- What is a vehicle wrap?
- Why would you wrap a car vs. paint it?
- Will it damage my paint when I remove it?
- Average Cost?
- Can it be self installed?
- How do I find an installer in my area?
- How do I care for my wrap?
- How long should I leave it on?
To put it simply, a vehicle wrap is covering a vehicle in a giant sticker. The material used is a conformable film that features a pressure-sensitive adhesive – this allows the material to be applied to your vehicle and for it to stay adhered to your vehicle until you are ready to remove it. The versatility of the film gives you the ability to change the color of your vehicle while also protecting the underlying paint.
One of the biggest reason we see consumers moving more towards wraps is because of the ease of customization. With paint, the process could take a couple of weeks to complete due to the surface preparation and curing time. A vehicle wrap can actually be completed in one day. Another reason is color availability – so many times dealers and body shops only offer a limited amount of color options, with wraps, the colors and finishes are almost unlimited.
Vehicle wraps are truly only guaranteed on OEM paint jobs under 5 years old – the reality is that there are so many factors that can affect a vehicle’s paint and thus affect the adhesion properties of the film to the paint. We recommend having a professional installer examine your vehicle prior to wrapping it to inform you what to expect when removing the wrap.
The cost of a vehicle wrap is dependent upon several factors including the market you live in, the type of wrap product used and the level of installation you may be looking for. Almost every square inch of your vehicle could be wrapped, however, the more of the vehicle wrapped the more it will likely cost. Based on your budget, professional installer will break down the pricing for you so you can make an educated decision.
We always recommend using a professional installer for a vehicle wrap, but it can absolutely be a DIY project. There are thousands of tutorials and YouTube videos available such as: – to give you some guidance. However, keep in mind that the material used is not damage-proof and professional installers have spent many years learning how to manipulate the material in order for it to be applied correctly.
We have successfully trained and partnered with hundreds of installers across US – you can find that list here
For the most part, you can treat your vehicle as you normally would but we recommend that you keep your vehicle in a garage or under cover to keep the wrap lasting as long as possible. In regards to cleaning and waxing, we offer our ORACAL brand Cleaning and Care Kit.
This is really up to you but you should know that after 3 years, the wrap will be much more difficult to remove as the adhesive will continue to build adhesion to your vehicle. We typically see consumers keep their wraps on for 18-24 months before deciding they want another color. We typically recommend removing the wrap before 3 years is up.