Whether you’re looking for a way to give your car a unique look or want to advertise your business with a car wrap, wrapping your vehicle can be a great way to customize your car. But before you jump into the deep end, it’s important to know the basics of vehicle wrapping. While it may seem intimidating at first, with the right tools and a few tips, you’ll be wrapping your car like a pro in no time. From choosing the right wrap to getting the perfect finish, this beginner’s guide to vehicle wrapping will help you get the job done right. With these 7 tips for wrapping your car like a pro, you’ll be able to create a unique and eye-catching look for your vehicle. So, don’t wait any longer – let’s get started!
Selecting the Right Wrap
There are a variety of different types of vehicle wraps, so the first step is to decide which type of wrap will work best for your vehicle. One of the most common types of wraps is the cast vinyl wrap. When selecting a cast vinyl wrap, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right thickness for your application. Thinner cast vinyl wraps are great for smaller areas, like the trunk or hood, while thicker cast vinyl wraps can be used on the entire vehicle. Another common type of wrap is the adhesive-backed wrap. Adhesive wraps are a great option if you want the ability to easily remove your wrap and have the option to re-use it if you decide to sell your car in the future. Some wraps also come with reflective material built in, which can be a great option for safety. Before choosing a wrap, you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with the paint on your car. You can do this by taking a piece of the wrap and testing it on your car. If you’d like to use your vehicle wrap as an advertisement for your business, you’ll also want to make sure it meets federal guidelines. However, if you’re just looking for a way to customize your vehicle, you can choose from a variety of different designs. Some common designs include stripes, carbon fiber, and even a design with your car’s logo.
Preparing the Vehicle
Before you start wrapping your car, it’s important to properly prepare the vehicle for wrapping. This includes cleaning and sanding the surface of your car where the wrap will be applied. To prepare the surface for a cast vinyl wrap, use a tack cloth to remove all dirt, dust, and grease from the surface. Once the surface is cleaned, use 220 grit sand paper to lightly sand the surface where the wrap will be applied. Be careful not to sand too vigorously as you don’t want to remove paint from the car. Another important step in preparing your vehicle for wrapping is masking off any areas you don’t want the wrap to be applied. This includes the windows, lights, and emblems. To wrap your car, you’ll want to cover the windows with a dark, non-reflective material. This will prevent the wrap from being visible through the windows. To cover your emblems, you can use painter’s tape to secure the material in place.
Installing the Wrap
After you’ve prepared the vehicle and are ready to install the wrap, you’ll want to start with the roof of the car. This will allow the wrap to settle evenly on the car, making it easier to install the rest of the wrap. Using a squeegee, apply a few pieces of the wrap to the roof and squeegee out any air bubbles. Be careful not to squeegee too firmly, as you don’t want to peel the paint off your car. Once the roof is fully wrapped, apply the wrap to the hood and trunk of your vehicle. When wrapping the hood or trunk, be careful not to stretch or pull the wrap too tightly as that could cause bubbles. If you happen to get a small bubble, use a pin straightener to pop the bubble and smooth out the wrap. After you’ve wrapped the hood and trunk, move to the sides of the vehicle. Make sure the rest of the wrap is smooth and bubble-free. If you find any bubbles, use the pin straightener to pop them before moving on to the next section.
Sealing the Wrap
Once your wrap is fully applied, it’s important to properly seal it to make sure it lasts for years to come. To do this, use a heat gun to carefully seal the entire wrap, especially around cut edges. Once the wrap is fully sealed, use a paint sponge to apply a light coat of clear coat to protect the wrap and add a glossy finish. Be sure to use an automotive-grade clear coat to ensure the wrap is protected against UV rays and road hazards. After you apply the clear coat, let the vehicle sit in a shaded area for at least 24 hours to fully dry.
If you notice bubbles forming in your wrap, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem. First, check to make sure your surface is clean and free of dust and dirt. If you find dirt in the bubble, you’ll want to use a pin straightener to pop the bubble. If you find bubbles forming around edges, you’ll want to use a heat gun to carefully seal the wrap. If you find bubbles forming and you’ve cleaned and sealed the area, there may be a problem with the wrap itself. It’s best to call the company that sold you the wrap and let them know what’s going on. If you’ve done everything correctly and your wrap is still bubbling, you may want to consider a different wrap. After wrapping your car, it may take a while before everything is completely dry. Give yourself a few days, and if you notice the wrap isn’t fully dry, let it sit in a shaded area for a few more days.
Now that you’ve wrapped your car, you can enjoy your new ride while also customizing it to fit your style. When you’re ready to remove your wrap, you can use a heat gun to carefully loosen the edges of the wrap and peel it off. Even after you’ve taken off your wrap, you can easily clean and maintain your car. Plus, you’ll have a unique car that stands out from the crowd. With these 7 tips for wrapping your car, you’ll be ready to create a unique and eye-catching look for your vehicle.