How to Install a Vehicle Wrap to Make Your Car or Truck Stand Out


You probably don’t know much about vehicle wraps or how they’re installed unless you’re very into vehicles or your job is unusual. I assume you want to change that if you’re here, though. So, here’s a little lesson/guide explaining vehicle wraps (what they are, why you should use them, how to use them, etc.) and vehicle cover installation in words that the average person can grasp. Enjoy!

What Is a Vehicle Wrap, Exactly?

For the uninitiated, a vehicle cover is just a sheet wrapped around a car and then decorated with a design or logo. Since a car cover may be removed once the installed job is complete, it is a low-cost, high-quality alternative to costly, labor-intensive bespoke paint jobs. If you’re leasing a car instead of buying or fixing up one you already have, this is a huge benefit.

What should I use for material?

Having defined “vehicle cover,” the next stage in wrapping a car is selecting the appropriate material. As with so many other things in life, the material you settle on for your car wrap will depend on your available funds and the specifics of your project. Detailed descriptions of the various materials and suggestions on when each would be preferable are provided below.

Wrapping an automobile in cast film creates the illusion of a custom paint job at a fraction of the cost. Wraps produced from cast films are ideal for the job. This is because the cover’s material naturally can conform to, or mold to, the shape of the vehicle being wrapped. Cast film is typically roughly two millimeters thick, further contributing to its ability to give automobiles a “just painted” appearance. Last but not least, cast film car covers are long-lasting; they can protect your vehicle for up to five years. As you may have predicted, the cost is the compromise here. Cast film is pricier than alternative car cover materials because…

Vinyl: While cast film is typically used for wrapping an entire vehicle, vinyl is typically utilized for smaller designs. This makes the vinyl version cheaper (so it could be a good choice if you’re on a tight budget), but it’s also not as sturdy and is more likely to have aesthetic flaws. Vinyl can be a temporary fix but is never meant to last forever.

Instructions for Installing Car Decals

Your car’s exterior must be spotless before you can put on your car cover. Wrapping won’t work if waxes or other compounds are left on the item. After cleaning up, a comfortable temperature of roughly 75 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended. This softens the cover, making it more straightforward to put on. Place the vinyl designs where you want them, and secure them in place with masking tape. In both circumstances, a squeegee is used to apply the final layer (after which the tape is removed). A bubble-popping tool and a measuring tape are indispensable for every home improvement project. Lastly, a razor-sharp blade is essential for full-vehicle wraps for cutting and trimming (around the door handles, the wheel wells, and so on). It’s important to remember that you can accomplish all of this on your own, but doing so with others is far simpler and more enjoyable.

This concludes the discussion. If you stick to our guide and get assistance when needed, wrapping your car shouldn‘t be too difficult. Thanks, and safe travels!

Cliff Digital provides Large Format Printing and Vehicle Wraps, which you can learn more about on their website.

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