Vehicle Vinyl Wraps: Top 7 Myths about Vancouver Car Wraps

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

What is a Vinyl Wrap?

A vehicle wrap is a customization technique that has been around since the 1920s. Vehicle graphics gained popularity in the 1950s for advertising purposes. The vinyl car wrap we are familiar with for aesthetic purposes rose to popularity in the ’90s.

In recent years vehicle vinyl wraps have become much more than a marketing tactic, it has become a popular way to customize and change the appearance of your car. 

 A vinyl wrap is a thin film applied over the vehicle paint to change its colour and or texture. It can be applied all over for a full vehicle, solid colour change, or in sections for a more personalized look, similar to a custom paint job. The wrap film can and is often used as an alternative to painting, as it is more affordable and doesn’t affect the resale value.

Why Wrap Your Car? 

Although wrapped cars have been around since the 20s, the technology we use and the options we have for vinyl wraps have changed and improved.  

Not only do car wraps come in a variety of colours, but a variety of finishes as well, with film series finishes such as metallic, matte, high gloss, satin and brushed steel -- just to name a few. With the limitless combinations, vinyl wraps allow for a perfectly customized car. Can’t decide on the colour? Get a color-shifting wrap. The options are endless! 

Aside from the visual component of wrapping a car, wraps offer a sacrificial layer between the elements and your vehicle’s original paint. The protection film shields your car from minor abrasions, UV damage, and oxidation.

If you are someone who loves change, a vinyl wrap is far less expensive, less damaging and less time consuming than painting your car.  There are many pros to wrapping your car, and we’re here to debunk some of the cons -- aka the myths. 

Top 7 Myths About Vinyl Wraps 

Myth 1: Vinyl Wraps Will Damage Your Car’s Paint

First, it’s important to note that not all vinyl wraps are of the same quality. 

High-quality wraps, applied by a trained professional, will not damage your paint. Just make sure your car paint is fully cured before you bring it in for a wrap. This will ensure a smooth, damage-free removal. 

The same, however, can not be said about low-quality wraps. Low-quality wraps may affect the finish of your paint, and leave behind a dull residue, or stains. 

In fact, a high-quality wrap from companies such as 3M and Avery Dennison will actually protect your cars’ paint from the damage caused by outside elements. The vinyl wrap serves as a protective layer and can help preserve your car’s paint. 

Myth 2: Vinyl Wraps Are Difficult to Remove