Vinyl wraps are a great paint alternative for your personal vehicle as well as a great marketing tool for your business. However, in order to get the most out of your vinyl wrap as well as have a nice, clean finish as your end result you must adhere to the steps needed in order to ensure a great vinyl wrap experience.
5 Steps To Vinyl Wrap Perfection
Graphic Design-Should you be choosing to add custom graphics to your vinyl wrap you have to remember that the DESIGN process is extremely important. Not only does the quality of the designs matter it is also important to remember that while the “drawing board” is flat your vehicle is not. A graphic vinyl wrap needs to be properly scaled to fit your vehicle with the curves, grooves, and other details that pertain to the surface of your vehicle.
Materials- We probably have said it before and we are going to say it again, the QUALITY of the materials used for your vinyl wrap is very important. High-quality materials are high quality for a reason, they last are more durable and present a better sleeker, cleaner look once your vehicle has the vinyl wrap applied. Taking the cheaper route often means that the quality of your vinyl wrap materials may be questionable. Make sure the vinyl wrap company you are using utilizes quality products like those of 3M, Avery Dennison or Oracal to name a few.
Preparation-Preparation is just as important as the installation process. Your car must be prepped correctly so that the vinyl wrap adheres to your vehicle with the best ability. Should you need rust removal or paint correction before the wrap is installed it is advised that you acquire the services of a trained professional. Most vinyl wrap companies won’t take on a vehicle that needs paint correction, dent or dust removal. If for some reason they do understand that the quality of their work probably can’t be trusted. Your vehicle needs to be washed thoroughly the day before the wrap is to be installed as well as dried completely. A special solution is then used to wipe down your car so that no impurities are left behind to hinder the application of the vinyl wrap.
Installation-Installation is the final step to be taken before you are able to see the finished product. While you may be inclined to grab a DIY vinyl wrap kit or look for the cheapest vinyl wrap company installing a vinyl wrap is no simple task. In fact, it takes countless hours to perfect vinyl wrap installation and the skills needed to do so. It is highly advised to not cut any corners when you are ready for your vinyl wrap installation. Find a vinyl wrap company that you feel comfortable with, that has good reviews and that has experience in the vinyl wrap industry. If you have followed the previous steps listed you will have high-quality materials and graphics a perfectly prepped car so don’t let the installation process stop you from having a perfect vinyl wrap.
After Care-Your vehicle is finally wrapped and you are ready to enjoy its glorious beauty. While vehicle vinyl wrap care usually follows the same care guidelines between companies the vinyl wrap company you choose to use will give you exact instructions on how to care for your vinyl wrap after the installation has been finished. It is important that you listen to their instructions and advice on how to care for the wrap they just installed. Knowledgeable and experienced vinyl wrap technicians know their product and what is the best way to maintain and care for it. If you follow their care guidelines and they offered a warranty with their wrap service will not only stay within the parameters of the warranty you will also be able to enjoy your wrap for many years to come!
We have talked about Ceramic Coatings for your vehicle and the benefits that it can provide, but what about Ceramic Coatings cousin Paint Protection Film? Paint Protection Film is a great way to protect your vehicle against scratches, chips, and dings as well as helping to keep your car looking shiny and new!
What Is Paint Protection Film?
Paint Protection Film is made out of urethane which has high impact resistance characteristics. The film utilizes a top layer of Elastomeric Polymers which induce self-healing properties because they easily return to their natural state after being dinged or scratched. They also create a barrier between UV Rays and your vehicle offering paint protection for longer-lasting paint jobs and also added shine and gloss.
Paint Protection Film often goes by the name Clear Bra, Clear Mask and Invisible Shield to name a few. No matter the name you will receive great long-lasting results when applying either partial or full paint protection film to your vehicle. Many people often utilize PPF in high scratch areas such as bumpers and door areas. In fact, paint protection film offers many benefits when applied to any part of your vehicle.
Benefits Of Paint Protection Film
Etching From Bird Droppings, Bug Spatter, Acid Rain
Prevents Oxidization From Sun Exposure
Paint Protection Against UV Rays
Resistance To Corrosive/Acidic Components
The Quality PPF Materials Matter!
