Las Vegas is hot. And that’s a big reason why people love to come here. The city, and surround area, is pretty, secluded, and the sun is always out, shining, and hot hot hot. Unfortunately, for the people who live here, own cars, and drive regularly, the sun is not always our friend. Especially if we have vinyl vehicle wraps on our cars.
One of the biggest factors in both installation and maintenance of a quality vinyl wrap is heat. Heat plays a major role in the sustainability and appearance of your wrap. Team Acme wants to make sure that you minimize the effect of the blistering Las Vegas heat, with these simple programs.
If you are not familiar with the process followed to professionally install vinyl vehicle wraps, then you might not know that heat is often used to install vinyl vehicle wraps. Seriously. When wraps need to be stretched to fit over weird corners and curves on cars, heat comes in handy. But the key with using heat for vinyl vehicle wrap installations is moderation, because too much heat can be damaging. Even after the vinyl wrap installation is complete and your car is being driven around on the streets of Vegas and wherever else, the sun can damage the vinyl wrap on your car.
Here are 4 ways you can protect your car’s vinyl vehicle wrap from the potentially dangerous heat in Las Vegas, Nevada:
The first step to avoid deteriorating vinyl vehicle wraps due to extreme desert heat is to get you started on the right foot. It all begins with the installation of the vinyl vehicle wrap. During the process of installation, it is crucial to have appropriate surrounding temperatures for the vehicle being wrapped. If there isn’t a certain amount of heat around the vehicle, this causes a reduced plasticity in the vinyl, which means it cannot conform to the curves, textures and contours of the vehicle. However, when the temperatures are too cool, this compromises the integrity of the adhesive on the vinyl wrap, which means that it won’t be able to stick to the vehicle correctly. It also causes the graphic to peel off after delivery. The general rule of thumb that 45 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for vehicle wrapping.
As mentioned before, heat is often applied to cars during and following vinyl vehicle wrap installations. This is to ensure that the vinyl stretches over oddly shaped parts of vehicles, like corners and curves. One way to prevent damage from extreme heat from the sun is to apply wax to the vinyl vehicle wraps following installation. The wax is simply a layer of protection.
If you know Vegas, then you know that it gets hotter than 86-degrees here. It just does and, unfortunately, temperatures above 86-degrees are not good for vinyl vehicle wrapped automobiles. To prevent peeling, bubbles, and deterioration of vinyl vehicle wraps, we suggest avoiding temperatures exceeding 86-degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat is used to soften up the vinyl and stretch it out during application. Then the wrap must be heated after the fact to keep it from going back to its previous size, which makes the graphics peel and pop off the curved parts of the vehicle. The post heat temperature should be about 203 degrees Fahrenheit.
High heat and damaging UV rays from the sweltering Vegas sun can fade the vinyl wrap on your vehicle. If you can’t store the vehicle in a garage or somewhere that will protect it, be sure to apply wrap safe waxes whenever possible. Keep the vehicle out of direct sunshine as often as possible.
The thing with temperature is that it can affect how vinyl vehicle wraps look and stick. Vinyl vehicle wraps are adhered to vehicles, so if there are any drastic temperatures changes, like a car goes from being in extremely cool to extremely hot temperatures, the adhesive can break down and the vinyl can start to peel. Consequently, we simply tell our customers to avoid drastic changes in temperature. Be aware of how hot it is outside and in garages and wherever else you may bring your vehicle. Just being cognizant of what can impact the vinyl vehicle wrap on your car can help you prevent the wrap from peeling off or looking bad.
A beautiful vinyl vehicle wrap is a terrible thing to waste. One of the fastest ways to destroy the color and quality of your wrap is to leave it exposed to direct sunshine, but while storage is up to you, making good decisions about installation is equally important. If you want to guarantee proper temperatures during application and installation, you should trust your luxury car, truck, RV, SUV, bus or boat with none other than Team Acme. Team Acme takes measureless pride in delivering beautiful quality wraps of all kinds. To contact Team Acme, simply call 702-566-8326 or visit our website here to learn about prices, styles and design methods. We look forward to hearing from you!