10 Things To Know About Car Wrapping (2022)

Everyone knows the amazing feeling of rolling onto the scene in a shiny, freshly washed or painted car. Likewise, giving that old and faithful car a new coat of paint can feel like you’re taking it off the lot for the very first time.

But are there better options out there than paint?

Enter: vehicle wraps.

More than a few people are taking to the popular trick of vinyl car wrapping, and they’d recommend the same without hesitation. Less expensive than buying a new car and more versatile than paint, car wrapping may just be the way to go.

So what should a buyer know about it? Let’s find out.

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Advertising Opportunities

Car wrapping provides an amazing opportunity for any kind of business that really wants to put their product in the public eye.

From pizza delivery cars to landscaping trucks, having a vehicle wrapped in the company logo, colors, or slogan is a sure fire way to get it into the sight of and on the minds of passersby.

Think back to how much time you spend on the road, and how much of that time you’re looking around at cool or eye catching vehicles. Probably a lot.98% of in-car audiences indicated they noticed truck-side ads while on their daily commute.

Every traffic jam, slow down or stoplight becomes an amazing marketing opportunity for your business vehicle.

The options are virtually limitless with vinyl wrapping. Rich colours and interesting designs, or simply your company logo brought to life on the road or worksite. Take a look at all the wrap optionsOutpacer has to provide!

Cost

For many, the most crucial piece of information! Cost-wise, vinyl wrapping is within the same price range as a fresh paint job, depending on the desired modifications and whether or not it’s a detailed job or standard wrap.

So it all depends on what the customer is looking to get done. A full vinyl wrap installed by an experienced technician is usually around $2000, about as much as a high quality paint job.

If you’re looking to get a deal on your vinyl wrap or paint job, there are of course cheaper options for both methods. But remember; whatever is paid for is what you have to live with!

This is where experience and know-how makes the difference between something you’re proud of – or a potentially expensive fix.

Maintenance

Just like a paint job, vinyl car wraps need proper maintenance if they’re going to remain at the same dazzling quality. It’s recommended that car wraps be hand washed only, at least once a week, with a cleaning agent specifically tailored to the vinyl wrap.

Important! Trying to get your wrapped car through an automatic wash could result in damaging the wrap job irrevocably.

Having a truck or vehicle wrap is an investment in your businesses marketing, so to make sure you get the real worth out of it, make sure you follow the after-care guidance. It’s worth it!

Post-wrap care is really important to maintain a fresh look and extend the life for years and years.

Durability

A vehicle wrap can last a very long time if it’s properly taken care of.

If done right and diligently maintained, a car wrap job can last for about 7 years. Typically, customers start to notice a difference in quality near the 4 to 5-year mark; the color, shine and feel starts to show its age.

However, these are minor and natural, as opposed to the marks of shoddy workmanship, like bubbles, creases, and premature lifting of the wrap because of dirt.

If you want to make sure your wrap is durable, here’s what to do:

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  1. Make sure you use a AN EXPERIENCED installer, they have all the knowledge to do the job right the first time.
  2. Ask what quality of wraps they will use – the best in the industry are 3M and Avery & Arlin, so if it’s anything other than those, it may be wise to continue your search.

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Now, this is the fun part!Car wrapping has so many options it’ll make anyone’s head spin off their shoulders.

Colors, patterns, aesthetics, even placement: it’s all customizable.

There are also types of vinyl that mimic other materials like stainless steel, carbon fiber, and leather, not to mention the vast array of finishes like satin, gloss, semi-gloss or matte.

With all of these options to choose from, its easy to imagine how your company or logo designs can really come to life on a vinyl wrap.

When it comes to car wrapping, the creative possibilities are virtually endless.

At Outpacer, we’re experts in all things vinyl. If you have an idea, we can make it a reality. If you need help, we have expert designers who can help you to understand what’s possible with a custom vehicle wrap.

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Application

Some people think that getting their car wrapped will cover dents, rust or paint splatters, making the car look shiny and new.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

In order to apply vinyl wrapping to a car, the surface has to be as smooth and as clean as possible! Otherwise, the vinyl won’t adhere correctly; there will be bubbles and creases, and every imperfection will show beneath it.