Just like vinyl wraps the quality of the paint protection film materials used along with the installation will have a lot to do with the finished product. Should you use a sub-parr to lower quality paint protection film or opt for an inexperienced PPF installation company you are running the risk of the overall life and quality of your PPF. While cutting corners may seem as if it offers big savings your only going to be more frustrated in the long run, especially if you have to have your PPF removed and then installed again. Peeling, Yellowing, and Blistering are common when using poor installation services or low-quality materials.
Paint Protection Film & Ceramic Pro
Can paint protection film be utilized in conjunction with Ceramic Pro? You bet it can and in fact, it’s highly recommended. Why? Because Ceramic Pro and Clear Bra together offer the best paint protection for your vehicle available.
Just as you see in race cars, you too can wrap your companies vehicles in a giant advertisement for your business. And since you can customize the ad this may seem like a perfect opportunity over online and static billboard advertising. But before you invest in company vehicle wraps, learn about the pros and cons of it.
Pros Of Vinyl Wrap Marketing
Mobile advertising can reach more people than a static billboard
Wraps usually last 3-8 years depending on how you take care of it
Advertisement covers the whole vehicle
Vehicle ads draw more attention than typical advertisement methods
The whole advertisement can be designed by you to display what you want
You can easily remove the wrap if you decide to sell any of your cars
The more often someone sees a sign the more often they are to remember it
Doesn’t require any optimization like online advertisements
Wrap doesn’t fall off with adverse weather conditions
Cost. Depending on how eccentric the wrap is and how big the vehicle is costs will usually range from $1500 to $3000+. Certainly, a whole lot more expensive than magnetic signs
You need to take more care for your vehicle wrap otherwise your vehicle wrap will dull, scratch, and peel in a couple of years
Can’t be as targeted as online advertisements
No way to track the effectiveness of these vehicle wraps, unlike online advertisements
Not as effective if you don’t have a fleet of vehicles
There has been a recent online scam about getting your vehicle wrapped so make sure it is a trusted provider who will do quality work. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
The vehicle is not exposed to people for a long time, so while they might notice it, they might not remember the company name or phone number
Vehicle wraps have been used by racing companies to display their ads for decades. Just recently, vehicle wraps have become more accessible and companies are starting to use it to advertise their own business on their own fleet of vehicles. You will be able to get your small business’s name out there without complicated analytics. However, realize that vehicle wraps are an upfront cost so before you can start seeing results you have to make the investment.
Want to protect your vehicle and also keep it looking brand new?
In our last article, we briefly mentioned ceramic coatings, a great way to protect your vehicles paint or vinyl wrap as well as add gloss and shine. Ceramic coatings deserve a lot more of the spotlight than just a brief mention! Not only are these coatings amazing when it comes to the overall protection of your vehicle’s exterior, but they are also extremely durable as well. Hyer Quality Detail certified Ceramic Pro installer, Jeff, gave us some great info on just what a ceramic coating is and the benefits they provide.
What are Ceramic Coatings?
Ceramic coatings are a liquid clear coat that contains liquid polymers. The polymers then form a chemical bond with vehicles paint creating a protective shield. Ceramic coatings can only be removed with abrasion. One of the best ceramic coatings available is Ceramic Pro.
What is Ceramic Pro?
Ceramic Pro is perhaps the best ceramic coating on the market. It utilizes nanotechnology to protective, durable shield for your vehicle. With 9H properties it the hardest and strongest coating alternative for your vehicle.
What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Ceramic Pro?
Ease Of Cleaning
Never Wax or Buff Again!
Depth & Gloss
100% Chemical Resistant
Anti Graffiti Properties
3-5 Times Stronger Than Factory Paint
Permanent Layer of Protection
Hydrophobic (Water Repellant)
Stops The Aging Process
With different Ceramic Pro packages to choose from you are sure to find the right one for your vehicle. When applied by a certified installer, your Ceramic Pro coating can last a lifetime! Ceramic Pro and other ceramic coatings offer the ultimate protection to your vehicles paint job or vinyl wrap. In fact, when Ceramic Pro is added in addition to your vinyl wrap your car has the ultimate protection against outside elements such as weather, bird droppings, regular wear and tear, road debris, rocks, and water.
