Why Vehicle Wrap Installations Fail

When properly installed vehicle wraps can be durable, attractive and very effective in serving their purpose. Nowadays, vehicle wraps are quite popular among small business owners who are in need of an effective yet inexpensive form of advertisement. A good number of people have the impression that the vehicle wrap installation process is easy. Although the finished work may look relatively simple, the installation process is very complex. There are a lot of things that could go wrong and most jobs go wrong at the first attempt. So, why do vehicle wrap installation fail?

Lack of proper training

There is a saying that says humans learn by trial and error and this is quite true. Most vehicle wrap installation failures occur because of lack of experience on the installer’s part. Common failures include poor trims, bubbles under the letters, wrinkles vinyl not adhering and improper placement of the wrap. Inexperienced installers do not know how to place the adhesive and the vinyl to come up with a good finish. This is the reason why you should always go for experienced professionals.

Unprepared surface

Failure to prepare the surface before applying vinyl is one of the reasons why vehicle wrap installations fail. Preparing the surface for vehicle wrapping is not just cleaning the vehicle with water and soap. No, it involves the removal of all dirt and oil and any other road debris that might be stuck on the surface. Any lingering dirt on the surface will prevent the adhesive from working effectively and it will show through the graphics installation.

Failure to Post-heat after the installation

Vehicle wrap vinyl is made from PVC. One feature of PVC is that it has a tendency of conforming back to its original state or shape. This means that you may have done everything right but after installing the wrap, the vinyl starts to pull back together. This is where post-heating comes in. pot-heating allows the vinyl to obtain a new stretched form and to stay in place. This is done using a heat gun. Just ensure that you maintain the temperature below the burning point which is around 250 Fahrenheit.


This is among the most common problems that lead to the poor installation of vehicle wraps. This is because vehicles especially big vehicles like buses and tracks have hundreds if discontinuities and varying shapes after every few inches. This means that the installer will have to stretch the material after every few inches to completely cover the remaining areas. Unfortunately, most installers overstretch the material and this causes it to get loose. This will cause wrinkles and peeling of the wrap. This can be avoided by seeking the services of a highly experienced professional.

The best way to avoid all these problems that will lead to vehicle wrap installation failure is by simply seeking the services of an experienced professional installer.