7 frequently asked questions about vehicle wraps.

June 2, 2016 Phil Aquin

red car wrap design

Your car is an expression of who you are.

While there are many ways to customize your ride, wrapping your car is becoming an increasingly popular option. But with more popularity comes more options – and more options means more questions.

car wrap close up

From car wrap options, to durability, to cost, here is my take on some of the most frequently asked questions about vehicle wraps:

Top 7 FAQs about vehicle wraps.

  1. What is a car wrap?

A vehicle wrap is a coloured graphic film that is applied directly to your vehicle by a graphics installer.  It’s an easy way to add accents to your vehicle, or change the colour completely.

  1. What car wrap options are available?

Vehicle wrap design options are almost limitless. For example, 3M™ Print Wrap Film Series 1080 comes in more than 100 colours and a variety of texture options, including brushed, carbon fibre, matte, satin and gloss. If you’re not sure how to choose, you can try out the 3M Customizer to virtually “try on” vehicle wraps before you buy.

  1. How much does a custom car wrap cost?

While costs range from a few hundred dollars for accents to a few thousand dollars for a full vehicle wrap, the final tally depends on your specific needs. This includes the size of the vehicle, how much of the vehicle is being wrapped, the film you select, the complexity of the processing, and installation.

  1. How long can a car wrap last?

The expected durability of your car wrap is 5 to 7 years, depending on the finish and proper maintenance of the vehicle wrap.

driving car that has vehicle wrap

  1. Can you wrap a car with paint scratches, dents or rust?

Car wrap film is thin and flexible, which allows it to conform beautifully to the contours of your vehicle. Just be aware, that also means it conforms to any imperfections, including any paint chips. Before spending the time and money to wrap a damaged or rusted vehicle, I recommend repairing it first.

  1. How do I take care of a car wrap?

Keeping your vehicle wrap clean will help preserve its appearance. Car wraps can be washed: you can take the vehicle through a brushless car wash or hand wash. Hand waxing your vehicle wrap will also help protect it.

  1. Will removing the vehicle wrap damage the paint?

When used, applied, maintained and removed according to 3M’s instructions and within the product’s 3M Warranty Period, 3M™ Print Wrap Film Series 1080 should not damage an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) paint finish upon removal.

Learn more.

To learn more about 3M car wrap solutions, visit the 3M Graphics and Signage website.

About the Author

Phil Aquin

[enBio=Phil Aquin is 3M’s resident vehicle wrap expert. With over 15 years of experience wrapping cars, he’s a trusted source of knowledge and expertise in the industry. He travels across Canada sharing professional tips and tricks of the trade. He also practices what he preaches, by decking out his own ride with intricate vinyl wrap designs.],[enJob=Vehicle Wrap Expert, 3M Canada],[frBio=Phil Aquin est l’expert résident en placage de véhicule de 3M. Avec plus de 15 années d’expérience en matière de placage d’automobiles, il constitue une source fiable de connaissances et d’expertise au sein de l’industrie. Il se déplace partout au Canada pour partager ses conseils professionnels et ses trucs du métier. Il met aussi en pratique ce qu’il enseigne en ornant son propre véhicule de placages en vinyle aux motifs complexes.],[frJob=Expert en placage de véhicule, Compagnie 3M Canada]

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