TYPES OF WRAPS
Vehicle wraps, including bus wraps and fleet wraps, are comprised of three phases. The first is the design phase which includes getting accurate measurements for the vehicle and actual design of the graphics to be applied. The second is the production phase where the graphic is printed and then laminated to protect the vinyl from abrasion and UV rays that can cause graphics to fade over time. The third is installation where the vinyl is actually applied to the vehicle. In some cases there may be a fourth phase, the removal of the graphics if requested.
Anything less than a full wrap is normally called a “partial wrap.” A half wrap normally includes the entire rear of the vehicle and halfway up the sides of the vehicle and often includes a hood logo. A three-quarter wrap normally includes the entire rear of the vehicle and most of the entire sides of the vehicle and often includes a hood logo. Typically, a full wrap includes the entire surface of the vehicle, which may or may not include the roof.
All vehicles must be free of dust, mud, wax, oil, Armor-All and other agents that may prevent the vinyl from adhering to the paint surface. It is important that all vehicles must be washed prior to drop off. Vehicles dropped off without being washed may be subject to a $75 Prep Fee and may require us to drive your vehicle off premises to a wash facility.
VEHICLE WRAP DURABILITY
We often get asked about the durability of a Vehicle Wrap from our customers, here is some general information for you to better understand Vehicle Wraps.
The first and most important factor is the condition of the surface we are wrapping. The vehicle must not only be squeaky clean, but also free of rust, waxes, polish, etc. to allow for proper adhesion. Spending the extra time cleaning your vehicle will extend the life of your wrap greatly.
We use only the best quality films and over laminates available to us when we wrap vehicles. The films we purchase are the top of the line for vehicle wraps. We cover our film with a laminate which provides a possible outdoor lifetime of up to 8 years. Installing this film to your vehicle is our professional install team. With 10 years of vinyl experience, we have the understanding & know-how to deliver the absolute best results for you.
Lastly, the durability of a wrap comes down to you, the owner. How you care for your vehicle has considerable impact on how long the graphics will last.
These are a few things that you can do to extend the life of your wrap:
- Keeping your vehicle clean of dirt, grime, salt, grease.
- When washing your vehicle, use a nonabrasive liquid cleaner.
- NEVER use a pressure washer with more than 2,000 psi of pressure, we recommend against the use of a pressure washer when cleaning your wrapped vehicle.
- Use a soft cloth or sponge instead of a hard brush.
- Inspect the graphics regularly, any loose edge should be addressed immediately!
We here at J&T Vinyl Graphics have installed wraps on cars, trucks, buses, airplanes and even helicopters.
We offer complete design service, printing and installation. Looking to just change the color of your vehicle? Let us do a color change wrap using 3M 1080 series color change material.
Unsure if a wrap is right for you? Give us a call or send an email and we will be happy to discuss your individual needs.