On this blog, I’ve talked on occasion about how getting a vinyl wrap for your car is different—easier, really— from getting a paint job. But that doesn’t answer any questions about how it’s different. Let’s take a moment to explore what you can expect when you’re getting a vinyl wrap.
Pre-Planning: Art and Design
If you’re going with a stock pattern or a single color, we’ve got you covered. All of you car-enthusiasts out there can move on to the next section. If you’ve got a specific design in mind, like for a business or just to take advantage of the high-detail print options, the rest of this section is for you.
Here’s the biggest challenge that we see: people sometimes forget that the medium is really, really big. That means that any image that you want use has to have high definition, so it can be blown up to scale and still look great. As far as the formatting goes in terms of how an image looks on your car, we’ve got templates that your designers can use to make sure that everything is placed right. And if you don’t have access to designers, then we’ve got some on staff who are happy to help you get a great wrap.
One last thought for businesses—you should expect to have a logo (again, high def), phone number and/or other contact information, and a design concept in mind. With all of that ready, we can take the wheel and get the process started.
It takes much less time to wrap your vehicle than it does to have it painted. But what is the actual timeline like? Well, it usually takes around 7-10 days to get your car from bare to wrapped. About two days goes into printing your wrap, and it only takes one day to have it installed. And in most cases, you don’t even have to worry about taking your car anywhere—we can come to you and wrap your car at your home or business. The rest of the time goes into logistics concerns like finalizing designs and getting orders placed.
If you’re getting a re-installation to replace a past wrap, then those take significantly less time. Re-installations can happen in as few as just two days.
Wear and Tear
So, how long do the wraps last? A vinyl wrap will keep your car looking great and getting attention for about five years. And in that time, the paint job beneath it will look as great as ever. These aren’t intended for protection, but a lot of our customers would say that the vinyl does that job just the same. And if you’re concerned that some untrained jerk is going to come by with a big piece of plastic and rough up your car, don’t be. We use only nationally certified, licensed, and insured installers—because we know how important a car is to its owner.
What Questions Do You Have?
It’s one thing to assume that all questions have been answered, but I want to be sure that I’m getting being crystal clear. What questions do you have about the process? Has your experience been different from what you’re reading here?