How to Protect Your Car from the Dangers of Nature... so you can actually free it from your garage!

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Ah, your car. Your prized possession. Your obsession. You spend hours each weekend with a toothbrush and Q-tips, keeping it pristine and looking like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

But when you take it out into the big bad world, it’s so vulnerable!

Birds treat it as if there’s a target on your hood. Rocks and tar are attracted to it like magnets.

From the rain to the sun, the world is out to get you and your car - and you need backup.

What’s a car lover to do? Wrap the entire car in bubble wrap so nothing can mar its beautiful paint job?  Make it a Garage Queen that never sees the light of day?

That’s no way to live!

Your car WANTS to be driven. It NEEDS to be driven.

But there is a solution...one that will protect your paint from rock chips, bird droppings, acid rain, intense sun, scratches...and even raccoon attacks (ask us how we know).

Imagine for a second...

Protecting your investment from the threats of nature (we’re serious about the raccoons)

Freedom to enjoy the open road without worrying about damage to your car

The peace of mind knowing that your car is in the best of hands, in a clean, well-lit car care studio with specialists that have been in the industry for more than a decade

Extending that “new car” look for years... and ensuring it always looks its best.

The secret that will keep your car’s beautiful paint job protected and your sanity intact?

Paint Protection Film

Paint Protection Film is the most comprehensive, powerful protection you can give your car’s paint.

  • Thanks to its high impact resistance, it will protect your paint from chips and scratches caused by rocks and other road debris.
  • PPF is resistant to corrosion and acidic contaminants, protecting your car from discoloration and etching caused by mineral deposits, bird droppings, bug guts, and acid rain.
  • Because it does not oxidize with exposure to the sun, it protects your paint from the fading power of UV rays.
  • PPF has self-healing powers - when your paint does actually suffer light scratches, the film actually absorbs the damage and returns to its natural shape, eliminating the scratch. Magic!
  • Manufacturer warrants against cracking, bubbling or yellowing caused solely by defects in manufacture or materials, for a period of ten years from the date of installation.

It’s a no-brainer, right?   So just swing by one of those chain or random auto shops and they’ll be glad to slap some paint protection film on your car for a very high (in most cases, low) price tag.

Problem solved, right?

Before we reveal the answer to that question (if it’s not already obvious), let’s look at some facts.

PPF Does
PPF Does Not

Protect your car’s paint job and other surfaces from rock chips, sun damage, and corrosives like bird droppings, sap, and tar.

Create a force field around your car to protect it from every possible threat. PPF cannot protect your paint job from a boulder or deer.

Heal itself! It’s like magic!

Make your car look like new

Take up to 45 days to cure - but your patience will be rewarded!

Go over nano ceramic coating. PPF should be applied first.

Truth is, paint protection film is one of the most delicate, environment-sensitive materials in the auto industry - it takes years of experience to install it well, and even then, no application is flawless.

So if you’re considering protecting your car with paint protection film, here are a few questions to ask your installer:

  • How many PPF installs have your installers completed?
  • Will every centimeter of my car be protected with PPF?
  • Will PPF make my car look like new? (trick question!)
  • In what environment is the PPF installed?
  • Do you use Adhesive Promoter?
  • What PPF products do you use?

Go on.  Ask the folks at the chain auto shop these questions. We’ll wait....

What?  You’re considering using us to install your PPF? Well, that’s wonderful!

Let us answer these questions for you.

How many PPF installs have your installers completed?

Our installers have over a decade of experience with PPF and perform dozens of installs every month - about 40 on average. They are obsessive about the PPF they apply.  Seriously - I’ve watched them spend hours making the tiniest seam as invisible as possible!

Will PPF make my car look like new? (trick question!)

Nope, that’s not the purpose of PPF. It is a protective layer - not a cosmetic layer. But if you’re interested in making your car look like new and reducing the need to wax it, check out our premium line of nano ceramic coatings!

