VEHICLE WRAPS AND FLEET GRAPHICS INSTALLATION PROCEDURE
It is important to ensure that your graphics are installed professionally.
It is important to make sure that the vehicle is measured before printing the graphics. For most standard vehicles, templates are available that provide a good designing guide. Even then, its always better to take measurements on the actual vehicle and verify that the design will accurately fit the vehicle. We encourage that all customers have their vehicles measured first.
We recommend that all vehicles are washed a few hours before its is brought into our warehouse or installed at your location. The vehicle should be car washed very well to make sure that all road grime is removed. Wax, polish, grease, or grime do interfere with the graphics adhesive and therefore must be cleaned. Placed special attention on the vehicle’s cracks and crevices, where contaminants generally accumulate.
We will also clean using isopropyl alcohol or other cleaners to remove any visible contaminants. We then perform a vehicle inspection and take note of places that have any kind of surface damage like paint scratches, rust, dents etc. This inspection helps as a guideline to ensure that our clients know about any surface problems on the vehicle.
In most cases it is best to apply the graphics indoors. This prevents wind, dust, and other contaminants and at the same time helps control the temperature. However, for large vehicles like delivery trucks and trailers, outdoor installations work fine.
Generally we use dry installation techniques with all wraps for the proper adhesion of graphics. Wrapping is performed following standard procedures established by manufacturers like 3M. During the graphics installation process the material is heated and applied using industrial gas torches and heat guns so that it takes the shape of the vehicle body and achieves almost a paint-like finish. After the wrapping is completed, sometimes the material is reheated in places with complex curves and corrugations where the material is highly stretched. The reheating molds the material and prevents it from reverting back to its original state.
During the installation process, air bubbles are a common occurrence which is easily taken care of by puncturing the bubbles with a sharp pin. Bubbles are also common problem after the installation process and can be easily be removed using a sharp pin and pressing against them with a thumb or squeegee.
Also worth noting is the fact that in most cases graphics can only be installed on painted surfaces. Unpainted plastic parts such as bumpers, fenders etc are usually non-receptive to vinyl adhesive and the graphics may peel off from these places in a few days. Vehicle Graphics Maintenance After any graphic installation it is advisable to leave the graphics for at least 3-4 days before taking the vehicle through a car wash. If possible, use a brushless car wash and always avoid high-pressure cleaning and caustic chemicals.