Tesla Important Notice

 The Tesla Models 3 and Y have a known taillight cracking issue that is common place during colder months. The plastic molding process leaves pressure points between varying thicknesses of the outer lenses and can lead to cracking when temperature shifts occur or when the vehicle is washed during colder temps. Please note that this may occur during our washing and preparation process, but we cannot be held liable to replace these parts, as again, it is a known Tesla issue and they will usually replace them under warranty. You can read more about the issue on the Tesla Forums HERE.

Can Vinyl Wraps Ruin a Car’s Paint?

In most cases, vinyl wraps can be installed and removed from vehicles without causing any damage to the underlying paint. In fact, vinyl vehicle wraps that are installed properly will actually add an extra layer of protection to the car’s surface, protecting the quality of the paint underneath; however, there are a few factors that will affect whether or not a car wrap can be safely removed from a vehicle, 

Quality of the Vinyl Wrap Material

One of the most important things to take into consideration before having a vehicle wrap installed on your car is the quality of the vinyl wrap material being used. While it may seem like a good idea to try to save money by having a lower quality vinyl used to wrap your car, using a lower quality wrap can result in damage to the underlying paint. Instead, make sure to choose a car wrap company that uses

cast vinyl products such as 3M, Avery, Hexis, Kpmf, and Oracal. These can be safely removed without causing any damage. 

Vehicle Wrap Warranty

Make sure to pay attention to the vehicle wrap warranty provided by your car wrap company. In some cases, having a car wrap removed long after the warranty has expired may make it more difficult for the wrap to be removed without causing any damage to the paint underneath. This is because, over time, certain vinyl wrap adhesives can become harder to remove.

The warranty here at 8BallWraps is 90-Day Coverage on Install and Manufacturer warranty typically 1 Year. Labor Warranty will cover bubbles and lifting edges. Manufacturer Warranty will Cover delamination and premature deterioration. Wrap will need to be evaluated by staff to determine and confirm warranty coverage.

Quality of the Vehicle’s Paint

While vinyl wraps can be applied to any kind of vehicle, it is important to keep in mind that the quality of the vehicle’s paint will affect whether or not a wrap can be removed without causing any damage. Most car wrap companies will recommend only wrapping vehicles that have the original factory paint or have a high-quality paint job.

Can You Vinyl Wrap a Car if the Paint is Peeling?

Knowing if you can wrap a car with peeling paint will provide you with insights into whether or not a vinyl car wrap will work for your vehicle. At 8BallWraps, we understand how important it is for your car wrap to have a smooth, flawless finish. That is why all of our vinyl wraps are installed by our highly trained and experienced technicians.

In the event that the paint on your vehicle has started to peel, having a vinyl car wrap installed may no longer be a viable option. This is because the vinyl may not be able to stick to the peeling paint and, if it does stick, the paint edges will create air pockets, ridges, and crinkles in the wrap. In general, it is recommended that car wraps are only installed on factory painted vehicles; however, if you decide that you still want to have your car wrapped even though the paint is peeling, the paint will need to be feathered or sanded by a body shop first in order to ensure a smooth installation and to prevent the paint from peeling in the future.

Paint Conditions that Cannot be Wrapped

Some of the other paint conditions that vinyl wraps cannot be applied to include:

Paint with Deep Scratches

Any deep scratches, chips, or other obvious defects in your vehicle’s paint will only become magnified once the vinyl wrap is installed. It is also important to note that removing a vinyl wrap from damaged paint may cause the paint surrounding the damaged area to be pulled off with the wrap.

Paint with an Orange Peel Texture

Bad aftermarket paint jobs with excess paint can often have an orange peel texture that cannot be hidden with a vinyl wrap. In the event that your car has an orange peel texture, you will need to have the paint professionally repaired and allow for the proper cure time before a vinyl wrap can be applied.

Rusted Sheet Metal

If your vehicle has been exposed to rust or oxidation, a vinyl wrap will not be able to bond with the surface of the car. This is because the rust particles will stick to the film, resulting in the wrap to lose its adhesive grip.

If you would like to learn more about whether or not you can wrap a car with peeling paint, or if you are interested in one of our car wrap services, please contact 8BallWraps at 657.467.3106 or by filling out a contact form on our website.