How Do You Vinyl Wrap a Car?


Quick Answer

Start the vinyl wrap process by preparing your car. Remove any mirrors and molding, plan your wrapping process beforehand, and stick on the vinyl. Finally, stretch it out, cut off the loose edges, and fix the seams.

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  1. Gather materials and prep

    The standard roll of vinyl is about 25 feet long. The price depends on its elements, such as stripes, images or marketing slogans. Make sure to take note of the shape of your vehicle, as cars with lots of curves tend to take longer to wrap and cost more. Next, clean your car's paint job with paint cleaners and alcohol. Make sure to fix any scratches, dents and rust as well. Finally, remove all side mirrors and molding.

  2. Wrap the car

    Plan out your process beforehand to avoid creating any seams. Cut the vinyl into specific sections for different spots on the car. Stick on the vinyl by removing the adhesive backing. Begin on one side, and smooth it down as you go. Stretch out the vinyl using some source of heat, such as a heat gun.

  3. Tailor the vinyl

    Cut the edges of the vinyl with a utility knife. Finally, fix any seams by overlapping or using knifeless tape.

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