10 Most Common Questions About Vehicle Wraps

When it comes to wrapping your fleet, a million and one questions can up before the first vehicle is even wrapped. To make the process easier for you, we gathered the top 10 most common questions and provided some answers to better prepare you for wrapping your fleet. 

1. Do I have to wash my vehicle before installation?
washing a vehicle that has been wrapped
Yes. Vehicles must be free of dust, mud, wax, oil, protective type products, and other agents that may prevent the vinyl from adhering to the vehicle surface during the installation process. The vehicle surface temperature must be at least 60°F. If vehicle is not cleaned prior to installation drop off, customer will be charged cleaning fee of $100 per vehicle.

Please keep in mind, we highly recommend NOT to pressure wash the vehicle after installation of the vinyl. Some pressure washers can potentially lift up the vinyl because of improper use of the water pressure. The wrap is an investment to your marketing and advertising strategy and thus it should be protected. Check out these tips to keep your wraps looking brand new.

2. How do you remove vehicle wraps?
Removing the wrap will not cause damage to the paint, as long as the paint is in good condition. We do not recommend uninstalling the wrap yourself, as this could cause damage to the vehicle’s paint.

3. Can you wrap a car with paint scratches, dents or rust?
Dents and scrapes show through
It is not recommended to wrap a vehicle with imperfections. Because of the way the vinyl film is applied, it will contour to the imperfections of the vehicle and will not last as long. 

4. How is the wrap produced?
Every vehicle wrap we sell is manufactured at the VMS main campus. You can learn about all of our capabilities here. 

5. How long does the process take?
VMS Zund operator overseeing the finishing process

The majority of the time spent is on the development of the vehicle graphics design concept. The length of this depends directly on how much direction and input you provide as well as your response time. However, we can have concepts to you in just a couple of days. After the graphic stage is finalized, we enter production. This takes a few days. We print and let the media used dry. We then laminate followed by cutting. Then we move to the final stage, installation. This will take between 1 & 3 days depending on graphic size, vehicle type and, of course, scheduling.

6. How long do vehicle wraps last?
According to 3M and Avery Dennison, a wrap can last between 7 to 10 years on the vehicle depending on  the quality of vehicle wrap materials being used, the experience of the installer and if the vehicle is properly prepped prior to installation. 

7. How long does it take to install a vehicle wrap?VMS vehicle wrap installerVMS recommends a three-day installation period for vehicle wrap and graphics installation. Vehicles must be dropped off at VMS installation facility by 3:00pm the day before scheduled installation. Three days gives adequate time for vehicle preparation, installation and graphics adhesion.

8. How much does a vehicle wrap cost?
Wrap prices vary depending on how much of the vehicle will be wrapped. We can create anything from simple vinyl lettering to a full vehicle wrap. Our wrap division will help design graphics to meet any budget. 

9. Will you provide color and art proofs prior to printing?
VMS Graphic DesignersYes. We will not print anything until you are completely satisfied with your design and have physically approved the design and color proof. We know color and consistency matter to your brand and will work with you to ensure that your vehicle matches your vision.

10. Where is the wrap installed?
Depending on where you are located, we have an eight thousand square foot installation facility where all local vehicle fleet wraps are installed. If you are located outside of the Northeast Ohio region, we have a network of 250 PDAA installers across the country that can take of installations. 

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