Car wraps are an emerging trend in car customization, with an increasing North American market expected to reach $3.2 billion by 2021. Wrapping enables you to alter the appearance of your car without a long term commitment. Think of it as a virtual tattoo for your car. The vinyl film normally used on body art contains layers of clear coating, protective coating and substrate material and then there are the colours that can be applied to these layers by various methods. There are many types of wraps available.
The most common car wraps are vinyl wraps. A vinyl wrap is created by applying a coloured backing paper over the exterior of the car and then layering a pattern onto this using an imaging application program such as Photoshop. The patterns may include logos, designs or text. These finishes can be combined to create complex designs or just use simple gradients to provide a simple, clean finish.
Another popular style of car wraps is the Heat Gun Wrap. This wrap is completed with a hot air gun application which provides a smooth, glossy finish. The final effect can be quite noisy depending on the speed at which the hot air is shot out. The heat gun may also be required to apply different amounts of heat to achieve different effects.
Heat Gun wraps may be purchased in bulk from some automotive parts retailers. Alternatively a customised version of the heat gun can also be ordered from online sources. Other forms of customisation include changing the shape of car wraps, making them transparent or printing unique images on them. You can also use heat guns to apply a variety of different textures to the covers including embossed or raised bumps, swirls and grooves. This technique requires two or more heat guns to achieve different effects. In fact, it takes much longer to apply bumper covers using heat guns than it does to apply them using other methods.
The advantage of using car wraps is that they give a stunning, high-end look to your vehicle and can help sell it more easily if you decide to sell it. Many people who have their own private transport use wraps to increase the value of their vehicle. If you have your own paint job and you decide to sell your vehicle, having your own paint job will improve its value considerably. However, you must remember that you cannot change the colour of car wraps once they have been applied - you cannot repaint them later either.
There are a number of different companies that supply car wraps. They will often specialise in one particular colour or type of vehicle. It is a good idea to do some research before deciding on a company because not all companies offer the same quality service. It is important to find a company that will work closely with you, especially when it comes to preparing and applying the Carbon Fiber vinyl. This should ensure that you get the best results, so that your vehicle looks as good as possible.