It's important to wait the full 24 hours before installing the louver to the stainless mounting plates. This is to achieve maximum adhesion of the mounting brackets; the 3M adhesive needs time to set-up or 'Cure'. While the brackets may feel solidly attached after applying to the glass, they need those 24 hours to ensure the bracket will not come loose when the car is driven. It's also important: make sure that the exposed side of the 3M adhesive is not touched or contaminated before applying to the glass to achieve maximum adhesion.
This is to ensure that air-pockets do not develop under the adhesive; the strips allow any air that could be trapped to escape via the gaps between the strips. Maximum pressure applied to the top of the bracket will make for a good contact. Apply a small amount of silicone adhesive around the bracket according to the installation instructions.
This will ensure that moisture will not 'undercut' the 3M adhesive over time. The best procedure is to mask off the glass area around the bracket, leaving about a 3/8'' of glass visible. Apply a small bead of clear silicone to all the edges of the stainless mounting plate and press in with your finger to seal all edges.
Some of the more recent rear window louvers are not hinged; most of customers preferred the tighter and more custom fit to the rear glass, and they say that it's not that difficult to remove and replace, if needed.
The louver can be removed by unscrewing the black thumbscrews and removing the small stainless washers. No tools should be required for this step. While the louver is fairly lightweight; you still need to be very careful, as it is flexible and you want to avoid having it make contact with any painted surface of your vehicle. The removal and replacement of the rear window louver may take minutes. Believe it or not, you will have to clean the rear window less often with an Astra/Hammond louver, since the sunlight does not shine directly on the rear glass-there is no glare. Minor dust and water spots are not really visible where there is no glare from the glass. In many cases, just washing the louvers and between the louvers with clean water will keep the rear glass clear and clean.
Yes. All three types of Astra/Hammond rear window louvers: Aluminum, Textured ABS, and Smooth ABS can be painted. The Smooth ABS is the only Astra/Hammond rear window louver that is designed and required to be painted.
No, they do not produce custom or 'one-off' rear window louvers as they would not be cost-effective for the customer (in regards to time and materials spent on designing, prototyping, and testing). Additionally, some makes and models of vehicles are no longer available for extensive testing.
The Touchless car cover fits sedans, coupes, sports cars and wagons up to 1963 in length. It will not fit SUV's, minivans or trucks.
The Touchless car cover was designed for INDOOR USE ONLY or LIMITED outdoor use. It is not to be used as a temporary garage or for extended periods of time outdoors.
Simply wash with water and a mild detergent. Be sure to rinse the cover with fresh water to get rid of soap and/or detergents.
The design of the Willpak cover will not presently allow for covering of trucks, motorcycles, and SUV's.
DO NOT use the Touchless car cover in high winds. The Touchless car cover was designed for INDOOR USE ONLY or LIMITED outdoor use. It is not to be used as a temporary garage. The included straps and buckles are intended to make a nice fit.
The Touchless Car Cover is made of 190T nylon that has been coated for UV protection, water resistance and fire resistance. The company's tests in regards to the water resistance have been incredibly good. Please keep in mind that this cover was designed for indoor use only.
The Willpak covers come standard with a cable lock and storage bag.
When folded, the Touchless car cover is approximately 48'' in diameter by 2'' thick.
The Willpak cover weighs approximately 12 pounds.
Length = 172, Width = 7-82 (can be adjusted), Height = 5'83 (can vary slightly due to width setting).