Few things add as much flash to a vehicle as custom car wraps. Whether you are looking to make a statement with your personal ride or have to spread a message with vinyl truck graphics, these products are always attention-getters. Customers, however, need to know a few things about them, so let's take a look.
If you're going to make the investment, you'll likely want to see that it'll hold up for several years. That means you'll be committing to a process of handwashing that requires specific products made for vinyl wraps. Pressure washing of any kind can peel up edges, and using an automated car wash is pretty much as bad as taking a steel brush to it. It ends up being a bit of a lifestyle choice, so you should understand what you're getting into because you'll be doing it every week.
Custom car wraps can be removed. It costs a few hundred dollars if you want to see that the job will be done the right way. Hopefully, you have cared for the wrap on your vehicle the right way because excessively hot water, for example, can bake the graphics into the paint job. Fixing such issues will typically raise the removal price. Generally, most folks only consider the removal option if there's value in selling the vehicle because the cost-benefit analysis has to be there.
The Paint Job
Don't fear for your vehicle's paint job. A properly applied wrap will serve as a protective coating. There won't be a sticky residue or anything unbecoming left behind if the product has to be removed.
Ask About Warranties
Remember that custom car wraps are one of those cases where you need to talk about the product's warranty and the warranty that covers workmanship. Most manufacturers don't warrant poor installations, and that means you'll want to know that the shop will warrant anything that goes wrong with the workmanship, such as bubbles.
Have a Plan
Even if you're not 100% sure what you want to see, at least be able to go into the shop with half an idea of what you want. If you're dealing with a business, for example, the same rules that apply to making signs apply here. That means keep the wordiness down and try to use at least one inch of letter height for every 10 feet away you expect the average viewer to be. Think about how the paint will interact visually with the graphics, too.