How Long Do Vehicle Body Wraps Last?

vehicle body wrapsWhen done right, vehicle body wraps can last a long, long time. In fact, it’s not unheard of for a wrap to last several years. And while they are one of the most cost-effective forms advertising available to a small business today, they still represent a sizable investment. So here are a few tips on how to protect it.

Expert Installation

While it’s important to select a reputable design house to create a stunning vehicle body wraps concept, you’ll want to make sure they also have solid installation expertise. This includes factors like seam assessment, pre-cleaning the vehicle’s exterior and selecting materials capable of withstanding the local elements.

While the design, materials, and installation all play a major role in the longevity of your vehicle body wraps, another key factor is how you treat the vehicle once it leaves the store. Here are a few things to look out for.

1. Air Bubbles

This usually occurs right after installation, and can happen for a wide variety of reasons. While you might be tempted to “pop” the bubble, or smooth it out manually, DON’T. When you apply pressure or poke holes, you compromise the integrity of the wrap and, potentially, the graphic. It can lead to splits, wrinkles, and even peeling. Instead, opt to return to the sign place and ask for them to fix it.

2. Lifting and Peeling

The separation between the graphic and the vehicle is most likely to occur along seams, wheel wells and door jams. If not caught immediately, dust, dirt and other debris can get caught underneath the graphic, damaging both it and your vehicle.

3. Cleaning Your Wrap

Ideally, you’ll want to hand wash your graphic as much as possible. If your wrap is caked with mud, dirt, or other debris, be sure to rinse it off before you begin the wash. And it’s always best to use a delicate sponge or soft towel to avoid scraping the graphic or dulling its finish. Also, avoid pressure washing at all costs. It can pull the entire sections of the wrap off your vehicle in just a few seconds.

4. Vehicle Storage

Garage storage is always going to be your best bet when it comes to protecting your investment from the elements. Sun damage, dust storms, and hail are severe weather incidents that can shorten the life of your wrap. Plus, sun exposure will cause your horizontal surfaces to fade much faster than the verticals, leaving you with a compromised graphic and poor brand image.

Green Light Graphics & Signs Can Help You Get Long Lasting Vehicle Body Wraps

We’ll take all the hassle out of the equation! Just contact Green Light Graphics and Signs today by calling 404-857-5790 and receive a custom quote for your vehicle body wraps.