our Graphics & Vehicle Wrapping page for further information.

SMART Repairs are basically a modern day alternative to taking your vehicle to a conventional bodyshop for damage repairs. SMART is an acronym for Small and Medium Area Repair Technique and it is only suitable for repairs on smaller, localised areas of a vehicle. For example, if you have a scuff on your front bumper a SMART repair can be carried out, whereas if you require an entire door skin, the vehicle would have to go to a bodyshop.

The main advantages of SMART repairs are:-

The techniques are very precise so the repair should be finished to a very high ‘invisible’ standard.

The need for visiting a bodyshop for a respray and the removal and re-fitting of entire body panels is negated – from experience, most vehicles that go into a bodyshop come out with more issues than they went in with!

It isn’t just painted body panels that can be repaired. SMART repairs can be carried out on alloy wheels, glass, interior fabrics and trim, plastics, carbon fibre and leather.

Please visit our SMART Repairs page for further information.

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