Do you use Adhesive Promoter?

Oooh, what an excellent question. You’ve obviously done your homework. No, we do not use adhesive promoter, which is a super-glue-like substance that is applied to reduce the drying time. But adhesive promoters increase the likelihood of pulling the paint off the car if the PPF has to be removed, so we prefer the old-fashioned method of waiting. It’s cheaper and causes fewer issues down the road.

Will every centimeter of my car be protected with PPF?

No, not every centimeter. This just isn’t possible when trying to apply a flat film to a car with rounded edges. Our installers cover as much of the car as they can without stretching the film. Sometimes they may need to make relief cuts to help the film lie as smoothly as possible. Sometimes they have to leave seams.  It’s virtually impossible to apply PPF to a car without a seam or two.

In what environment is the PPF installed?

The installation environment is vital to the success of the PPF application. We take every reasonable precaution to reduce the presence of dust and debris - we apply in a special, climate-controlled room with multiple air filters. However, short of applying PPF in a clean room with our installers wearing bunny suits and masks, it’s possible that debris will be present.

What PPF products do you use?

We carry two PPF brands: SunTek and S-TEK (despite their similar names, these are different brands). SunTek is our most popular and most affordable brand.  It’s comparable to most of the more well-known PPF brands (XPEL, 3M). We’ve used other brands in the past and found it hard to work with, so we prefer SunTek.

S-TEK is our most premium film brand, and we’re the only car care studio in Houston that was chosen to carry it.  S-TEK is top-of-the-line, has the most longevity, and looks the best when applied.

We also carry “Fashion PPF” that has all the benefits of PPF vs. conventional Vinyl Wrapping: we can turn any paintwork into matte, carbon fiber, gloss black, etc.

Welcome to Vivë - The Space City’s Leading PPF Installer

Vivë is not your typical “auto shop.”  We’re a high-performance, luxury car care studio that specializes in providing you with the highest level of care for your specific car, driving habits, and priorities.

We’re car enthusiasts just like you.  We geek out over the latest models, the classics, and everything in between,  We can talk for days about torque, horsepower, and handling...and we know you can, too.

Vivë was founded in 2007 by Anson Lau, and since then, we’ve installed thousands of paint protection films on just about every exotic and luxury car, truck, and bike you can imagine.  In over a decade in this industry, we’ve seen it all.  Really.  We can fix and help prevent the most common damage - and even the not-so-common (crazy ex-es keying a $200,000 Porsche - ask us about it!).

Technology is always changing, and we at Vivë maintain a constant pulse on the latest products available in the automotive industry. Our network of knowledgeable detailers reaches all over the world, and our research into the latest products and methods gives us the advantage to provide your vehicle with the care it deserves.

We take great pride in each vehicle we service and work only a select few at a time so each client’s vehicle can have the undivided attention it needs. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and dedication and promise to take care of your vehicle as if it were one of our own.

You can drive your car knowing that it’s fully protected from the wear and tear - and you can keep it looking as pristine as the day it came off the showroom floor, whether that was two weeks ago or four decades ago.

Taking your car to Vivë is like buying a fine suit.  For top quality and craftsmanship, you don’t buy off the rack at Macy’s.  You go to a tailor to have a Gucci custom-made, with the feel, quality, and style that fits just for you.  Bespoke.  Timeless.  Doesn’t your car deserve the same treatment?

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  • Full Bumper
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  • Full Bumper
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  • Full Rocker Panels
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  • Luggage Strip
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What Makes Vivë Different?

There are a lot of shops in the Houston area that install paint protection film - but they are not all created equal. We pride ourselves on being the top car care studio in the area.  Here’s why:

We have over a decade of experience, and we install 35-45 films per month

We focus 95% of our efforts on prep work (usually 2-3 days). We make sure the canvas of your car is absolutely perfect before installing your paint protection film - ensuring that your investment lasts as long as possible.

