Wraps come in all different shapes & sizes. Wraps start as large sheets of adhesive backed vinyl film designed specifically for vehicle application made available in a variety of styles & finishes. Some wraps are a full color change in matte, satin or gloss finishes, as well as chrome, “carbon fiber” look, and beyond. Vehicle wraps can also consist of printed designs containing imagery, photos, graphics, or branded elements to represent a business or group, or as “accents” on vehicle features like trim, spoilers, hoods, roofs, and trunks. Truly, the possibilities are endless; recent advancements in vinyl production technology has also opened up the possibilities to textured vehicle wraps like leather, alligator, snake skin, or holographic & 3D films!
No, but improper installation or removal can! As a matter of fact, a wrap will protect your vehicle’s original paint! A bad install means your vehicle’s paint might get damaged from razor blade scratches, and poor adhesion that ultimately leads to wrap failure. Also, if the wrong type of film is used during the application like a sign vinyl with extra strength adhesive or low flexibility, it can strip your paint and cause serious damage if & when it is not removed with care!
Wrap life span really depends on how well the film is cared for, how much day to day stress the wrap gets from road driving, and what quality of film was used to do the installation. Some films last longer than others, and the thicker they are the more damage they can take. We’ve wrapped vehicles that see plenty of road & track time, and their films have survived more that 5 years without needing parts re-installed or failing entirely.
Most definitely. While it is a bit of a tedious process to undertake, we offer wrap removal services as well as installation, and would be happy to assist. Contact us with more information about what type of wrap you would like to have removed & we’ll help you get back to fresh paint!
Typically we don’t install any film we’re not already stocking. There are a lot of knock off films out there that aren’t designed for vehicle wrap applications, so if you want help making a selection just contact us for a recommendation!
No. With primed and unpainted vehicles or body kits, the surface texture does not allow for proper adhesion of air egress vinyls, and makes the wrap prone to failure & lifting.
Primarily, the film thickness. Matte and Satin finishes have become more and more popular for those wanting a complete color change, while Paint Protection Film are more tailored to those who simply want to change their factory paint finish while also adding a layer of protection.
Most gloss, satin, matte and textured wrap films are thin and pliable so they can stretch easily during application. Unfortunately, thinner films are more prone to failure, and typically don’t offer much paint protection. However, some wrap films are so thick that they can add a layer of protection – specifically, our Paint Protection line. Typical matte satin and gloss colored film is around 2-4 MILS thick and wont bare too much of an impact from large rocks or chunky road debris, but PPF is on par with standard clear bra protection at around 7-10 MILS thick, keeping your paint that much safer.
We typically don’t stock much vinyl other than what is necessary for current projects. Since we work with such a diverse range of clientele with a wide array of tastes and styles, we install just about every type of film on the market (and some custom ones too!) 3M, Avery, Oracal, Hexus, KPMF, Teckwrap, you name it, we’ve used it. If there’s a specific film you want to use, let us know and we’ll find it for your vehicle at the best price available. We can even special order a one-off film, create a custom printed design, or track down something unique if you really want to break away from the pack!
If the wrap is our primary focus, turn around time can be as short as a week or less depending on complexity. Stripes, graphics & accent pieces can typically be completed in 24 – 72 hours, but exterior wraps or full color changes with door jambs will take considerably longer. Since we’re a fully functioning detail shop with more than just wraps on our plate, installation times will vary depending on the project and when it’s scheduled. If you’re on a deadline or want to expedite your install, just let us know what the time frame is and we’ll factor it in when we set up your appointment.
There are pros & cons to both wrapping or painting your vehicle, and normally a high quality paint job will cost just as much if not more than a high quality wrap. A cheap paint job is rarely a good thing, and preserving original paint is something we value, so we tend to side with wrapping. While it might be “cheaper” to do an easy respray on your vehicle for a change of color, it will ultimately damage the value and make it harder to resell down the line. A wrap can be removed easily, doesn’t run the risk of inconsistencies that come with a cheap paint job, and can potentially increase the resale value to prospective buyers if they plan on keeping it wrapped.
Most definitely. Dirt and contaminants on your exterior would be trapped under the film, posing greater harm to your paint and eventually causing the wrap to fail if they were not cleaned off before installation.
There are a few courses of action we can take depending on how your wrap gets damaged, where the damage occurred, and how extensive it is. Worst case scenario, the wrap must be removed entirely, but more than likely we will be able to pull a section of the wrap and replace it with a new piece of film that was left over from your installation. Depending on the design or layout of your wrap and where the damage is located, we may also need to reprint graphics or simply patch a spot in.
Printed, branded, and customized vehicle wraps are something we specialize in. If you already have a design mocked up and simply need to get film printed and applied, or you want us to take it all the way from concept to completion, we would be glad to assist in bringing your personal or company fleet vehicles up to spec.
