How to Repair Vinyl Wraps

When it comes to the DIY hobby, mistakes are inevitable. It's also something you truly want to avoid as any mistake can cost time and money. And nobody wants to waste time when trying to complete a project, right? Vehicles will always, at some point receive cosmetic damage. It's unavoidable no matter how careful you try to be. There are so many factors that can scratch or scuff your ride. The same applies to your installed vinyl wrap. If it gets a tear or is scuffed, would you have to remove the entire wrap? Not necessarily. You can still salvage it without having to remove the entirety of your wrap. Here at Rvinyl, we will show you how you can repair your torn or scratched vinyl without you having to break the bank.

However, this repair guide isn't suited for those who see themselves as perfectionists. Your patch job can be seen by the naked eye after you fix it up. This guide is geared towards smaller areas needing repair, not large areas.

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Assess the Damage

Go over the damage and see if it's significant or something minor. If there's a large area that's torn or significantly scratched up, then you'll have to cut your losses and have the entire vinyl replaced. However, if the damage is limited to a small area and is a slight scratch or tear on the surface, then you are good to go, you can still salvage it.

Tools Required

  1. A piece of the vinyl you utilized for your vehicle
  2. Razor Blade
  3. Squeegee
  4. Heat Gun
  5. Microfiber Towel

Repair Guide

Clean the Area

The damaged part usually came with dirt and debris. It’s important to make sure the surface is clean before fixing your car wrap. Use some soapy water to clean the area with a microfiber towel.

Remove Damaged Vinyl

Remove the damaged vinyl part and the lifting vinyl around it. Clean the area again and dry with a microfiber towel.

Apply Vinyl

Measure and cut a section of vinyl that can use to cover the damaged part, then place it over the existing wrap. Use your hand or fingers to apply the vinyl film, in up-and-down motions. Next, carefully trim the excess vinyl wraps with a blade. Make sure you apply minimal pressure to avoid damaging your vehicle's original paint.

Seal Vinyl

Use a heat gun to heat the replacement wrap to make sure it fully adheres to your ride. The edge part usually needs a repeat heating and squeegeeing process. And with that, you're done.