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Is it worth it to wrap my vehicle?

These days wraps are everywhere, you can't drive through a town without seeing a wrapped car, truck or trailer.  What once seemed like a scary and foreign process, is now becoming the norm and is clearly a must have for any business’ local advertising campaign. So what is a vehicle wrap? A vehicle wrap is a large scale, high performance vinyl graphic or decal that is applied directly over the factory paint of a vehicle. The application of the wrap allows you to change the vehicles appearance in a very short period of time and in turn allows you to remove the wrap, returning the vehicle back to its  original condition if necessary.


Why wrap a vehicle?

Vehicle wraps are now widely regarded to be  the most effective and efficient form of out of home advertising, reaching more consumers at a lower cost per thousand impressions than any other form of advertising.  A vehicle wrap allows you to promote your own custom message, show off your style and personality, and get your brand seen by the masses!

Vehicle wraps actually protect your paint! A wrap that is installed by a professional using high performance materials, allows you to easily remove graphics, finding your factory  paint job underneath in the same condition as it was before the install.


How much does it cost to wrap a vehicle?

This is by far the most common question that we receive at Capital Valley Vinyl, and the answer is...   it depends.   There are a number of variables that factor into the price of any vehicle wrap or graphics package. Let's take a look.

Size of the vehicle, Obviously installing a wrap on a Cadillac Escalade is going to be much more expensive than  wrapping a VW Bug. The main factor in the cost of a wrap is the amount of square footage covered by the wrap. The national average for 2016 is somewhere around $10-$15 per square foot.

Materials used. A quality, professional shop will only use high performance materials by industry leaders (3M©,  Avery-Dennison©, Arion©, Oracal©, etc...) that carry a warranty, and are made to last 5-7 years under normal conditions. There are different finish and texture options such as carbon fiber, brushed metal, and reflective films that add additional cost to the job.

Graphic design. One thing that is often forgotten in the price of a wrap, is the time it takes to create the design and prep the print files to make sure it fits properly.

Vehicle wraps can be affordable for any budget, by getting creative with the layout and design of a vehicle  wrap. It is possible to achieve great exposure for your business without breaking the bank.  

Rather than wrapping an entire top to bottom, it is often a smart decision to try to use a 1/4 or 1/2 wrap to keep costs  down.

When done correctly , a vehicle wrap is a great move for your business, but cheap materials and poor install techniques can cost you more time and money.  Call or Email Capital Valley Vinyl for an appointment or to get a quote  on your next vehicle wrap today 613-623-7522, capitalvalleyvinyl@gmail.com. So you have decided to invest in a vehicle wrap for your car or truck, now how do you care for that investment and keep that wrap looking great for years to come? Although washing a vehicle with a vinyl wrap is a  bit different than washing a vehicle with a standard paint job, it is  not too complicated and can be done without breaking your bank


What to use to wash your wrapped vehicle

Any clean soft sponge, cloth or microfiber towel works great to scrub the dirt and grime off your wrap.   Many wrap shops suggest using products such as 3M© Car Wash Soap  39000 or Maguires NXT Generation© Car Wash or Deep Crystal© Car Wash. At Capital Valley Vinyl, what we have found is that any quality car wash soap will work just fine.

Rinse vehicle with clear water after washing. Minimize water spotting by using a silicone squeegee or chamois to remove water, dry with clean microfiber cloth.


What to avoid using to wash your wrapped vehicle:

Avoid automatic car washes that use brushes, and touchless car washes that spray at sharp angles with high pressure soap and water - these will cause wrap edges to lift.

Avoid using any chemicals such as bleach, solvents, oil based cleaners, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, orange oil or engine degreasers.

What can I use for spot cleaning my car?

Use Simple Green or isopropyl rubbing alcohol to spot clean isolated stains. Rinse area with cool water after cleaning.

Avoid wiping the wrap when it's hot, this can distort the material and cause wrinkling


What can I use for spot cleaning my car?

Use Simple Green or isopropyl rubbing alcohol to spot clean isolated stains. Rinse area with cool water after cleaning.

Avoid wiping the wrap when it's hot, this can distort the material and cause wrinkling