Vinyl car wrapping can help protect the vehicle's original paintwork from light scratches and chips and can also protect from UV damage. Wrapping a car with vinyl is not an easy task, it takes time, effort and so much patience, but if you are up to the task, you can follow our step-by-step guide below to jumpstart your skills in vinyl wrapping for vehicles.
What you will need
- Wash the car with soap and water, then dry it up.
- Cut the vinyl using the length and height of the panel you are working on as a reference. Remember to add at least a quarter-inch of allowance for edges.
- Cover the entire SUV side with the vinyl, make sure the vinyl reaches up to the roof and the bottom of the running board.
- Start fitting from the center of the panel.
- Use the soft side of a squeegee to flatten the wrap and push out all the air bubbles as you apply the vinyl.
- Warm the vinyl with a heat gun to help shape it to the panel's contours and minimize tension lines on the vinyl.
- Remove the vinyl cover on the part you are working on for a better fit.
- Using a squeegee, fit the vinyl downward until you reach the wheel well; cut the vinyl along with the wheel's shape well, be sure to give a quarter-inch of allowance. Sometimes, it is necessary to stretch and warm up the vinyl.
- Tuck in the vinyl on the inside of the wheel and use a heat gun to anchor it in its place.
- For the gas cover, use the cutter to slice into the gap between the gas cover and quarter panel. You can then open the cover and tuck and warm the vinyl behind the cover. Then proceed to step number 6. Otherwise, please follow steps 5.1 to 5.7. If you want to wrap the gas cover separately, you may remove the two bolts on the backside of the cover.
- Peel the vinyl off the cover.
- Cut and place new vinyl on the gas cover.
- From the center, press the vinyl onto the cover, smoothing out air bubbles along the way.
- Pull the vinyl towards the backside of the cover and fold it in. You may take the plastic film off to be able to stretch the vinyl better.
- Trim all excess vinyl on the backside of the gas cover with a cutter.
- Use a heat gun to smoothly help the vinyl adhere to the gas door edges.
- Shape the vinyl to the edges of the panel using the heat gun.
- Trim all excess vinyl with a cutter.
- Use a heat gun and your hands to help the vinyl adhere and smoothly cover the quarter panel edges.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does vinyl car wrap last?
- Most vinyl wraps last five to seven years, but you can get the most mileage out of your wrap with proper preparation and proper care.
Does car wrap scratch quickly?
- Due to this composition, car wraps can easily sustain minor scratches that can appear with the daily use of your car. These scratches also remain on the surface level of the coating.
Does wrapping a car protect it?
- In a nutshell, a vinyl car wrap is applied to your vehicle to give it a whole new look. The strong vinyl material not only looks great but also protects the car's paint job from damage and chipping. The sticky vinyl clings to your car and can cover a part of the vehicle or the entire surface.