If you want to beautify your car or express your artistic side through the looks of your car without the outrageous costs of getting your car painted, then you need to seriously consider vinyl wrapping your precious vehicle. Vinyl wraps give you the flexibility to design and customize your car and you can do it even on your own. This article will orient you with some of the steps on how to vinyl wrap a vehicle. Read through and learn, so that you’ll know how to vinyl wrap a car and be able to apply it on your own ride.

The first step on how to vinyl wrap a vehicle is to first remove the license plates, door handles and all the protrusions that could hinder the application of your desired vinyl design. Make sure to cover the parts that won’t be vinyl-covered with paper and masking tape to avoid unwanted and unnecessary sticking. Afterwards, clean the surface of the car with a vinyl preparation liquid. This can be easily applied by a kitchen sponge. Make sure to keep your workplace ascetic and free of dust to make sure that the vinyl will stick properly.

Start by laying a piece of vinyl on the car’s roof so that it will just hang down on all of the sides. If there’s an antenna in the roof, cut a small hole on the vinyl using a craft knife. Peel all the protective side of the vinyl starting from the back edge, and then lay the sticky side down carefully on the roof. If air bubbles are formed, press them out using your fingers. Gradually pull away the entire protective backing and using a plastic burnisher, press out all the air bubbles that may form as you go through with the application process. Use the crafting knife to trim the excess vinyl as close to the edge of the roof as possible. Once cut, force all the vinyl edges down. Repeat the process on the hood of your car and other flat surfaces, including the car’s trunk. Make sure to smooth down all the edges once you’ve removed the excess. When applying to curved surfaces, peel the protective backing of the vinyl and press it down on the curved surfaces edged. Pull the vinyl tightly and apply heat using a heat gun so that you’ll be able to stretch the vinyl on the curved surface. Smooth down the covered area using your hand and start trimming the excess. If you can’t remove the bubbles, use your knife to puncture them, then apply heat into it and smoothen it down with your hand. When finished, replace all the hardware you removed, and you’re done. You can finally say that you know how to vinyl wrap a vehicle.