Vinyl wrap describes the automotive aftermarket practice of completely or partially covering a vehicle’s original paint with a vinyl wrap of a different color, and sometimes the same color with a differing finish like a gloss, matte or clear protective layer. Other terms used to refer to vinyl wrap are car wrap, paint wrap, color change wrap, vehicle graphics, and paint protection film.
Using vinyl wrap is an excellent way to give your car, truck, or any other surface a fresh look while saving money on a potentially expensive paint job. Unfortunately, if vinyl wrap isn’t applied correctly, you could end up with trapped air bubbles and crooked results, and professional wrap jobs are pricey. If you take the proper precautions and use the correct techniques, you can apply vinyl wrap smoothly and efficiently from home.
How to Apply Vinyl Wrap
Step 1: Purchase cast vinyl for more flexibility in your wrap
The two main types of vinyl are calendared and cast. Calendared vinyl is thicker but stickier, while cast vinyl is more flexible and easier to manipulate around curves and edges.
Step 2: Sweep and mop the area where you intend to install the wrap
Vinyl wraps attract dust, so clean the area thoroughly before you introduce the vinyl wrap. Sweep, mop, and dust the area to keep dirt particles from sticking to it.
Step 3: Use cleaning solution and a lint-free cloth to clean the surface you’re wrapping
Spray a cleaning solution directly onto the surface you’re wrapping, and use a lint-free cloth to buff the surface. Move the cloth in counter-clockwise circles until the surface is completely dry. Dirt and moisture will keep the adhesive from sticking properly.
Step 4: Measure the length of the surface you’re wrapping
Stick a piece of painter’s tape on the edge of the surface you are wrapping, with at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) hanging off the edge. Leave the tape on the roll and unroll it to the other side of the surface. Rip the tape off of the roll with at least 3 centimetres (1.2 in) hanging off both sides.
Step 5: Use painter’s tape to measure the width of the surface
Repeat the same process as before, but this time, measure the width. Use a roll of painter’s tape and place it roughly in the center on the long edge of the surface. Leaving at least 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) hanging off of each side, roll the tape directly across the length-wise tape and stick it down.
Step 6: Unroll the vinyl while keeping it off the ground
Remove the top piece of tape you stuck on the surface, and line up 1 end of the tape with the end of the unrolled vinyl. Stretch the tape across the back of the vinyl and mark the edge of where it reaches. Use an X-Acto knife to cut at that spot in a straight line, all the way down the length of the vinyl.
Step 7: Drape the cut piece of vinyl over the surface you’re wrapping
Remove the liner and place the piece of vinyl you just cut roughly in the center of the area you’re wrapping. Make sure the surface is completely covered with no edges showing.
Step 8: Pull both sides of the vinyl away from each other to create tension
Hold both ends of the vinyl and lift directly up, pulling it off of the surface. Stretch the sides of the vinyl away from each other to create enough tension to remove most of the wrinkles from the middle, then gently lay it down on the surface you’re wrapping.
Step 9: Run a squeegee over the applied film to remove wrinkles and bubbles
Hold the squeegee at a roughly 45-degree angle. Start in the middle and move the squeegee outward toward the edges to push out any air bubbles or fingers in the vinyl. If the surface you’re wrapping is curved, move the squeegee downward over the curves an arc shape for a smoother application.
Where to buy Vinyl wrap
At Banggood you can purchase a vinyl wrap to your car and give it that classy look it deserves.
Their vinyl wraps are of quality and they are also very cheap to purchase.
Vinyl Car Wrapping can be subtle, you can change some elements of the car, draw attention to a particular aspect of the car or it can be as bold as your courage allows. You can achieve a finish and color that is simply not possible with paint.