Vehicle Wrap FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Vehicle Wraps

Installation & Removal


Vehicle Wraps

What if a portion of the information on graphics change, can it be replaced?

Yes. Graphics, logos, and phone numbers (or any part of the design) can be changed, reprinted and re-installed as overlays on your adhesive graphics.

What happens when my graphics are removed?

In both the application and removal of vehicle wraps, the key is working with an experienced installer. Ads On Wheels, Inc, rarely experiences problems with paint removal and therefore is a preferred vendor among many media and transit companies. Removal fees are additional.

What if I don’t have any high resolution artwork?

High-resolution artwork is available and can be purchased through various sources. You can also purchase Royalty free artwork; you can then use it in all of your marketing material. We utilize several websites that provide high resolution artwork and images. Often, high resolution artwork can be attained through a corporate office of most franchises. Keep in mind that we can assist you in designing a complete wrap from concept to completion which includes dealing with all of the high resolution artwork.

What is involved with the design phase?

This is the critical part of the vehicle wrap process. Communication is essential to ensure your vehicle wrap is designed properly per your needs. A complete understanding of the overall project is a must. The design must be done taking into account that the images used need to be high resolution. File types must be adhered to per our specifications and the wrap design must be properly scaled to the vehicle. We encourage our clients to focus on the purpose of the vehicle wrap. We have found that simple but deliberate design works best. Please click here to review our Designs and Procedures specifications.

How do I care for my vehicle wrap and graphics?

Hand washing is best. Avoid high pressure washes and be careful never to use an ice-scraper. Sweeping off windows with a soft broom and rear defroster will cause no damage to your window wrap. Please view the 3M car document by clicking here.

How long will a vehicle wrap last on my vehicle?

Our wraps will normally outlast the vehicle. You can expect your wrap to last 3-5 years or longer, providing you are careful about power washing.

Will you wrap a leased vehicle?

Yes, like any other vehicle, the wrap can easily be removed without any damage at the end of the lease.

Will you pay me to drive someone else’s wrap advertising?

No. Our company specializes in large format design, printing and installation services. We do NOT offer compensation for driving ads.

Will a vehicle wrap damage my vehicle’s paint upon removal?

No. In all of our experiences, the only time a vehicle’s paint may be affected is in the case of a poor repaint job. Factory paint, in 99.0% of instances, is not affect by our wraps.

Do you offer any kind of wrap warranty?

We offer a 7 year manufacturer warranty on our vehicle wraps for material applied to OEM painted surfaces and one year for material applied to window surfaces.

What is the approximate time frame expected for a vehicle wrap installation once the design is approved?

From the time that the design is completed and approved by our client, a wrap can be printed and installed within 10 days.

Can you provide a wrap for anything other than a vehicle, RV or bus wraps?

Absolutely, we have wrapped buildings, windows, boats, storefronts and large machinery. If the surface to wrap has enough adhesion for the vinyl, a wrap is possible.

Do you offer other services and products?

Yes, we offer a full range of large format graphics design and printing services. Please contact us or fill out our online form to discuss your next project.

Does a vehicle have to be a certain color to work with my vehicle wrap?

Generally, no. A full vehicle wrap covers all the painted surfaces of a vehicle (roof when requested) and is an opaque material. Areas such as chrome bumpers, grilles and trim are generally not covered. Therefore, color generally does not matter. However, if you have a light vehicle and a dark wrap, edges and hinges may be slightly visible after installation. Same is true for the opposite. Please also keep in mind that window wrap coverage is subject to local and state regulations.

What’s the difference between a ½, ¾, and full wrap?

size of the wrap (Full, ½ or ¼) simply refers to the percentage of the car that is covered by the wrap.

Are car wraps applied to windows?

Yes, but only rear side and rear windows. Window wraps are printed on a special perforated vinyl that allows the driver to see through the rear and side rear windows.

Installation & Removal

Do you provide maintenance on graphics?

