You have spent countless hours agonizing over choosing just the right colors and graphics for your vinyl vehicle wrap. You have gone through the process of creating and professionally installing your custom vinyl wrap on your vehicle. Now that your ride is the hottest in town, you have one big question. How do you keep your new vinyl wrap looking great?
There is an entire following in the school of clear coat. It is easy to spray on, it protects the design from fading, and it repels road debris. However, there are a few things you should know first.
Some vinyl wraps have a textured finish that gives depth to your graphic. Unfortunately, the clear coating tends to fill in stamped patterns, which can dull the 3D quality of your design. Clear coat also has a reputation for changing the way light is reflected off of the vinyl, changing the way the colors appear.
If you do decide to go with a clear coat, we highly recommend testing the results on a separate piece of your vinyl wrap. Spray one coat onto your vinyl. Allow that layer to dry completely before applying a second or third coat. Take the sample out in the sunlight and examine at it from every possible angle. Compare the color and quality of your existing wrap with this sample.
A common place to find clear coated vinyl wraps are at car shows, where owners that use chrome wraps also use a clear coat to protect the vinyl wrap from fading. It is also a defense against incidental scratches and chips. Chrome wraps are more susceptible to damage due to the reflective nature of the vinyl. Clear coat is a favorite choice to lengthen the life of chrome wraps.
Paint protection film, or PPF, is similar to your vinyl wrap, only it is clear. Applied over a vinyl wrap, PPF can provide an extra layer of protection for your graphics, though most companies recommend using PPF as a bra on areas more susceptible to the most abuse. Using PPF on the front bumper or the lower door panels will shield your wrap from chips and damage from gravel and other hazards of daily driving.
If you opt for a whole car paint protection film, choose a brand with a UV protectant. A UV protectant will help ensure the longevity of your wrap by preventing sun damage to your graphics and color fading. Please keep in mind that this process is essentially double wrapping your vehicle, so more time will be needed to complete your wraps.
No matter which option you go with, bra or whole car, PPF or clear coat, keep in mind that none of them are going to save you from having to care for the vehicle. They are not super shields and still require the same cleaning as untreated vinyl vehicle wraps.
The staff at Team Acme is skilled in all aspects of vinyl wraps. We have certified techs with years of experience that are prepared to answer any questions you may have about your vinyl wrap. Contact us today to find out about all the services we offer. We would be glad to work with you to make the best decision for you and your car.