How to – Vinyl Car Wrapping

Vinyl car wrapping will continue to be a major trend for 2017 and we’re here to help you learn how to do it. Whether it’s a vehicle used to market your business, or your own personal vehicle that you’d like to freshen up; vinyl is the way to go!

Vinyl car wrapping progressed mainly for advertisement purposes, but now a lot of people are choosing to wrap their cars, rather than repaint. Avery is the leader of modern, advanced adhesive vinyl; ranging in many different colors and finishes (chrome, matte, semi-gloss). Some may be thinking about the stickers that they tried putting on their cars years ago. Trying to get the right placement, remove air bubbles and to get a smooth finish takes skill. The techniques used to wrap a car still take practice and require some skill, but it’s now easier than ever before thanks to the adhesive technology. Avery’s adhesive technology allows you to reposition, stretch and mold the vinyl before it fully adheres at around 24 hours. This type of “cast” vinyl has channels allowing the air and bubble to escape; leaving you with a smooth finish for up to 10 years. All vinyl rolls can be stretched by 40% to allow wrapping around bumpers, curves and edges.

Avery Vinyl from McLogan Supply

Car Wrapping Steps:

Step 1: Choose your desired vinyl. At Mclogan Supply we sell 60 inch x 25 yards of color changing vinyl rolls, in 50 different colors. Usually one basic color roll will cost you around $550 and that will cover most cars fully. Since this is just a single color change, anyone can do it. You don’t have to worry about a design or printing. In some cases, our customers just need a specific area of their vehicle color changed and we then sell the vinyl by the yard.

Step 2: Thoroughly clean the car and make sure it’s dust free. Removing mirrors and molding makes for a smoother vinyl wrap and usually takes less time over all. Any type of dent, deep scratch, or dead bug will show up under your vinyl, so be sure to get the car as clean and smooth as possible.

Step 3: Map out where you want to start vinyl wrapping. Some prefer to start with the bumpers, because they take some time to stretch and mold the vinyl. Other people start with the hood of the car, like you can see on our YouTube video posted here. Once you know where you’re going to start, use a Mclogan Utility Knife to cut your vinyl into sections. These panels need to be pre-cut to cover the entire desired space as seamlessly as possible. Next, you will use Mclogan Wrapping Magnets to hold the vinyl in place as you remove the backing (just like a sticker).

Step 4: Start sticking the vinyl panel onto your car, from the center out. If the vinyl doesn’t lay right/bubble just lift up the edge, pull and stretch, before you lay it back on. Using a Wetedge Squeegee here is key. This squeegee will allow you to stretch, mold and smooth the vinyl over the vehicles curves. Using a heat gun while stretching and molding the vinyl is also really helpful, especially for bumpers. Preheating and stretching the vinyl will help with the harder concave spaces.

Step 5: Now that your vinyl has been pulled, stretched, heated and smoothed into place, you can now cut off the excess vinyl. Use your Mclogan Utility Knife to carefully cut away and peel. Be sure to use a light hand when cutting, to ensure that you are not scratching the paint beneath the vinyl. Remember to reapply the cut edges with 3M Primer 94 to prevent peeling! A good tip is to not forget to use Primer 94 under your hood, attaching the vinyl to the hood. The hood seems to be a spot some people forget and over time it is known to peel away.

After these 5 steps you are done! Take in your new looking vehicle and enjoy your labor! The best thing about vinyl is that your car paint is now protected from minor rocks, road trip dings, and fading from the sun. Your vinyl will last up to 10 years if you’re using Ducky Car Wrapping Vinyl Cleaner.

We can’t wait to see your next vinyl project, so be sure to #mclogansupply on Facebook and Instagram. As always, call us with any questions.

Large Format Vinyl Wrapping

Updating the look of your RV, truck or boat can be as easy as printing a new vinyl wrap and applying it.  Let your creativity go into full force as you design an image that can represent you and/or your business.  Here’s how to print on a large format printer and  how to vinyl wrap a large object (truck, houseboat, rv).

Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 is the best large format printer on the market!  This wide format (64 inch) plotter and cutter is precise, quick and efficient.  Offering the use of 8 different colors with 4 different color variations.  These large format prints are so vivid and offer up a “wow” factor unlike other printers.  This printer is perfect for banners, signs, decals, vehicles, boats, etc.

