Steps for a perfect vehicle wrap
Choose the right vinyl wrap – Ideally, 2-mil cast vinyl films are suggested for vehicle wrap applications. The reason behind it is that unlike calendared films, cast films are manufactured with very little inherent stress in the materials. Hence, they have excellent durability characteristics, additionally its thin gauge gives the product the “paint-like” finish.Checkout repairing graphic bubbles on vehicles for more info.
Before applying – This step plays a very important role in ensuring that the graphics adheres properly. Before applying a car wrap, make sure that the surface of the car is properly cleaned. Thoroughly inspect the surface and edges for any remaining wax, polish, grease, or grime.
Allow vehicle to dry – After cleaning process is over, allow the vehicle to dry completely. It may take up to 24 hours for vehicle to dry, especially in cold conditions. Drying a vehicle indoors overnight is another possibility in such conditions.
Position graphics – The next step is to position the graphics on the vehicle in the proper manner. This is another important step, and one way to do it is by using tape before applying vinyl, as it will give you the chance to make adjustments to get the wrap on perfectly.
Tips for a perfect Vehicle wrap
Always start with the back of the vehicle, and then work your way to the front. This ensures that when you are driving the vehicle, wind will not cause peeling of the graphic.
Use two towels. The first one will be soaked to loosen and clean off the contaminants such as dust, dirt, wax, etc. The second towel will be used to dry and wipe.
Use Squeegees to get perfect smooth look. Usually experts use two different squeegees –
1.A felt squeegee for areas that are difficult to wrap, since this will make it possible for you to not scratch the vinyl
2.The standard squeegee, i.e. the hard one, for the rest of the area
Avoid using razor blades to burst air bubbles, instead use an air release tool or pin
When the wrapping is finished, if necessary, reheat all borders, edges, and corrugations
Tools you will need while applying fleet graphics
Cotton gloves to avoid fingerprints
Tape for positioning film
Air release tool for bursting bubbles
Razor knife to remove extra vinyl