Exterior: Tuff Kote / Sound Clad / Solar Films


Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Stickers on zee glass

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Stickers on zee glass

When we bought the car, we were so happy that we got tuff kote, sound clad and solar films free. Nothing’s free when you pay 50 over thousand for a car, so…..

  • Solar film
    • We straight away found out that the solar film installed by my SE was Komoco’s in-house brand (Zolar). It was terribly sucky. Apart from just darkening the windows, the film didn’t protect us from the heat.
    • We didn’t want to pay more then, so 2 years after we got the car (which was about 2 years ag0), we changed the films to 3M ones. It was quite affordable, 200 bucks for the back windows and the rear windscreen. The installer at The Frontier was really nice too, knowledgeable. I think they are no longer there the last I checked, about 2 weeks ago.
    • The film still works well, and you can tell the difference between Zolar and 3M. No bubbling and no peeling off so far (2 years).
  • Tuff Kote/Sound Clad
    • All Hyundai cars from Komoco get this free.
    • I have been regularly sending my avante back to the Sin Ming workshop for them to inspect and respray the layer of tar under the car. (53.50 per inspection, every year)
    • They spray on some tar-like stuff under the car, and then spray some white stuff into your door/boot panels for soundproofing
    • After spraying, you can hear less of the road noise, and there will be a nice black layer covering the undercarriage of the car, giving you the impression that rust has been eradicated.
      • I really do not know how effective this spray is, but so far, there are no rusts spots under my car
    • However, after 4 years of using the car, my shock absorbers failed. One of the 4 locked up completely.
      • When I went to a reputable workshop to replace the absorbers, they found out that the tar-compound that tuff-kote uses destroyed the hard foam protective dampening system of the absorbers. The petroleum product ate through the hard rubber. That hard rubber is there to prevent the shock absorbers from compressing fully.
    • From now on, I will never apply another coat of tuff-kote ever again. Never ever. Even if they give me this service free.
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3 thoughts on “Exterior: Tuff Kote / Sound Clad / Solar Films

  1. BY THE WAY, AFTER 4 YEARS OF DRIVING, DON’T YOU THINK THAT ANY CAR’S SHOCK ABSORBERS WOULD BE DUE FOR REPAIR/REPLACEMENTS? JUST 4 YEARS IS ENOUGH TO DRY UP/MAKE BRITTLE ANY EXTERNAL FOAM, ESPECIALLY WHEEL AREAS WHERE RAIN WATER AND DIRT WILL ATTACH TO THE FOAM/SUSPENSION. HOW CAN YOU BLAME IT ON THE BLACK RUBBER? MY CAR’S 4 X SUSPENSION’S FOAM CRACKED BY ITSELF AFTER 3 YEARS OF DRIVING. I THINK YOU SHOULD THANK THE BLACK RUBBER FOR PROTECTING YOUR 3 OTHER SUSPENSION’S FOAM FOR IT TO LAST 4 YEARS INSTEAD.

    • It would be easier on the eyes if you had typed out your comments without capitalising every word.

      The advice was dispensed to me by a workshop.

      • sorry about the caps lock, as i was on caps when i typed on my thesis.

        btw l will always digest workshop’s advice/views base on some research or info gathering from other sources. external parts in contact with external impurities causes accelerated aging.

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