The lowdown on Vinyl wraps and car detailing

What are vinyl wraps?


Car detailing is a necessary part of vehicle care and maintenance if you want your car to look as new as possible long-term. One of the best ways to protect your car’s paint job is with vinyl wraps. Car wraps create a barrier against dirt, sun damage, and other elements that would otherwise damage your clear coat. Not only can vinyl wraps extend the life of your clear coat, they provide an opportunity to customize the vehicle with unique colors or designs. It is recommended that you remove your vinyl wrap once the product’s warranty expires in order for it to remain effective. Car wraps can be easily removed and replaced if desired, allowing you to update your style frequently without damaging your paint job!


The dangers of wraps & PPF


Vinyl wraps can be a great way to give your car a bold new look without the cost of a full paint job. However, if you leave the wrap on your car after the product warranty expires, you are likely to cause serious damage to your vehicle’s clear coat. Vinyl wraps can trap moisture and dirt, which then seep beneath the wrap and create oxidation along your car’s surface. Additionally, over time the adhesive used to attach Vinyl wraps can corrode and degrade any finish it comes in contact with including the clear coat. Therefore, it is important that Vinyl wraps are removed once their product warranties expire to avoid damaging your vehicle’s clear coat. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that most car owners with wrapped cars do not know this. The labor involved in removing an old wrap or PPF (paint protection film) can be massive. In some cases, it can be a much better option to completely opt out of the wrap or PPF if the owner does not follow the warranty instructions. Normal timeframes for removing a wrap or PPF is anywhere from 2-7 years depending on where the vehicle is stored, frequency of use, and type of protection installed.

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