Car accidents, fender benders, runaway grocery carts, angry exes with keys…vehicle damage happens. And, boy, does it happen when you’ve got a vehicle wrap. Not only will the body of your vehicle need to be taken care of, you’ll also need to figure out what to do with the damaged wrap. Will you have to replace the entire thing? Maybe. But maybe not.
Complete Other Repairs First
Before your graphics can be replaced, you need to have other repair work finished first. Graphics won’t cover damage – they might actually even highlight it. This means dents, bangs, scratches, chips…everything. If you’ve had to repaint or touch up parts of your vehicle, make sure you let it cure (or dry) according the manufacturer’s directions so the rewrap won’t affect your paint job.
Determining How to Replace the Graphic
If the damage is everywhere, you’ll need to replace the whole thing. But if the damage is just in one specific area, you may actually just be able to replace that particular panel. If you didn’t do the install yourself, you may want to go back to the shop that did so they can determine the best start and stop points.
Now, fair warning, if you’ve had your wrap for a few years (about 2 or 3), it may be hard to match your existing graphics due to fading. This will make your vehicle look patchy and the replacement will be obvious. It’s also difficult to weather a new graphic to match the old, so you still might get that patchy look. Sometimes the best option in the case is to replace the entire graphic.
This is also true if the non-damaged parts of your wrap are already bubbling, peeling, ripping, or scratched. If it’s too worn, you should probably consider replacing the entire thing.
It’s almost impossible to partially replace damaged aftermarket graphics unless you go to the original installer. The company that designed, manufactured, and installed the original graphics is in the best position to do a partial replacement since they (should) have the original artwork and formatting to refer to. They also have the printers and systems used on the original, which means they have the best chance of matching the original work since color calibration can vary from printer to printer and by provider.
Get an Honest Opinion
There can be a million reasons why you can’t make it back to the original installer. So whether or not Team Acme did your original wrap, we can take a look at your damage and see what we can do to help you fix it. We can recommend a partial or complete replacement, remove the damaged panels or entire wrap without damaging your vehicle, and do the new install for you. Our goal is to always make sure you drive away looking good.
If you have questions about your vehicle, give us a call at (702) 566-8326 or stop by our shop off the 215 Freeway and let us take a look at the damage.