A stunning new vinyl car wrap is not only eye-catching but it can also increase the car’s value. While durable, with a well cared for life span of up to seven years, there are certain factors that will cause the wrap to peel. Here are a few examples of problems you should be aware of to help you extend the life of your wrap
Before applying a vinyl wrap, the installer will prep the car. This involves a complete inspection, making note of any potential trouble areas or flaws. Then they will begin removing all dust, road grime, and other debris. You also play a part in the prep work by telling the installer everything you have done to the car in the last 30 days. The reason for this is, if there is a coating of wax on the car, the wrap will not adhere properly and will begin peeling off in short order. Another big no-no is applying a wrap to a car that has been painted within a 30-day period. Paint needs time to cure properly, and if a wrap is affixed to a car with a fresh paint job, not only are you going to have peeling, but the wrap can lift the uncured paint off with it. Now, not only do you have a messed up wrap, you also have a messed up paint job, both of which could have been avoided with just a mention during the inspection.
Keep in mind that a wrap covers body issues like rust, dents, and scratches, it does not fix or fill them, and it simply will not adhere to rust. Therefore, if there is a flaw that will cause paint to peel, it will most likely cause the wrap to peel. Your installer can go over the car with you and point out problem areas to you.
Remember the old commercials with the dad washing the car in the yard and waving at everyone? He knew what he was doing.
Automatic car washes are not encouraged for cars that have vinyl wraps. The high pressure from the hoses can force water under the edges and into the seams of the wrap, breaking the seal and peeling it off. Even in a best-case scenario, the forced water will bubble and crease the wrap and this will result in the dreaded peeling. If you happen to get lucky and get through the car wash with no lifting or peeling, the pressure is still capable of eroding away the design, especially if you have a textured design.
Get back to basics in the front yard with the garden hose, a soft cloth, and good old elbow grease. Besides, it is a great way to show off your new design to the neighbors.
There is one more thing you need to be obsessive over, the gas pump. Never allow drips or spills to remain on the wrap. The gas will cause the wrap to dissolve where it was spilled, and that will absolutely cause peeling.
The more prepared you are before your car is wrapped, and the more care you give the finished product, the happier you will be. You will have a beautiful work of art that will last for years.
Call us at (702) 566-8326 or visit us at www.teamacme.com to get your wrap on.