Common Mistakes Made When Placing Car Wraps

Vinyl wraps are a fantastic way to advertise for your business, but when you’re doing it on your personal car (or even a vehicle that you’re still working to pay off), you want to make sure that the application process is done correctly. Here at Autobahn Collision Center, we know just how careful one needs to be to keep the exterior of a vehicle intact and beautiful. With that being said, it’s unfortunate just how many cars we’ve seen in our auto body shop that have had vinyl wraps placed (and removed) incorrectly. That’s why, in today’s blog post, our team is going to go over a few of the most common mistakes that are made when it comes to vinyl car wraps. Let’s get started.


Peeling the Edges

A sign that the vinyl wrap on your car was not placed well is edges that aren’t sticking to the vehicle. Often, this means that the car wasn’t fully cleaned of all the oil, debris, and dust that so often sit on the surface of our vehicles. Because of that, the vinyl isn’t going to stick the same. Another reason that the edges of your vinyl wrap could be lifted is because there are air bubbles that weren’t worked out. With that air sitting between the vinyl and the car, it’s inevitable that it starts to shift, thus creating a break between the adhesive and the car — more often than not, this happens around the edges.

Poor Fitting

The intention of a vinyl wrap is for it to fit snug against the exterior of your car so that it serves as a second skin. Unfortunately, a common mistake that we see made with vinyl wraps is poor fitting. This can show up in the form of air bubbles that haven’t been removed, thus leaving the wrap a bit saggy on the exterior of your car. Another way that we see this is through poor trimming, meaning that the vinyl wrap is hanging off the exterior of the car and wasn’t trimmed close enough to the vehicle.

Both of these mishaps are incredibly disappointing. Not only do they leave the vinyl wrap looking like a DIY project, but they certainly don’t make the first impression that such an expensive piece of marketing should.

Stretched Too Thin

On the flip side of our prior point, there are also vinyl wraps that are stretched too thin, which leaves images and wording completely distorted. Though it may not seem like a huge problem, having a vinyl wrapped stretched too thin can also lead to cracks in the wrap over time, which again is far from the ideal outcome of such an expensive form of marketing.

Vinyl wraps are designed to fit like a glove — so if it’s overstretched or hanging off, you know that it wasn’t a professional that put the wrap on the car.

Unfortunate Placement

When placing a wrap, it’s up to the professional to consider what the placement is going to look like and provide some consult on how the wrap will look in the end. Even though that’s how it should be, that’s not always the case. There are countless times where the most important information is placed right on top of the door, leading it to be broken up and difficult to read. The same can be said about logos, business names, phone numbers, images, and the like.

If you have a vinyl wrap placement that just doesn’t make sense, don’t feel as though you’re stuck with it and have to drive it around that way. Work with the professionals at Autobahn Collision Center in Torrance to create a new wrap that will do the job infinitely better.

Trust Autobahn Collision Center with Your Vinyl Wrap

When it comes to the exterior of your vehicle, you absolutely want to have a professional tackling the job. The team at Autobahn Collision Center in Torrance have years of experience working on the exterior of cars in our auto body shop. So, when you’re in need of a vinyl placed or removed, look no further than our team of dedicated car detailing experts.

For a quote on any auto body service that you’re interested in, contact our office. We would be happy to answer any questions or provide you with additional information.