Full Vehicle Wraps
Your vehicle is seen hundreds, if not thousands, of times every day. That’s why an advertising vehicle wrap may be your most cost-effective advertising and promotion investment. Full vehicle wraps, also known as car wraps, truck wraps, trailer wraps, boat wraps, or bus wraps, cover the entire vehicle. The special automotive grade wrap vinyl is long-lasting and allows custom designs. If you want to get noticed a full wrap is the way to go. Full Vehicle Wrap Gallery
What is a Wrap?
A wrap is printed or pre-colored vinyl material that is applied to part or all of a hard surface like automotive paint, glass, metal, and some plastics. Commercial Vehicle Wraps, Car Wraps, Truck Wraps, Trailer Wraps, and other vehicle wraps advertise a product or business. Personal vehicle and color change wraps provide a unique expression of the vehicle owner.
Vehicle Wraps as Advertising
90% of people read or notice vehicle wraps. It’s just in our nature to be curious and our minds are attracted to colors and letter. Your next customer could be at the stop light in the car behind you. Put your message in front of potential customers to drive business and create brand awareness. The Mighty Sign Makers’ delivery van is wrapped. It goes home with the owner every day. It is amazing how many people in the neighborhood stop and ask about signs! It doesn’t matter if the vehicle is moving or parked, this is very effective advertising with a fast return on investment.
What can the Mighty Sign Makers Wrap?
If it rolls, flys or floats we can probably wrap it. Not sure? Contact us and we will give you a free consultation. Here is a short list:
Car Wraps, Truck Wraps, Trailer Wraps, Boat Wraps, Van Wraps, Box Truck Wraps, Semi Wraps, Motorcycle Wraps, Fleet Wraps, Heavy Equipment wraps, Bus Wraps and the occasional unique vehicle like a locomotive.
There are some limits – we can’t wrap water, but this is the Pacific Northwest so it’s on our to-do list. Some materials just don’t play nice with vinyl. Give us a call and we can quickly tell you if your project is wrap-able. Contact the Mighty Sign Makers now!
How Long Will a Wrap Last?
A professionally installed vehicle wrap with high-quality materials will last anywhere from 1 to 5 years. This depends greatly on how you care for the wrap. The Mighty Sign Makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions in Vancouver, WA only use the highest quality materials like 3M wrap vinyl, Avery wrap vinyl, and Oracal wrap vinyl. Of the three we prefer Avery for vehicle wraps because it is long-lasting, easier to apply and more cost-effective.
How do you care for a vehicle wrap?
Every vehicle wrapped by the Mighty Sign Makers comes with detailed instructions on care for a vehicle wrap. To keep it looking good and lasting we suggest the following:
- Keep the vehicle clean – if dirt and grime get under the wrap edges it will start to peel or lift. For the same reason do not use a pressure washer. Hand washing is best using a mild car soap. If you must take it through an automatic car wash use one with cloth brushes and low-pressure spray.
- Stay on the pavement – Avoid dirt and gravel roads. Tree branch scrapes are permanent.
- If your windows are wrapped keep them rolled up. Raising and lowering windows scrapes the vinyl and the graphic can catch on the rubber window seals. Don’t scrape off ice and snow. Use a brush and your defroster. If you have a back window wrap you should not use the rear wiper.
- Sun damages the ink in the graphics and causes the material to shrink. This is what causes most aging and it’s the one thing that you have little control over. Park in the shade when possible.
Marketing departments provide graphics files for many large companies. Smaller businesses often use graphic designers to create the perfect wrap. The Mighty Sign Makers have designers on staff if you have ideas and no idea what to do next. Call us for a consultation and we can help you decide which option is best. Here are a few tips we have picked up over the many years we have been wrapping vehicles:
- Keep it simple – Overly busy designs attract attention but don’t always communicate your message.
- Size it properly – An image that looks good on the screen doesn’t always look great when it is full size. Vector art files work best because they are scalable.
- Keep your logo and tagline visible. Text should be readable at a distance so check your font type and size.
- A bright colored graphic catches the eye – We can print full color including photos.
- Remember that you only get a second or two per impression
Materials Used for Wraps
There are two types of vinyl, Cast and Calendered. Calendered vinyl starts as a moldable material that is pressed through rollers to create a sheet. It is long lasting and cost effective. It is designed to work best on flat surfaces and vehicles like vans and box trucks. Cast vinyl starts as a liquid. It is poured and baked to create a film that is flexible. The flex makes cast vinyl the best for car wraps, truck wraps, trailer wraps, and other vehicle wraps. Vehicles with curves or complex shapes, and that is most vehicles, require cast vinyl. Our digital printer will print on both types of types of vinyl which allows us to put any design on nearly anything that flys, floats or rolls. Specialty vinyl creates a variety of looks including:
- Matte Finish Wraps
- Color Change Wraps
- Metallic and Chrome Wraps
- Carbon Fiber Graphics
- And More!
Applying Vehicle Wraps
How DO you apply wraps? The most important, and the first step of installing car wraps, truck wraps, and trailer wraps is the preparation. The surface must be clean. Wash your vehicle before you bring it in. If we have to clean the vehicle we charge by the hour. Do NOT wax the vehicle. Wax prevents the vinyl from sticking properly which may cause early failure of the wrap. Our professional wrap installer must be able to apply the graphic under things like emblems, badges, door handles, tail lights, headlights, and trim. Elements like these must be carefully removed. Next, all surfaces that will be wrapped must be cleaned. We use alcohol because it removes all of the dirt and doesn’t leave a residue.
A wrap consists of many printed panels. The panels are applied one at a time. Complex designs like the iQ Credit Union Plaid Swag Wagon require extra care so that the panels align correctly. Only after the vehicle wrap is complete can we replace all of the removed parts. The wrap is given a final wipe down with a microfiber cloth while we inspect every inch for imperfections. The entire process takes anywhere from 1 to 3 days depending on size and complexity. Contact Us Today!
Perforated Vinyl for Windows
Full wraps can include window graphics. Windows add significant design space and that means more impressions. Although we can put solid wrap vinyl over windows it blocks your view. We use a perforated vinyl on vehicle windows. This special print vinyl contains hundreds of tiny holes that allow some vision through the material. You can see out from the inside of the vehicle without losing the design on the outside of the vehicle. A 50/50 ratio material provides the best exterior look without creating blind spots.
If you have a fleet of cars, trucks, trailers, and heavy equipment unify your look so you get noticed wherever you go. According to our customers, having their business information on their business vehicles definitely increases the number of people that call. One landscape company tells us that the majority of the business they get is from the graphics on their vehicles. Full wraps, vehicle wraps, truck wraps, car wraps, trailer wraps, and other graphics will get you noticed.
The Mighty Sign Makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions partner with you for all of your graphics needs. Our entire staff is involved as we move with you throught every step from the initial phone call to delivery. Partnering with our clients allows us to understand the unique needs of your company. Even after the work is complete we’ve still got your back. Accidents happen, right? We keep your design on file and can reprint all or just part of the wrap.
Ready to get noticed on the road? Then let’s wrap!