Applying vinyl graphic layers on the car’s exterior is an excellent way to safeguard against bad weather and minor scratches. Car wraps can have lifespans that suit your requirements and be customized for an assortment of business purposes.
What’s Involved in Vinyl Wrapping?
Wrapping, usually built from high-quality Avery cast or 3M vinyl materials, involves several applications on various types of vehicles. You can add a decal coat to protect a car’s exterior for advertising or aesthetics.
Some folks will often opt for a car wrap when seeking a particular color or pattern not provided by the manufacturer. They may be bored with the current shade.
Vinyl Wrapping: How It All Started
Just like everything else in the global car culture, wrapping cars in vinyl started in the US in the 1950s. This was when a company offered polka dot treatments that vehicle owners could stick to their cars to add some sense of style.
However, the car wrapping concept took off elsewhere in Germany in the 1990s, when somebody had a eureka moment when they realized the taxi industry could save millions by wrapping instead of painting.
Regulations in Germany required taxis to be in a shade of beige, which was a hard sell in the used car market. Very few people will have an eye for beige vehicles.
A vinyl wrap allowed taxi firms to purchase vehicles in more popular colors and peel off the beige wrap after taxi duty - much easier and cheaper.
New vinyl wrapping application technologies and materials allow customization in almost unlimited colors, patterns, and finishes.
The modern wrapping uses a more effective cast vinyl with vinyl sheets of 4mm thick and easy conformity to curves. Cast vinyl is resistant to shrinking and can last a decade.
Should I Opt for Wrapping Instead of a New Paint Job?
Prepping for a paint job is no easy task. It takes much longer to prep and apply a new coat of paint than a vinyl wrap.
Normally, wrapping is a great idea if your car already has a pristine paint job. The process protects the paint job and retains your car’s originality and resale value.
With vinyl wrapping, you can change the appearance of your vehicle as many times as possible in the safe knowledge that your extroversion excesses can be peeled off at any time.
Keep in mind that the success of a car wrap heavily relies on the preparation, and the quality of the paintwork underneath is bee’s knees. The wrapping accentuates any paint defects, and adhesion challenges are possible when the paint is of poor quality.
A new paint job is necessary if the current paint is old and tired, and the car is collectible or more expensive. Any future purchaser will be more interested in what lies skin deep.
Longevity is another important consideration. While a professional vinyl wrap can last years, it will still be relatively temporary. On the other hand, a professional paint job will reasonably last indefinitely.
Can I DIY Wrap my Car?
The average DIYer can do a decent wrap that looks good from some distance. But if you need a professional look, you need to spend significant amounts of time on the task. It demands a lot of patience and trial and error if you have no previous experience.
Serious attention to detail is also essential to chase wrinkles and air bubbles, and this is where professional outfits have a huge advantage over DIYers.
At Irvine Auto Detailing, we are experts in vinyl wrapping and will wrap your car the way you want it to fulfill your business, protective or aesthetic objectives. We are mobile and can come to wherever you are, and we can work with your budget.