If you have seen a car with an emblazoned camouflage print or chrome-type of finish, there’s a good chance that it has been wrapped in vinyl rather than being painted.
Interestingly, car wrapping is a growing trend in the industry of car customizations. The North American market alone is expected to get $10.8 billion earning by 2025 from this particular customization alone.
Wrapping your vehicle enables you to change its appearance without drastic, long-term commitments. You can think of it as a temporary tattoo for your car.
What Is A Car Wrap?
Technically, a car wrap is a type of vinyl decals that are embedded over the panels of a car. Doing this will enable you to improve and optimize the appearance of your vehicle. There are multiple designs that come with it, such as gradient, chrome metallic, glossy, full-graphics, or the simple matte finish.
Perhaps, the only limits here are your imagination and your budget as well.
Wrapping is quite different from the standard paint job. These decals are removable. They don’t have any impact on the existing or company paint of your vehicle.
Should I Wrap My Car?
There are many instances where car wrapping is an ideal route. First, if there’s a particular car color that you want, but it is not available in the factory, car wrapping can solve that problem for you.
Second, you may want to wrap your car, especially if it is a leased one. Customizations are strictly limited under lease terms. However, car wrapping does not damage the original paint of the vehicle. Hence, it somewhat circumvents the rule. You can wrap the vehicle with any design or color that you want, drive it, then remove it before the lease is done.
Third, car wrapping is ideal for businesses that want to promote brands and products. The wrap is not limited to colors, after all. You can put full graphic customizations and worry, not a single thing.
What Are The Requirements For Car Wrapping?
Of course, many of you are wondering if your vehicle is suitable for car-wrapping. Well, there are some rules here that you need to adhere to.
One of the things that you need to remember is that wrapping will not cover a bad or old paint job. Surely, the wrap can cover them. But at the same time, the bad paint job can explicitly affect the quality of the wrap. Hence, you need the paint of your vehicle to be in good condition before you treat it with a car wrap.
If the vehicle has door dings and scratches, they will still appear even after the wrapping is finished. They will stick out, and you’ll immediately notice them. They will become an eyesore; they will make you feel that the wrapping job is bad–even if it is not. Always remember that imperfections can surface even if the car wrap was done perfectly.
Flaking will cause difficulties for the wrappers to adhere to them. Therefore, it is essential that these dents and scratches will be fixed first.
How Is It Done?
The first step in car wrapping is washing the vehicle. After that, they will detail it with the use of a clay bar to remove any chemicals and contaminants that are present on the surface of the paint. Some shops use specialized solutions to thoroughly clean the surface of the paint before spraying it with compressed air to eliminate the dirt.
Once the cleaning is done, the headlights, taillights, and bumpers are removed. In this way, the installers will be able to put the wrap close to the body panel edges. If the client doesn’t like these parts to be taken off, the installers will opt to use a tool similar to a scalpel to cut the vinyl around the grilles and lights.
After the preparations, the installers will then apply the wrap to the car. Most of the shops use a heat gun to ensure that the wrap is pliable. It is difficult for the material to embrace and conform to a vehicle’s contours if it is not stretchy. Once the application of the wrap is completed, the installers use a soft-felt squeegee to take out any air pockets. These air pockets can deteriorate the lifespan of the wrap.