It’s recommended that the car owner gets their vehiclethoroughly washed and detailed before getting it wrapped. It’s a process, true, but it’s the only surefire way to prevent premature lifting of the wrap and ensure you get your moneys worth.

Removal

If you decide to sell your car, or just want to try a different look, car wrapping can be removed.

Removing vinyl wrap can go one or two ways depending on the previous maintenance.

First of all, it’s always best to take the car back to the original shop that applied the wrap. If the wrap is still intact structurally, removal is easy-peasy, only taking about 3 to 4 hours and costing around $600. If removal gets nasty, with the wrap coming apart because of being baked in, the labor time and price will definitely climb.

Either way you slice it, removing your wrap or updating your companies graphics is alway an option. Nice!

Paint Protection

If a car has high quality or factory paint job, car wrapping will do two things really well for it: cover it and protect it.

There’s no need to fear you might damage the paint. In fact, the vinyl will act as a barrier between the paint and weather exposure, rocks and other debris, and the normal wear of time. If done the right way, the vinyl won’t even leave a sticky residue when removed.

Of course, you should be picky about what sort of vinyl is used to guarantee the best results. 3M and Avery & Arlon are the best in the business – if you’re using them your wrap will see best results.

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Warranties

Uh oh, a scratch, ding, or tear is made in the brand new car wrap. What can be done?

As with most services done to a vehicle, vinyl wrapping comes with a warranty. Depending on who did the wrapping, there could be a few or many options.

Every detail comes with its own warranty length, but the average seems to be between 1 and 5 years, given that a full car wrap life is estimated at 3 to 5 years (7 if you’re a little diligent about maintenance).

Generally speaking, what’s covered and what isn’t is subject to who does the wrapping.

It’s Not For Everyone

Just like anything else one does to modify a vehicle, car wrapping is an investment; and not just an investment of money, but of time.

An important factor that is often overlooked is where a person lives and the weather conditions they’ll be driving or working in.

For example – salt used for the road in cold, snowy climates takes its toll on the vinyl. Likewise, if left out too long in the extreme heat, the wrapping will definitely begin to wear out.

No matter where you live, its important to know that after-care is crucial to the life of a vinyl wrap.

If the maintenance and extra care is a deal-breaker, then maybe a vinyl wrap isn’t for you. But, if you spend the extra effort we can almost guarantee the wrap will make it worth your while.

Final Thoughts

If you want to learn more, give us a call or send us a text message! Outpacer is here to help with all your business marketing needs, think of us as a one stop shop.

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FAQs

What should you not do when wrapping your car? ›

Here, we'll give you the common mistakes people get trapped into while installing new vinyl graphics for their vehicles.
  1. Poor Cleaning and Preparation. The first step while making a vehicle wrap is making sure the surface is squeaky clean. ...
  2. Improper Measuring. ...
  3. Using The Heat Gun In The Wrong Way.
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Is car wrapping a good idea? ›

Vehicle wraps offer a few key benefits compared to painting, such as lower costs, better quality, greater protection and more design options. Vehicle wraps' advantages make them an ideal choice for car owners and fleet managers, whether they're looking to save money or create a one-of-a-kind design.

Is it difficult wrapping a car? ›

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Going the professional route, vinyl car wrapping can cost as much as a paint job, but patience and a steady hand can make even a full car wrap go smoothly for a do-it-yourselfer. In fact, the tools required are easily accessible and require no special licenses, training, or experience.

What is the best color to wrap a car? ›

If you want to appear classic, sophisticated, and in control, black is the color for you. White: White works for those wanting to appear young, fresh, and economical. It is a neutral color, so also works well as a secondary accent. Gray: Gray is the perfect middle ground between black and white.

Can you wash a wrapped car? ›

You can bring your wrapped vehicle to an automated brushless car wash, though hand washing is safer and more thorough. Brush car washes may be too rough on the film, degrading it and causing peeling and lifted edges. If a car wash uses water spray and no brushes, it should be safe for most wraps.

