How to paste vinyl decals on car
Pasting of vinyl sticker on Car is not an easy job. It is best left for the experts who have experience in car wrapping.
Allow us to start with a disclaimer, though we will try to do justice with the whole tutorial by giving you point by point to do list and take care points, but in no way we can guarantee the favorable outcome. Even if you are looking at outsourcing this job, you should go through the article, so that you know if the hired professional is following the recommended steps.
Step 1 - Clean the car body where vinyl sticker needs to be applied. Cleaning my mere wet cloth or jet wash is not enough. You should ensure that is cleaned well with the help of wax or clay bar. There should be no residue left after the process. It is important to wait till the whole surface is dried well to ensure no dust or residue set in between sticker and paint surface. Take extra care to clean all the edges and under the bonnet.
Step 2 - Roughly cut the vinyl to the size of the application. Peel off the backing of the vinyl and place it on the panel where it needs to be pasted.
Step 3 - Minimum 2 professional are needed to get the job done. Lift the sticker and get it one side down by one person stretching the vinyl and other pasting it with the help of heat gun. It is important to use heat gun instead of torch as torch applies more heat which can damage sticker permanently. Heat gun should also be used sparsely.
Step 4 - At the time of pasting it is important to take care that no bubble are formed, in case of bubble formation, do the complete exercise once again, remove vinyl and do pasting. Do not try to puncture the bubble. Make habit of 1 person stretching the vinyl and other heating and smoothing.
Step 5 - For difficult areas heat the vinyl and stretch it over. Now cut around the edge of the panel and fold it under the panel of the car. It is advisable to take care of the complex areas like rear mirror, door handles, etc. For full car wrap it is always better to give yourself sufficient time and not to rush the job. Full car wrap can take 2-3 working days for professional workmen.
We at Whizz Prints advise you to go with the professional car wrapping manufacturer for better worry free results. Best in the business is 3M Vinyl which is known world wide for 3M Card wrap 1080 series which is available in more than 100 colors, gradients and styles. Other company that comes to mind is Avery. Average life span for 3M car wrap is 5-7 years.
Car wrapping should not be seen as alternative to fix your paint problem, hide dents scratch etc. Dents and scratches will be visible even after pasting vinyl. Car wrap should be done on original car paint for warranty. It should only be used for factory original paint. All advertising wraps you see these days either in Mumbai & Delhi example of Meru Cabs car branding is on printed graphic car vinyl.
3M vinyl is removable, it can be removed within 3 years of application without any damage to the paint. You should avoid using any pressure washing or mechanical brush after wrapping your car. Hard detergents and abrasive liquids cleaners should also not be used.