If you've been thinking of a complete color change for your vehicle but just
couldn't justify the cost of a factory-style paint job, you'll be excited to
know that premium quality vinyl wraps are a great, affordable option. Made from premium quality
car wrap films available in over
two hundred different finishes and colors, these vinyl vehicle wraps are adhesive backed
and just waiting to be applied. DIY customers, professional automotive restylers and vinyl film wrappers use these films to create amazing custom cars
and now you can too! Save time and money by doing it yourself and personalize
your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle in a snap with our Vehicle Wraps.
Whether you've been thinking of a complete color change or just want to wrap
your hood, trunk, fenders or mirrors, we've got the right vinyl wrap in the
right size for you. Both our Rwraps™ and 3M™ vehicle wraps are meant to be
applied over you factory paint finish and are removable so you can take them off
without damaging the underlying surface. We've listed the approximate sizes you may need for
commonly wrapped areas below:
It's important to note that these all Vehicle Wraps
are only suitable for application to factory-finished paint. They are not intended for aftermarket-finished paint as this will not have been cured to the same level as
factory paint jobs. Also, when choosing your
Vehicle Wrap, carefully measure the area or component to be wrapped and select the appropriate amount of material needed, remembering to factor in an overhang that will be trimmed after application.
Our Vehicle Wrap films are made for use it right out of the box — there's no
need to print or apply an overlaminate. Since they're manufactured with dual
color layers for dimensional stability and durability, you can depend on them
not to discolor or deform even around the craziest of curves. Enjoy the
convenience and quality of our pro-grade, DIY ready films and get to wrapping.
When you're looking to upgrade or restore your car's appearance you have two
options: a brand new paint job or a vehicle wrap. Like anything in life, nothing
is completely black or white and both approaches have their pros and cons but
(truth be told) a vinyl vehicle wrap is usually much more affordable, quicker
and longer lasting than an aftermarket paint job when you're looking for a
complete color change.
To get you started, we'll cover the ins and outs of vehicle wraps so that you
can get a better idea of what to expect when wrapping your car and some of the
possible pitfalls you might encounter before you decide to lay it or spray it.
Vinyl wraps have become one of the go-to accessories for DIY car enthusiasts
looking to customize their cars, trucks or SUVs without breaking the bank.
Premium vinyl films like Rwraps™ and Series 1080 3M™ films are extremely durable
and simple to use plus vehicle wraps give you color and finish options that
paints and sprays can only dream of. And, when done right, vehicle wraps can
give you a look that is indistinguishable from an OEM paint job while protecting
its value in the process.
The application of vinyl to your vehicle is known as wrapping and gives you
two main benefits: protection of your car's paint job and the possibility of
getting a look that paints just can't deliver. Whether you choose 3M™ or Rwraps
you can get Carbon Fiber, Brushed Metallic, Camouflage, Sticker Bomb and dozens
of other patterns that would be impossible to spray on in addition to styles
like Chameleon shade-shifter, Matte and Matte Metallic films too!
Not only are vehicle wraps durable but vinyl film is easy to care for as well.
Just use soap and water to clean it when dirty. Additionally, because the vinyl itself is the protective coating, there is no need to apply clear coat or wax. It's
pretty resilient but if a section of your wrap gets damaged, you can replace it
quickly and easily for much less than you could repair a scratch paint job.
So what are your options for wrapping your car? Do you have to commit to wrapping the whole vehicle from bumper to bumper? Of course not. You can focus on individual panels to protect against specific dangers or to achieve a particular look. The vinyl film is applied one panel at a time, so you have complete control over how much of your car is covered.
Here's a look at some different options you have when it comes to applying a vehicle wrap to your car:
If you want absolute protection for your car's painted surfaces, you can cover every body panel with a full wrap. This would prevent damage all the way around. You can also decide on a unique color scheme or finish to give your car a more distinctive look.
A matte finish is a popular option for sportier cars, but carbon fiber and metallic finishes can be eye-catching as well. You can also expand your options and explore complex designs with digitally printed vinyl (more on that later).
Partial vehicle wraps give you the option of wrapping only certain areas of
your car, truck or SUV either for cosmetic or protective reasons. You may want
to wrap your side view mirrors just for the look or add the stylish, camo
protection of rocker panel wraps. Partial vehicle wraps offer you both easier
installation and less expense so it's no surprise that they're some of our best
Contrast is essential in good design, and some automakers apply this principle to great effect. Using a contrasting color for the roof creates a striking visual look that helps to break up the boring sea of gray and black cars. If your car's manufacturer didn't offer this option, however, you'll have to do it yourself.
Luckily, vinyl car wraps make this quite easy to do. White and black are the two most common options for a contrasting roof color, but your options are endless. You could even use vinyl to create a custom design for the roof of your car.
If you've got scratched or faded pillar trim or your ride came factory with ugly chrome
trim, pillar post wraps might just be
the answer. Another option which let's you add a little more eye-popping style
with contrasting color combination is to wrap the entire canopy in one color, which would include the pillars around your car's windows.
If you are modifying your car to boost performance and you want to make a visual change to go along with it, you could apply a carbon fiber-patterned vinyl wrap to your car's hood. Real carbon fiber hoods are a common weight-saving measure for race cars, but you can get that sporty look without paying through the nose for an actual carbon fiber hood.
Or maybe you long for the days of the Pontiac Trans Am, and you want to bring hood designs back into style. Whatever your imagination, you can get it printed on a vinyl wrap and apply it to your hood.