We perform pre-inspection and diagnostics of the entire car for every job - we’re not just paint protection film installers. We’re car enthusiasts, and we make sure your car is primed and ready to go when it’s time to install.

We go through a 52-point final inspection checklist when the car is finished - we make sure you’re getting exactly what you paid for (and more)

We ask discovery and onboarding questions, then we pair you with the proper service. You’re not a number to us - you’re a valued part of the Vivë family. We want to be YOUR trusted car care studio - we want you to be proud to say you take your car to Vivë.

Our PPF applications come with a 30-day follow up appointment to make sure the film is performing and installed correctly, proper education on how to maintain the car, and the necessary products/chemicals to make sure it’s maintained correctly

We are the only paint protection film installers to carry the S-TEK DYNO line- the highest quality, most exclusive line of films not available anywhere else in the Houston area. These products have been thoroughly tested and proven in Houston weather, and we have tons of happy customers to back it up.

Our highly trained installers are the top in the industry - our vetting process is strict, and our requirements for ongoing education and skill development are high.

We back up our work - we believe in the work we do, and if something’s wrong, we fix it.

We know what you're thinking...

"It’s inconvenient to not have my car for days or weeks"

Let me guess - you’ve seen the ads for PPF installers who will finish your car in a few hours. Quick tip: they are not using professional grade films, little to no paintwork prep and they let your car “cure” in the sun. Convenience is great - but not at the expense of quality, longevity, and your vehicle.  We have a highly controlled work space/studio with special lighting, filtered air and water, controlled temperature, and proper infrared curing lamps to harden any films for maximum performance.

We only take a few vehicles at a time so we can devote 100% of our team’s attention to your car - to allow plenty for the extensive prep work, expert installation, and thorough post-install inspection we perform on every vehicle. Oh, and did we mention that we have 24/7 security, and that your car will be housed in our state-of-the-art studio the whole time?  No fenced-in lot out back...clean, climate-controlled luxury.

"All PPF installers are the same - what makes you so special?"

Sorry, we have to disagree. Not all PPF installers are the same - not by a long shot. We’ve been in the industry since 2007 - we are one of the longest-serving car care studios in the Houston area. We install upwards of 40 paint protection films every month, while many of our competitors average 5 a month.  Do you want a surgeon who has only performed your surgery a few times? We didn’t think so.

"Shop ABC said their paint protection films are the best, too. What makes yours different? "

The difference is that ours really are the best ;) Here’s the thing.  There are certain brands of films that any shop can get. XPEL, 3M, Invisishield - we can get them, too.  But we don’t - because they don’t align with our quality standards or those of our customers. The films we carry are THE top-of-the-line - because so are we.  We carry SunTek and we are are the ONLY shop in the Houston area to carry S-TEK Paint Protection Film. Why?  S-TEK has visited the car care studios in the Houston area, and they determined that they wanted to place their product in OUR studio. They believe we are the most qualified to apply it.  We know the different films, brands, and services can be confusing, so we’ve put together a consumer awareness guide to help - check it out here.

Please educate yourself on the differences in paint protection films, installers, and studios. They are NOT all created equal.  Not everything you see on the internet is true.  And if you have questions, please give us a call. We want to help you make the best decision for your vehicle - not the best decision for our bottom line.

"Other places have a lifetime warranty. Why don’t you?"

Yeah, about that...read the fine print. Go on, we’ll wait.

The truth is, those “lifetime warranties” aren’t really lifetime. They aren’t designed to last forever, and the second the installer goes out of business or you use the wrong product on the vehicle, your “warranty” is void.

At Vivë, we believe in our work. We carefully select the coatings we offer, and they perform as advertised. If, for some strange reason they don’t, we will do everything we can to make it right.

We do back our work for 30 days if the customer is unhappy with something we might have missed. We don’t avoid phone calls or disappear overnight.

But please be wary of paint protection films or installers who promise lifetime warranties...there’s always some fine print that tells the real truth.

