DIY Vinyl-Wrap a Car

How to DIY Vinyl-Wrap a Car

Vinyl-wrapping a car is a great way to make it stand out or to use the vehicle in order to promote something and, when it is done right, it can look as good as a new paintjob. However, the process can take quite a long time, even for someone who is experienced with this. If you are looking to undertake this task as a DIY project, it can be done by following these steps.

  • Get the right vinyl. Vinyl is usually available in 25 feet long rolls which measure 60 inches in width and this is enough for one car. However, it should be noted that the amount of vinyl required, as well as the difficulty of the job will vary wildly based on the size and shape of the car. Obviously, the bigger a car is, the more vinyl it will need, but it should also be considered that the more curved surface areas the vehicle has, the harder it will be to vinyl-wrap it.
  • Clean the car. Before the vinyl is applied, the surface of the car needs to be as clean and as smooth as possible in order to allow the vinyl to go on top of it without any creases. All signs of dings, rust, dents and scratches will be noticeable even after the vinyl is applied.
  • Remove the mirrors. It is much easier to simply take them off instead of wrapping around them.
  • Cut the vinyl into sections. Each section should go with a particular panel so this step requires a lot of careful planning in order to make sure that it is done correctly.
  • Place the vinyl. Take each section and remove the backing paper on the vinyl in order to expose the adhesive. Now take each section and place it on its designated panel. You can use a squeegee or even just your hands to smooth out the vinyl as it is being applied. A lot of focus is required during this step in order to avoid creating any kinds of ridges.
  • Stretch out the vinyl. Heat can be used in order to stretch out and then shrink the vinyl back to size. However, depending on the tool you are using, you need to be careful not to actually burn it.
  • Cut off the edges. Once the vinyl is firmly in place, you can use a sharp cutting tool such as an utility knife in order to cut off the edges.