What does the wrap process entail?
After you contact us, we will provide an estimate for your wrap as accurate as possible. Once a final price is agreed upon, we require a half-down deposit. Typically, within 3-5 business days of the deposit, our Art Department will provide you with the initial proof of the art layout for your wrap. Once the art proof is approved, we will then produce the wrap and install it on the scheduled date.
How long does a vehicle wrap last?
Typically, a wrap lasts around 3-5 years. The amount of sun exposure and the care taken of the wrap are what ultimately determine the lifespan. You will normally see about 3 years lifespan on horizontal surfaces such as the roof, hood, and trunk. The vertical surfaces, like the sides of the car, get far less direct sunlight and therefore seem to last longer, somewhere around 5 years is common. A vehicle wrap is similar to a leather interior, where the material will last longer with proper care and cleaning, and can start to dry out and crack if no care is taken. There are also products like wrap wax made by 3M that can help to increase the longevity of the wrap even further, however the 3-5 year estimate is the general expectation given by the manufacturer themselves. Furthermore, 3M is the leader in vehicle wrap vinyl and has some of the highest-quality materials on the market, so if you receive an estimate longer than 5 years for a vehicle wrap, you’re likely being given untrue information.
You can review the 3M product bulletins with more information here.
How much does a wrap cost?
Wrap prices can vary greatly depending on the amount of coverage needed and the size of the vehicle. We can keep it as basic as simple cut-vinyl lettering, go bigger with a partial wrap that covers only a portion of the vehicle, or even go all-out with a full wrap that covers the entire vehicle and even mirrors and door handles. The average cost on a commercial-style full wrap (such as those for advertising a business) is around $2,000-$3,000 total. These wraps do not normally include extras like mirrors or door handles, and are geared primarily at advertisement. The average cost on a custom-style wrap (such as a color-change on a personal vehicle) ranges from $3,000 and up. These wraps can get very intricate and include many different options and even vinyl types, all of which change the pricing. Because every vehicle is different, we are only able to provide more accurate quotes in-person!
How clean does my vehicle need to be for the installation of my wrap?
All vehicles need to be wash 24 hours prior to the scheduled installation. We do have a cleaning charge if your vehicle must be washed by AGWraps personnel before wrap installation. Vehicles should be free of all dirt and grime, including along edges like inside door jambs and around window trim—these are the areas that are likely to cause the most issues! It is also a good idea to clay bar your vehicle’s troublesome areas; this helps stubborn road grime to be removed that cannot otherwise be easily removed by just washing the vehicle. We also ask that you do not wax the vehicle prior to the installation because wrap vinyl will not adhere to wax and we will have to remove the wax which will be an additional cleaning charge.
You can review our full vehicle prep guide here.
Can I wash and wax my vehicle wrap?
Yes! In fact, we recommend handwashing and using 3M’s spray wrap wax on your vehicle wrap to help extend the life. Most of our wraps can be cleaned and cared for like a standard factory paintjob. You do need to refrain from using automated car washes or high-pressure water sprayers because these can damage or scratch the wrap or even cause the wrap to fail.
You can review our post-wrap care guide here.
What type of warranty do your wraps have?
We mainly use all-3M products, most of which carry a manufacturer’s warranty of two years for horizontal surfaces and five years on vertical surfaces. We also back this personally with our own one-year installation warranty, which ensures the installation of your wrap was done properly and it covers installation issues such as bubbles, lifting, peeling, fingering, and other installation defects. We stand behind what we do and we want to hear from you on any issues you may have so we can correct them, ensure you’re satisfied, and continue to improve our techniques and skills!
You can review the 3M product bulletins with more information here.
How long will you need my vehicle?
For most wraps, around 3 days total is typical. We can do wraps much quicker under the right circumstances, however there are some factors to consider. We are able to install most wraps in 6-12 hours, but the vehicle is required to stay in our climate-controlled shop for at least 12 hours after installation to allow the wrap to settle—without this post-installation period, our installation warranty is void. We usually like to have the vehicle dropped off the day before installation by noon so that we have time to prep the vehicle properly. The following day after installation we use for reinstalling any parts removed for the wrap as well as performing our complete quality inspection to ensure it’s ready for pick up.
Can a vehicle wrap be removed?
Yes, our wraps can be removed with no damage to the paint, as long as the paint job is factory or a professional job. We offer wrap removal and, since every vehicle and wrap is different, the pricing is based on how long it takes to remove. A wrap that is less than 4 years old is considered an “easy” removal, and is likely to take less time than older wraps. Most removals for these wraps take on average 3-4 hours for a trained professional.
Will a wrap damage my paint?
A wrap should not damage your vehicle’s paint, a wrap will help to protect and preserve the paint and in some cases the manufacture of the vehicle or the manufacture of the vinyl will cover the cost of repairs.
Can you wrap unpainted or primed vehicles?
No, primer and bare surfaces are not recommended for wrapping. We have found in the past that these surfaces have a very high failure rate and we suggest having them painted by a professional first. Bondo and unpainted fiberglass are also poor surfaces for wrapping unless they are painted. Wrap vinyl likes to stick to smooth, glossy, painted surfaces best.
What if I need to update information on my wrap?
We can update your graphics, phone numbers, websites, logos, etc. if your company information were to change. We will update the design then reprint and reinstall the new wrap panels. Standard charges will apply.
What is the best base color for a vehicle that will be wrapped?
Most professionals prefer a black vehicle because black helps to hide any areas that don’t match the wrap. Any base color on a vehicle can be wrapped, but black seems to work the best. If you have a base color other than black, try to design your wrap with colors that will compliment your base color just in case it can’t all be “covered” easily.
How is a wrap designed?
Our in-house staff of designers specialize in vehicle wrap design. They work with the client throughout the process to ensure that the message conveyed in the design accurately and appropriately reflects that of the company, product or person. Final proofs, mockups, and explanations are always reviewed prior to sending the job to print.