Common Vehicle Wrap Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
Experienced vehicle wrap professionals have seen just about every mistake possible when it comes to shoddy wrap installations. So how can those mistakes be avoided?
Well, the answer you’re looking for is right here (and it’s short and sweet) – hire a professional! Sure, you could probably install a decal with minimal issues, but there is always room for error, even for what may appear to be the simplest of installations.
When it comes to full or partial wraps, it’s a whole other ballgame. Three-dimensional wraps, like full and partial installations, often present multiple challenges: requiring multiple sheets precisely measured and cut to fit, as well as navigating around many angles, curves, and rivets.
Some of the most common mistakes professionals often find themselves fixing after a bad DIY job include:
1. Peeling Edges
Peeling edges is one of the most common problems professionals find in bad wrap jobs. If the surface of the vehicle hasn’t been properly cleaned of all oils, film, dust, or debris, the adhesive simply will not stick. Peeling edges are also caused by wrinkles that have not been completely smoothed out, and by improper heating application.
Bubbling of the wrap can be caused not only by inadequate preparation, but also by overstretching, incorrect heat application procedures, and even installing in un-ideal climates such as high humidity or cold temperatures.
3. Poor Trimming
After a wrap has been adhered to the vehicle’s surface, any excess needs to be trimmed off. Trimming requires precision and a steady hand. Any errors in the trimming of the wrap could lead to not only removing the vinyl panel and starting completely over, but can also damage the surface of the vehicle itself.
4. Cutting Corners
For a flawless installation, parts of the vehicle such as door handles, headlights, or bumpers may need to be taken off. If you try to cut corners and wrap around such features in order to save time, your wrap is much more likely to peel or bubble up. Trained professionals will know which parts should be removed, and which ones should not.
5. Patchiness Between Pieces
With poor wrap jobs, it is common to find patches of vinyl placed in areas like corners or rivets simply because the installer didn’t know how to work along these sections. So instead, they tried to cover up those areas with another piece of vinyl. A vehicle wrap should look seamless. In the end, if the vehicle turns out looking like a patchwork quilt, the wrap was not installed correctly.
Call a Professional Now!
Wrap installations can be both time-consuming and complex. Save yourself the headache of trying to install a wrap yourself and bring your vehicle down to MightyWraps, a US Logo company located in Wichita, Kansas!
Our friendly and experienced professionals will work with you throughout the entire design and installation process to make sure you end up with the hottest ride in town, all while getting you back on the road in hardly no time at all!
For more information check out our vehicle wrap page, give us a call at (316) 264-1321,
or visit us at 520 N. West St!