From Bigfoot to UFOs, rumors and myths abound. With the growing popularity of vinyl vehicle wraps, myths and misconceptions have grown right along with it. We can list vinyl wrap myths that are totally busted. Sure, these might not be as interesting as some monster that lives out in the Nevada desert, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get tracked down just the same.
Let’s do some myth-busting, shall we? The crew here at Team Acme has heard it all. We put together some of our favorites that we’ve heard of time and time again.
Challenge your perceptions with the following seven myths, which have become common in the vinyl vehicle wrap world in spite of the fact that they’re not even true!
People will shy away from a wrap because they think they won’t be able to afford it. The hard truth is, when compared to having your vehicle painted, a quality wrap can save you hundreds of dollars over the cheapest paint job. You can have your choice of color, too, so it might actually save you more because many shops will require some sort of custom fee if you want to pick anything out of the ordinary.
Those who want any kind of artwork applied to their vehicles are certainly going to save money this way. Airbrushing artwork onto a vehicle’s body is going to cost a ton. The price tag is going to be even higher when you factor in the fact that you’d have to hire an artist to do it. When you look at the price tag of a vinyl wrap with a full advertising scheme underneath, it starts to look much more reasonable as a result.
This one is usually passed around by businesses looking for new ways to advertise themselves. And it can definitely be a little subjective. It really depends on your type of business and how much usage the vehicle gets. It comes down to the number of impressions you get and their acquisition cost.
Vehicle wraps always beat traditional media on a cost-per-impression basis, but only you can decide what’s right for your business. Vehicle wraps are great for branding and lead generation, but only you can determine how much those things are worth to your business.
This is a widespread myth that really needs busting. When done by qualified professionals, the wrap will actually protect the original paint job. The wrap seals over the paint and takes the abuse of everyday driving while preserving the paint as well as the body.
Professionals take care to make sure that there aren’t any air gaps left when they’re done. That means that there won’t be any bubbles or other little puffs that block the wrap from adhering to the actual walls of the car. As a result, you won’t have to worry about anything involving your paint job.
Again, wrong. When you are ready to change your wrap or simply go back to the original look of the car, a certified tech can remove the wrap with no problems. The paint underneath will be as pristine as it was on day one.
In addition to this protection, you now have a vehicle that is higher in resale value. In fact, it can provide safe wrapping for the underlying part of your car.
Think about what would happen if someone decided to tag your vehicle. Repainting would prove to be expensive. If someone did this and you had a vinyl wrap in place, however, then you’d simply have to remove the wrap and you’re good to go.
A good vinyl wrap will only take a day or two, whereas a paint job can take up to two weeks. In the grand scheme of things, being without your ride for a couple of days is a small price to pay for the amazing results.
Since most people who are going to have their car painted are ready to wait for a little bit anyway, that’s hardly a serious issue. Chances are that you’re prepared to wait, and you may be pleasantly surprised with the fact that you don’t end up doing so for anywhere near as long as you may have thought.
The hardest work you will put into caring for your vinyl wrap will be washing it. Only washing by hand is recommended, and if you are a multitasker, you can work on your tan while washing the car.
Your glossy wrap will not even need waxing, but if you have a matte or flat finish, you can use a gentle wax. Positively no car washes. The high-pressure water will be forced into edges and seams causing bubbles, peeling, and even stripping the wrap graphics.
Other than that, there really isn’t any other type of maintenance that you might have to consider. As long as you keep it clean, the wrap will continue to look nice for quite a long time.
The belief that a vinyl wrap is nothing more than a big sticker deters many people. In one way, it actually can be classified as a sticker, but these wraps are not your kid’s stickers. The adhesive is a specially designed high tack formula that gives the wrap its longevity.
Tack, along with high-quality vinyl, allows you to enjoy your wrap for years to come. A well-cared-for wrap will last anywhere from five to 7 years without any issues or failures.
The companies that actually make the vinyl will classify it based on the amount of time it’s designed to work for. Though no two use cases are alike and there’s always the possibility that you could run into an edge case, there’s a good chance that your vinyl wrap should last for quite some time.
At Team Acme we prefer Avery Dennison and 3M vinyl products for our wraps, but the technology is always improving and changing so we test new products to find the latest and greatest and make sure this is never a problem. Unlike a traditional sticker, it could even potentially add value to your investment.
This concern originated in the racing community. Adding any weight to a vehicle causes it to lose its aerodynamics and will use more gas to carry the weight. Actually, in comparison, a good paint job will add approximately 40lbs while a quality wrap only adds about 25lbs to 28lbs depending on vinyl thickness.
Ironically, we’ve actually wrapped race cars in the past, which should help to illustrate just how well this can work in spite of any weight it adds. Some teams prefer it since it can reduce weight by adding extra layers of paint.
Since 2000, Team Acme has been perfecting and providing the best vinyl vehicle wrap service. Our highly trained installers and designers know all the tricks of wrapping and how to avoid problems.
Contact us online and let the Team Acme professionals bust all the myths for you. If all of your concerns are already answered, then please feel free to request a quote online today.