Written by Chelsea Lindsey on May 9, 2016
Q. What is a car wrap anyway?
A. A wrap is a large vinyl graphic or decal. It is applied directly over the original paint of the vehicle. The application of the wrap allows you to change the vehicles appearance in a very short period of time and in turn allows you to remove the wrap, returning the vehicle back to its original condition if necessary.
Q. What’s involved in a vehicle wrap?
A. Vehicle wraps, including bus wraps and fleet wraps, are comprised of three phases. The first is the design phase which includes getting accurate measurements for the vehicle and actual design of the graphics to be applied. The second is the production phase where the graphic is printed and then laminated to protect the vinyl from abrasions and UV rays that can cause graphics to fade over time. The third phase is installation where the vinyl is actually applied to your vehicle. In some cases there may even be a fourth phase, the removal of graphics if requested.
Q. What’s the difference between a partial and full wrap?
A. Anything less than a full wrap is normally called a “partial wrap”. A half partial wrap normally includes the entire rear of the vehicle and halfway up the vehicle, and includes a hood logo. A three-quarters partial wrap normally includes the entire rear of the vehicle and most of the way up the vehicle, and includes a hood logo. Typically, a full wrap includes the entire surface of the vehicle. -No roof, roof wrapping is additional.
Q. How long will the wrap stay on my vehicle?
A. Normally, you can leave a wrap on between one to five years.
Q. Will a vehicle wrap damage my paint?
A. No. In most cases vehicle wraps will not damage factory paint jobs. Wraps do not stick to rust. If your vehicle has chipping paint a wrap may pull the chipping paint when removed.
Q. Do I have to wash my vehicle before installation?
A. Yes. All vehicles have to be free of dust, mud, wax, oil, armor-all type products, and other agents that may prevent the vinyl from adhering to the vehicle surface during the installation process.
Q. How long will it take to wrap my vehicle?
A. In general, we can wrap a van or car in one to two days based on the size of the vehicle.
Q. If my vinyl car wrap graphics are damaged, can they be fixed?
A. Yes. You can normally have the damaged pieces or panels of your vehicle wrap replaced after your vehicle is repaired. You normally do not need to redo the entire wrap if the damage is limited to certain areas of the vehicle. Keep in mind, if your vehicle wrap is several years old, and you are replacing only one panel, you will see a slight difference in the coloring between the new panel and the existing wrap.
Q. Can you wrap a leased vehicle?
A. You must always obtain permission to wrap a leased or rented vehicle. However, in general, most leased or rented vehicles have factory paint jobs with excellent paint quality. Vinyl applied over factory paint is best because vinyl can be removed easier without damage or “paint peel.” Leased vehicles are often wrapped throughout the country without incident or damage.
Q. How can I justify the cost of a vehicle wrap?
A. If you are using your vehicle wrap as signage, there is no more cost-effective advertising method available. It has been proven that the cost per impression (CPI) of vehicles wraps is less than other forms of advertising such as billboards, television, radio, and yellow pages. If you are using your vehicle wrap to improve the appearance of your vehicle, digitally printed vehicle wraps simply cannot be duplicated by more traditional methods like paint or airbrushing. Research shows that your vehicle wrap will be seen by 30,000-70,000 people per day!
Q. Can you easily remove vinyl graphics used for wraps?
Q. Can I see through vinyl on the windows?
A. You can see through window graphics that are printed on perforated window film. Window perf vinyl is perforated with very small holes that allow you to see out. From inside the vehicle, visibility is similar to regular window tint. From the outside, the graphic is visible.
Q. Is it normal to have some wrinkles or bubbles?
A. Yes, on a full wrap it is normal to have an occasional wrinkle or bubble. There are many techniques to reduce imperfections when wrapping, but even the best vinyl-wrappers can’t eliminate all wrinkles on severely concave or rounded surfaces. Normally on flat surfaces, there should not be any wrinkles or bubbles.
Q. What is my warranty?
A. We will replace any panels that are defective at no charge for up to 1 year. If you get into an accident etc. we can replace any panels, but you or your insurance company will have to pay for it. We cannot warranty wraps on small curved channels, wraps on plastic, silicone, rubber areas or on chrome as the material is not meant for these surfaces. We stand behind all of our work so if there are any issues we will give you our full attention.