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HIGH RESOLUTION CAR WRAPS

Does Car-Wraps.com wrap more than cars?

Absolutely! The most important thing for our clients to know is that besides car wraps and vehicle graphics we provide a full range of high resolution digital graphics. From large format banners, to posters, wall graphics, floor graphics, building wraps, signs, trade show display graphics and more.

What's involved in making a car wrap?

A car wrap consists of 3 stages. The first is the conceptual, design and layout stage. The second is the production stage and the third stage is installation. There may even be a forth stage that involves removal of the car wrap if required.

Tell me more about stage one, the design stage.

The car wrap design stage is the most critical part of the process. Communication is key. Expectations, and a thorough understanding of the overall project is a must. The car wrap design should be done with the understanding that images need to be scanned or digital pictures taken at specific resolutions, file types must be adhered to and the design must be scaled to the vehicle. Unless the vehicle is going to be in a design contest we always try to get our clients to focus on the purpose of the car wrap ie. bring in new business, create brand awareness etc. The car wrap is a moving billboard so the message of the car wrap must be instantly understood. Having our clients accept a simple but deliberate design is sometimes difficult but an important step.

Tell me more about stage two, the production stage.

The second stage is where we in essence push the car wrap print button. If everything in stage one is done properly and all the specifications are followed in detail, not much should go wrong in the car wrap production stage. This is the part of the car wrap project where most clients try to cut corners and reduce the overall cost of the car wrap project. Our car wrap quality control policy mandates that our production department print a 4 foot wide layout proof on the car wrap material to be used including the over-laminate. We also print a full size cropped area of thecar wrap for our records so if down the road something needs to be reprinted we have the colors to match to the car wrap.

Tell me more about stage three, the installation stage

The third stage is key and can make or break the deal. A good installer properly trained and given enough time and budget can be worth their weight in gold. An inexperienced installer working at bargain prices may get the car wrap installed in record time but more than likely the car wrap will be full of bubbles, creases, torch burn marks and the vinyl around rivet heads not put down. Not to mention the car wrap is not placed properly on the vehicle per the car wrap ayout. If you want a warranty on your car wrap then either a 3M or a CarWraps.com Certified Installer is required to install your car wrap. At Car-Wraps.com we have an internal list of installers that we know will do the job correctly and have met our standards.

How long does the process take?

That depends on how long stage one takes. We've created a completely new car wrap design in one day, got approvals the following day and had the car wrap installed 3 days later. However, this is not usually the case. The car wrap design stage typically takes the longest. The car wrap production stage takes about 3 days and the installation of the car wrap can take as long as 2 days or as little as a few hours.

What is the standard life of the images printed on vinyl?

Generally four color process has an approximate life of 3 to 5 years exterior. This may depend on weather conditions and if the car wrap has a laminate for protection. Spot color car wraps have a life expectancy or approximate exterior life of 5 to 7 years and also depends upon weather conditions.

What kind of file would be best to send for the best results?

Tiff and Illustrator EPS files are best for printing and Illustrator AI files are best for computerized vinyl cutting. Pay attention to the resolution dpi numbers. Download our file specifications PDF document.

Can we send the file over the Internet?

Yes! This is a great way of sending a file. No courier fees and we can receive the file the same day you send it. Call us for a username and password for our secure FTP server. Be sure to zip or stuff the file before sending to ensure its integrity. You always send us a hard copy color target to color match to.

What is the turn around time once you receive my files?

Depends on the job. If we receive a perfect file that is one that we do not have to edit or assign cut lines there would be a 2 to 4 working day turn around time once we receive the file. Large amounts of editing and complicated images adds many more days with no guarantee of results. Our quality car wrap control policy is to always pre-flight files ahead of time in case there are issues.

 
COMPUTER CUT VINYL GRAPHICS

What is the standard life of vinyl lettering and graphics?

Generally, any 2 mil cast high performance vinyl is good for 5 to 7 years against fading and cracking. 3 mil calendared vinyl is probably good for 3 to 5 years. All this really depends on outdoor weather conditions.

What if my colors are custom and not available?

This is where our computerized cutting system works great. We can print your car wrap color on our digital printing equipment then cut your graphics. Our computerized cutting system can also perform contour cutting normally done by hand.

What kind of file would be best to send for the best results?

Vinyl cutters also known as plotters are vector based machines. Just the opposite of digital printing machines. The files that work for printing will not work for cutting.
Go to our file specifications page.

Can we send the file over the Internet?

Yes! Since most vector files are small in size, this is a great way to get us your files. We will provide you with the ftp address of our server to upload your car wrap files to.

What is the turn around time?

Depends on the job and how many decals we're making. Small orders can be ready in 1 day if we receive a perfect file, that is one that we do not have to edit (file must be received before 9:00 am to qualify). Large amounts of editing and complicated images add many more days with no guarantee of results.

Client Highlight - Big Belly


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Big Belly Solar is one of our clients with a new product being introduced to the market. The solar powered trash compactors are finding their way onto the streets of most major cities. Car-Wraps.com is proud to be their vendor of choice for their roll out.

 

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