Beyond wrapping your vehicle, you can also wrap motorcycles. It is not often that you see advertisement on a motorcycle, unless they are in a race. This allows for more creativity to give your bike that special wow factor to make people take a second glance while your riding down the road. This is my 2001 Yamaha R6, while riding around I have received many compliments and people even asking if it was a custom paint job. Express your creativity through the wrap on your motorcycle like I did with this negative vapor skull wrap. Raise eyebrows and be visible every time you put your two wheels on the streets!
When you get a new vehicle wrap or paint job on your car your not thinking about the chance of an accident afterwards and what the repairs will cost just for your paint. Obviously if you have a big accident the paint is no longer a worry, but I’m talking about little scuffs and scratches, although they may be small they are very noticeable and can be costly. The cost for you to repair something like this on your custom paint job is far more expensive then the cost of repair for a vehicle wrap. With a custom paint job they will be required to buffer out damage and the remaining paint in order to have a good starting point and make it look like nothing ever happened. Which brings me to my next point. Unless the person painting your car is absolutely excellent at was they do you will notice dis-figuration in the paint, whether it be slightly of on design or color.
With a vehicle wrap getting a scratch or scuff is not to big of a deal. As a matter of fact if the scuff is minor enough there is a good chance that the vehicle wrap protected your original paint from any damage. If that’s the case, you simply pay for the little material we need to use to replace that panel of the car. We simply rip of the vinyl that was there and apply the new one. If the design is eccentric then is also takes skill to get everything matched up and back into place, but this is much simpler because there will be no dis-figuration in color. Once the vinyl gets replaced no one will ever be able to tell anything happened.
Keep this comparison in mind when your thinking its time for a new paint job. Vinyl wraps are more reliable, durable, and less expensive to repair.
When thinking of ideas to wrap your vehicle stripes are always a good way to add character to your car. The original down the center stripe is not the only one in style anymore. Although it is still a great look many car manufactures have started to have more slim and sharp stripes down the sides of vehicles then the big solid one over the top and hood. You can really change the look of your vehicle just by having a stripe, you should focus on the lines of your vehicle and design a stripe that follows in order to give your car that sharp look.
Now comes the installation of your stripe. Laying down a stripe on a vehicle is a careful process which you want to take time with. You want to be sure that your stripe is strait and that it also does not crinkle or rip. There are a few ways to lay down a stripe, all which need some precision First you can lay down the color vinyl that you want the stripe to be. Once you have it on the part of the vehicle you want you can make the necessary cuts to get rid of the excess vinyl and be left with your stripe. Another way to have a perfectly strait stripe is to use cutting tape. This is like a painters tape that you lay down under the vinyl you want to cut. So you would put the cutting edge of the tape where you want your stripe to start/finish. After placing the tape where you want it you lay your vinyl stripe, then you simply pull from one side of your tape and it make a perfectly strait cut for your stripe. Stripes are an easy and inexpensive way to add some charisma to your vehicle, use creativity to give your vehicle a custom stripe.
The following pictures show the process of a black Escalade be wrapped in Stormtrooper White. Panel by panel the Escalade turns into a new vehicle. You will also notice that the rims had some touching up to go with the new white.
If you have transformed your bland old paint job into a unique or business advertising vehicle wrap, I would like to congratulate you. You have now successfully put your car into a new realm that will have all the people on the streets looking your way. Having a vinyl wrap is different then a paint job and requires a little different care.
1) Automatic car washes are now out of the question. The high pressure water and bristles from the machine will cause damage to your wrap and costly repairs. You should hand wash your car with a sponge, and a low pressure or mist of water. If you have to use a high pressure water system be sure to stand back at a distance and not to hold the stream on one point of the car, doing so could cause a tear in your vinyl.
2) When using wax, be sure to hand wax your car and DO NOT use a buffer. There are different kinds of wax, be sure to use one that is suitable for vinyl such as turtle wax. If you go to get your vehicle detailed be sure that they also use a wax that is vinyl friendly. Waxing your vehicle will keep your wrap clean and polished and also make it easier to deinstall of the wrap, leaving little to no adhesive behind.
3) Avoid parking under trees for any long periods of time. Sap from some trees can damage your wrap causing you more money.
4) If you have window perf it should be waxed as well. It will give your perf a longer life span and help the lamination. Do not use high pressure on the window perf as well, it can also cause damage.
Be sure to protect your wrap, it is an investment and bad care can cause to money down the drain.
Full body vehicle wraps. This is the greatest form of advertisement, and one of the least expensive. Prices depending on the size and dimensions of the vehicle your looking at a couple thousand for your average size car. Some people say why not just get it painted? Well your average paint job can start to fade within 4-6 years and in the end just does damage to your vehicle. With a vehicle wrap, a removable vinyl material placed over your paint, you have a life span of 5-7 years and the durability that protects the paint job underneath. This is the biggest form of advertisement because as you drive your vehicle everyday, thousands of people see your car every week. With the abilities to design and print anything we can turn your car into a billboard on wheels.
At Laser Sharp Sign Design we improve the quality of our wraps by using 3M sealing tape to seal of the edges. It helps to seal and protect all edges of the wrap including wheel wells, hood, trunk and doors. Because its optically clear no one will be able to see the tape and you can extend the life of your wrap. This is a must have wrap tool that we use at Laser Sharp Sign Design to insure that our customers get the best quality products.