Here are the 4 different color variations that help make the prints look so real:

  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black
  • CMYKLcLm + White + Metallic
  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black + White
  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black + Metallic

Most people will design their large image in Photoshop Illustrator and then send it to Roland Versaworks Rip Program where you can then tweak your design as needed. You can adjust the ink amount that goes onto the vinyl, adjust the colors, or flip the image if you are printing on two sides of something.

When it comes to vinyl wrapping a large object you first want to take accurate measurements of whatever you plan on wrapping.  For this post we will be talking about a houseboat, so we took overall measurements, took some photos of the houseboat and took measurements of all the windows where there wouldn’t be any vinyl.  Some vehicles will have exact templets of the vehicle make and model that you get online, this doesn’t apply with a houseboat, but for other large vinyl jobs it is convenient.

Once you have your measurements and templet made then you can begin the design process in Photoshop Illustrator.  Adding in ghost images that overlap to create depth, business logos/brands, splatters, dripping ink pieces, shadows, themes… let your creativity run wild!   Then transfer your image to Versaworks and get ready to print.

If you are printing on Avery or Oracal you want to do a color profile to ensure that your colors print the way you intend for them to look.  Most people will pick a piece of their artwork to test print.  However, some vinyl printers do NOT do test prints unless there is a specific pantone color that they need to match for brand recognition (think of McDonald’s golden arches).

You can choose to print your image vertically or horizontally depending on the surface you are wrapping, how many people you have to helping you, and by the number of seams that you will want to have.

The picture below shows a houseboat being wrapped horizontally which look challenging, but they had enough guys helping to make it work.  Also their design was very detailed so it was probably a smarter choice for them to have just one seam to have to worry about lining up rather than 5 or 6.

When you get to the actual vinyl wrapping process you first want to clean and prep it.  Some people will detail their vehicles before, but for a houseboat you can spray and wipe down RapidPrep.  Once the surface is fully dry then you can begin to wrap.

If you are wrapping vertically then you would tape the middle, cut the backing off of the top and apply the top vinyl piece first.  Then you would apply the bottom piece.

If you are wrapping horizontally you would tape along the bottom edge, flip it down, peel off the backing and cut off the backing as close to your cut edge as possible.  Then flip it up and start squeegeeing from the middle out.  Using a wet edge squeegee with a wet application usually works best so that you don’t scratch the image.  You can get a Wet Edge Squeegee here and the Rapid Tac application fluid here.

Ducky Vinyl Wrap is the fluid to finish the job.  This will remove all the water spots, protect and enhance the shine of your nice new wrap!

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Removing Old Vinyl with Vinyl Off


IMG_2211Vinyl wrapping cars, boats, and trailers is now so common that most of us see different advertisements, images or designs daily.  But what happens when you want to remove your existing vinyl?  That’s where Vinyl Off by CrystalTek makes all the difference!!!

First, lets start with the vinyl that you should be using on your wrap jobs.  We recommend our vinyl customers to wrap with either Avery Vinyl or the Oracal 970 Series.  Both brands offer vinyls in many different colors, finishes, prints; all the while lasting anywhere from 5-10 years depending on the conditions.

When starting a new wrap job you may need to remove existing old vinyl.  Removing old vinyl can take hours and be very labor intensive.  The adhesive on most vinyls is made to last years, so removing larger pieces of vinyl, especially old vinyl can be tedious when the vinyl is cracked and breaks apart every few inches.  Imagine trying to remove a small sticker from your car that continually keeps ripping every time you try to pull it off, but on a much larger scale when dealing with full wraps…It’s exhausting!

We experienced this first hand when trying to remove 5 year old vinyl from a houseboat.  The first day was spent with a heat gun, and plastic scrapers, where the vinyl broke off in about 3-6 inch pieces.  After hours of labor, and blistered hands we eventually called it a day and then had a friend bring up Vinyl Off.  Once we were using Vinyl Off the job was so much easier.

With Vinyl Off we were able to remove the vinyl we applied 3 years ago, along with the black and purple reflective vinyl that we applied 15 years ago.