Yes. As a nationwide provider of several national accounts we are capable of proving consistent account servicing. From replacement of damaged graphics, to complete redesigns, we have you covered. If you move, not a problem. We can service your needs where ever you are.

Should I prep the surface of my substrate prior to installation?

Vehicles should be clean and dry at time of installation. We recommend that clients clean their vehicle the day before your installation to ensure the vehicle is dry. If there are issues with your paint (i.e. clear coat or aftermarket paint, non-EOM) please advise your representative at time of project commencement. With regard to other substrate installations (IE;, wall, window, concrete, floor, etc), the surface preparation should always be clean and free of chemicals.

Will a vehicle wrap damage my vehicle’s paint?

Our wraps will NOT damage the vehicle paint surface of any vehicle with OEM paint. If you have an aftermarket paint job, please advise your representative. If you have clear coat flaking on the surface of your vehicle it should be addressed prior to installation. In many cases the full wrap will protect the paint of your vehicle from elements such as salt, chips, and light scratches.

What if a portion of the information on graphics change, can it be replaced?

Yes. Graphics, logos, and phone numbers (or any part of the design) can be changed, reprinted and re-installed as overlays on your adhesive graphics.

Does Ads On Wheels®, Inc. install other graphics?

Yes. We have over 500 qualified installers nationwide as well as Canada. From wall murals and floor graphics to banners and vehicle wraps, we can install virtually ANY graphics project.

What is the approximate time frame expected for a vehicle wrap installation once the design is approved?

From the time that the design is completed and approved by our client, a wrap can be printed and installed within 10 days.

How long does it take to physically install a wrap?

To physically install a vehicle wrap on a typical car takes from a full day to 2 days. Larger or more complex vehicles can take 3-4 days to install. Vehicles HAVE to be clean and NOT waxed at time of installation.

How and where do you install my vehicle wrap and graphics?

Ads On Wheels, Inc. has a network of over 500 qualified and experienced wrap installers nationwide. We can have our installers come to YOUR location (if you have a suitable indoor facility: generally about 4-5 ft. around vehicle in enclosed area). We also have installation locations where you can bring your vehicle to get your wrap installed. Contact your sales representative if you do not have a facility.

Can a wrap be removed?

Yes. The wrap can be removed. However, attempting to remove it yourself may cause damage to your paint. We suggest having one of our professional installers de-install your vehicle wrap as our installation experts are best equipped this task.


Is there a way I can care for my graphics?

As always, any graphics project has an expected life cycle. We find that taking care of your graphics prolongs that life cycle and keep your graphics looking great. Click HERE for a Vehicle Wrap Care document that we feel is essential to your knowledge.

How long is the warranty?

We will guarantee our installations against vinyl failure for a period of 1 year following installation. It is with over a decade of experience in the vehicle wrap industry that if there are any issues with a vehicle wrap, they will be apparent within 1 month of the installation. Working with an adhesive vinyl material there are factors that need to be taken into consideration for a great installation. Those factors include, surface prep, temperature, substrate condition and humidity levels.

If I have an issue who do I call?

Us at 1-800-237-6694. We pride ourselves on being a one-stop source for your graphics and installation needs. The bottom line is, WE are where the buck stops. Providing services that are all inclusive from design, to print, to installation is the competitive advantage with working with our company.

Do you offer a warranty on your work?

Absolutely! We ONLY use the best materials for each graphics application. Yes, there are less expensive materials that CAN be used. We chose NOT to use them. Why? Quite simply, we do not want our material to fail. Chasing a bad print or project with more of the same is not a business strategy that we believe in. We will not always the be the lowest price vendor. We are aware of that. Our philosophy is that if a client uses us a vendor, they do not want to do a job twice, or three times for that matter. Currently, we utilize ONLY 3M products for our vehicle wraps and fleet graphics production. Our other large format printing material also include 3M, Avery, Orafol, Arlon, and Mactac. Ask your representative about the warranty information specific to your project and materials used.

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