Monthly Archives: April 2013

What is Paint Protection Film and Why Do I Need It?


What is Paint Protection Film and Why Do I Need It?

What is Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film, or clear bra, is a thin layer of clear urethane that can be applied to areas of your vehicle (bumpers, mirrors, side panels) that are at high risk for abrasions, scuffs, and other minor damages. It is nearly invisible and will protect your vehicle’s exterior from permanent damage from rocks, bugs, salt, and minor collisions.

Why Should I Get Paint Protection Film?

All vehicle owners want to keep their paint looking fresh and new and paint protection film is an ideal way.  Not only will it preserve the original finish, but it will preserve resale value when you sell the vehicle down the road.  Minor damages, scuffs, and scrapes are pretty much inevitable, but with paint protection film you can take a proactive approach to protecting your vehicle. For example, it can help prevent damage from the salt on roadways during winter months and from scratches by shopping carts. Those things may seem minor, but paint protection film can end up saving you hundreds of dollars on touch-up work and minor damage repairs.

How is Paint Protection Film Installed?

Here at Columbus Car Audio & Accessories, we use a computer cut film system to cut the film pieces to fit your exact vehicle make and model. Once we locate your vehicle in our database, our machines cut the film pieces to your exact specifications.  Our expert installers then carefully apply the film to the desired areas, and no one ever cuts the film on your vehicle. It is important to remember that the installation of paint protection film is not considered to be a do-it-yourself project.

Give us a call or visit us online to get paint protection film installed
and start protecting your vehicle today!

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067

Window Tint is the Perfect Accessory for Your Vehicle


Window Tint is the Perfect Accessory for Your Vehicle

What is Window Tinting?

Window tinting is a process where a thin sheet of film is applied to a vehicle’s window to reduce radiation and heat from the sun.  In addition, it can add a sense of security and privacy.  Window tint film typically comes in a variety of tints such as flat, metallic, and mirrored.

Why Should I Tint My Windows?

Actually, there are many benefits to having your car windows tinted:

  • Window tint film protects you from the sun – it blocks up to 60% of the sun’s heat and blocks 98% of damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. It not only protects your vehicle’s interior, but also your skin from sun damage.
  • More privacy – window tint film keeps people on the outside from being able to look into the vehicle’s interior; lessening the chance that a thief will see something they like and break in.
  • It can prevent shattering glass – if you ever get into a collision, the film can help keep the window from separating and shattering.
  • You’ll be fighting global warming – when your windows are tinted, you will have a cooler car, allowing you to use less energy to cool the vehicle on hot summer days.
  • Safer Driving – tint reduces the glare from the sun, snow, and headlights.

How Dark Can I Tint My Windows?

Some states have put legal restrictions on the type of tint you can have, how dark it can be, as well as which windows you can actually have tinted.  The darkness of the tint is measured by what is called visible light transmission (VLT%), defined as the percentage of visible light that makes it through the tint (the smaller the number the darker the film).  Our professional staff is always up to date on window tinting rules and regulations and would never steer you wrong.

In the State of Ohio:

  • The windshield must not be darker than 70% VLT
  • The front side windows must not be darker than 50% VLT
  • The back side windows and rear window can have any VLT applied


Some think that a car audio company can’t have the expertise and knowledge to ensure a quality tint install, but we’re dedicated to providing top notch service and products.  In the last few years, we’ve opened a 4,000 square ft. facility solely dedicated to the clean environment needed for Window Tint and Paint Protection Film installs.

Give us a call or visit us online to get your windows tinted today!

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067

Road to the Range Tour Bus Stop!


Road to the Range Bus Tour!

Join us on April 27th from 11am-1pm when
Loper and the 99.7 The Blitz Road to the Range Tour Bus
stops at our Morse Road Location!

Stop by to check out all the products we’ll have on sale, plus get entered to win a pair of 3 day Rock on the Range tickets, and lunch provided by Roosters!

RSVP now & share with your friends on facebook!

One Day Only Sale

Bring the Party To Your Boat with Marine Audio Gear!


There’s a wide variety of durable, high-quality marine audio options; including an array of receivers, speakers, subs, and amps specifically designed for use on the water.

Marine Audio Gear Is Made Specifically for Boats
Unlike the speakers, subs, and amps that make up car audio components; marine equipment has to be able to stand up to the elements. The water, salt, and sun that make cruising around the waves so much fun can also wreak havoc on your electrical components. Your audio gear won’t last very long if it isn’t designed to withstand this sort of abuse.

There are several types of weather protection typically found in marine audio gear:

  • Water Resistant – Can handle splashes and light rain, but still not built to handle submersion.
  • UV Resistant – Designed to withstand the sun.  Found on receiver faceplates, speaker cones, and grilles.
  • Waterproof – Able to be fully submerged.  The depths and amount of time underwater may vary by manufacturer.
  • Anti-Corrosion – Specifically designed to resist rust and the corrosive effects of salt water.

Marine Audio Components

  • Receivers — You’ll want to buy a radio with a coated circuit board, a water-resistant faceplate, line-level outputs for sending signals to an external amplifier, and possibly satellite radio controls. A weatherproof faceplate cover and a watertight remote control are great accessories to add on.
  • Speakers — Look for plastic cones (such as polypropylene) and rubber surrounds for maximum weather protection, corrosion-resistant mounting hardware, and enough power to hear your tunes over wind, water, and engine noise.
  • Amplifiers — You’ll want coated circuit boards, plated non-corrosive connectors, and plenty of power.
  • Subwoofers — Look for plastic cones and rubber surrounds for maximum weather protection.
  • Satellite Radio — Satellite radio is becoming an increasingly popular marine audio component, because satellite radio reception extends up to 200 miles off shore. Even better, plug-and-play satellite radio tuners can be transferred from car to boat to home. Look for a marine kit for your plug-and-play tuner, including a marine-rated satellite radio antenna.

Unlike most vehicles, there isn’t one ideal place to install audio equipment in a boat. Given the various power and space limitations, each installation presents a unique set of challenges.  Getting your marine audio system installed at Columbus Car Audio & Accessories will give you the peace of mind that comes from our more than 35 years of mobile audio experience, along with our lifetime workmanship guarantee.

Give us a call or visit us online to get your boat’s audio system installed today!

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067