We get it, accidents happen. Even though vinyl wraps protect your vehicles from the elements, a fender-bender or run-in with a high curb can even gouge or scratch high quality Avery Dennison or 3M vinyl wraps. Don’t worry – Prima Graphics makes it simple for you to make your car wrap look like new again.
If you need one of your wrapped company vehicles repaired, you’ve come to the right place. This guide shows you how to repair a vehicle wrap using the process Prima Graphics’ wrap experts use to repair our clients’ vehicles.
1. Clean up the area
Chances are that the damage came with some dirt and shrapnel (especially with Greater Vancouver’s rainy weather). Before you fix your car wrap scratch or gouge, it’s important to make sure the surface is clean so the new wrap film can adhere properly. Grab a microfiber towel, mix some soap and water, and clean off any debris, wax, or grease in the damaged area.
2. Remove the damaged sections
Now that the area around the wrap damage is clean, it’s time to remove the wounded vinyl. To get started with this wrap removal, apply some wet sandpaper to a sanding block. With the area still wet, sand the area in light, horizontal motions.
3. Clean again and dry
Once the old wrap is removed from the affected section(s), clean the area again using the same technique as before. Once all the sanded material is gone, dry it with a clean microfiber towel.
4. Apply the vinyl patch
Using the same vinyl as before, measure a section that will cover the hole and overlap the existing wrap around it. Cut the vinyl, remove the backing, and use your hands to apply it to the vehicle. We find it works best to start in the middle and smooth it on with up-and-down motions. This will help to remove any air bubbles so the repaired and replaced wrap looks seamless.
5. Seal the vinyl patch
To complete the surgery, the last step is to bond the vinyl to the vehicle. Using a heat gun (or a hair dryer alternatively), heat the replacement wrap to make sure it adheres fully to vehicle. It might require a little extra heat for curved or creased surfaces.
And that’s it! Your wrap might show minor scarring, but it will look significantly better than before and come at a far lower cost than replacing the entire wrap.
If a more serious collision has damaged the painted surface of your vehicle, the job might require some extra work at the auto repair shop. Once the original paint has been touched up, you will want to find out how long it takes for the paint to cure. (Note that this is different than the paint drying on the surface and refers to the paint hardening and bonding to the vehicle.) When the new paint is fully cured, the vinyl vehicle wrap can then be prepared.
In any case, Prima Graphics’ team of professionals is ready to help you restore your damaged vinyl vehicle wraps. We will assess the damage, give you a free quote, and get the job done quickly and effectively.
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Prima Graphics is a Vancouver, BC based company with 16 years of experience in custom vehicle fleet wraps. We help brands to maximize the impact of vehicle advertising, leaving a lasting impression on potential customers. Along with our eye-catching custom graphic designs and attention to detail, we also pride ourselves in our knowledge of branding and marketing.
To uphold our promise of high quality, Prima Graphics uses industry-leading 3M and Avery Dennison vinyl wraps, guaranteed to last at least 9 years. Always putting our customers first, we offer budget flexibility through partial wraps, full wraps and vehicle decals.
Want to learn how your business can advertise with fleet wraps? Contact us today to get a free quote!