Car customization is trending like crazy and it is all thanks to vinyl wraps. They make it so easy and quick to alter the look of your vehicle. There is no need to paint the body of your vehicle or anything like that. The wrap gets applied like an adhesive without leaving any wrinkles behind. When you’re ready to take the wrap off, you can easily peel it away without damaging the paint. This gives you the chance to experiment with different colours and textures.
Professionals are better equipped to wrap a car. They have the proper tools and materials to ensure a successful installation. But if you insist on saving money by doing your own installation, perhaps this how-to guide can help.
The first step is to gather the necessary tools together. Car wrapping installations are not possible unless you’re fully equipped. The tools needed include a squeegee, utility knife (multi-cartridge), snitty vinyl cutter, tucking tools, plastic removal kit, car magnets, heat gun, and infrared thermometer.
It is very important that you wash your car first. Use soap and water to remove dirt and grime particles for everywhere on the exterior, especially the door seals and wheel arches. Every little spot needs to be cleaned to ensure a successful vinyl installation. Wait 24 hours for the vehicle to dry after you’ve cleaned it. In the meantime, stand the vertical film upright so that it can outgas. This will make it easier to install because it won’t be as sticky and tacky.
After you’ve waited 24 hours, take a microfiber towel and dry off any areas that still have moisture on them. Use isopropyl alcohol to further remove any existing soap, grease, oil, and dirt which may still be there.
Wrap the Car
Locate the flattest area of the body and start applying the wrap there first. This will be your baseline. From there, you keep on applying the wrap from top to bottom and from side to side. The squeegee can help get rid of bubbles or wrinkles that may form in the wrap.
Grab the largest area of the wrap and gently pull on it as you’re applying the wrap. This stretches the wrap and helps avoid bubbles and wrinkles. Keep the tension mild so that you don’t rip anything. If you see wrinkles in the edges or corners, then use the heat gun at 180 degrees on these areas. Wait a few minutes for them to cool down. Use the squeegee to further flatten the areas.
It is best to do the wrapping job inside of a garage or other indoor environment where the temperature is controlled, and the vehicle is protected from the weather.