Frequently asked questions.
What is car wrapping?
Vehicle wrapping is the process of covering or ‘wrapping’ a car in a thin, pliable vinyl. Either used for advertising, or complete colour changes.
What do you mean by colour change?
Colour change is the same as covering a vehicle in vinyl for advertising. However, the material used conforms in to those tricky, deep areas on a vehicle and usually has a longer life-span than display graphics to give it that ‘paint look’ finish. There are hundreds of colours and textures at your choice, from various reliable brands.
Why would I choose a wrap over a spray job?
Keep your cars original finish, and also protect it to maintain resale value (e.g. it is easier to sell a Red Ferrari than a Blue one)
Completely removable with no damage to original paint work
Change the colour as often as you like
Considerably cheaper than a respray
Sell your car on in its original colour in perfect condition
Easily achieve various finishes such as Gloss, Matt, Brushed, Satin, Carbon Fibre and more
A wrap is a short-term solution to colour change (5-12 years). A respray on the other hand, is very permanent.
If damaged can easily be removed by us and replaced cheaper than a respray would be if you had scratched it
How much does it cost?
A full wrap on a small car will start from £900. The cost will increase with size, complexity of the design and the material choice.
How does the vinyl actually stay on?
The vinyl comes on a roll and has a backing that peels off revealing a strong, adhesive – much like a huge sticker. The back of the vinyl then bonds to the panels of your vehicle which has been given a complete de-contamination of dust, oil and dirt etc, giving it a perfect finish.
How long does a car wrap take?
At The Wrapping Room we aim to have a small to medium car (hatchbacks etc) fully wrapped in 5-7 working days. Time increases with car size and complexity of design, e.g. a large saloon such as a BWM 5 Series would take us 7-10 working days and large cars such as 4x4’s can take up to 14 working days.
Small jobs such as roof wraps, mirrors, grills and other details or accents can usually be completed in 1-2 working days.
*Please note we are open Monday - Friday 9AM - 7PM
Is a car wrap permanent?
Car wraps are not permanent. The life span on colour change wrap is usually 5 years, going up to 12 years if you want to spend more money.
Is it easy to remove?
It’s not easy to remove as the vinyl itself is designed to last 5+ years through every type of weather condition on the roads. The longer the vinyl has been on the vehicle the harder it is to remove. Either way all vinyl can be removed by us professionally, ensuring no damage to the original paint.
Will the vinyl damage my paintwork?
If your paintwork is of a good condition when the wrap is installed, then the wrap will not damage your paintwork.
Will a vinyl wrap cover rust, chips and scuffs?
No – a vinyl wrap will not hide the imperfections of your paintwork. Vinyl is very thin, and sometimes can even make stone chips, rust marks stand out more than they did in the first place. We advise getting body work smoothed out and tidied up before a vehicle wrap.
Can I take a wrapped car through a car wash or jet wash it?
Automated car washes with brushes are not recommended as they can abrade the film and cause edges to lift or chip, as well as dulling the film’s appearance. Brushless car washes are acceptable.
Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions.
Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
Keep water temperature below 80Â°C (180Â°F). Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern. Keep the nozzle at least 300 mm (1 foot) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic. Beware! Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.
What is the cost for having a wrap removed?
The cost of removing a wrap starts at £300. This quote is provisional, a more accurate quote can be given when we see the vehicle.
Can I wrap individual parts of my vehicle?
Yes you can. Bonnets and roofs are a popular choice, such as wrapping the roof and mirrors black to give your vehicle a more aggressive look.
How soon after a respray can you apply a vinyl wrap?
A minimum of 12 months so the paint can properly cure. We have had instances where a client has had a respray recent to a full wrap with another company and when thus wrap was removed it peeled off the paint with it. Resulting in a very messy finish!
Will a wrap affect my insurance premium?
This is down to the individual insurer and whether or not they deem a wrap to be a modification. We recommend checking with your insurer first to see what their policy is.
Do I need to inform the DVLA if I have a colour change wrap?
Yes – it is a legal requirement to inform the DVLA of a colour change. The process involves updating your registration certificate (V5C).
Do I get a guarantee?
Yes - You will get a 12 month installers guarantee from us at The Wrapping Room which will mean in the event of any material failures, such as the material lifting in deep, recessed areas or not bonding correctly we will replace free of cost.
*This does not cover damage you have made to the wrap yourself.