In the picture below you can see that we used an Oracal 970 Series Silver Metallic vinyl hoping to cover up the old existing black and purple stripes.  We had tried previously to remove the stripes, but the chemical solutions to remove vinyl were not made the way they are made today.  Hoping to just cover the old stripes we applied the Silver Metallic in vertical panels.  Within 3 years the reflective beads and the heat from the sun made the old stripes burn through our newer vinyl.  This is where Vinyl Off made all the difference.  Not only did the newer vinyl peel right off, but we were able to scrape off the 15 year old vinyl!

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Vinyl Off works by penetrating through the vinyl and then by attacking the adhesive.  Allowing you to remove the vinyl in large strips, speeding up the process by hours.  It’s always best to remove old vinyl with some sort of heat.  Either a hot heat gun, or in much warmer climates the strength of the sun.

After your old vinyl is removed there will be some slight adhesive left and you will then want to use Rapid Remover to remove all the adhesive.  Rapid Prep will be your next step to prep your vehicle for your next wrap job.

If you have any questions or if you would like Mclogan to put together a “wrap chemical kit” for you call us.

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Product Spotlight: Plasticade Signicade Deluxe

Plasticade Signicade Deluxe signs make advertising your business easy, upscale and customizable.  These A-frame signs offer a “quick change” feature where signs are easily slid in and out.  Signs can be screen printed, done with vinyl, or dry eraser markers.  Once the signs are on the Coroplast (3/16″ thick or less) or marker board,  then slide them into place and the “stay tabs” will ensure that the signs stays put.  This sign since it’s an A-frame holds two signs (24″ W x 36″ H).

These A-frame signs are maintenance free since they are plastic and look good inside or outside.  They are weighted internally with sand, for a clean professional, stable look.  They are available in colors white and black.

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McLogan Manufacturers Spotlight – A Guide to Avery Vinyl for Signage & Vehicle Wraps

Avery Vinyl from McLogan SupplyAvery Vinyl products can help eliminate the confusion in the market today due to the variety of vinyl available. They make a variety of vinyls that  are used for vehicle wraps, making signs and for digital graphics and come are available in different qualities, colors and prices.

Here are some of the main types and uses are:

Calendered Vinyl:

Calendered vinyl is the most economical and has a relatively short lifespan. When liquid vinyl is poured into a mold, it is stretched to make it even. The stretching reduces durability, it is prone to cracking, and the color fades faster. This type of Avery Vinyl is used for mobile advertisements on the roads such as banners and billboards. This vinyl lasts 1-5 years depending on how it is used.

Intermediate Vinyl:

This intermediate Avery Vinyl is a mid-quality grained vinyl.  It is very durable and can last up to five years before it starts to fade and crack. This vinyl is typically used for car stickers, decals, signage and banners . However, constant exposure to the weather can cause buckles and bubbles to form in the vinyl. This vinyl is also a calendered vinyl so it is best suited to flat surfaces and not recommended for uneven or contour surfaces.

Cast Vinyl:

Avery Vehicle VinylAs the best Avery Vinyl of the three, cast vinyl can be used for any type of surface. This vinyl is only 2 millimeters thick. Whether it is a flat or a contour surface, cast vinyl easily molds to all surfaces. This is the most popular Avery Vinyl and is highly recommended for decals and vehicle wraps. It adheres very well to all kinds of rivets.

Avery cast vinyl is highly resistant to water, heat and extreme weather and is the preferred vehicle wrap for cars, trucks and boats due to its excellent conformity to non-flat surfaces. Cast vinyl is sturdy and long lasting, typically good for 7+ years .

Avery vinyl also comes in range of specialty films including:

  • Avery Supreme Wrapping Film.  This film has a paint-like finish and is dazzling in appearance. The durable film is easy to install and molds easily over contoured surfaces.

  • Avery 1100 High Visibility Reflective Film. This film is cost-effective and enhances visibility during the day and at night. It has a high quality glossy finish and is best suited for billboard advertisements. It is resistant to heat, humidity and UV rays.

Avery Vinyl offers many different types of vinyl. Some are highly visible. Some are longer lasting. Some appear shiny and glossy, and some have a matt finish. Avery has a vinyl to suit your needs and your budget.

McLogan Supply offers a full line of fine Avery Vinyls and is happy to answer questions about how to best use and apply.