Eye-catching paint jobs and vinyl wraps have become more popular amongst luxury vehicle owners in recent years. If you decide to take the plunge and get a vehicle wrap for your car, it will certainly turn heads and make you stand out from the crowd – but how long does a car wrap typically last? If carried out by specialists fully trained in vehicle wrapping, you can expect it to last for around five years, so long as you look after your vehicle properly. Allow us to talk you through how to maintain your car wrap and suggest ways to increase its lifespan.
Factors that affect how long your car wrap will last
- Excessive sun exposure
Leaving your car out on the road every day can have a detrimental impact, as the high temperature can lead to discolouration, shrink the vinyl, and cause cracks to appear. This could reduce the lifespan of the wrap to just two years.
- Careful washing
Frequent car washes are important if you want to keep your vehicle looking its best, but it is essential to treat vinyl car wraps differently to the original paint job during the cleaning process. You should change your approach when washing to avoid damaging your wrap.
- Professional installation
The quality of installation can also be a significant factor in how long your vinyl wrap lasts. If not properly installed, you may see signs of wear very quickly, with certain areas starting to peel, or dirt and dust finding a way between the wrap and your vehicle’s paintwork.
- Frequent usage
Usage is also a common reason why car wraps will have a shorter lifespan. Regular use can reduce the life expectancy of your wrap by a couple of years. However, with reduced usage and sun exposure, wraps have been known to last up to seven years, although this will also depend on the type you opt for.
How can I look after my car wrap?
- You can reduce the danger of sun damage by simply parking your vehicle in a spot out of direct sunlight, such as under a tree or in your garage. This takes minimal effort but can make a huge difference to the lifespan of your vehicle wrap.
- During the washing process, it is important that you use more delicate methods to avoid causing damage. Non-abrasive soft sponges or rags are recommended, and you should avoid using pressure washers to prevent the vinyl peeling.
- Ensure you use a reputable installer, a good gauge of this is usually in customer reviews and reputation. You will want to ensure that you have your wrap installed correctly and with all necessary steps taken so that lifespan is maximised.
Here at Supercar Service, we are a trusted installer of high-quality wraps for a wide range of luxury vehicles. We have a number of different finishes available, and our wraps offer complete paint protection so that the original paintwork underneath is not affected in any way. Whether you are looking for a simple colour scheme, or something more eye-catching, we can cater to any requirement you may have. Regardless of the luxury vehicle you own, you can expect a consistently high standard from our expert team. To find out about the range of wraps available to you or to get booked in with us, give us a call on 0203 701 5756 or email email@example.com.