"Other Places are cheaper"

Yep, they are. You’re absolutely right. And you are welcome to try out those other places if you wish. But just remember..there’s a reason they’re cheaper.

Look, we’re not here to rip you off. Our priority is building a solid relationship with you. We won’t sell you the most expensive ceramic coating package - unless that’s what you want and what your car needs. We’ll help educate you and empower you to make the right decision for your vehicle and your needs.  Are we more expensive? Probably.  But what are you comparing us to?  Are you comparing apples to apples The products we carry are the highest quality in the industry - apples. Did the other guy get his stuff off Amazon?  Oranges (and did we mention that those coatings turn yellow in the Houston heat? Yuck.)

Are we the cheapest studio in town? Nope. But we are the best.  And you get what you pay for.

If you're the kind of car owner who...

  • Has been obsessing over this car since you were a teenager
  • Worked late nights, weekends, and overtime to save for this perfect piece of automotive technology.
  • Spends every weekend fawning over your precious, making sure it looks its best
  • Talks about your car non-stop to anyone who will listen (or, really, even if they won’t!)
  • Attended your car’s driving school - the Porsche Experience, the BMW Performance Experience - to explore the potential of your vehicle and enhance your driving experience, to make sure you’re getting the most out of your vehicle.
  • Took it a step further and enrolled in one of the Bondurant professional driving schools to learn how to maximize the potential of your high-performance automobile.
... then at Vivë Auto Detailing, WE GET YOU. You’re one of us.

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Our Guarantee

We guarantee our work, but the results are truly up to you. If you drive away from our studio and never wash your car again, the protective film will not last. If you take our advice and care for your paint protection film, it will last much longer.

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Our appointments book up weeks ahead, so hurry to get on our schedule. Pre-book to secure your spot and receive special bonuses and discounts. Remember the longer you wait, the more you drive your car, the more danger your car is in from the elements - the birds, the rocks, the raccoons, the ex-es.  Get it protected as soon as possible so you’re not repainting it in a couple of years.

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FAQ

What makes you different than other shops?

We take the time to do things a certain and proprietary way that places a priority on quality over speed. We do things the right way instead of quick. We take a lot of pride in our work and our reputation matters most. There are cheaper shops out there. Our most precious commodity is time. We have over a decade of experience installing Ceramic Coatings, Paint Protection Film and paintwork, leveraging our experience will condense your time frame in terms of research, worrying about a bad job, headaches and not having to deal with "fly by night" shops disappearing. We believe in the work we do, and if something’s wrong, we fix it.

Does your film come with a warranty?

Yes. Our PPF comes with 7-10 years manufacturer's warranty that covers cracking, yellowing and peeling. It does not cover wear and tear from daily usage.

What brands of Paint Protection Film do you offer?

We have been installing and tested hundreds of PPF since 2007, including popular ones such as XPEL, 3M and Kavaca. We chose to carry just two brands (SunTek and S-TEK)) that we think are the best and works well with Houston weather. S-TEK is the clearest film in the market and exclusive to at our shop only.

Does your film Seal-Heal?

Yes. All of our PPF has Self-Healing technology.

My car has existing rock chips, scratches or minor defects. Can I still apply PPF?

In most cases, I recommend applying PPF over panel that is defect free and you get the best protection money can buy on day one. There is nothing wrong with applying PPF over paint defects, however, you will see slight air pockets around the defects (this includes areas with touch-up paint applied) and PPF will magnify the imperfections. We offer various cosmetic repair options such as Paint Correction, Polishing, Touch Up Paint and can refer out to reputable body shops for any paint and body work. Think of applying screen protector on your cracked smart phone screen, that's how it would look like.

What do you mean "condition"? My car is new, does it really need a Paint Correction or Polish?

In most cases, 9 out of 10 new vehicles can benefit from some sort of Polishing or Paint Correction. Prepping the vehicle before applying Paint Protection Film will greatly enhance the gloss and film will lock it in for years to come. It is also going to determine the quality of the results.