Can a wrapped car be unwrapped? ›

The answer is: YES. If the vehicle has been wrapped with a high-quality car wrap vinyl then the removal process is very easy. All is needed is a heat source, preferably a heat gun, some experience and a lot of patience. High-quality films made by Avery and 3M are designed to leave no adhesive residue when removed.

Do wrapped cars scratch easy? ›

Since your car wrap is a vinyl film that comes in different finishes, it doesn't have the protective topcoat that is typical to paint jobs. This is the main reason why the wrapping material is prone to scratches.

How long do wrapped cars last? ›

How Long Does a Car Wrap Last? Most car wraps last approximately five to seven years. After five to seven years most vinyl wraps will begin to crack, fade, and peel off the vehicle.

Can you wax a wrapped car? ›

3M does not recommend using wax or other similar coatings on vehicle graphics. Vinyl wraps may be run through car washes. Touch less car washes are the best for graphic care.

What's the hardest part to wrap on a car? ›

Wrapping the bumper is usually the hardest part, so if you want to dive into the challenge, you can start there. If you want to take it a bit slower, you can attempt the hood of the car and work your way up.

How do you prep a car for wraps? ›

  1. The first step is to clean the surface with paint-safe grease and wax remover to remove any dirt or grime on the surface. ...
  2. Thoroughly dry the surface with a clean lint-free towel or lint-free paper towel. ...
  3. Surfaces with any grease, oil or wax greatly reduce film adhesion and may form bubbles on neglected areas.

Do wraps damage paint? ›

Although they've been around for quite some time, many vehicle owners often ask us, does a car wrap damage paint? The truth is that a vinyl wrap or car wrap as some call it, is completely safe to be applied to any type of paint – whether it's gloss or a matte finish.

Do wrapped cars rust? ›

The answer is to can my vehicle rust if it's wrapped is yes, your car or truck can rust even when wrapped. However, there are several ways to avoid corrosion.

Which car wrap lasts the longest? ›

Higher quality vinyl, such as 3M vinyl and Avery cast vinyl, will last longer than low-quality vinyl. High-quality vinyl is UV resistant, more scratch resistant, and less fragile than low-quality vinyl.

Do you need to polish a wrapped car? ›

While you are able to delicately polish this vinyl style, it is still important that you do not excessively polish the vinyl. The gloss finish will refresh that shine that the wrap will bring to the finish of your vehicle. Besides waxing and polishing, the upkeep of the gloss wrap is the same as a matte or satin wrap.

Can a wrapped car go in rain? ›

Rain will not affect the car wrap. You can't rinse the wrap off with water. You do want to be careful using a squeegee on the windows; the squeegee itself won't hurt the wrap, but if you press down too hard, you risk scratching the wrap with the edge of the squeegee.

Can a wrapped car be buffed? ›

While it seems harmless, buffing a car wrap surface is not. The thing to note is the car surface is rarely free of small debris. You may not see it, but it's there. When you buff, you run the risk of scratching the surface of the wrap with small but gritty dirt particles, leaving unsightly marks.

How long does a 3M wrap last? ›

In the vinyl wrap world, the top two brands are 3m and Avery; each claims their materials will last for seven years. Yet, they also each have varying warranties for their materials. 3M's most popular wrap film series 1080 is three years on vertical surfaces.

Can a wrapped car sit in the sun? ›

Not only do higher temperatures from the sun fade the look of your wrap, but they can also lead to browning, shrinking, and cracking, which equate in a costly replacement. The heat is hard to avoid when driving around, but when you aren't cruising the streets, try to keep your wrapped car out of direct sunlight.

What happens if you leave a car wrap on too long? ›

If you leave a wrap on your vehicle too long, you will greatly increase the chances of paint damage. As the adhesive bonds with the surface of the vehicle body, it gets stronger with time. Thus, you should stay within your wraps' lifespan to ensure that you don't damage your paint job.

How often should you wash a wrapped car? ›

Wash wrapped vehicles as often as you would normally hand wash a painted vehicle.
  1. Wash vehicle in the shade or avoid washing vehicle while the body is hot or under direct sunlight.
  2. It is best to wash wrapped vehicles once every 2 weeks to maintain surface cleanliness as one would on a painted vehicle.

