What to do if Your Car Wrap is Peeling

30 Mar 2021 Vinyl Wraps

A vinyl car wrap can be an attractive and professional-looking choice for businesses and independent contractors. This professional appeal can quickly disappear, however, if your wrap is peeling or heavily damaged. If you are wondering what to do if your car wrap is peeling, the team at Wrap Guys America can help. Whether your wrap requires a small or large fix, it is best to leave it to a professional as a failed repair can only make the problem worse. In addition to getting your peeling wrap fixed properly, it is important to understand why vinyl can start to peel and how to avoid it.

Why Car Wraps Can Start to Peel

Car wraps can start to peel for a variety of reasons. Many of these issues arise from improper installation, but some wraps start to peel due to poor care or vehicle damage. Car wraps can start to peel due to:

  • Greasy or dirty paint at the time of installation. Vinyl wraps should only be applied to thoroughly cleaned and degreased paint to ensure consistently strong adhesion.
  • Scratches, dents, or rust at the time of installation. A vinyl wrap will only amplify these issues by bubbling or starting to peel where scratches and dents are located.
  • Impacts or stone chips while driving. Though a vinyl wrap is durable, it can be damaged by a significant impact or stone chip. This is especially true for vehicles that are often driven on the highway.
  • Damage or scratching from a gas pump or electric charger. Ensure that you are carefully inserting and removing these objects every time they are used.

Things to Avoid

To maximize the usable life of your vehicle wrap, there are many mistakes to avoid when washing a vinyl car wrap or maintaining it. These include:

  • Car wash facilities. Automatic and manual car wash facilities often utilize a higher water pressure than vinyl can handle. It is best to stick to cleaning your vehicle by hand if it has been wrapped.
  • Avoid cleaning products with an oil base, degreasers, and solvents. Warm soapy water or waterless wash products tend to work best.
  • Waxing, buffing, and polishing. A vinyl wrap can be matte, glossy, or metallic at the time of installation without the use of these products. Wax or polish can damage a wrap or make it age faster, reducing durability.

If your car wrap is starting to peel, it is important to have it inspected by a professional like the team at Wrap Guys America. Contact them by phone at 1-360-329-5413 or through their online contact form to speak to an expert. They will work with you to answer any questions and deliver the perfect solution for your vinyl car wrap.