Why Over Laminate is Essential for Long Lasting Vehicle Graphics

by McKinley McGinn on August 3, 2016

How does Laminating Improve Vehicle Graphics?

Laminating_vehicle_wraps_Riveting_Wraps_Seattle_WA-928627-edited.jpgLaminating your vehicle graphics is one of the most important steps in having a long lasting quality vehicle wrap. Applying a premium laminate over the top of your printed graphics extends the life of your vehicle graphic, protects the graphics from dirt abrasion and environmental pollutants, and blocks UV rays to keep your colors vibrant.

The Anatomy of a Laminated Printed Vehicle Graphic

Riveting_Wraps_laminate_infographic_Bellevue_WA.jpgTo understand why laminates are important, it is helpful to understand the anatomy of a printed vehicle graphics.  It is easiest to think of it as an "Vehicle  Wrap Sandwich" made up of three layers.

Bottom layer - Premium Self Adhesive Vehicle Wrap Vinyl

This is the premium 3M vehicle wrap vinyl that has a printable side and a self-adhesive side.  This materials of cast vinyl and air regress channels in the adhesive.

Middle layer - High Resolution Print with Latex Ink

The digital print is created on the surface of the vehicle wrap vinyl.  While the latex ink is dried and cured, it does not penetrate into the vinyl.  This makes a vehicle graphics print vulnerable to scratching or abrasion - dirt being the greatest cause of abrasion. The top of the "sandwich" is designed to protect this ink layer.

Top layer - Premium Self Adhesive Vehicle Wrap Laminate

Here at Riveting Wraps we use a cold press laminator to cover the entire printed surface with an optically clear 3M cast vinyl over laminate.  (see the image above).  The cold press laminator presses the printed vinyl and the over laminate together between large rollers to finish the "sandwich".

Over Laminates Protect Your Vehicle Graphics

Laminate is the best thing to happen to your vehicle wrap. It will protect the wrap from so much potential damage, and extend its life span significantly. If you are working on a small budget, don’t cut it short by trying to skip laminating, it will help you save money in the future. For more about how we produce our wraps, reach out to our team! We can’t wait to help you out.

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 getting a high quality wrap.

These vehicle wrap failures can come with a very steep price.  Get the straight facts on vehicle wrapping, contact Riveting Wraps at (425) 368-5007 or email us at hello@rivetingwraps.com. 

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