Most of the blog posts you’ve seen so far show vehicles that have already been wrapped, but what really goes into a car wrap? Having set up vehicle wrap artwork for several customers in the past, a common reoccurring misconception I found is that we print out a giant car shaped sticker and slap it onto each side of the vehicle. If only it were that easy.
No my friends, car wraps require a bit more involvement than that… a lot more actually. Just how much? Well, let me introduce you to our resident installers, Eddie and Robbie…
Yup, these two might not look like much, but they wrap everything from rinky dink jet-skis to a gigantic fleet of 30ft RV’s. This week we tagged along with these two chrome-domes to show our customers just how much really goes into installing a car wrap; luckily Jelly Belly just dropped off a vehicle to be wrapped for their professional cycling team (as well as a huge box of jellybeans that disappeared immediately after it entered the building).
Coincidentally, Robbie & Eddie’s heads are so shiny and smooth they almost look like two vanilla/coconut jellybeans! :O
As you can see here, after removing the excess vinyl from the sheet printed for the passenger side, Robbie & Eddie slowly remove the backing to the adhesive vinyl so that they can apply the wrap to the car in increments. This allows them to adjust the placement as they go, which greatly reduce any wrinkles or air pockets that might occur when applying the vinyl to the surface of the car.
Seen here striking a saucy pose, Robbie and Eddie ready their blow torches. The vinyl alone is very thick and rigid, heating it with an open flame makes the wrap more pliable. This allows Robbie and Eddie to smooth out the sur…. you know what? Writing about this is boring. Seriously! How about we let a video show us what goes into a car wrap?
I’m sure you can agree watching these two wrap monkeys is A LOT more interesting than listening to me talk about it! For those of you who skipped over the entire article AND the video, here’s a couple of photos of the finished car wrap in all of it’s high-fructose glory!