5 Easy Steps for Repairing Damaged or Wrecked Vehicle Wraps or Graphics

by McKinley McGinn on February 24, 2017

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So Your Vehicle Wrap Got Wrecked...

Fender benders happen.  That's OK - as long as no one was hurt.  Once the dust clears you'll want to know what to do about the damaged graphics.  How do you have them repaired once your vehicle is fixed?

Here are 5 easy steps for your vehicle graphics repair to make sure your vehicle looks like new and delivers quality impressions of your brand once you are back on the road.

1.  Verify That Your Wrap Company Keeps your Design on File

To be fair, this is a step you should take before you even choose your wrap company.  The company you choose to wrap your vehicle should always keep a copy of your vehicle wrap design on file.  In addition, they should have a reliable back up systems in the event that their computer, hard drive or server fails.  Riveting Wraps keeps all our client's design files on a secure server with back up systems so our clients files wont be compromised.

2.  Make Sure that Your Wrap Company Has a Color Management System

what if my vehicle wrap or graphic is damanged Riveting Wraps Seattle Bellevue WA.jpgAgain, this one also falls into "the ask before you wrap" category, but better late than never.  A quality operation maintains their wide format printers and has a color management process in place to ensure consistent color from print to print.  Scheduled re-calibrations are part of a well tuned operation that prevent colors from "drifting" over time.  Don't hesitate to ask your vehicle wrap company if they have systems in place to manage color and their ability to match colors from year to year.  

3.  Contact Your Insurance Company to Verify Your Wrap Replacement Coverage

In the same way that an insurance company will cover the costs of body work and paint on a damaged vehicle, they typically also cover the replacement costs for the pre-existing or damaged wraps and graphics.  Contact your insurance agent to find out what documentation they require for coverage.  Some require a quote prior to completion of work, while other ask for a photos of the finished work along with the final invoice for the repair. 

4.  Wait for the Paint on the Repaired Vehicle to Cure before Installing the new Wrap or Graphic

Paint cure time and paint dry time are important distinctions to make when re-wrapping your vehicle.  

  • Dry time happens pretty quickly.  Paint will be dry to touch and your repair company puts you back behind the wheel once the paint is dry.   
  • Cure time can take several weeks.  This is the time required for the paint below the surface to completely dry, harden and bond to the vehicle surface.  

You do not want to wrap your vehicle until the paint is cured.  Doing so can lead to a couple of avoidable problems.  First, while the paint is curing, it does what is called gassing out or off gassing.  This act of off gassing can literally push newly installed graphics right off your vehicle.  And second, the vinyl may alternatively form a stronger bond to the paint than the paint forms to the vehicle.  This will result in damage to the vehicle paint when the final is eventually removed.

5.  Get Back on the Road 

Riveting_Wraps_Precision_Door_Services_Franchise_Fleet_Wraps_Seattle_WA.jpgDown time for fleet vehicles in hard on a company's operation.  But you also give up all those valuable brand impressions when you vehicle is in the shop.  Once you have your vehicle repaired and wrapped get it back on the road supporting your operation and growing your business.


Quality Only Begins with the Right Materials

New Call-to-actionVehicle wrap companies have learned that many buyers think using the right materials is the only important criteria to evaluate a quality wrap.  And it certainly is an important criteria. But how the material is printed, handled and installed are equally important.  Learn more about getting a high quality wrap.

Get the straight facts on vehicle wrapping, contact Riveting Wraps at (425) 368-5007 or email us at hello@rivetingwraps.com. 

Topics: Vehicle Advertising Smarts

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