A vehicle says a lot about the personality of its owner. A person can express himself through his personal belongings and typically the biggest property that a person has other than his house is his automobile. If you are a car owner yourself, you can customize its interior with stereos, seat covers and colored lights. You can also make your vehicle’s exterior more noticeable with custom wheels and exhaust. However, most people stop short when it comes to a new paint job mostly because of its cost. The good new is there is now an alternative to those expensive paint jobs which is more affordable and appealing.
Car wraps or custom car stickers are graphic designs which provide a unique look to any car. With it, you can customize your vehicle to fit your taste and style and make it stand out from the thousand of cars on the road. Furthermore, car wraps can also be used as an effective advertising tool for almost any company type or business. You can transform your car into the ultimate mobile advertising machine, using it to reach more potential clients wherever you go. If you want to wrap your car with vehicle stickers, follow these easy steps.
1. Prepare the car. Make sure that the car is clean and dry. Make a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. Put the mixture on a clean cloth and wipe the surface area of the car where you are applying the wrap. The rubbing alcohol can also be used to remove any grease on the car’s surface. Be aware that you should only apply the wrap on a stable and clean car surface. A car with poor paint condition can be completely pulled off once the sticker is removed.
The next step in preparing your car for wrapping is to remove its manufacturer’s emblem. By doing this, your car wrap installation project can be much more professional than just covering them. Emblem removal tools vary based on the different types of emblems attached into different car surfaces. For long and horizontal emblems or side moldings, the removal tool looks like a putty knife or an ice scraper. For smaller emblems, a similar but much smaller tool can be used.
2. Measure the part of your car you want to cover. If you are covering the entire car, make sure that the wrap is big enough for it. The car wrap will come in sections which should be marked for placement such as left door, right front fender, bumper etc.
3. Apply the wrap. Remove the backing of the wrap and start installing at the rear of the vehicle going forward. Use a squeegee to smooth out air bubbles. The back of the vehicle, roof and the hood should be done last. Vinyl wraps can be stretched into place. However, make sure not pull it too much and damage or distort the pattern. Use a pin to pop stubborn bubbles and squeegee it out until smooth. For radical transitions, tight bends or rounded surfaces, a heat gun can ease the installation by warming the vinyl at certain levels. Remember not to stretch the vinyl while it’s hot. Let it cool and use a tape primer.
4. Trim the excess wrapping. You can use a razor knife to do this but be careful not to cut the vehicle’s paint.
Once you’re done wrapping your car with vehicle graphics stickers, give it a test drive and see how it feels to drive a seemingly new car any time you want.