If you’ve ever tried to apply a screen protector to your phone before, you’ve truly experienced one of the most frustrating and tedious tasks in the world. Now, imagine doing that on a car. That’s basically what you’re doing when you put on a vehicle wrap. As irritating as that sounds, there are steps you can take to make the process easier. That’s why we’re bringing you our guide on how to apply commercial vehicle wraps more easily.
Cleaning the Car
Most cars are pretty dirty, even if you can’t visibly see it, so it’s vital to start this process with a thorough cleaning. You can use standard detergent mixed with water as your cleaning solution. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies that your wrap will adhere to. Failing to do so will lead to the wrap not sticking to that area properly.
Also, it’s crucial to allow the vehicle to dry completely before moving on to the next step. Letting it spend the night inside is the most effective way to do this, but if you’re pressed for time, you can use a hot air gun or blow dryer to dry it off. Once the vehicle is no longer wet, you’ll want to use a lint-free towel to spread solvent cleaner over its surface to ensure that it’s as clean as possible.
Prepping Concave and Convex Areas
Most vehicles aren’t perfectly flat. They will have concave and convex areas that will make applying a vehicle wrap more difficult. This is because vinyl—which is what most wraps are made out of—will try to reform itself if it gets stretched out. You’ll want to apply an adhesion primer to these areas to help the wrap securely attach itself to the surface before the vinyl has a chance to reform itself.
Applying the Graphic
Now it’s time for the main part of our guide on how to apply commercial vehicle wraps: the application process. It’s best to have someone help you by holding the wrap in place while you use a squeegee to rub out all the wrinkles. Unlike applying a screen protector for a phone, your first attempt doesn’t have to be perfect. You can use the squeegee and a heat gun on the wrap to iron out all the bumps and force the wrap into any crevasses you missed on the initial application. Just be sure to take your time and work at it if it isn’t lining up correctly.
Once the vehicle wrap is laid out and flattened, it’s time to go back and cut off all the overlapping sections and push out any remaining bubbles. As a precaution, it’s a good idea to run the heat gun over the stretched-out areas of the wrap to ensure that it stays in place after it has been on the vehicle for a while.
If commercial vehicle wraps sound like something that you want to do in order to better your company’s business, be sure to visit our website and take a look at the kind of wraps that we offer. BACK