Vinyl wrap films offer an endless array of colors, textures, and designs that paint simply cannot. Wraps allow you to give your car a unique style that is 100% customizable to your liking. Wraps also provide a level of protection from the elements. They are effective in protecting paint from the sun’s UV rays, while also protecting against minor scratches and rock chips. This gives you stronger bargaining power when trading or selling your car years later. Perhaps the greatest benefit to getting a wrap is that it is not permanent! Unlike a paint job, wraps can be removed if you grow tired of the color. This gives you the ability to have a new color or design year after year while maintaining the original paint! This is especially beneficial for individuals who are leasing their cars.
Wraps may cover the existing paint, but they can not miraculously hide imperfections. Below are some common paint conditions that will hinder or entirely prevent a good quality wrap.
1) Clear Coat Damage, Faded Paint, or Oxidation
Intense UV rays from the sun will cause considerable damage to the paint of any vehicle. The effects may include: clear coat damage, faded paint, or white oxidation spots. In these situations a wrap cannot be installed. The adhesive on the vinyl is specifically engineered to adhere to OEM paint with an undamaged clear coat. Even if the vinyl manages to adhere to a damaged paint surface, the imperfections of the paint will be magnified by the wrap, not hidden. This is why it is highly recommended to wrap a brand new vehicle before it has been exposed to the elements. The vinyl will protect the paint from the harmful effects of the sun. Then, years later if you decide to trade or sell the car, the wrap can be removed and the paint will still look good as new. If your car suffers from the conditions stated above, there is still hope! The best option is to have paint correction done done on the vehicle prior to getting the it wrapped.
If the damage has gone far beyond the early stages of oxidation and has reached the stage of rust formation, then the vehicle cannot be wrapped. The vinyl will not adhere to rust. This will likely require some body work and/or a new paint job before the vehicle can be wrapped.
3) Non-Original Paint
If your car has non-original paint, it can be wrapped, but removal of the wrap years later may be tricky. If the paint job was done improperly, the removal of the vinyl may peel the paint with it. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to effectively test the quality of non-OEM paints prior to wrapping. If you intend to keep the wrap on the vehicle for several years, this risk may not be very significant for you, but it is certainly something to consider. Original paint does not carry this inherent risk, because the vinyls were designed to work with OEM paint.
4) Scratches, Rock Chips, and Dents
Rock chips, scratches, and dents are very common on vehicles of all types. Many people come to us with the hopes of hiding these imperfections with a wrap. Unfortunately, the vinyl tends to magnify these problem areas rather than hide them. This is especially true for matte and satin wraps. For textured films or patterns, the dents and chips may be better disguised. To ensure a flawless wrap, it is recommended to have a paint correction done prior to wrapping.
The wrapping process begins with a thorough cleaning. Each vehicle is carefully washed with soap and water, and then dried. This may be done multiple times depending on the condition of the vehicle. Next, a solution of isopropyl alcohol is sprayed on and carefully wiped off with extra attention given to the crevices, gaps, and seams on the vehicle. Finally, a clay bar and compressed air are used to ensure no dust or dirt remain.
The next step in the wrapping process is to remove as many parts of the vehicle as possible. This allows the installers to wrap underneath certain components. The most common parts that are removed include: door handles, headlights and taillights, door trim, spoilers, side mirrors, emblems, and bumpers. This allows seams to be hidden and helps to ensure the original paint does not show in the cracks between parts. It is important to note that some vehicles do not allow for simple removal of these components. In these situations, we will always do our best to remove what we can, but we will never risk damaging a part. If we are unable to remove certain parts, it becomes impossible to wrap completely inside the crevices and behind those components as desired. This is rarely a problem, but in some cases, it may lead to the original paint being visible in or around those crevices. Our installers will always go above and beyond to make the wrap look like a paint job, but it is not always possible.
After removing as many parts as we can, the car will undergo yet another cleaning with isopropyl alcohol and compressed air. Once the car is spotless, it is time to wrap! We only use the highest-quality vinyls (3M, Avery, Orafol) to ensure that your paint is fully protected. It may cost a little more money upfront, but these vinyls last much longer than their heaper counterparts and are guaranteed by the manufacturer. After measuring the dimensions of the car, the vinyl is cut and ready to be placed. The vinyl is carefully heated with a heat gun and is stretched to remove all wrinkles. Seams are avoided as much as possible but there are some situations where the contours and/or size of the vehicle necessitate them.
Bumpers are one area that may require some seams in order to prevent the wrap from peeling back. Most seams are able to be hidden in the contours or design of the wrap. A felt squeegee is used to work the vinyl into all the curves and crevices, and the excess material is cut away. Knife-less tape is used in areas where cutting with a knife may scratch the paint.
After the entire vehicle is wrapped, an infrared heater is used to post-heat the seams and edges of the vinyl. This helps prevent the vinyl from peeling back.
It is common for some bubbles and peeling to occur in the first week following the installation. The sun’s heat will occasionally cause the vinyl to shrink. This is not a problem and we will gladly fix the wrap should this occur. After the first week, the vinyl should be fully settled.