Vinyl wraps can change the look of your commercial vehicle, adding unique branding, contact information and a professional feel to your hardworking van – but it’s the prep work that makes the difference for a flawless, long-lasting and eye-catching finish. One of the simplest ways to expedite the process of installing commercial van wrap is to start by giving it a good clean so you can see if there’s any rust, dent or scratch that needs to be fixed.
Prep work that is required to fit a commercial van Wrap
Even the best vinyl wrap isn’t going to stick to a panel if it’s dirty, dusty or rusty. It needs a smooth clean surface in order for it to stick for an extended period of time. It’s best getting a wrap installed so that you can take a look and see if there are any problems that could affect the finish. The experts do a really thorough cleaning process that’s more thorough than what you’d do with a car wash.
First, they wash the van with mild and non-scrubbing detergent and let it dry. Later they clean out all dirt, oil or grime that has accrued under the bonnet or in tire wells until it gets clean. Then, dust off loose particles from the van using solvent and clay bar resin to eradicate minor contaminants such as sap and bitumen. To wipe down the vehicle they use a solvent so as to get rid of leftover dust. By using a clay bar resin on microfiber cloth they remove small contaminants like sap and bitumen.
First of all, before any of that can happen, rust needs to be taken care of, dents or grooves need to be repaired and made flat and smooth. Most of the time this is done with some filler if the variations are minor but in the case of large areas of damage or big dents, it might require a bit more prep work.
Do I need to repair body work damage before doing the van wrap?
Even though you could clean and get your vehicle geared up, it’s normally fine to permit the professionals to deal with it. Even a small mistake, like using wax after it’s been wiped clean, can cause issues. Slippery wax can have an effect on how much dust sticks to the vinyl, so it needs to be taken off. The biggest trouble is that if there is rust or paintwork that’s starting to peel. It will stop the van wrap from sticking properly to the bodywork.
The vinyl is super thin and flexible, so it won’t cover any dents in your bodywork. If you want your van to look good, it’s best to clean it up before you apply the vinyl. Vinyl sticks close to the surface of the car, so any minor differences like paint bubbles will be visible. Spraying the rust is usually enough to make up for any irregularities for a smooth panel, but if your car is really rusty it may not be worth it. If you have any questions or doubts about how your commercial vehicle will look after your vinyl wrap, just contact one of the technicians from All Signs And Prints they will be happy to help with van graphics for advertising.