Vinyl Wrap For Cars
Vinyl wraps for cars are becoming more popular than ever as an affordable alternative to getting an expensive new paint job. A vinyl wrap for your car can give it a fresh new look that you can customize over and over again. You can alter the color, pattern, and texture of your vehicle to give it a different look for any time of year or any special occasion. But there are tons of different automotive vinyl wraps available for purchase. How do you know which vinyl wrap is the best product for your car?
Let’s take a look at the different types of vinyl wrap products on the market and talk about why Scorpion Coatings has partnered with Hexis vinyl wraps to offer some of the sportiest wraps you can shop for today.
What Are Vinyl Film Wraps?
Vinyl is the most popular type of automotive film that auto enthusiasts use to personalize their vehicles to change the color and the look of both the interior and exterior. It’s easy to work with vinyl since it’s flexible, durable, and inexpensive, making it the perfect type of product to apply professional-quality finishes to your car for a price you can afford. Vinyl wrap is available in a never-ending range of color and design options giving you a massive selection of choices so you can find the type and color that’s right for you.
Wrapping your car with a vinyl product has a few benefits. First off, the color and texture finishes you can find in a vinyl product are much more diverse than what’s available at a paint shop. Paint shop jobs look crisp and clean, but they only have so many different color finishes available, and re-painting a car is costly. A vinyl wrap can also help to protect the original paint job helping it last much longer and stay cleaner.
Caring For Your Vinyl Wrap
It’s simple to take care of your wrapped car since vinyl graphics make the surface easy to clean, and they don’t require any wax or clear coat. After all, the vinyl wrap itself is the protective layer for your exterior. As long as you keep the car clean, your wrap should last for years looking like-new. A professional installation at a body shop or vinyl wrap specialist will help keep the wrap looking its best, but you can DIY your vinyl wrap, too.
We recommend a professional wrap job since a professional can offer you ongoing customer service and has the tools to ensure the job is done right so your unique vinyl wrap looks its best. Plus, you’ll be protected against any issues with your vinyl wrap product if you get your film installed at a shop. They’ll be able to help you change your wraps as frequently as you’d like, and most shop owners run competitive offers on new colors and designs.
Styles of Vinyl Wrap
There are all sorts of different ways to wrap your car. You don’t just have to pick one color or one design for the surface of your vehicle. You can mix colors, or you can complement your design patterns with matching colors to really make it pop. Vinyl wraps are able to be applied panel by panel, so each section of the car can be individualized in its own unique way just how you want it. Here are some of the most common and popular types of vinyl wrap designs you’ll see on the road.
A full wrap is exactly what it sounds like– a complete wrap in which every panel of the vehicle is covered up with vinyl wraps. This offers your car complete protection from dust and debris as well as gives you the option to show off your originality with complete control over the vehicle’s look and feel.
These wraps give you the option to switch between a matte and glossy finish. You could even try a smooth-looking carbon fiber finish or a chrome finish for a more eye-popping appeal.
Partial wraps are vinyl products that only cover the car’s hood and front bumpers. As far as looks go, they’re good for accenting the existing color and style of your vehicle with a unique pattern or texture. Partial wraps are more affordable than full wraps (as you might expect) so they’re a great budget option if you want to get a cool new look without breaking the bank.
A different kind of partial wrap is the cockpit wrap, where just the canopy of the car is wrapped in a new color. This includes the roof of the car plus the window pillars, giving the car a unique color accent that stands out but doesn’t overpower the look of the body job.
Cockpit wraps are getting more popular as they’re inexpensive and they have a distinct appearance that customers love.
You can get a vinyl wrap job just for the roof of your car, giving it a very subtle touch that looks classy but unobtrusive. Roof vinyl jobs can be monochromatic or they can be intricately patterned, as the roof of your car is a blank canvas where you can express whatever you want. Contrast is key to quality car design, and roof vinyl products make your car stand out.
Hood vinyl products have the same form and function as roof vinyl products, but since they’re wrapped around the front of the car, they’re much more in-your-face. Vinyl hoods really pop, so it’s popular to incorporate designs, logos, and even text on hood vinyl. However, just like with roof vinyl, a hood vinyl product can be a simple monochromatic wrap that gives some attractive contract to the car’s body.
Installing Vinyl Wraps Yourself
While we definitely recommend that you find a professional business that can perform your vinyl wrapping job for you, it’s possible to do your wrapping job yourself if you have the skills and the tools. A shop will be able to guarantee their work, but obviously, it’s more expensive to hire help.
All you really need in order to install vinyl film yourself is a heat gun, some adhesives, and a sharp utility knife. Vinyl wrapping is inexpensive, so you can order extra material to give yourself some room for error if you need to re-cut any film. It can be much easier to perform the job with a second pair of hands, so call on a friend to help you out.
Before applying your wrap, you’ll need to fully wash the car first. Dry completely, then wash again to make sure the surface is completely dirt and oil-free. Use brand new microfiber towels when you wash the car to avoid rubbing in old dirt and oils after cleaning. Additionally, sand away any rust and pound out any dents or other imperfections on the surface. The vinyl wrap needs to be able to cling tightly to the surface in order to look and perform its best.
Hexis Vinyl Wraps from Scorpion Coatings
Scorpion Coatings is proud to offer over 100 different color and design options with our vinyl wraps with multiple finish options. Our easy-application HexPress Liner guarantees your vinyl wrap will be free of air bubbles or pockets to give your finish a smooth, professional appeal. Check out our Hexis vinyl wraps available in multiple finish options including super chromes, gloss, and satin.