Beginner's Guide to Choosing Vinyl Car Wrap Material

What if we told you there's a way to protect your car from those one-inch dents that cost $60 to $110 to fix?

Exciting news, right?

Especially since these dents almost always appear in multiples. This means that two one-inchers of these are already enough to pay for, say your entire month's electricity bill (or even half of the next)!

So... What exactly is this "way" we're talking about?

None other than using top quality vinyl car wrap material, that's what!

But high quality vinyl wrap offers more than protection from dings and dents. So long as you choose the right material, you'll enjoy more benefits than you ever imagined.

Don't worry. That's what we're here to share with you.

So, keep reading to learn about all these auto wraps and how you can make the right choice!

Protection and Advertising on the Go

In a state where about 3.3 million small businesses exist, California's business community is no doubt healthy and thriving. But that also means you can't treat your brand's competition lightly. It's for this reason you should include car wraps in your advertising arsenal.

Consider the fact that there are 35,391,347 registered vehicles in the state. For a motorist, this means traffic congestion, which means long waiting times for the next green light. But for a business owner, this means countless branding opportunities.

Have your car wrapped with high-resolution graphics printed on the top-of-the-line material, and you can give these motorists a welcome and exciting sight to look at. This visual marketing tool, so long as well-designed, can provide your organization a way to spread the good news about your brand.

Remember, us humans love engaging images. Visuals can grab our attention right away. For one, because our brains love images since it can process them a whopping 60,000 faster than text.

So, why not use all these to your brand's advantage? With car wraps, you can protect your vehicle from costly damages, while also raising your brand's awareness.

The Big Question: How Do You Choose Vinyl Car Wrap Material?

Once you've decided it's time to wrap your ride, the next step is to look for an auto-wrapping service making use of only high-quality vinyl.

3M vinyl is a perfect example. But it being popular doesn't mean it's the best material for your project. Keep in mind that manufacturers produce various types of car wraps, from the pricier Cast Vinyl to the less-expensive Calendared Vinyl.

There's also the main vinyl and overlaminate combo you need to think of. You may not notice the mixing of excellent quality Cast Vinyl with Calendared Vinyl right away. But over time, you'll see parts - the calendared material - of the wrap fading,

Also, make sure that your chosen auto wrap installers know their stuff. This means recognizing that they shouldn't use calendared laminates on the curves of your ride. Why?

For starters, because cheaper laminates placed on these areas will start forming bubbles within only a few months. From there, they'd begin to pop out of their proper position. So, you'd end up with bubbles and spaces - both of which are eyesores.

What we're saying is to prepare yourself to pay good money to get great auto wrapping. You can have the most fantastic design, but using the wrong material won't make it last.

Your Car's Curves and Lines Matter

Your choice in a vinyl auto wrap material should also depend on the design and the built of your ride. For instance, your car has a lot of flat surfaces (think box-like trucks). In this case, heavy-duty calendared vinyl can do the trick.

Not only because such materials last for a long time, but also because there are fewer rivets or curves to deal with.

If you have a curvy car with a lot of body lines, cast material is a much better option. This wraps around and conforms better to lines and curves, so you don't have to worry about the bubble formation we talked about earlier.

The Right Printing Technology

Say you already have the best design you can think of. You've also decided on the right material for the project. What's next?

Making sure that the auto wrapping service uses the right printing technology, that's what!

For starters, reputable auto detail shops have a wide format digital printer. One that produces sharp, vivid, and vibrant graphics on vehicle wrapping materials.

The Pre-Wrapping Process

Preparation is the most tedious and time-consuming aspect of the wrapping process. After all, installers need to inspect every inch and niche of the vehicle's surface. That includes the fenders, cracks, and weather trims.

They also need to ensure the car is 100% free of dirt, debris, and wax.

This said, expect your car to undergo thorough washing and drying (at least a day before the wrapping). Expert wrappers use a unique solution to ensure the vehicle is 100% wax-free. They then clean off the particular solution (alcohol is often used).

All these are necessary because any contaminant on the car's surface will affect the vinyl adhesive. Even the most minuscule debris can lead to failure of the adhesive over time. That's how bubbles develop in the first place.

Keep in mind that the smallest bubble can let water get under the wrap. Once water seeps into and under the wrap, the bubble will only grow bigger. From there, the cover will start popping out of place.

A Long-Term Protection and Marketing Tool

The right design and vinyl car wrap material, combined with expert installations services, can give your ride long-lasting protection from dents and dings. As a bonus, you can use your wrapped ride to boost your business' marketing efforts. Advertise wherever you and your car go - that's how you do mobile marketing right.

If you want to know more about vinyl wraps for cars, please feel free to give us a shout. We'll be more than happy to answer your questions!