Vehicle wraps, graphic designs installed on the outside of an automobile, boat, trailer or motorcycle, are fun, colorful ways to advertise your company. These designs can also be customized to fit your company’s branding and include the contact information of your business. Vehicle wraps are effective ways to spread the word about your company as you drive all over town.
The good news is that modern technology has made it much easier to do vehicle wraps at affordable prices. Still, the installation of a vehicle wrap takes a large amount of time and effort. It can take anywhere from six to 10 hours to wrap a vehicle, depending on how difficult the project is. Plus, the right tools are required in order to cut down on air bubbles and crooked lines. Tools that are needed for a vehicle wrap include:
- Masking tape
- A Squeegee
- A Tape Measure
- Razor Knife
- Heat Gun
A high-quality vehicle wrap begins with the selection of quality materials. Vinyl is a popular choice for wraps because of its ability to be molded around curves and edges. It is also relatively inexpensive and can be removed later on. Plus, vinyl wrap can help to protect the vehicle from chips, scratches, and fading caused by sunlight.
Once the material has been selected, the vehicle can then be prepped for the wrap. This involves a thorough cleaning and the removal of any dirt and grease on the vehicle’s surface. Washing the vehicle ensures that the graphics will stick properly. A commercial detergent and water can do job the effectively, and many sign companies also apply a mix of rubbing alcohol and water to remove dirt and oil.
The vehicle should be allowed to dry completely before moving to the next step. It can be helpful to remove mirrors, wipers, and molding to make the job easier. It is also helpful to do the wrap indoors so that the temperature can be controlled. Wrapping a vehicle indoors also cuts down on contaminants like dust. Some types of vinyl adhere the best in certain temperatures.
After the vehicle has been prepped, it’s time to apply the graphic. A measuring tape is used to determine the proper dimensions of the vinyl for the vehicle. The vinyl can then be positioned on the surface of vehicle with masking tape to hold it in place. The backing is removed section by section as the vinyl is then applied to the vehicle.
The next step is smoothing out the vinyl with a squeegee. This will help to get rid of any air bubbles created when applying the wrap. Any wrinkles in the vinyl can also be removed by applying heat. Heat works well for wrinkles around corners and curves. Any excess wrap is often removed with a small razor knife.
Producing and installing a high-quality vehicle wrap takes a good measure of skill. It is best to seek the help of a professional. At Infinity Signs, our experts are experienced in vehicle wraps. We will make sure your vehicle wrap installation is of the highest quality.