How do you maintain a car wrap? ›

Wash Regularly
  1. Do no use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
  2. Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films.
  3. Use all purpose cleaner if there is wax or wax residue on the surface.
  4. Only use Isopropyl alcohol and water (2:1) on Matte or Satin vinyls.

Does car wrapping affect insurance? ›

Yes, you must declare a wrap to your insurer when you take out a policy. As a wrap is a modification, you must inform your insurer about it to avoid the risk of your policy becoming void. If you are getting a wrap on a car that is already insured, you must notify your insurer of a change of circumstance.

Can you winter drive a wrapped car? ›

An important thing to keep in mind is that snow, ice and freezing temperatures will not damage your vehicle wrap. Rather, the build-up of salt and other road solutions will damage the graphics. To avoid deterioration, we recommend cleaning salt as soon as possible to prevent corrosion of the wrap.

Do wraps devalue a car? ›

Increased Resale Value

When a car is wrapped, the resale value is considerably greater than for a car that has been repainted. This is primarily because the wrapper can be removed without damaging the car. Since the wrap preserved the paint, the value of your car is higher because it still looks new.

Is it cheaper to wrap or paint a car? ›

Cost is a likely factor in a wrapping vs painting decision: is it cheaper to wrap or paint a car? Paint jobs run from $500 (low quality) or anywhere between $1,000-$5,000 (high-quality). A professional wrap runs between $2,500 to $5,000. There is also a labor cost to remove the wrap that may range between $500-$600.

What happens if a wrapped car gets scratched? ›

Vinyl wraps bond tightly to surfaces when applied, so wrapping a car or van with a scratch may cause the defect to be more noticeable as the vinyl picks up the contours of any chips or deep scratches.

How long should I wait to wash my car after wrapping it? ›

Do not wash it for at least 72 hours and at the most five days. Let it fully adhere to the vehicle after the installation. The moisture between the film and the vehicle surface needs to dry completely and the edges, that are most likely to come off while washing, have to stick to the paint perfectly.

Do wraps hide scratches? ›

While car wraps can be applied over scratches, they will not hide scratches. In fact, a vinyl wrap may even make the imperfections in your vehicle's paint even more noticeable.

What is the easiest wrap to work with? ›

Comparing to other types of vinyl wrap films, to some wrappers, gloss wrap film might be the easiest to wrap.

Should I wax car before wrap? ›

The first step in prepping for the perfect vehicle wrap is washing your vehicle to remove any wax and debris. Wax will negatively affect vinyl adhesion and will not allow the vinyl to properly bond. Handwashing is the most thorough way to ensure all areas and surfaces of the vehicle have been properly cleaned.

Should I sand my car before wrapping? ›

In general, it is recommended that car wraps are only installed on factory painted vehicles; however, if you decide that you still want to have your car wrapped even though the paint is peeling, the paint will need to be feathered or sanded by a body shop first in order to ensure a smooth installation and to prevent ...

Do I need to clay bar before wrapping? ›

Clay bar is also essential to ensure the complete smoothness of the surface. We always recommend to use a soap solution to allow clay bar to glide better.

What do you call someone who wraps cars? ›

Vehicle Wrap / Vinyl Installer.

Which is better ceramic coating or wrap? ›

Ceramic coatings are the better option. That said, it's very common for vehicle owners to get the best of both worlds. Apply PPF to protect the most vulnerable areas of the vehicle (front bumper for example) and then applying ceramic coating across the entire vehicle for better looks and cleaning.

Will wrap stick to faded paint? ›

Yes, in some cases. You can wrap a vehicle with faded paint, but you need to consider how extensive the damage is, if the wrap will further damage your paint, and what type of vinyl wrap you will use. If your vehicle has chips along with fading, the wrap will not cover it.

Do car wraps stain? ›

There might come a time when a vehicle wrap gets a small stain or spill on it. Tree sap can drip onto the wrap, a bug can get splattered on it, or a bird flying overhead might leave some droppings. If any of that happens, you don't have to take the entire car in to be washed.

