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Things you should know about vehicle wraps. Measure carefully. Vehicles are 3 dimensional and have curves and sloping lines. Precise measurements will save you a headache when it comes time for installation.
Make sure your files are set up with extra bleed on all sides. The vehicle panels will be overlapped when installed, so the amount of bleed you add is important. Generally 1/2″ all around is ok.
How long will your graphics be on the vehicle? Short term promotions can be printed on a less expensive material to save you money. This material does not conform to severe contours however.
Longer term graphics are printed on a more expensive cast adhesive vinyl and will last for several years when over-laminated and installed properly.
Proper installation is important for the success of the graphics lifespan. The vehicle must be clean and free of wax for a proper bonding. Air channels in the media will also help trapped air bubbles under the adhesive vinyl to escape.
Temperature is very important as well. Graphics can not be applied when surface temperatures go below 55 degrees F. Working with an installer who has an indoor bay is important in this area.
Design is another consideration when producing vehicle graphics. Vehicles are usually moving fast and not sitting still. Make sure your text is legible when the vehicle is moving down the highway. Also be careful where you place smaller text, like phone #’s, websites etc. Vehicles have surface areas that can interrupt your design like; door hinges, door latches, license plates etc.
Have a good discussion with your printer and designer together. Vehicle templates will show you where many of these problems can occur. Make sure your designer is using the right one too.