You will be able to protect your vehicle from scratch and other minor accidents that may damage your vehicle.
There are several types of vehicle wrap and it is very important to know before you begin the process of wrapping your vehicle especially if you only have one because it may take you long hours, days, or even weeks to complete the process. It all depends on the kind of design you want and your vehicle model or brand.
In this article, I will explain how you can wrap your vehicle and I share the necessary information that you need to know about the process of wrapping your vehicle.
How Long Does It Take to Wrap a Car?
This is one of the common questions that owners asked before the process of wrapping their car. It is a very important question because you need to know how long it takes.
If you are planning to install a custom wrap on your car then you should know that it will cost a lot of time. It all depends on your vehicle’s make and model likewise the kind of design you want for your car. There are several colored designs one color is a faster process than two or more two-color wraps.
Likewise, the design company plays a major role when it comes to wrapping time. Some car wrapping companies use different tools and they carry out their job in different processes which makes the process and duration of wrapping your car different.
Three Steps to Wrap a Vehicle
1. The Design Process
Before starting any prep or wrap work, you and your wrap company’s art department need to come up with a custom design for your vehicle. There are many design software, a wrap company can upload the model of your vehicle so that it will help to discuss, and understand the graphics will go where, and why.
You and your vehicle graphics company will negotiate about budget, practical design rules, and your pictures to come up with a great-looking wrap that fits your budget.
The wrap design process may take between 1-2 hours for one, or two-color wrap or more colors. The process will take several hours for a complex and customized design.
2. Preparing the Vehicle for Wrapping
Immediately after you’ve made up your mind to wrap’s design, you need to prep your vehicle for the vinyl wrap. Before wrapping your vehicle you have to undergo a two-step cleaning process which is initial cleaning provided by the vehicle owner and a secondary cleaning by the wrap company.
Before you begin to prepare your vehicle for a wrap you need to give it one of the best hand washes. You’ll need to work and wash all parts of the vehicle including wheel wells so that you will be able to clean out all the dirt, grime, and road gunk. Depending on the size of your vehicle and work ethic, a thorough car wash is about half an hour to two hours.
Make sure that you are vehicle dry completely before the next step which might add a few more hours depending on the time of the year. To let it dry, it’s recommended to wash your vehicle the one day before your wrap is time.
Immediately after you’ve given your vehicle an initial cleaning from your wrap company you need to use alcohol and other agents for a secondary cleaning so that it will be fully prepared for a wrap. Depending on the size of your vehicle it may take your wrap company one-half hour to three hours to prep. If you don’t wash your vehicle before dropping it off, then you need to pay some extra charges for prep work.
3. How Long Different Wraps Take to Apply
Wraps are giant vinyl stickers that are applied to vehicles with heat, plastic razors, and hand-eye coordination. One of the major factors in how long your wrap will take is the size and scale of the wrap and the vehicle make or model it’s being applied to.
Your Vehicle and Time to Wrap
1. Partial Wraps and Lettering
Partial wraps are the fastest and easiest wrapping process because it is just like hoods and customized lettering won’t take long for an experienced wrap company. You should be expecting partial wraps and lettering to take a half hour to two hours. The longer the lettering and graphics, the longer time it will take to complete the job.
2. Half Wrap
Wrapping half the vehicle will take a long time and take longer than partial wraps and lettering but you will be able to complete half wraps in approximately two to four hours. A half wrap includes one to sections or four or more. The more sections to be wrapped.
3. Full Wraps
Full wraps take more effort and skill to apply perfectly. It all depends on your vehicle, a full wrap can take between one day to two full days in the shop. You can get an ETA on your full wrap from your installer when you leave your vehicle.
Time for Full Wrap vs Custom Paint Job
A custom paint job takes more time than a vehicle wrap due to every paint detail that must be laid out, and applied by hand, before drying. Average custom paint jobs can take days or weeks. A custom paint job with more colors will take at least a week. On the other hand, wraps have much more customization and detail at a much better price. Your vehicle won’t be in the shop for long.
Figuring Out How Long a Wrap Takes
Before you begin to get your vehicle wrapped, you need to know that it requires designing the wrap, prepping the vehicle, and application of graphics. There are numerous steps in the wrapping process, but it can be completed in a few hours and a week at the most. The wrap application takes a couple of hours for partial wraps and generally two days at most for a full wrap.