Is a vehicle graphics wrap a DIY project?

Seems like you can do just about anything yourself now days, watch a few online videos and you’re off and running… I was just looking at some videos on vehicle wraps, car wraps, and truck wraps, and some brave souls attempting to do it all by themselves. I’ve got to admit that it’s tempting to tackle big jobs yourself and being able tell your friends of your accomplishment. On the other hand, unless you have a lot of time and patience on your hands, some extra cash to buy the proper tools, and a friend or two to help you out during the process, you might want to find something other than a vehicle wrap as a DIY project.

Installation of wrap vinyl can prove to be a difficult and frustrating task. If not done correctly a vehicle wrap will look extremely amateur and unprofessional. It’s very easy to mess up when cutting around the cracks, body panels, wheel wells, fuel doors, and crevasses of the car. Other DIY struggles with a vehicle wrap include removal of all air bubbles, and stretching the wrap vinyl to the point of discoloration of the print. The ability to conform vehicle wrap vinyl into contours and concave areas of the vehicle’s body panels is a skill that comes from specialized training and years of experience.

A clean, climate-controlled facility is also a key element to a successful vehicle graphic wrap install – too warm, and the vinyl will be too soft. Too cold, and you’ll likely have issues with the vinyl becoming brittle and even cracking, rather than stretching. Of course, having a clean indoor facility makes sense – ever dropped an adhesive-backed decal or bumper sticker on bare ground and try to clean off the dirt? …you get the idea!

Let the team here at Connecting Signs in Fort Collins help you out with your vehicle graphics wrap project. It’s true you can’t say you did it yourself, but we’ll keep you involved every step of the way. From working your personal touch and ideas in with the design, to professional advice in the type of vinyl and laminates that will work best. You will end up with a professional vehicle wrap that you can be proud of!