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What is Vinyl Wrapping?


Vinyl wrapping, also commonly referred to as vehicle wrapping, is the process of applying pressure-sensitive sheets of vinyl, available in any color or finish, to your vehicle’s painted surfaces by hand. Vinyl wrapping is one of the newest and most innovative products to hit the custom automotive world in years. It can be installed on everything from cars, trucks, and SUVs to boats, trailers, walks floors, furniture, and even electronics.

Vinyl wrap is essentially a big sticker or decal that will change the color and finish of your car, truck, or SUV while at the same time protecting the factory paint from stone chips, scratches, and fading. Vehicle wraps are designed to be installed in such a way that it looks identical to car paint, therefore you won’t be able to tell the difference between a wrapped car and a painted car. The primary difference between a vinyl wrap and traditional automotive paint is vinyl wrap is temporary so you can easily change the color and it won’t ruin your vehicle’s residual value or warranties, it’s more affordable, and it takes significantly less time to install.

Vehicle wrapping results in a protective vinyl covering over the surface of your vehicle that is 3-4 mils thick which keeps your factory paint job safe from road debris and weather elements. When you are ready to remove a vehicle wrap, you can peel the vinyl off the surface of your car and provided you use quality vinyl materials by 3M or Avery Dennsion; your vehicle’s factory paint will appear as it did the day you applied the vinyl wrap. Retaining your factory paint job is highly beneficial when you have a leased vehicle, or want to protect your cars paint to retain the residual value of the car, truck, or SUV when it’s time to trade it in our sell it.

How is Vinyl Wrap Made?

Vinyl wrap films are made for a few basic raw materials the primary of which is polyvinylchloride (PVC) polymer. PVS polymer is a plastic that has a relatively rigid property. When making vinyl wrap, PVC is combined with a plasticizer to make the film flexible, pigment to create the desired color of the vinyl, heat stabilizers, fillers, processing aids, and special additives which help the vinyl to achieve its UV absorber characteristics to improve UV radiation resistance. The raw materials used in this process change range in their level of quality which will result in the vinyl wraps durability rating.

Beyond just the raw materials used to manufacture vinyl wrap, the manufacturing process, as well as the type of plasticizer that is used to create the vinyl wrap, has the biggest impact on the vinyl’s durability. There are two different processes that are used to manufacture vinyl wrap, casting and calendaring. Each of these processes results in a vastly different quality of vinyl film. In general, the casting process is the preferred method of manufacturing which results in higher quality films. The plasticizers grade used in the casting process is what determines the vinyl wraps flexibility. For pressure-sensitive adhesive films, monomeric or polymeric plasticizers can be used. Polymeric plasticizer is considered the higher grade material where monomeric is the lower grade which is also cheaper.