Ceramic Pro and other ceramic coatings also add incredible gloss and depth to your vehicle. The coating also helps to protect against water spots and makes cleaning your car so much easier. You can rinse away any dirt or debris with a hose and water while still leaving your vehicle’s finish as if it were just meticulously detailed by a professional!
Vinyl wraps are a great paint alternative and also offer many more benefits that a traditional paint job does not. With versatility, and customization you are able to create a unique look for your car that showcases your individual style.
Want to know a little more about vehicle vinyl wraps?
Vinyl wraps cost around $3000-$5000 depending on your vehicle and the type of vinyl wrap you want. A great bargain considering that the cost of repainting your car can be anywhere from $3000 for your average paint job up to $10000+ for showroom quality paint. However, the cost depends on several factors including
Size of your car (Bigger car needs more wrapping hence more expensive)
Style of wrap (The fancier the wrap, the more expensive it will be)
Make and model of the vehicle (Some vehicles have wielded lines that are hard to wrap)
They Offer So Many Styles and Colors
Wraps can come in normal paint colors and styles, but they also come in gloss, chrome, matte, and other styles. While you can certainly have your car painted in these styles, costs will rise dramatically. As for colors, this is where wraps excel. Shiny gold and silver, camo, and even colors that fade across the whole body of the car. The various number of styles that wraps offer, especially for the price, is simply unbeatable. You can even have a wrap that is perfect for your business that is cheaper to wrap than to paint.
They’re Easily Replaceable
Another thing wraps excel at over paint jobs is that they are easy to take off. To remove a paint job you have to get a sander and spend hours if not days to scrape every corner of paint, whereas to get a wrap off you have to dig under it then just tear it off as you would tape on a Christmas present. This is perfect if you know you are going to sell the car in a couple of years and want to maximize its resale value. Another benefit is that the wrap protects the paint from the environment including UV rays, bird projectiles, and rain to name a few so that your paint will look brand new when you take your wrap off.
While you can certainly do this yourself, it is certainly not for the timid. If you mess up one panel, you have to recut the wrap and reapply it. So if your a beginner what seemed like a cheaper job can cost similar and look worse than trusting a professional with the job. But, if you are willing to put the work into learning and buy the necessary supplies then you can certainly do it.
Vinyl wraps are one easy and cheap way to transform your car into a true head turner. Being cheaper and more versatile than painting your car this is the main way to give the car your own personalized look that you can’t get from the factory. With vinyls being a coating layer over the paint rather than actual paint there are actually several things that you would normally wash or treat your car with that would absolutely destroy your expensive wrap. Be sure to follow these guidelines before you go and accidentally ruin your cars dream look.
Products to NEVER use:
Solvents such as acetone
Kitchen and bathroom cleaners
Hand Wash Your Vehicle
Using the high powered jets featured in self serve or drive through car washes can scratch or peel the vinyl that will make you curse your laziness for not cleaning your car the right way the first time. It’s okay to use a hose or pressure washer just make sure that the pressure is kept under 2000 psi. And while its ideal to wash your car after every drive, many of us need to drive our cars every day and don’t have the time for that much scrubbing or the money for all that car product. So washing your car weekly should be fine.
Use the right materials
Make sure to use vinyl wrap safe detergents to prevent any chemical degrading. Also when washing use microfiber towels to wash and dry off the vehicle. And finally as a final measure of protection its best not to use any aggressive scrubbing as this will cause the same wrinkling and peeling that a drive through car wash will cause.
Proper storage of your vehicle
Hopefully you are able to park your car under some shade or cover to prevent it from the suns UV rays, acid rain, or bird bombs. The sun, pollutants, and acidic rain are the easiest ways to degrade your vinyl wrap without you even realizing it. Now we all realize that cars are meant to be driven so manufactures make sure that your vinyl wrap will last even if you take little care of it. But it is still best practice to take maximum care of it for the best look.
While vinyl manufactures design their products for maximum durability and resistance to daily wear and tear its inevitable wether you drive your car once a month or everyday that it will be exposed to chemicals and items that seemed almost destined to destroy your fancy new vinyl wrap. But, as long as you follow the guidelines mentioned above your wrap will continue to stun people who look at it for a long time.