Today it’s not uncommon to see a variety of cars on the road covered in vehicle wraps. They are a popular way to apply a graphic or decal right over a vehicle’s paint. Vehicle Wraps are popular because they give a vehicle owner the ability to change their vehicle’s appearance quickly. If vehicle wraps eventually becomes something an owner no longer want, it’s a simple process to return the vehicle back to its original appearance.
When owners choose vehicle wraps they learn it’s a three step process. The first step is the design. This involves taking precise measurements of the vehicle and then the creation of the actual graphics that will be placed on it.
Companies who install vehicle wraps utilize computer programs that can provide them with the precise dimensions for most vehicles. The only time a vehicle’s measurements will need to be taken is in the case of a limited edition or custom vehicle. There are some installers who prefer to take pictures of a vehicle and design the vehicle wraps from the picture.
The second step in the vehicle wraps process is the production process where the graphics used for vehicle wraps are printed and laminated. The lamination process protects vehicle wraps from UV rays that can make graphics fade in time as well as any type of abrasion.
The last step for vehicle wraps is the installation when the vinyl is placed directly onto the vehicle. If the vehicle owners don’t like the vehicle wraps for some reason, the wraps can be removed at this time.
Vehicle wraps can be left on a vehicle from one to six years. The amount of time vehicle wraps last will be determined by the materials used. Vehicle wraps constructed of strong cast vinyl with quality inks as well as UV over laminate usually can be left on a vehicle for over three years.
Vehicle wraps usually do not affect a vehicle’s factory paint job. To make certain the factory paint job will not be damaged a pre-test can be done before the vinyl wrapping is applied. Vehicle paint in bad condition could peel when vinyl is taken away.
Before any vehicle wraps can be applied, the vehicle must be very clean. There can be nothing on the vehicle such as wax, oil, mud, dirt or any kind of armor-all product. Anything that could keep the vinyl from attaching during the vehicle wraps installation process must be removed. It’s recommended a vehicle be cleaned with a high pressure wash and detergent. When this is done the vehicle’s surface should then be treated with alcohols, degreasers or other cleaners.
The time required to properly install vehicle wraps cover a wide range. Larger vehicles will require more time. Elaborate wraps will take more time than a simple one. The process takes less time than painting because it needs no drying time and less preparation. In most cases a full wrap can be installed by a qualified installer in a single day.
There may come a time when vehicle wraps can be damaged in an accident. The vinyl can be easily replaced, once the damaged vehicle is repaired. If the damage is limited to one specific area of the vehicle, the entire wrap may not need to be replaced.