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Windshield Protection with ExoShield at Daley Visual

Project TOTYl Ressurection, Part 2.3

Mar 10, 2020
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This old Ford has been through a lot. After winning Motor Trend's Truck of the Year back in '97, it became the parts hauler, moving truck, and the vehicle you leave at the airport for a week. It spent the rest of the time in a parking garage. Finally, at nearly 20 years of age, we decided it was time for a modest makeover, and we got it back into fighting condition. For the last few years it has been a trusty parts hauler and occasional tow vehicle. But while sitting in the company parking lot with a dead battery, the truck was broken into. We decided it was high time to enter phase 2.0 and build the truck back up to a new level of awesomeness. We started off with an interior update from TMI, followed by custom Dub IR glass tint by Daley Visual. For this installment, we returned to Daley Visual in Corona, CA to check out a new product they sell called ExoShield.

Photo 2/22   |   The first step to having ExoShield installed on your truck is finding out where it is sold. Daley Visual, in Corona, CA is an authorized dealer, so they always have a giant roll on hand to cover any windshield.

ExoShield is a transparent film that is applied on the exterior surface of a windshield to withstand the impact of stones. It can increase the impact resistance of your windshield by six times. ExoShield can also reject 99.9% of harmful UV radiation to protect you and your passengers as well as your truck's interior. When installed on a new windshield, ExoShield only reduces visible light transmittance by 1.5%, which is pretty much unnoticeable. The ExoShield film is applied just like window tint, except its applied to the outside of the glass and is quite a bit thicker. Anyone with glass-tinting experience can install ExoShield. We can definitely see this helping out with chips and cracks, out on the trail and on your daily freeway commute.

Follow along as the Daley Visual crew installs the ExoShield in about an hour, and check out both of the websites in the source box for more information. Finally, check back for all the past and future build installments of Project TOTYl Resurrection right here!

Photo 3/22   |   A lot of the process required to install ExoShield are similar to installing window tint. The first of which is an extremely thorough cleaning of the glass and surrounding rubber and plastic. Our windshield was systematically scraped clean with a razor blade.
Photo 4/22   |   Next, Josh and the crew took a measurement of the windshield.
Photo 5/22   |   The roll of ExoShield was rolled out on Josh's Vinyl cutting table and a section was sliced off.
Photo 6/22   |   That section was then laid onto the windshield after it was sprayed down with plenty of water with a dab of soap in it.
Photo 7/22   |   A squeegee is used to begin to flatten the ExoShield onto the glass.
Photo 8/22   |   With the film fairly flat on the glass, we began to trim the edges with a snap blade.
Photo 9/22   |   Being that the ExoShield is so thick, it leaves raised sections, or "fingers" out at the edges. A heat gun is used to slowly work them out and form the film to the curvature of the windshield.
Photo 10/22   |   We slowly and carefully used heat and the squeegee and worked our way around the edges.
Photo 11/22   |   As the ExoShield is smoothed out, the edges are trimmed more precisely.
Photo 12/22   |   Soon the film was trimmed perfectly and the last of the fingers were being worked out.
Photo 13/22   |   With the ExoShield fully formed, we peeled it right back off of the truck.
Photo 14/22   |   Now the window was scrubbed one more time to get it as clean as humanly possible.
Photo 15/22   |   Then it was squeegeed clean and inspected. If any debris was left in the nooks and crannies, we needed to find it now.
Photo 16/22   |   It was finally the moment we've all been waiting for. The backing was peeled off, the windshield was sprayed down one more time, and the ExoShield was laid into place.
Photo 17/22   |   The process of working the water out to the edges is repeated once again.
Photo 18/22   |   But now that the film was formed to the windshield it was a much easier process.
Photo 19/22   |   Systematically, the ExoShield was squeegeed one more time from top to bottom.
Photo 20/22   |   A microfiber cloth was placed over a squeegee to help soak up the expelled water around the perimeter.
Photo 21/22   |   The rubber seal at the bottom edge was pushed down throughout the process. Now we pulled it back up and over the film's edge.
Photo 22/22   |   Our "after" photo doesn't look any different than the before photo, but that's exactly how ExoShield is supposed to work. It literally disappears when applied properly. Now that the interior and all of the glass is looking it's best, it's time to jump into another aspect of our TOTYl Ressurection F150 build! Stay Tuned.

Sources

Daley Visual
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
951-356-5776
http://www.daleyvisual.com

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