Did you put a vinyl wrap on your car? We are not surprised. This is a great way to amp up the look of your car – all without paying the high expense of painting it. Today you can get thousands of styles and even a custom wrap, quickly and easily.
There are a lot of things to love about a car wrap. You aren’t going to have to spend your weekends polishing and waxing your car. Cleaning your car is simple, with a microfiber towel. You can expect a high quality car wrap to last about 3-5 years. A vinyl wrap is typically about 50% the cost of a high quality paint job for your car. So if you are the type of person who loves to update your style with the popular trends, then doing a car wrap could be just the thing for you!
But if you want to remove the vinyl wrap from your car, you may wonder, “Is this something I can DIY?” or “Do I have to pay someone to remove it for me?” We know you are going to grin from ear to ear, because there is a way you can simply remove your vinyl wrap. But first look at 3 factors related to how your car wrap was originally installed.
Vinyl Car Wrap Removal Checklist
- The first thing you need to do is to check if it was applied with a super strong adhesive. Two of the most popular vehicle wraps, Avery and 3M do not have any strong adhesive on them. So our tips will easily work to remove your wrap.
- Another thing to keep in mind is, “How long has your wrap been on the car?” If the answer is “3 years or longer” then you may need to get professional help getting your car wrap off.
- The third factor we want you to consider is if you requested primer when the car wrap was applied. If you are uncertain, contact the company that applied it and double check what was done when the order was placed. If no primer was used, then you will be able to remove your car wrap. If primer has been used and you remove the car wraps yourself, you can expect a very messy look. There will be a residue of adhesive left behind that looks messy and is quite difficult to clean up. It is far better to have a professional do the removal when primer is involved.
Yes, it is frustrating to hear these things that may hinder you easily removing your car wrap. But keep in mind that they do not affect most of the people who have car wraps now. If your car wrap has been manufactured by one of the larger companies such as Avery or 3M, then it is less likely that you will have a problem with your car wrap. We do want you to be aware of any potential issues that you might face with the removal, as we know you want your car to look the very best it can. Sometimes it is better to pay a “pro” to remove the wrap, than it is to DIY and create a huge mess that the professional will then have to fix as well.
Vinyl Wrap Removal Steps
Removing your car wrap most often is quite simple. Follow these easy steps:
- You’ll want to take it off in sections, such as the hood and passenger door, just as it was put on. Don’t be surprised if some sections are easier to take off than others. We suggest you try to park your car in the driveway on a warm, sunny day as heat has been known to help remove a car wrap.
- Use both of your hands and pull at a 45 degree angle to remove the car wrap. We advise you not to yank or tug at the car wrap. If you feel you need to do this, perhaps primer has been used and for this section you need a professional’s help removing it. Sections should just “peel” off gently, with little effort. Think about the physical effort you would put into removing duct tape from a surface that it would peel off without yanking it – this is about the same exertion you will want to use.
- Once you have gotten the car wrap off, walk completely around your car and look it over from top to bottom. See if it has sustained any leftover small pieces of vinyl car wrap that need to be pulled off. Check your car, to be certain it is in the condition it was before the wrap was put on. Once you are confident of this, wash and wax your car.
There are many times a car wrap is the best and most practical solution. If you’ve had the frustrating surprise of realizing they used primer, then do know that for the next wrap you can request that they do not. Fortunately, Houston Vehicle Wrap Experts offer more vinyl wrap options than ever before, and a lot of the times you can remove them yourself!