Do you need to paint correct before wrapping? ›

Paint correction is always best done before having a professional apply paint protection film or ceramic coating to the car. However, it's a governing option to choose when you care about your vehicle's actual appearance and maintenance.

Does vinyl wrap fade in the sun? ›

Like many other materials, car wraps with extended exposure to UV rays can fade over time. Choosing a vinyl wrap that features additional UV protection can protect the integrity of your custom wrap.

Does 3M wrap fade? ›

One of the most obvious reasons to wrap your vehicle with 3M is because they will not fade. With continued exposure to heat vinyl wraps will fade. With 3M, however, this problem can be avoided because 3M wraps will retain their color and vibrance for up to 7 years.

What color vinyl lasts longest? ›

Metallic colors like silver and gold will fade more quickly because of the metal flake content. We'll explain that momentarily. Standard colors are more durable with reds on the lower end of the range. The most durable options in any vinyl product palette are typically black, white, and transparent.

Do you have to tell insurance about car wrap? ›

Yes, you must declare a wrap to your insurer when you take out a policy. As a wrap is a modification, you must inform your insurer about it to avoid the risk of your policy becoming void. If you are getting a wrap on a car that is already insured, you must notify your insurer of a change of circumstance.

Does your car lose value if you wrap it? ›

Increased Resale Value

When a car is wrapped, the resale value is considerably greater than for a car that has been repainted. This is primarily because the wrapper can be removed without damaging the car. Since the wrap preserved the paint, the value of your car is higher because it still looks new.

Do wrapped cars get scratched? ›

While a car wrap can be placed over damage and scratches in the hull of the vehicle, there is a good chance that the damage will show through the vinyl wrap. In fact, the vinyl wrap attaches so closely to the hull that it can make hail damage and scratches even more noticeable to the public.

Do car wraps tear easily? ›

The Material Can Sustain Minor Scratches, But It's Not Fully Resistant to Them. Vinyl wraps are typically strengthened through the usage of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is the base component for high-quality wrap applications. PVC is highly durable and often holds its own against everyday wear and tear.

How long does a car wrap last? ›

Most car wraps last approximately five to seven years. After five to seven years most vinyl wraps will begin to crack, fade, and peel off the vehicle. An extra two years makes a big difference in getting your money's worth so how do you get your wrap to last closer to the seven year range compared to five?

Does wrap affect insurance? ›

Yes, installing a vinyl wrap on your car or truck will have an impact on your auto insurance. Hence, we recommend that you review your car insurance policy thoroughly before you get a vinyl car wrap.

What do I need to know before getting my car wrapped? ›

Things to look out for before wrapping your car
  • #1. Paint of your vehicle. ...
  • #2. Defects, damage, stone chips, scratches on paint. ...
  • #3 Rust. Rust that has eaten through the paint has to be fixed first, as the vinyl wrap will not stick to rust.

How long does 3M vinyl wrap last? ›

In the vinyl wrap world, the top two brands are 3m and Avery; each claims their materials will last for seven years. Yet, they also each have varying warranties for their materials. 3M's most popular wrap film series 1080 is three years on vertical surfaces.

Does rain ruin car wrap? ›

Rain will not affect the car wrap. You can't rinse the wrap off with water. You do want to be careful using a squeegee on the windows; the squeegee itself won't hurt the wrap, but if you press down too hard, you risk scratching the wrap with the edge of the squeegee.

Can I wrap over dents? ›

Yes, you can wrap a car with dents, but again, the vinyl wrap will not hide the dents though it does provide a layer of protection against minor dings and scratches. For the best car wrap results, it would be best to fix the dents first and then apply the vinyl vehicle wrap.

How long does a car wrap last in the sun? ›

With heavy wear and tear like this, the life expectancy may be as short as two years. However, even something as simple as parking in the shade could increase the life expectancy of your vehicle wrap dramatically, to around three or four years.

How well do wraps hold up? ›

With proper care, a vehicle wrap should last an average of 3 - 5 years. they are designed to withstand a variety of temperatures, climates, and weather patterns; and should hold up well with proper maintenance and under normal driving conditions.

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