If you have tried applying numbers to a weekend autocross or club racing car, then you have tried dealing with trapped bubbles and the deformed results. However, the adhesive vinyl technology today is more advanced which allows beginners and pros to get the same great-looking results.
The modern adhesive only reaches its stickiest state after a day, so this makes it possible to re-position. The vinyl also has channels which allow the air to escape and eliminate bubbles. A laminate coating makes the wrap last for a decade. Finally, a vinyl named ‘Supercast’ stretches until 40% which makes it easier to mould around curves and bumper edges.
Here’s how to vinyl-wrap a vehicle.
- Pick the vinyl
The vinyl can be bought in 60-inch wide rolls that are 25 feet long. This is about $2500 or less when there are images, stripes, marketing slogans and other graphic elements.
2. Prep the vehicle’s paint
Be sure to do a thorough cleaning with alcohol and paint cleaners. Next, fix up those dents, scratches and rust.
3. Remove the moulding and the mirrors
You will be able to cut the labour time down for wrapping once you have removed the vehicle’s body parts like the moulding and the mirrors first.
4. Plan the vinyl wrapping process
The installer will make use of a utility knife in order to cut the vinyl to several sections that covers the individual body panels. Then, they will use tapes or magnets to secure it in place while removing the vinyl’s backing paper and exposing the adhesive.
5. Stick the vinyl in place
When the adhesive has been exposed, stick the vinyl to the body panel’s centre or start from one side. Smooth this out using a Teflon squeegee or your hands.
6. Stretch the vinyl out
A heat gun or a torch encourages the vinyl to be elastic and stretch out. Pre-stretching also helps shrink it to concave panels.
7.Cut the edges off
Cut the edges off using a utility knife. The one having breakaway blades is better.
8.Deal with the seams
Some overlap vinyl sheets and cut the seams using a knife. Others overlap the seam with an edge away from the vehicle’s line of sight.
If you are not willing to deal with the labour time that needs to be invested in this project, you can check for a company that does these Sydney signs or vehicle wraps. They can surely do this in lesser time than you with the utmost precision due to their extensive experience in vehicle wrapping.