Written by: Gregory Staff

4 Steps to Pain-Free Vehicle Wrap Installs

"With everything happening in the world, now is not the time to sit still and hope for the best. It’s time to take action and do whatever you can to keep your business afloat.”

- Joe Rogan


Ok, ok. I’m sorry. Joe Rogan didn’t say that. I did. But I think he’d agree.


One thing you can do TODAY to get more business - offer vehicle wraps and graphics. If you have never offered vehicle wraps before, start now. If you used to but you don’t any longer, try again. Become an expert. You will be doing yourself a favor by offering these value-added services to your customers.

Listen, I get it. It’s scary. There’s so much information out there, who do you trust?

What happens if you wrap a vehicle and a couple of days later your customer comes back and says the edges are lifting and the deep contours are bubbling, what happened?! Breathe. We’ve all been there.

We've been "Doing Graphic Stuff Right for 65 Years", so lean on us, we have comprised this easy 4 step system to ensure you’re off to a great start.



Wash the vehicle 24 hours prior to installation. 


Ensure the install bay is free of dirt and debris. 


Make sure the installer’s hands are free of oil, grease, and sweat.


To finish it off always use 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol as a final rinse. 

Whatever you do, DO NOT use any protectants or waxes to any part of the vehicle (tires included). Lastly, be sure with each step that you’re drying the vehicle with a lint-free towel before the cleaners evaporate.

STEP 2: Pick the right material for the job

This one is tricky. It usually comes down to what the installer prefers, everybody is different. But if you’re new to this, you need a trusty vinyl that will work for most applications - we suggest 3M’s IJ180Cv3 or the new IJ175Cv3 for printed graphics.

Don’t be afraid to try different vinyl over time and develop your own preferences. If you’re a beginner, be sure to use air-egress films and films with slideability.


I am always surprised to hear installers using the bare minimum tools. Technology and innovators have come out with some really helpful tools over the past ten years. Using the right tools will only help you deliver a better graphic that will last years.

Here are my bare minimum suggestions:


  • Don’t install outside on a hot or cold day. 
    In fact, aim to always install in a clean, climate-controlled garage or warehouse/install bay. Yes, installers who have years of experience are probably rolling their eyes at me now. They’ve installed in all weather situations and have mastered installing in any climate. But that’s not you, and it shouldn’t be them. Do yourself a favor and install inside. Trust me.

  • Check material datasheets. 
    Make sure you know the stretch, temperature resistance, and adhesive qualities.

    This goes for the designer in your life too. Before you print, and definitely before you apply, CHECK YOUR MEASUREMENTS. It’s the worst feeling in the world when you think you’ve got your bases covered and get ready to install and the pieces aren’t fitting together the way your customer envisioned.

  • Invest in yourself.
    Take a class. Continue learning all the new tricks of the trade every year and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.
    Here are few trainers you may like:

As a thank you for getting this far, I’ve included some really helpful video hacks for you.

I hope these tips and tricks have eased your mind a bit. If you have questions about materials, tools, or install training, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ll get you what you need or connect you with someone who can help.

Your success is our success.
Let’s do it together.