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Areas to Avoid When Wrapping Your Vehicle


Vinyl wraps are a great way to improve the aesthetics of a vehicle. If you decide to wrap your car, you might be tempted to wrap every inch of it. However, there are certain areas of a vehicle that should not be wrapped.

Soft rubbery materials:

The soft rubbery material around the windows of your car should not be wrapped. If applied, the film will adhere at first, but will eventually soften and wrinkle. The adhesive can also permanently bond onto the rubbery seals, and leave a stain when you eventually remove the film. In order to avoid this, it is advisable to trim the film around the edge of the window seals.

Unpainted plastic parts:

The unpainted plastic parts of a vehicle can include door handles, side mirrors, and panels. These plastic parts are made out of materials that don’t allow the vinyl to bond well. In general, auto body paint provides the necessary layer of grip for films to bond to. For this reason, you should avoid wrapping parts that are not painted.

Interior of the car:

While there are certain areas of a car interior that can be wrapped, there are other areas that should be avoided. Areas with smooth, hard plastic can be wrapped because these surfaces provide a good bonding surface for the film. In contrast, soft plastic areas should not be wrapped.

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