Choosing a vinyl wrap for your East Sussex business is one of the smartest marketing decisions you can make. An eye-catching design combined with premium quality vinyl results in hundreds of thousands of low cost impressions per year. But how do you ensure that you get the best out of your car graphics? Follow our handy pre-wrap checklist and your vehicle will be perfectly prepared for its new vehicle livery.

Before you start

Before you take your vehicle in for a wrap, make sure you take a series of photographs of the body, including any areas of rust and damage which can affect the adhesion of the wrap.

The best and most seamless designs are those that are created specifically for your make and model of vehicle. If you know of any modifications or customisations to the body work, you’ll need to make a note of them and let your designer and installer know.

Problems that could affect the design will cost you time and money, so get them sorted before you attend your design consultation.

Strip it down

Can you remove your vehicle’s trim and mirrors? If so, then now’s the time to do it. This results in a much smoother and more professional looking finish to your installation.

If you have any doubts about removing mouldings and other exterior trim, consult your garage. It may be that these pieces can be easily damaged and it’s therefore more cost-effective to leave them in place.

Clean it up

If you do have rust patches on your vehicle, have them repaired if possible, before installing vehicle livery. This part of the preparation phase is the most time-consuming, but it’s also essential that you get it right for the most professional end result.

Every part of your vehicle’s surface must be clean and wax free, so you’ll need to have your car thoroughly cleaned the day before it’s wrapped. Steam cleaning is a great way to make sure your vehicle has been thoroughly cleaned, but you’ll also need to use a proprietary wax remover to ensure that no traces of wax remain. This must be done with great attention to detail, but your installer may do this for you.

Finally, your vehicle needs a thorough rub down with alcohol. That’s to remove any traces of dirt or adhesive if you’ve previously had a car or van wrap. This will also remove any final traces of the solution used to remove the wax.

Why is vehicle livery preparation so important?

The smallest speck of dust can have disastrous consequences for your car wrap. Dirt can cause the adhesive to fail, which results in the vinyl lifting away from the surface of your vehicle.

Those tiny areas where the vinyl has lifted can allow water to get under the wrap and cause the entire thing to fail – and that means a wasted investment in vehicle signwriting design and installation.

Ask the professionals

Vehicle preparation is a critical part of your vehicle livery installation. At Vehicle Sign Writing, we offer a professional vinyl wrap installation service that lets you optimise your return on investment and gives you the peace of mind of knowing your vinyl wrap has been professionally dealt with. Get in touch to see what a difference we can make.