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7 frequently asked questions about vehicle wraps.

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Answers to your top 7 vehicle wrap FAQs.
  • What is a car wrap?
A vehicle wrap is a coloured graphic film that is applied directly to your vehicle by a graphics installer. It’s an easy way to add accents to your vehicle, or change the colour completely.
  • What vehicle wrap options are available?
Vehicle wrap design options are almost limitless. For example, 3M™ Print Wrap Film Series 1080 comes in more than 100 colours and a variety of texture options, including brushed, carbon fibre, matte, satin and gloss. You can either choose a single colour or finish, or layer them for a custom combination. If you’re not sure how to choose one, you can use the 3M Customizer to virtually “try on” vehicle wraps before you buy.
  • How much does a custom car wrap cost?
While costs range from a few hundred dollars for accents to a few thousand dollars for a full vehicle wrap, the final tally depends on your specific needs. This includes the size of the vehicle, how much of the vehicle is being wrapped, the film you select, the complexity of the processing, and installation.
  • How long can a car wrap last?
You should expect your car wrap to last roughly five to seven years, depending on the finish and proper maintenance.
3M Wrap Film 1080 – SP281 Satin Flip Psychedelic

  • Can you wrap a car with paint scratches, dents or rust?
Car wrap film is thin and flexible, which allows it to conform beautifully to the contours of your vehicle. So while it can be applied over imperfections, like paint chips, be aware that it will conform to them – not cover them. Before spending the time and money to wrap a damaged or rusted vehicle, I recommend repairing it first.
  • How do I take care of a car wrap?
Keeping your vehicle wrap clean will help preserve its appearance. Car wraps can be washed: you can take the vehicle through a brushless car wash or hand wash. Hand waxing your vehicle wrap will also help protect it.
  • Will removing the vehicle wrap damage the paint?
When used, applied, maintained and removed according to 3M’s instructions and within the product’s 3M Warranty Period, 3M™ Print Wrap Film Series 1080 should not damage an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) paint finish upon removal.
1080 Shadow Military Green vehicle wrap

Learn more about car wraps from 3M.


Is a "wrap" permanent or can it be removed at a later date? Also, does it damage the paint?

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I have a Black Rose 2017 Stingray and had the 3M clear wrap installed on the entire front end, hood, full fenders, headlights, mirrors and grill facia. The wrap looks great with no seams as with partial wraps. With 21k miles, I have hit the usual rocks, airborne debris, etc, and the bra has either deflected or absorbed those missiles, thereby protecting the paint as expected. But, the little missiles have caused scratches and small cuts in the 3M material. I was wondering if anyone has found a way to remove these small scratches, cuts and blemishes from the bra material. I was told by the installer when I had it done that these types of blemishes are removable with a heat gun. I am a little hesitant to try this myself. Have any of you tried this, and do you have a solution? Thanks in advance. Phil
 

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It depends on how bad it is as to taking a hair dryer or heat gun to it. I had lots of divets or marks in front of the rear wheels, both sides. My solution was to replace the piece and add a second smaller piece in the area where the strikes were worse. If you drive the car you will get strikes in this area. When it gets bad i can just go in and replace the smaller piece and
Looks brand new again.

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Thanks 15snow-ray. I agree with you, except that to replace the entire hood wrap would be cost prohibitive. I have replaced the factory wraps in front of the rear wheels, because that area really takes a beating. But the hood and fenders are the issue. Thanks again.
 

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They can remove just the damaged area and replace it but you will then have the seams you didn't want..
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Still looking for someone who has experience with removing cuts and blemishes in 3M clear bras using heat or another method. Thank you.
Unfortunately, I can't help you there. I have heard of the self healing properties of the plastic coatings using a heat gun, but that works to a certain extent, not a cure all. Most of the times, if bad enough, it's replacement time.

This story I heard once, friend of mine was looking at a dealer used C7, but when he got close to it, all the paint was dull, looks like it was sanded with 220 grit. After closer inspection, it was not sanded, it was a total clear protective body wrap, one the detail/prep guys buffed the whole car with compound................ya can't do that. Lesson learned there.
 
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