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What is a vinyl wrap?

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A vinyl wrap is the process of printing a design or photograph onto pressure sensitive vinyl, and then applying that vinyl by hand to the chosen surface. When used on vehicles, wraps become a mobile billboard.  Wraps can also be used on walls, floors, windows, or just about any surface.

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What is the process of a wrap?

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a.)    Design: During the design process our artist will work with you closely to determine your advertising goals and desired appearance of your wrap.  The graphic designer will then design a proof for your approval.  Once approved, you will be given a date for installation.

b.)    Production: Your design will be printed on special vinyl, specific to your application.  Our printer is a 64” Mutoh, in which we use factory, recommended eco-solvent inks.  Our eco-solvent inks produce magnificent color (including true red,) and are fade resistant so you can be assured that our finished products will stay bright and vibrant for the life of the product.  Using brand new, state of the art printing equipment, Paradise Graphix produces high resolution photo quality printing at 1440 dpi.  New (WAVE) technology eliminates banding and provides prints which are fade resistant for up to 7 years.  We have a 62” heat assist Seal laminator which provides weather and UV resistance for your print.

c.)    Installation: Varies by the type of wrap we are installing.  A typical vehicle wrap can take 2 or more days.  The installer utilizes a variety of industry tools.

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Will a vinyl wrap damage my paint?

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There are thousands of wraps removed each year without damage to base paint.  We have wrapped hundreds of vehicles, and out of those hundreds of vehicles we have only experienced issues with a handful of vehicles which were not in good condition to start with.  Paradise Graphix will also only wrap a vehicle with a fresh paint job after it has cured for 30 days, due to the drying process of the paint. Most companies will tell you that if your vehicle was baked or booth painted, it is alright to wrap it shortly after the paint job – it is not! 

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Can I wrap a leased vehicle?

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Yes!  Wrapping a leased vehicle will actually protect the paint.  When it’s time to turn in your lease, simply make an appointment to have your wrap removed by our Certified Installers.  Most wraps remove with very little residue, which is easily removed with no harm to the vehicle.

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Are wrinkles, bubbles and seams acceptable for a vehicle wrap?

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No!  A vehicle wrap should look like a paint job.  You cannot prevent all wrinkles, all of the time but for the most part your vehicle should look like a paint job.  If an installer tells you that a wrap should be viewed from 20 feet away ~ RUN don’t walk away!  Seams are nearly eliminated with our 64” Mutoh printer.  Some larger vehicles will have seams, but with our process seams are virtually invisible.  There should be no noticeable seam sealers or glues visible after the installation of your wrap.  Sometimes bubbles will appear within the first month of the install due to climate change; these are easily removed by our Certified Installers.

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How long will my wrap last?

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How long a wrap will last is depends on what is being wrapped.  An interior wall wrap can last indefinitely, depending on sun exposure.  A typical vehicle wrap will last for 3 to 7 years, depending on the treatment of the wrap.  A wrap, like paint needs to be cared for properly.  Washing and waxing on a regular basis is required to keep your wrap looking new.  While most vehicle wraps can be taken through car washes, remember if it can damage paint – it can damage a wrap.  Paradise Graphix recommends hand washing or a do-it-yourself spray wash.

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How can I justify the cost of a wrap?

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There is no more cost effective advertising or customization method available than wraps.  Studies show, in a city of 50,000 a wrap can attract over 8 million views per year.  A wrap works for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when you are not working.  If you are out to dinner with your family, your wrap is still advertising for you while it’s parked in the parking lot.  It is a one-time expense, which can be written off on your taxes as an advertising expense. 

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How do I know what I am comparing when looking for a wrap?

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  • First and foremost; Make sure that the wraps the company is advertising on their website and social media sites are actually wraps they have designed and installed themselves. A lot of companies these days "use" or "borrow" other companies wraps to make their company appear to be larger and more skilled than they actually are.  Some of the signs to look out for are: out of state phone numbers on the wrap itself, companies that you are not familiar with locally- or after a google search you can only find in California and you are in Dayton, and out of state or photoshopped license plates.  Even if the wrap company is part of a franchise; remember that the wrap quality you see on their site may not represent what the local store is capable of producing. 
  • Secondly,request a print sample. Make sure the color is vibrant and there is no banding.  Banding in a vehicle print, presents like ocean waves vertically across the print. 
  • Ask to see a wrapped vehicle that the company you are considering has wrapped or is wrapping.  You cannot tell from pictures whether or not a wrapper can install a wrap without wrinkles, and patches.
  • Ask for an all-inclusive price.  This will include design, vehicle preparation and install. 
  • Ask about the lamination process.  Liquid laminate will not last, and scratch very easily.  Paradise Graphix uses matching over laminates which extends the life of the wrap, and provides protection against every day wear and tear.
  • Ask if your installer has the capability to remove mirrors, tail lights, and emblems without damaging your vehicle.  When these items are not removed they would have to be trimmed around; this process will not only scratch your paint, but also allows dirt to penetrate the wrapped surface.  When done this way you are also subjecting the wrap to the possibility of shrinkage, which will then cause the paint to show through in these areas.  Our Shop Manager has the distinction of having worked in an established automotive customization shop for 10 years.  He has the ability to remove mirrors, lights, etc., without damaging your vehicle.
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