Wrap Installation Guidelines


This guideline provides a step-by-step process for installing vehicle wraps, ensuring a professional and high-quality finish. Proper preparation and installation techniques are essential for the longevity and appearance of the wrap.

1. Preparation

1.1. Tools and Materials

Ensure you have the following tools and materials before starting:

  • Vehicle wrap vinyl
  • Squeegee
  • Heat gun
  • Utility knife with extra blades
  • Measuring tape
  • Masking tape
  • Surface cleaner (isopropyl alcohol recommended)
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Gloves
  • Primer (optional, for edges and deep recesses)

1.2. Workspace

  • Choose a clean, dust-free, and well-lit workspace.
  • Ensure the temperature is between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C) for optimal vinyl adhesion.

1.3. Vehicle Preparation

  1. Clean the Vehicle:
    • Wash the vehicle thoroughly to remove dirt, grease, and wax.
    • Use a surface cleaner (isopropyl alcohol) to wipe down the entire surface where the wrap will be applied.
    • Pay special attention to edges, corners, and recesses.
  2. Inspect the Vehicle:
    • Check for any paint damage, rust, or dents. These issues should be repaired before wrapping.
  3. Remove Obstructions:
    • Remove any parts that may obstruct the wrap application, such as mirrors, emblems, and trim pieces.
  4. Complete Necessary Bodywork
    • If the paint is failing, chipped, or peeling, properly complete any necessary bodywork to ensure a smooth, clean surface. This may involve sanding, priming, and repainting damaged areas before proceeding with the wrap installation.

2. Installation

2.1. Measure and Cut

  1. Measure the Panels:
    • Measure each panel of the vehicle to determine the size of the vinyl pieces needed.
    • Add extra material (2-3 inches) around the edges to allow for trimming and handling.
  2. Cut the Vinyl:
    • Cut the vinyl to size based on your measurements, ensuring you have a manageable piece for each section.

2.2. Application

  1. Position the Vinyl:
    • Align the vinyl piece with the section of the vehicle you are wrapping.
    • Use masking tape to hold the vinyl in place and ensure proper alignment.
  2. Apply the Vinyl:
    • Begin applying the vinyl from the center, using a squeegee to press the vinyl onto the surface.
    • Work from the center outwards, removing any air bubbles and ensuring a smooth application.
    • Use the heat gun to soften the vinyl around curves and recesses, allowing it to conform to the vehicle’s contours.
  3. Trim Excess Vinyl:
    • Carefully trim any excess vinyl using a utility knife.
    • Ensure the edges are clean and properly adhered to avoid lifting.

2.3. Finishing Touches

  1. Post-Heat the Vinyl:
    • Use a heat gun to heat the vinyl to a temperature between 195°F 90°C).
    • This step ensures proper adhesion, especially around edges and recesses.
  2. Reinstall Removed Parts:
    • Reattach any parts that were removed for the installation, such as mirrors and emblems.

3. Aftercare

3.1. Initial Care

  • Avoid washing the vehicle for at least 48 hours after installation to allow the adhesive to set.

3.2. Maintenance

  • Wash the vehicle regularly using a mild detergent and a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Avoid pressure washing, especially around the edges of the wrap.
  • Inspect the wrap periodically for any signs of lifting or damage and address issues promptly.

4. Troubleshooting

4.1. Air Bubbles

  • Small air bubbles can be pricked with a pin and smoothed out with a squeegee.
  • Larger bubbles may require lifting the vinyl and reapplying with heat.

4.2. Lifting Edges

  • Apply adhesive promoter to edges and recesses before applying the vinyl to improve adhesion.
  • Use the heat gun to re-adhere lifting edges and press down firmly.

4.3. Wrinkles

  • Use the heat gun to soften the vinyl and gently stretch it to remove wrinkles.
  • Re-squeegee the area to ensure a smooth finish.