Materials play a very important role in a vehicle wrap. You can have the best design and the best installer, but with the wrong material your wrap won’t last. As with most products, there are many high and low quality vinyl manufacturers out there. The top brands have been around for years and offer the best vehicle wrap vinyl such as: 3M, Avery, and Oracal.
If you believe you get what you pay for, then you’d understand why these brands have lead the market for so long. If you care about quality and longevity of the wrap, then you want to make sure that the wrap installer is using a high quality vinyl.
Simply stating that a 3M vinyl is being used doesn’t mean that particular vinyl is the right choice for your project. 3M and other manufacturers offer many types of vinyl from high-quality, high-cost Cast Vinyl to lower performance, cheaper Calendared Vinyl.
Not to be overlooked, the combination of the overlaminate and the vinyl is extremely important. Some shops may use a Cast Vinyl in conjunction with a Calendared Laminate to reduce cost – cast laminates costing approximately three times more than calendared. An additional note on calendared vs cast… Calendared laminate is not designed to be used on vehicle curves and may bubble and pop out of its position within the first few months.
For these reasons, it’s clear (no pun intended) that material is every bit as important as the design and installer. Make sure your installation shop is using the most appropriate material for your next project if you want it last.