How much is Paint Protection Film?

Purchasing Paint Protection Film comes down to a few variables. Your budget, how much coverage you want, the condition and size of your vehicle, the brand of PPF you want. All of these factors are going to determine the cost.

What do the 10 year warranty cover?

STEK and SunTek warrants Paint Protection Film to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for ten (10) years from the date of purchase. Covered defects include: yellowing, staining, cracking, blistering and delaminating. This warranty does not extend coverage to damage caused by normal wear and tear, road debris impact, accidents, collisions or intentional damage of any kind.

Why do I need Paint Protection Film?

Protection, peace of mind and retains value. Imagine having a “giant screen protector” installed on your car. Our paint protection film combines best-in-class durability and clarity not previously available in the market. Our exclusive line of Clear ppf offer best in class hydrophobic, self-healing, anti-contamination, anti-yellowing. ​ No other conventional films will have such abilities or are limited to only having one functionality. In addition, the clear coat employs special elastomeric polymers that “self-heal” eliminating swirl marks and other fine scratches without having to do anything.

Do you only work on exotics?

No. At Vivë, we work on all types of vehicles and provide an assortment of detailing services. Our customer base has a wide range of vehicles including Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Toyota, Nissan etc. Our primary showcase focuses on exotics and luxuries, but we provide services for the daily driver as well. We pride ourselves for being the first choice when it comes to being the premier auto detailing salon in Houston, TX.

Do you price match?

Vivë will gladly match the price on an identical service sold by our closest competitors. Show us the ad or quote and we will match the price. Match excludes free product offers, gift card offers, location specific offers, holiday sales offers (e.g., Black Friday, Cyber Monday) special orders, services, ad and estimate errors. Limit one match/item/guest/service. Other restrictions apply. Contact us for full details.

Why should I get my car serviced with you over shops?

Vivë was started and created for the owners of finer passions in automobiles. This passion runs deeps in our company and is apparent in our level of quality work. Vivë provides a wide range of work to suit your needs. Our quality and professionalism is guaranteed and unrivaled across the Greater Houston Area. Technology is always changing and we at Vivë constantly maintain a pulse on the latest products available in the automotive industry. Our network of knowledgeable detailers reaches all over the world. Our research into the latest products and methods gives us the advantage to provide your vehicle with the care it deserves. Not only do we provide our customers with the highest level of service, we also educate them on how to properly detail and maintain the vehicle throughout their ownership. We take great pride in each vehicle we service and work only a select few at a time so each client’s vehicle can have the undivided attention it needs. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and dedication and promise to take care of your vehicle as if it were one of our own. Choose Vivë to bring your car to the next level.

Do you offer loaner cars or shuttle service?

We do not offer complimentary shuttle service or loaner cars at the moment.

Are you certified?

All Vivë technicians are required to pass the Certified Detailer Test administered by the International Detailing Association. Vivë is trained annually at Meguiar’s, PlusCon and SEMA. Vivë is the select few in the country to offer CQuartz FINEST, Modesta, Nanolex and Opti-Coat Pro. Technology is always changing and we at Vivë constantly maintain a pulse on the latest products available in the automotive industry. Our network of knowledgeable detailers reaches all over the world. Our research into the latest products and methods gives us the advantage to provide your vehicle with the care it deserves.

What is detailing?

When it comes to automotive detailing, only Vivë can provide you with a service that is truly tailored to your specific needs. Detailing is not just a simple car wash and wax; it’s an art form which requires a unique skill set. The science of using cutting edge methods and detailing products has progressively evolved over the years and we constantly strive to advance our technique and product line to deliver unimaginable results that far surpass what you could expect when the vehicle rolled off the assembly line.

Are you insured?

Yes, we are fully insured for liability, loss, theft, fire and water infiltration for your protection. Our facility is monitored using only the best U.L. Certified Monitoring Station – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.