The Secrets of Car Wrap: The Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

How much does it cost to get your car wrapped?

The costs of getting your car wrapped depend upon different factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • The size and model of the car.
  • The kind of material used for the wrap.
  • The design of the car wrap, and the space it would cover; whether it is just texts or colored illustrations as well.
  • The experience of the company doing the designs.

Is it cheaper to get a car wrapped or painted?

Before considering the costs of remodeling your car, ask yourself the following questions

  1. What is the condition of your current paint job?
  2. What portions of the car are you looking to change?
  3. Is the new design for a particular event or a long-term thing?
  4. Do you want affordability over durability or the other way around?
  5. How much are you willing to wait?

Depending on your answers, you may either opt for a standard paint job, a minimal car wrap or a full wrap –either way the costs will differ. The former costs between $1000 to $5000 while the latter costs between $2000 to $5000; however, car wraps last longer and do not chip away with time like paint does.

So with approximately the same price range, you are saving yourself long-term money with car-wraps.

How long does a wrap on a car last?

Approximately 5 to 7 years. It may last longer depending on the following factors:

  • The quality of the materials that are used
  • Installation process; preparation and application procedures. Usually wraps done by experts and professionals will last longer.
  • Environmental factors like the direction of the sun, exposure and intensity of heat and various other climatic conditions
  • Aftercare, cleaning, and maintenance.

How do you clean a wrapped car?

Once you have your car professionally designed and wrapped, next comes the task of maintaining its glamorous sheen. One of the many ways in which users mess up their newly-wrapped cars is by employing improper washing techniques.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts of cleaning a wrapped car

  • Hand-wash Your Car: This is the most preferred method of car washing. Make sure you keep the water pressure and temperature low enough to not damage your wrap. Spray the car from far away as pressure washing causes the edges of the wrap to start ripping. Additionally, use detergents that are mild as it reduces the chance of scratching and fading.
  • Avoid Carwashes and Mechanical Brushes. Vinyl wraps are very susceptible to scratching and abrasion. By applying the wrong pressure and using an improper brush or scrubbing machine, the longevity of the car wrap is exponentially reduced. It may even dull in its sheen over time, and the edges may start to rip away. Only use this method as a last resort.
  • Test the Products on Small Portion First. This helps you gauge the damage that the products may cause before you apply them to the entire wrap altogether. Try to use products that are mild, anti-corrosive, anti-abrasion, do not contain fuel or other chemicals and are easy on the environment as well.
  • Air-dry or Dry With a Micro-Fiber Cloth. The trick to a long-lasting vinyl wrap is to be as sensitive to the material as possible. So when drying, apply light pressure and use clean micro-fiber towels or automatic sponges; or simply leave to air-dry.


How much does it cost to get a car wrapped in chrome?

Chrome Wraps are the most expensive, and the hardest-to-install vinyl wraps of them all. Consequentially, It may vary depending on your area of residence, the size of your car and the market costs.

However, these are much, much cheaper than their alternative spray-on chrome. The latter costs much more and your car will have to undergo a vigorous chemical process that will strip it off its original paint job. Chrome wraps create the same effect, with a much shorter time span and are less vigorous and harsh on your car as well.

Additionally, if you feel unsatisfied, you can simply have the wrap uninstalled.

Can you remove a car wrap?

Perhaps the most redeeming quality of a car wrap is that you can have it removed easily.  Moreover, the absence of left-over residue after the removal process is an added bonus – as opposed to the painting process, which leaves a lot of residue and damage to the car.

If done right, the removal of high-quality car wrap vinyl despite the strength of their adhesiveness is very easy to remove. Usually, the removal process involves the following steps:

  • Steady heating of the wrap, preferably using a heating gun to remove the adhesive. However, take care not to overheat the car.
  • Slowly peeling off the wrap using both your hands and adding consistent pressure at the right angle

The process can get technical, may require the use of machinery only available to a professional or simply be used without any machines. It all depends on the kind of adhesives and vinyl used as well as the duration for which the wrap had been on the car.

Approximately, it takes 2-3 years before the adhesive gets too strong and much harder to remove. However, professionals can perform the tasks in such a case without damaging the surface.

Moreover, any residue left on the surface can very easily be wiped off with cleaning products.

Can I wax my car when it’s wrapped?

While waxes and sealants are not an accessory that is widely added to the vinyl wrap, it is entirely possible to do so –as long as there are no petroleum products and distillates in the wax.

However, users who opt for waxing their cars should realize that there is a chance that adding an extra layer of protection to a vinyl design on your vehicle may increase the chances of damage.


What materials and tools are involved to wrap a car?

Car wrapping is a professional process that employs the use of many types of equipment and tools during the preparation, application, cutting, heating, sealing and aftercare procedures. Some of these are listed below.

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The Removal Process

  1. The Hardware Tools required are auto-clips, retainers, a basic tool set, retriever and string tools, heat guns and plastic removal tools.
  2. The Cleaning Tools necessary are microfiber towels, air compressors, power washers, scratchless sponges, clay bars and gloves, isopropyl alcohol and even a floor squeegee to clean up the floor afterward.
  3. The Marking Tools you may need include markers or water-soluble sharpies.
  4. Adhesive Products like a primer.

The Application Process

 

  1. Felt Buffers
  2. Wrap Tweezers
  3. Squeegees
  4. Wrap Wear
  5. Tapes
  6. Wrap Poles
  7. Magnets
  8. Application Gloves
  9. Tucking Tools
  10. Back Door Prop
  11. Rivet Tools
  12. Vinyl Cutting Tape

 

Sealing and Maintenance

  1. Edge Sealers
  2. Burnishing Tools
  3. Mold and Holds
  4. Sealift Pens
  5. Edge Seal Tape
  6. Cleaners and Polishes

Conclusion

Car wraps are an easy, cost-effective and time-saving alternative to painting your car. They can last you a long time, as well as provide that shining and durable exterior that you are looking for provided that they are professionally applied and maintained.

The cleaning method car wraps is hassle-free, although it requires a little patience. Additionally, there is little residue and damage to the car in the removal process –as opposed to a paint job. The entire procedure, however, uses various professional tools and equipment at different stages of the process including preparing the car for the vinyl wrap, applying the wrap, and sealing and maintaining it.

Conclusively, if you trust a good professional and take good care of your wrap, you will have a gleaming car that looks as new as it did the day you first bought it.