- What is a car wrap?
- What's involved in a wrap?
- Difference between a partial and a full wrap
- How long does a car wrap last?
- Does wrapping damage my vehicle's paint?
- Do I have to wash my car before a wrap?
- How long does the wrap procedure take?
- Can you fix damaged vinyl?
- Can I or should I wrap my leased vehicle?
- Is the cost of a wrap justifiable?
- How easy is it to remove the vinyl?
- Can I see through vinyl applied on windows?
- Are wrinkles and/or bubbles normal?
- What is the warranty for a wrap?
A 'wrap' is the procedure through which plain (colored) vinyl or digitally printed vinyl (graphics) is applied to the surface of a car, truck, trailer, boat, motorcycle, window, etc - in order to change its appearance. It is applied directly over the original paint of the surface. The application of the vinyl film allows you to change the vehicle's appearance in a relatively short period of time while offering the great advantage of being completely reversible - returning the surface to which it was applied back to its original condition if and when it is necessary.
Every wrap starts with good preparation. This means a complete wash and decontamination of all surfaces where vinyl must be applied. It also means bringing the vehicle to an appropriate ambient temperature and in some cases - such as an esthetic wrap (color change) - some vehicle parts may be removed to insure an impeccable finish.
For a graphics wrap, removing vehicle parts is usually not necessary but the process can be resumed in 3 phases (besides the initial preparation):
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.
Anything less than a full wrap is normally called a “partial wrap”. A partial wrap can mean anything from changing the color/finish of a single panel such as the roof or the hood of a vehicle - to door handles, rear-view mirrors, etc.
As per real-world testing of high-quality vinyl wrap film, a daily driven vehicle can expect a proper wrap job to last up to 5 years without serious deterioration. Yes, this applies to vehicles driven in Canadian winters, too!
No. Vinyl film acts as a protective film to the original paint/finish and will greatly reduce typical paint deterioration due to wear/tear, scratches, rock-chips, UV rays, etc. If the surface is in good condition before a vinyl wrap installation, chances are it will look just as good when the vinyl is removed.
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. We take care of the thorough decontamination process but we do ask our customers to bring the vehicle in as clean a condition as possible. This reduces preparation time and allows us to dedicate our time to the important task at hand.
This depends on the type and size of the vehicle and the type of wrap requested. For instance, a complete color change (full wrap) on a mid-sized sedan will take about 3 days from start to finish. The same car can be wrapped with graphic vinyl in half the time. "Why the difference?" - you ask. Simply because a complete color change requires a lot more preparation time and attention to detail than a graphic vinyl application.
Yes. We can re-wrap only the affected areas/panels. No need to re-wrap an entire vehicle if you have been the unfortunate victim of mother nature, a fender-bender or vandalism.
Certainly! It is a great way to protect the leased vehicle's paint and finish in order to reduce the anxiety level typically associated with that period approaching the return date - while allowing you to enjoy driving a personalized and unique vehicle during your lease.
For starters, a professional wrap installation will always cost less than a professional paint job - period! Yes, there are "bargains" to be found on both sides but as the saying goes - "You get what you pay for".
If you intend to use your vehicle for advertising purposes, there is not a single more cost-effective advertising method available. It is a well documented fact that the cost per impression (CPI) of vehicle wraps is considerably less than that of other forms of advertising such as road-side billboards, television, radio, and yellow pages. Once you wrap a vehicle with commercial graphics for advertising purposes, it effectively becomes a mobile billboard visible by hundreds of thousands of individuals in your local area, over a period of 3-5 years. Compare that to the cost of advertising on TV, radio, local newspapers, yellow pages - or any other form of advertising - over the same period of time, and you will quickly realize the gigantic difference - thus proving that a vehicle wrap is easily justified and highly cost effective.
In the case of vehicle wrap for esthetic (customization, color change) reasons, the advantages over traditional paint speak for themselves: more cost effective, non-permanent, non-damaging, protects original paint/finish, offers finish choices unmatched by traditional paint.
With the proper technique, it is easier to remove than it is to install.
Perforated vinyl film is specifically conceived for window applications. While it does somewhat reduce visibility from inside the vehicle, it still allows the driver and passengers to safely see through the windows. From outside the vehicle, printed perforated film will display the intended graphics with great accuracy, even in the case of fine print.
Professional vinyl film installers will greatly reduce or completely eliminate wrinkles and bubbles during the installation. If any are still present once the installation is complete, they will be minuscule and undetectable to the untrained eye. Obvious wrinkles and bubbles should not be seen on any quality wrap.
We stand behind our work and therefore will guarantee that you will not have any surprises in the form of vinyl lifting, peeling off, air bubbles forming or any other type of failure caused by improper installation. In case it does happen, we will replace the entire affected pannel free of charge - up to 6 months after initial installation. Typically, any defect will be visible in less than 2 weeks time - but we like to give our customers ample time to inspect our wrap.