Applying a vinyl wrap to your car can be a means of protecting your investment, but it can also be an excellent way to improve the visual appearance of your vehicle. Applying a protective vinyl layer to your vehicle's painted surfaces will help maintain its resale value and keep your car's paint job in good condition. Road debris and UV rays in sunlight can harm your
car€™s paint and accelerate the aging process. By wrapping your car with vinyl, you are combating both of these threats, and both your car and its next owner will thank you for that.
If one of your vinyl panels is damaged, you can simply replace it without worrying about the rest of the car. Vinyl doesn't fade over time, so you won't have to worry about mismatched body panels. A paint job provides no such convenience. If your paint job needs a repair or a refresh, you are committed to repainting the entire car, which will cost you a considerable amount of time and money.
As an added benefit, a vinyl wrap will instantly make your car look like it rolled out of the showroom. Regardless of the condition of your car's current paint job, a vinyl wrap will make your car look brand new. Depending on your style, it could even make it look better than new. Since the demise of the infamous Chrysler PT Cruiser, we can't think of a single car that can be ordered straight from the factory with a flame accent paint job.
If you want to create a whole new look, either with a crazy color, a different finish, or a unique design, a custom vinyl wrap is going to be much easier to apply than a custom paint job would be. Furthermore, it will be much more cost-effective, easier to maintain, easier to repair and much easier to resell.
That custom design you loved so much would undoubtedly limit the resale market. With a vinyl wrap, however, you can remove it, restore the car to its original appearance, and tap into a much larger potential group of customers.
Applying vinyl automotive wraps isn't a black art, but it does require a certain set of skills and a tremendous amount of patience. Professional shops have the tools and expertise necessary, and for most people, the quality of their work will be worth the money you paid for the job. Additionally, any reputable shop will warranty their product and guarantee the quality of their work. The extra peace of mind will also help you enjoy your car that much more.
However, if you are the type of person who prefers the DIY approach, installing your own vinyl wrap can be quite the rewarding task. You'll need to procure a heat gun, some taping supplies and a good utility knife. A friend to provide a helping hand will also make things go much more smoothly. Thankfully, vinyl film is inexpensive enough that you
don't€™t have to let a few mistakes torpedo the entire project. Learn from your mistake, unroll another sheet, and keep on moving.
When tackling a vinyl wrap project at home, we have a few words of advice. The first is to wash your car, and when you think it is clean enough, wash it again. You want to provide as clean a surface as possible for the adhesive on the vinyl film to make good contact. This means your car's paint surface should be free of any residue or wax.
This also means you should remove any rust spots or imperfections on your car's body panels. Vinyl film is intended to adhere to the contours of your car faithfully, so any imperfections, bumps or dents in the panels are going to show through the vinyl film as well. Vinyl is designed to cover up an ugly car, not a banged-up car.
The choice between digitally printed vinyl and pre-cured vinyl is a pretty easy choice to make because your desired outcome will make the decision for you. Digitally printed vinyl comes in a base white and then runs through a large-format printer to apply your design. If you have your heart set on a pattern or design of any kind, this will be the way to go. Finding a shop with a suitable printer and a talented artist to create the design might require a bit of legwork, but the finished product will be worth the hassle.
Pre-cured vinyl is the typical product everyone pictures in their mind. Pre-cured vinyl comes in all of the various finish types, but your only design option is one solid color. This color is set in the curing process, which involves the mixing of the base material to create uniformity. If you are looking for a solid color, you will save a lot of time and money by using a pre-cured vinyl film. There is no need whatsoever to buy digitally printed vinyl film and then apply a uniform pattern or color to it.
Calendared vinyl is created by extruding a malleable form of the vinyl compound through a series of rollers, which flatten out the product to reach the desired thickness. The finished vinyl can be rather thick and inflexible, though advancements in production techniques and equipment have improved the process considerably. It also retains a memory, which means if it is stored in flat sheets, it will always tend to flatten out, no matter what surface it covers.
Cast vinyl is created by producing a liquid form of the vinyl product and spreading it out in very thin sheets before curing it, which creates a more flexible finished product. The casting process is also newer than the calendared process, which means cast vinyl is the more durable of the two products. However, because of the additional materials and production resources necessary to produce it, cast vinyl will be more expensive than calendared vinyl. In this case, though, the extra cost is justified in the superior finished product.
Because calendared vinyl is more rigid than cast, it is not a good choice for most panels on a passenger car. Modern curves and especially side mirrors just aren't suited for a calendared vinyl product. If you are hoping to apply a wrap to a panel fan or something in the way of a commercial vehicle, calendared vinyl could be an option. But for a car, a cast vinyl product will be much easier to work with and provide a much better wrap job.
Durability also leans in favor of cast vinyl, which boasts a lifespan of five to twelve years, depending on the quality of the product. In comparison, calendared vinyl will have a lifespan of between one and seven years. Car vinyl doesn't have the same longevity requirements that permanent signage would, but you should still look for a product that you can expect to last a few years longer than you'll own the car.
Now that you understand all of the relevant factors in the decision-making process, you are ready to start shopping for that perfect vehicle wrap. With so many options to choose from, you still have a long road ahead of you. Do you want to return your car to its shiny showroom glory, or do you want to go for a more unique, custom look? Are you good with your hands and looking for a weekend project you can show off around town, or do you prefer to leave it up to the professionals? And lastly, are you ready to fall in love with your car all over again?
No matter where your vinyl wrap dreams ultimately lead you, take a look at our selection of high-quality vinyl vehicle wraps above - all backed up by our excellent warranties and customer service.