Many car owners consider their cars as veritable extensions of themselves. Hence, if you look at their cars, you will readily get a glimpse of their characters, tastes, and traits. For this reason, some cars are fashionably spruced-up to depict the styles and preferences of their owners. Many car owners enhance the appearance of their cars using car wraps, and like men’s clothing, the car wraps can be readily removed and replaced. Likewise, owners have the option of partially or fully car wrapping their cars, though most vehicle owners prefer to partially car wrap their vehicles due to budgetary reasons.
Most companies that indulge in car wrapping industry have off-the-shelf designs out of which their prospective clients can choose from. Moreover, most car wrap companies offer alternative or customized designs to cater to the varying needs of their clients, albeit at a higher cost. These companies offer car wrapping services not only to cater to the whims and fancies of the owners, but also to preserve the vehicle’s paint integrity. Likewise, car wrap is increasingly utilized nowadays as a popular medium of advertisement. Hence, it is not unusual to see buses and cars bedecked with advertising car wraps.
Car Wrap Materials and the Advantages of their Use
The vinyl sticker or film is the primary material used in car wrapping. This material is pliable and adheres to any smooth surface. Moreover, there are several types of stickers or films that you can use in car wrapping. In fact, there are printable and unprintable vinyl stickers, and the unprintable kind is similarly used in making machine-cut decals.
As a car owner, you can readily use stickers to sparingly cover some specific parts of your vehicle, or you can wrap the vehicle’s whole body using a variety of vinyl stickers or films. Aside from the plain colored sticker, the printable stickers or films are the most favored car-wrapping materials for decorative or advertisement purposes. Furthermore, there are basically different kinds of printable stickers such as the reflective stickers, the perforated film, and the most common one—the plain printable films. Moreover, all printable films come in a wide variety of colors from which you can choose.
Another kind of material used for car wrapping is the carbon fiber film which is very similar to a very thick vinyl sticker with textured surface. The carbon fiber film is commonly used to wrap the engine bonnet or hood, and on some occasions, the vehicle’s roof, for this material has inherent heat-absorbing property.
Depending on the vinyl film quality and the printer’s ink, the car wrap may last from one to three years. Unprintable vinyl stickers, on the other hand, usually last longer than the printable film as the weather may easily fade the printed image faster than the rest of the vinyl material. For this reason, it is crucial to have basic knowledge about car wrapping materials so that you can choose the best car wraps for your vehicle.
Despite the limited durability of the vinyl sticker, it can still be very cost-effective as a means of protecting and preserving the paint works of your cars. The vinyl sticker can be easily removed and replaced in just a couple of hours as compared to the painting process which requires considerable amount of time and man-power. Moreover, car wrap could readily protect your vehicle from the wear and tear process.