Sometimes,you may get tired of your car's dull old colors and may want a fresh new lookon it. You think about a possible paint job, but the cost is mostly prohibitive. Even if you can afford it, many secondary paint jobs do not quite live up to the factory standards and can significantly affect your car's resale value. At this point, you wonder what options you can explore, and what you need to make your vehicle an admiration of many. Try vinyl wraps! Many people know what this is and easily recognize it if they saw a car wrapped in vinyl. However, most people do not know that it's a simple, cost-effective alternative to a paint job, which can give even the dullest car a fresh new look. This article is a basic guide to vehicle wraps and provides essential information about the nature of vinyl wraps and the process of wrapping your car.
The vinyl wrap serves as a defensive shield against stones and other road damages from small chips and dings on the road. If you plan to ultimately sell the car in its original state, a vinyl wrap can retain its resale value by preserving the color to prevent the need to pay for repairs. These wraps come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They can be done in such a way as to cover the whole car or just cover certain select car parts. Companies and organizations mostly use vinyl wraps for marketing purposes but are more commonly seen in sporty vehicles where they really make the car come alive. Vinyl wraps are also popular with private car owners who get to infuse their personality in their vehicles while doing so at a much lower cost than traditional paint.
Vinyl wraps come with many advantages over a conventional paint job. In addition to being pocket-friendly and drive profits when used for marketing, vinyl wraps, when done well, last longer. This can be easily done at home to give you a crazy amount of customizability and serve a protective function as well,protecting the car's original paint job from harmful UV light. This means that vinyl wraps are more than stickers or photos on a car; they are a durable,cosmetic, and great simple way of restoring the car's appearance. Besides, you can always just change your current vinyl wrap and have another one put, so you are not in any lifetime commitment.
Vinyl wraps are nothing more than adhesive made with plastic and should stick easily to any car surface. Wrapping a car using vinyl is simple, and anyone can do it with the right instructions. Having professionals do it for you may bring the cost upwards, almost as expensive as getting a new paint job. For that reason,following a simple guide is the way to go in ensuring that you reap not just the cost-saving benefits but the joy of doing it yourself successfully.
Preparation is just as important as the process. You will first need enough vinyl, probably as much as 80 feet of vinyl, with an extra 10-15 feet for marginal errors. The car's surface needs to be as close to impeccable as possible. Any dents or significant scratches may impede the quality of the work and possibly destroy the vinyl. You will need tools for the work, and importantly, a heat gun, a squeegee,and a measuring ruler to get your dimensions right. Lastly, you want to work ina dust-free environment, away from household items if possible.
After cleaning the surface and making it as smooth as possible, work on getting the measurements right and begin with the flat surfaces. An occasional error is acceptable, but you want to be as precise as possible. Lay down the vinyl, watching for as few creases as possible, and use the heat gun to remove any creases. The creases will especially become noticeable as you work your way around corners and bends. You will need to use the squeegee to flatten out those creases.
The vinyl's adhesive properties will ensure the vinyl sticks, but you can use kevlar tape to ensure a perfect fit in cases where you lay a layer of vinyl over another. If you notice any bubbles, you can try using the heat gun to flatten them out, or you may use standard pins for popping them.
Once the whole car or select parts of it have been completely covered, you get into the final phase of cutting off the excess edges. Precision is needed here as well because anything more than 2-3 millimeters from the edge may prove to be problematic. Folding it wrongly over the edge may cause it to tear, greatly reducing the lifespan of the vinyl. You use your knife or scissors to cut it and shape it to an ideal size.
With the above guide to vinyl wrap your vehicle, you're now set to get busy, do the job,and make your machine stand out and be the talk of the town!