Regardless of what they tell you on TV, doing certain jobs yourself is not always wise, especially when they end in disaster. Calling the professionals to repair what you flubbed will cost you far more than the money you tried to save by attempting it alone. This is particularly true with a vinyl vehicle wrap. Here are just a few things that can go terribly wrong.
The first mistake of a do it yourself wrap is purchasing low-quality vinyl. Wrapping vinyl is available in different thicknesses, lighter for simple graphics such as logos, and heavier for durable, whole car wrapping. A novice will often buy the lighter wrap trying to save money, only to find midway into the project that it is tearing or nor stretching properly.
Improper vinyl weight can also cause sagging. The lighter materials are not meant to be stretched as much and may nor recover after application.
A cheap vinyl is not pliable enough for large surfaces and will not stretch evenly. This can result in the edges pulling back, exposing the paint, or worse, taking the paint with it.
The first, and most important step in a vinyl wrap is the prep work done on the car prior to the application process. First timers know that the car needs to be clean, but don’t actually know what clean involves. Washing the surface of the car is fine, but it is only a portion of the job. The doors, hood, and trunk or hatch need to be opened, and all edges cleaned. Wheel wells have to be cleaned and free of oil, dirt, tar, and road grime such as salt. The reason for all the detail work is for the edges of the wrap, which are tucked around the edges to cover the paint and help keep proper tension. Any will cause the wrap will fail, prompting that phone call.
A DIY no-no is cutting the vinyl to size. Never cut it the exact shape of the panel being wrapped. Err on the side of caution and cut larger, and then trim any excess off. It is the tension after settling that helps the wrap adhere to the vehicle, and if not sized correctly, it will cause shrinkage, tearing, and peeling away from the edges. When this happens, it is really hard to fix it alone.
Almost all do it yourself wraps will have flaws, some that can be catastrophic if not corrected by professionals. Air bubbles trapped under the vinyl are not only unsightly they will tear and expose the paint to the elements. Gathering or bunching around tight angles is another mistake that will cause damage and peeling.
In Henderson Nevada, Team Acme is there skilled, ready, and willing to look at the issues with your vinyl vehicle wrap and help you fix it. Before you try a vehicle wrap on your own, consider the costs. In addition to your investment in the vinyl and tools, mistakes will cost additionally to repair. So, with this in mind, why not just call the pros at Team Acme first at (702) 566-8326 or visit our website. Let the best team in Henderson Nevada give your vehicle the wrap of your dreams. They get it right the first time.