Car Wrapping FAQs
Find common answers and questions about personal and commercial vehicle wrapping
Frequently Asked Questions
On average, a wrap will last 5-7 years depending on how well it is taken care of. Like anything else, over time, everyday wear and tear will impact your wrap. If you maintain your wrap, it has the potential to remain looking brand new for up to 6 or 7 years.
The answer to this question really comes down to the condition of the paint on the vehicle. If the paint on the vehicle isn’t in great condition or the vehicle has been previously repainted (especially poorly) there is a great chance of paint damage / paint peeling at removal. For best results we recommend wrapping vehicles under 5 years old with great factory paint only.
The great question is always, can you wash a wrapped car? Yes! yes you can, and we recommend to always do so by hand washing it. Do not use pressure washers or any abrasive chemicals to wash the wrap. A standard car wash soap with no wax works perfectly fine.
Many people are under the impression that car wraps nowadays cost more than a paint job, and that is because people tend to compare a professional wrap installation vs a lower end paint job. Realistically a paint job costs a lot more than a car wrap, especially if you are comparing a great professional paint job vs a great professional wrap installation.
To get the best results when wrapping a vehicle it is normally recommended by wrap film manufacturers that the vehicle being wrapped is in great condition, however that does not mean you cannot wrap your vehicle. In fact, most vehicles that we wrap have minor imperfections such as rock chips and scratches. If imperfections are present, you will still see an impression of the scratch / dent or rock chip on the wrap since it is basically a sticker over your paint but many times less noticeable. For absolute best results we do recommend getting repairs taken care of before wrapping.
Depending on how much a client wants wrapped, the process takes about 2-4 days. Larger, more extensive wraps could take up to a week. We begin by thoroughly washing all surfaces to ensure complete adhering of the vinyl. This includes a hand wash and dry, followed by an alcohol treatment and clay bar to remove any left over oils/waxes/residue. The less contaminants left behind, the longer your wrap will last. Next, we remove all emblems, door handles, lights, vents, etc. This ensures that all edges of your wrap will be hidden from view for that flawless, “is that a paint job?,” quality assurance.
Once your vehicle is prepared, we begin your installation. After your wrap is installed, everything that was removed prior is re-installed to pre-installation condition. We finalize the process with another hand wash and dry and a treatment to give it that showroom look.
Getting your new car wrapped is one of the best, customizable, ways to protect your fresh paint job and help retain your vehicles value. Vinyl wraps keep harmful elements from getting at your paint. Take it off 5 years down the road and your car will look like it did they day you drove it off the lot. From clear paint protection film, to chromes and custom designs/graphics, we have something for everyone. If you can think it, we can do it.
If you damage any part of it, it is easily and affordably replaceable. If someone keys your car or that shopping cart wandering in the parking lot hits you, instead of having to get the entire panel repainted and then blended to match the rest of the car, you can have that panel replaced much quicker and for a fraction of the cost.
Please reach us at Contact@zachwraps.com if you cannot find an answer to your question.