What is car wrapping?
Car wrapping is the process of covering a car in a thin, pliable vinyl. Often used as a branding exercise, car wrapping allows you to utilise the surface of your car as an advertising space.
What is a ‘colour change’ wrap?
Colour change is the same process of covering a vehicle in vinyl, but used purely to change the colour. More often than not, it involves the application of a coloured vinyl, as opposed to a digitally printed vinyl which would be used to display graphics. There are hundreds of colours and textures to choose from.
What are the benefits of car wrapping?
– Keep your car but change the colour
– Change the colour as often as you like
– Cheaper than a respray
– Protect your paintwork, adding value when you come to sell
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– Sell your car with in its original colour
– Easily achieve a matte finish
How much does it cost?
A full wrap on a hatchback will start from £995 + VAT. The cost will increase with size, complexity of the design and the material choice. We never compromise on any aspect of the wrapping process and we take the utmost care when working on your vehicle.
What is the difference between a ‘full wrap’ and a ‘partial wrap’?
A full wrap refers to a wrap that completely covers the vehicle in vinyl. A partial wrap (or half wrap) refers to a wrap that is not fully covered. For instance, if you were to advertise your business on the rear door and rear side panels of your van, it would be referred to as a partial wrap. If the advert covered the entire vehicle (excluding the windows), it would be called a full wrap.
How does the vinyl actually stay on? Is it glued?
The vinyl, which comes on a roll, has a backing that peels off – much like a sticker. The back of the vinyl adheres to the panels of your vehicle, giving a perfectly smooth, tactile finish.
Is a car wrap permanent?
Car wraps are not permanent. Most vinyls have a life-span of approximately five years.
Is it easy to remove?
It’s not a doddle to remove a vinyl wrap, after all it needs to withstand all weather together with the daily stresses and strains of being on the road. Generally, the longer the vinyl has been in place, the longer it will take to remove. Nonetheless, vinyl is designed to be a form of paint protection and therefore the process of removal will not damage your paintwork – assuming the paintwork was in a good condition when the vinyl was applied.
Will the vinyl damage my paintwork?
If your paintwork is of a good standard when the wrap is applied, then the vinyl will not damage your paintwork.
Will a vinyl wrap cover rust, chips and scuffs?
No – a vinyl wrap will not hide the imperfections of your paintwork. The vinyl itself is very thin and so defects such as chips, key lines, rust and poor paintwork will show through.
What is the cost for having a wrap removed?
The cost of removing a wrap starts at £495 + VAT. For an accurate quotation we would need to see the condition of the vehicle in person.
Why a wrap and not a respray?
A wrap is intended to be a short-term solution to colour change. A respray on the other hand, is very permanent. A wrap allows you to enjoy your car in any given colour, but then remove the wrap if you wish, for example, to re-sell it in the original paintwork. For instance, it would be easier to sell a red Ferrari than a blue one.
Can I wrap individual parts of my vehicle?
Yes you can. Bonnets and roofs are a popular choice for wrapping individually. For a really customised look, we recommend “dipping” parts such as wing mirrors, trims, knobs, handles, grills, mud guards and more.
How soon after a respray can you apply a vinyl wrap?
We don’t recommend applying a wrap for at least 12 months after a respray.
Will a wrap affect my insurance premium?
This is down to the individual insurer and whether or not they deem a wrap to be a modification. We recommend checking with your insurer first to see what their policy is.
Do I need to inform the DVLA if I have a colour change wrap?
Yes – it is a legal requirement to inform the DVLA of a colour change. The process involves updating your registration certificate (V5C).
Have a question that we haven’t answered here? Give us a call on 0844 880 5380.