Jan. 22, 2019

Is My Car in Good Shape for a Vinyl Wrap?

If you were going to paint a masterpiece, you probably wouldn’t want to start out with a dirty canvas that has already been used, ruined, or damaged. If you were going to paint a masterpiece, you probably wouldn’t want to start out with a dirty canvas that has already been used, ruined, or damaged.

You would want a fresh, clean canvas to work on in order to ensure no old paint shows through and that the end result is exactly as you’re planning it in your head. When it comes to vinyl wraps, you can think of your vehicle as the canvas that’s going to get painted on, so likewise, you’re going to want your car to be prepped and primed before getting it wrapped. Otherwise, the end result might not be what you were hoping for, even if the installation process was done exactly right. If you’re thinking about getting a vinyl wrap, here are some questions to consider while you examine the vehicle in question.


How’s the paint job?

Speaking of paint, trying to cover a botched paint job with a vinyl wrap is not going to be the answer to your questions. A quality wrap job depends on what’s beneath it surface; that means, if the paint job underneath the vinyl was of low-quality, then the vinyl might not hold very well or for very long. Additionally, chipping, cracking, or peeling paint can not simply be masked over with a vinyl wrap. Texture like that can and will show through. A wrap needs to overlay a smooth, clean, and quality surface in order to guarantee an end result that will last for years to come.


Are there dents and dings?

If the area you want to get wrapped has a dent or even large scratches, it’s recommended that you repair these issues first before having a wrap applied. Even though the vinyl might still adhere to a scratched surface, the affected area is likely to be more prominent when there’s a wrap on top of it. Plus, trying to adhere a wrap to a dented in surface will not only be tricky to do, but it will also cause the design to warp. This isn’t just unpleasant to look at; a warped design can also affect readability and compromise the message you’re trying to get across. The whole point of a vinyl wrap is to promote something, whether a product or service, so the last thing you want to do is make it hard for potential customers to understand what it is you’re trying to sell.


Is your vehicle rusting or chipping?

Vinyl can’t go over a rusty surface. Covering up a rusty vehicle with a wrap will allow moisture to build-up, which makes a perfect living situation for rust to keep spreading. Vinyl will not adhere to a rusty surface, and if it does, don’t expect it to last very long. A wrap that is adhered to paint can last easily up to even years, but a wrap stuck onto rusty paint will simply not last. The only way to fix this problem is to eliminate the rust problem.

Ready for a vinyl wrap?

Most vehicles will be in tip-top shape for wrapping. If you’re not sure whether or not your car is suited for a wrap, don’t let that deter you from getting one. Simply give us a call at 501-771-WRAP (9727) and we will address your concerns in order to help you get your vehicle prepped for the perfect GameTime wrap.