The Wrap Process - 6 steps

Vinyl wraps, from start to finish and all the stages in between, are our primary business. We're not a sign shop promising great wraps only to contract the tough work out to one of the professionals – instead, we ARE the professionals.

Prior to the wrap.

So, we do things a little differently around here than other wrap companies. There are six major steps to our in-house wrapping process: Design, Proofing, Printing, Installing, Inspecting, and Educating/Delivery.

  1. Design: Designing generally occupies the most time in the vehicle wrap process. Depending on many factors such as the complexity of the design, style of the vehicle, and draft approval time, design can take anywhere from 5 to 40 hours. Designing graphics which must be specially cut and contoured to fit unusual parts of custom vehicles can take a little longer. Your designer wants your eyes to light up when you see your perfect wrap, no matter how many calls, e-mails, or meetings it might take!

    Wrap process - design
  2. Proof: Once the designer and client have finalized the wrap design draft, an electronic or printed proof of the wrap is created. This proof is sent to the customer for final approval. We ask our customers to examine their proof very carefully, note any changes they may want to make and to let the designer know as soon as possible. While we're happy to honor changes requested following this final approval, doing so will delay the process and can add significantly to the original quote.

  3. Print: When the design is proofed and ready to go to print, we produce the finished design on vinyl sheets up to 60‐inch‐wide using a large‐format, solvent‐based printer which produces extremely high resolution images. The prints are then laminated with the same high quality clear vinyl to protect the design once installed. For large jobs, such as buses and 18-wheelers, multiple panels are printed and very carefully pieced together during the installation process. Following printing, the wrap product is set aside for 12 to 24 hours to “gas out.” This prevents the vinyl from bubbling or wrinkling during application.

    Wrap process - printing.

  4. Install: Prior to installation all vehicles are very thoroughly cleaned utilizing a high‐pressure car wash with powerful detergents to remove road grime and debris. Necessary ornamental trim work is carefully removed from the car. Then our installers carefully align the vinyl panels to ensure proper fit before they begin to apply them to the vehicle.

    Wrap process - installation.
    If there are any questions at all regarding the placement of the graphics, the designers are on-hand to confer with the installers. Once sure of placement, the installers (it’s a team effort!) place the wrap onto the vehicle almost like a super large piece of shelf paper. They then use special squeegees to flatten the vinyl and help seal it to the vehicle.

    Wrap process - install.

    The installers have many tools at their disposal to remedy any wrap issue they may come across – tools for cleaning, for rivets, heating mechanisms to stretch or reapply vinyl, tools to tuck vinyl and many more. The installers trim the vinyl around windows and other non-paint surfaces on the vehicle to create clean lines. Finally, they reinstall any parts or items removed prior to the wrap application.

  5. Inspect: Before the wrap is considered complete, a senior member of the installation team will carefully inspect the vehicle (or wrapped surface) for any slight imperfections which will be addressed prior to delivery.

    Wrap process - educate and deliver.
  6. Educate/Deliver: We are proud of the wraps we produce and it’s important to us that we help you to get the most of your investment. This includes letting you know how to best care for your vehicle now that it is looking so great.

    When you pick up your vehicle, we will take the time to tell you the best way to clean and care for your vehicle now that it is sporting a great wrap. In a nutshell, we recommend regular hand washing with mild soap and water. We also recommend avoiding high-pressure or bristle-based car washes as well as waxes that might dull, or delaminate the wrap’s adhesion (more about cleaning here). And as with any car, your wrapped car will benefit from being kept away from hail, bird droppings, and ongoing direct sunlight. The better you take care of your wrap, the longer it will last.

Car Wrap City's wrap process begins broad and finishes very precisely. The design process is creative, innovative and complex, and the installation process is measured, well-defined, technical, and very detailed. It's the perfect marriage of these two very different processes that produces our amazing results!

From the very first call you place to request an estimate, to shaking your hand before you drive off in your new wrap, we take great pride in creating an excellent experience for those who choose to wrap with us. You can count on transparent pricing – we never include hidden costs. Our quotes include all design time and labor as well as materials, printing and lamination. All of our services are offered in-house, conveniently in one location. Once you drop off your vehicle for installation, you can rest assured knowing it is safe in our clean, secure temperature-controlled facility.

Final Appearance

Please understand that a vehicle wrap is not paint. Some flaws in the material are inevitable. Minor lift, even on flat areas, will happen. When wrapping vinyl in and out of deep grooves and around curves and/or rivets, limited "bubbling," "lifting," and "tenting" of the material is inevitable. This, however, will not jeopardize the effectiveness of the advertisement. Seams in material will be used to minimize "bubbling" and "lifting" as much as possible. Cleaning is important to the life of the wrap. When cleaning, be sure to clean gently. WARNING: Never use a pressure washer on the wrap material. Too much pressure will cause the material to tear and/or lift. Please note that exposure to the sun will cause fading over time.

Published: 
December 15, 2014