Truck graphics almost never involve wrapping the entire vehicle. Most times, we will wrap the box or body of the truck. The cab and doors are completed using cut graphics to include the ownership of the truck and any DOT requirements. When we wrap a box truck, we always work each rivet. By heating the vinyl over the rivet and working the vinyl so it lays tightly against the truck, we minimize the potential of “tenting”. Tenting occurs on all wraps and is caused when the vinyl releases from the rivets. This happens because the wall of the box and the rivets are different material and because the rivets increase the amount of stress on the vinyl.
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About Truck Graphics
Don’t drive your company vehicle down the road unmarked. When we see service vehicles going unnoticed we see a loss of impression on potential customers. Show the public that you take your customer service seriously by letting them know you are on the road to deliver a better experience! There are two different ways to apply fleet or truck graphics. One is to print complete panels of vinyl and wrap the vehicle. The other is to use cut graphics. Both are used regularly and the ultimate decision is really design specific. Be aware that not all parts of the vehicle may be included with a low price wrap job. For example, the wrap price may not include the roof, side mirrors, or any performance parts like spoilers or scoops (for a car). On a commercial vehicle it’s important to understand how the vehicle will be prepped. Normally we ask for all vehicles to be washed prior to drop off. We then wipe down the surfaces with alcohol to make sure that nothing will inhibit the attachment of the vinyl to the surface of the vehicle.
It is also important that you know what type of vinyl is being used on your vehicle. There are a number of very cheap, imported materials that do not hold up to the weather. Demand a premium grade wrap vinyl with an optically clear laminate. It is also important to know how long has your designer been designing vehicle graphics packages? With experience comes the knowledge of where to place certain design elements to make sure that they deliver the maximum visual impact. Also, who is installing the wrap? Is it a $10/hour assistant or is it the designer that created your design. As vehicle wraps continually prove to be an effective form of advertising, more shops have entered the business. To keep costs down, they hire unskilled workers to quickly handle wraps. High quality, professional wrap jobs require incredible attention to detail. This means that for your vehicle to look its best, even the most experienced installers need to take their time to do the job right. If someone promises you a wrap in a really fast turnaround time, chances are you won’t be impressed by the final result.
Truck Graphics FAQ
Does it matter how the vehicle is prepared?
Yes. Before any vinyl is applied, a Vehicle must be cleaned thoroughly, dried, and wiped down with solvent in order to remove all traces of dirt and wax. Otherwise, the vinyl won’t properly stick – creating areas that don’t look finished and won’t last as long. Certain parts on the vehicle need to be removed and wrapped separately to get a professional, finished look. Discount wrap price quotes probably won’t include the proper vehicle preparation and disassembly.
Is the type and brand of material important?
YES! Lower quality vinyl creates more errors, doesn’t look as good, and won’t last as long. Many wrap companies promise brand names like Avery and 3M trying to make you think you are buying the best quality vinyl and laminates. Though those two brands offer the best vehicle wrap material, they make several grades of vinyl, ranging from performance to economy lines. So if your low price car wrap quote says Avery or 3M, chances are you aren’t getting their best material. Or, you might not be given 3M products at all. You might not initially notice the difference, but soon enough you’ll see bubbles, tearing, and color fading. So make sure to ask for your vinyl by brand and product number. No matter what, make sure you get proof that the products you asked and paid for were actually installed on your car.
Who is installing the graphics?
As truck graphics continually prove to be an effective form of advertising, more shops have entered the business. To keep costs down, they hire unskilled workers to quickly handle wraps. High quality, professional car wrap jobs require incredible attention to detail. This means that for your vehicle to look its best, even the most experienced installers need to take their time to do the job right. If someone promises you a really fast turnaround time, chances are you won’t be impressed by the final result. Details matter.