Frequently Asked Question
There’s a lot to ask about wraps and we understand. So take your time, look around, check out our photos, learn all about us and what we can do for you or your business. If your question is not anserwered here, take a moment to drop us a line at 949-441-6332
What is vehicle wrap?
Wraps come in all different shapes & sizes. It changes the color or appearance of the vehicle like a giant colored sticker. Wraps start as large sheets of adhesive backed vinyl film designed specifically for vehicle application made available in a variety of styles & finishes. Some wraps are a full color change in matte, satin or gloss finishes, as well as chrome, “carbon fiber” look, and beyond. Vehicle wraps can also consist of printed designs containing imagery, photos, graphics, or branded elements to represent a business or group, or as “accents” on vehicle features like trim, spoilers, hoods, roofs, and trunks. Truly, the possibilities are endless; recent advancements in vinyl production technology has also opened up the possibilities to textured vehicle wraps like leather, alligator, snake skin, or holographic & 3D films!
How much does a wrap cost?
Every vehicle & application is different, so price really depends on the scope of your vehicle wrap project. A complete “full” wrap includes door jambs, inner door frames, and sills — this level of vehicle coverage is recommended for those who desire a full color change, and is obviously the most costly. Partial wraps without jambs, frames, and sills are cheaper, but ultimately will not have the same illusion as full coverage applications. All of our prices listed are base prices, and will vary depending on the vehicle type, surface complexity, and film used. For a more precise quote, contact us with more information about your wrap project.
Does a vehicle wrap damage paint?
No, in fact, it protects it. However this may not be the case for aftermarket paint jobs, improper installation or removal. A bad install means your vehicle’s paint might get damaged from razor blade scratches, and poor adhesion that ultimately leads to wrap failure. Also, if the wrong type of film is used during the application like a sign vinyl with extra strength adhesive or low flexibility, it can strip your paint and cause serious damage if & when it is not removed with care!
How long does a wrap last?
Wrap life span really depends on how well the film is cared for, how much day to day stress the wrap gets from road driving, and what quality of film was used to do the installation. Some films last longer than others, and the thicker they are the more damage they can take. We’ve wrapped vehicles that see plenty of road & track time, and their films have survived more that 5 years without needing parts re-installed or failing entirely.
How do I care for my vehicle wrap?
Proper wrap care starts with the basics. Keeping your vehicle’s surface clean is the primary concern, so frequent hand washing to eliminate surface contaminates is necessary if you want to keep your wrap from getting stained or damaged from road grime. We do not recommend high pressure washing but take great care around edges and corners if you do so. Automatic care washes For those of you with a matte or satin wrap, there are products to help keep them protected as well as maintain a nice soft, flat finish. Avoid carnuba-based and waxes, these can leave streaks and residues not designed for wraps. Teflon based polishes are ok on glossy finishes.
How long does a installation take?
Why do your prices seem so high?
As the age old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Our prices reflect the quality of work that goes into each installation, and our installs are incredibly thorough & time consuming. Speedy & cheap installs typically lead to cars being bladed up, films not being properly applied or given enough time to breathe, and ultimately a shorter life span for the wrap. Also, most installers will not offer any sort of warranty if the wrap film fails or was applied improperly. Not only do we make sure that your vehicle’s exterior is spotlessly clean to ensure proper adhesion and no film failure, but we also go the distance in disassembling your vehicle prior to wrapping. Removal of things like door handles, mirrors, trim, plastics, head and tail lights, etc. That means no unnecessary seams, no bad cuts, or messy edges. If the film we supplied fails, bring it in and we’ll make it right until you’re satisfied with the results.
Do you offer any discounts?
Should I wash my vehicle before it gets wrapped?
What if my wrap gets damaged?
Vehicle wraps get damaged the same way as painted surfaces and need to be replaced from time to time. There are a few courses of action we can take depending on how your wrap gets damaged, where the damage occurred, and how extensive it is. Worst case scenario, the wrap must be removed entirely, but more than likely we will be able to pull a section of the wrap and replace it with a new piece of film that was left over from your installation. Depending on the design or layout of your wrap and where the damage is located, we may also need to reprint graphics or simply patch a spot in. For that reason, we produce these graphics via computer generated files and are able to produce sections of the graphics upon demand.
How it works
- Here are the steps to getting your vehicle wrapped.
- Feel free to schedule an appointment at any time
- Once a deposit is made you are put next in line for install
Choosing what to wrap
Anything getting wrapped should have a smooth surface. Wrap does not adhere well to all plastics, rubbers, and composite materials because these are oil based materials. Dents, dings, deep scratches will show through vinyl and any body work must be addressed before we do a wrap. Some extremely detailed grills and emblems can not be wrapped. Other complex curves and rounded objects may need a 'relief' cut to conform properly. We can wrap almost anything but some physical limitations apply.
Picking Your color and material
There are thousands of types of vinyl available so we do not keep inventory of them all. We must order all supplies necessary for your project before we can start. The mandatory deposit pays for these supplies and materials. This is very standard practice in all sign and vinyl shops. Generally the deposit is 50% of total estimate but prices may vary.
Wash and prep your project
For the best possible results please have your vehicle ready for installation. We highly recomend washing vehicle 1 day before, this gives it time to completely dry. We charge extra for dirty vehicles. Clay bar is recommended but not always necessary. The better the prep, the better the finished look.
Drop off or have us pick up
We understand this ma be the most inconveneint part of the process. We are happy to help however we can. Just give us a call and explain how we can best help you.
About the wrapping Process
What makes this a difficult and very time consuming process? Why not a one day wrap? What are the steps and processes in completely wrapping a vehicle? Here’s some basic steps to our process:
- First a design or color must be agreed upon. Custom graphics can take several weeks until final design approval by you or your business.
- A mandatory deposit is made to order necessary materials.
- Vehicle must be washed and then picked up/delivered to us.
- Day 1 Vehicle is disassembled, stripped, and cleaned again. Dirt and grime is found heavily in crevices. Clay bar if necessary.
- Day 2 More cleaning and surface prep. This insures longer life and smoother finish. Door jams wrapped.
- Day 3-4 Wrap vehicles main body, hood, roof, doors.
- Day 5-6 Finish final wrapping. Re assemble vehicle trim components and finish details.
- Deliver and Enjoy!
Our competition prides themselves on quick turnaround. We pride ourselves on quality work.
“Good wraps take time, great wraps take patience.”
Paint VS. Wrap
The Great Debate
What's right for you?
There are pros & cons to both wrapping or painting your vehicle, and normally a high quality paint job will cost just as much if not more than a high quality wrap. A cheap paint job is rarely a good thing, and preserving original paint is something we value, so we tend to side with wrapping. While it might be “cheaper” to do an easy respray on your vehicle for a change of color, it will ultimately damage the value and make it harder to resell down the line. A wrap can be removed easily, doesn’t run the risk of inconsistencies that come with a cheap paint job, and can potentially increase the resale value to prospective buyers if they plan on keeping it wrapped.