Vinyl Wraps – Your Questions Answered
Vinyl Wraps are awesome. We’ve been designing, creating, and installing them in Denver and nationwide for over 25 years. However, they can also be complicated and full of questions and mystery, which can understandably make you nervous to pull the trigger on one. We’ve already debunked some of the most common myths about vinyl wraps, which you can read about here, and in this article, we’re going to tackle some frequently asked questions.
Of course this guide won’t be fully comprehensive, so if you do still have questions, you’re always free to use our live chat feature, or shoot us an email or an estimate request. We’re here to be a resource for you. So lets get started!
Can I wrap over paint or clear coat that’s chipping, peeling, or just in bad condition?
Not really. Before we apply graphics to any vehicle, we perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle surface to ensure it’s wrap ready. There are a couple of problems with installing over a damaged surface. First is adhesion. Wrapping over a damaged surface will almost certainly lead to a material failure, as it just won’t adhere properly. Also, if it does adhere, once you start peeling off that vinyl, you’ll start pulling off clear coat and paint where the surface was damaged. This won’t happen on a good, well prepared surface, but using a wrap to cover a damaged paint surface isn’t recommended. One option is to sand and prep the damaged ares, to make them wrap ready.
How long does it take to do a full wrap on a vehicle?
That depends entirely on the detail of the wrap and the size of the vehicle. For instance, a full, printed wrap on a box truck may only take a day to wrap, where as a full wrap on a Tesla, that involves removing hardware, getting the vinyl to conform to tough contours and generally requires a lot more man hours, may take 4 days. If you’re planning on getting your vehicle wrap, always be prepared to be without it for at least a couple of days. We don’t rush our work here, and you’ll be thankful a year down the road that you let us keep your vehicle for that extra day!
How long will my wrap last?
Again this is another question that’s impossible to give a pin point answer to, due to the amount of variables. However, manufacturers such as 3M usually give performance lives of 5-7 years depending on your climate. Here in Colorado for instance, you’d be looking at nearer 5 due to the altitude, sun, and weather conditions. How you maintain your wrap will also play a huge factor. Keeping your wrap clean will help prevent dirt from getting underneath the surface and messing with the adhesive, and it will also help keep the color or print fresh. If you keep your vehicle outside all the time, areas like the hood and roof are going to be exposed to some extreme weather, which will likely reduce the life further. But like we said in our other post. Vinyl wraps are like paint. Take care of them, and they’ll last longer.
Do wraps come with warranties?
Yes. Here at Fineline we offer a 1 year workmanship warranty on installation. That means if at any time during the first year your wrap starts peeling, or something isn’t right with it, you bring it in, and we’ll fix it. Vinyl manufacturers also offer a warranty on their materials. 3M for example has warranties on all their material. Their warranties vary from material to material, and things like geographic location also play a factor. There are also different warranties for horizontal and vertical surfaces. Vinyl wrap warranties are complicated, so if you have questions about specifics, get in touch and we’ll answer your warranty questions!
Can I wrap my vehicle myself?
Let’s frame it this way; Could you paint your vehicle yourself? You probably could, but it wouldn’t come out the same as if a professional did it. The same is true for wrapping your car. Vinyl wrapping is an art. Knowing how vinyl stretches, where to stretch vs. where to seam are things that take years of practice to perfect. You may have no problem wrapping a flat surface, but getting vinyl to conform to tight curves and contours, wrapping surface areas that are larger than a single piece of vinyl, and knowing how to heat treat vinyl are professional skills.
We will be adding to this FAQ continually. If you have a question you’d like answered, or featured on this section, just get in touch!