WATCH THIS Video Before You Vinyl Wrap Your Car

WATCH THIS Video Before You Vinyl Wrap Your Car


okay so first thing you need to do is
activate the adhesive one more time Brad there’s this there’s let’s say you’re
going to put that right there what’s up guys you probably found this
video because you’re interested in wrapping a car and it’s probably the
first wrap you’ve ever done we’re nearly done wrapping this Porsche and it’s the
first car we’ve ever done we certainly learned a lot and we’re here today to
show you some of the tips and tricks we learned to hopefully make your first
wrap a lot easier now we’re just finishing up the bumper here and one of
the last things we have to do is wrap this ski box yes so I’m here today guys
because we are going to be documenting from start to finish how to wrap this
ski box this is the car that went on the 40-day journey with us that key box
right there was a lifesaver and so we’re gonna show you everything from all the
equipment we didn’t realize we needed until we actually got started how to do
underlays and where to put them how to measure the vinyl how to properly clean
before you apply the vinyl how to lay glass how to deal with imperfections how
to properly squeegee I didn’t even know there was such a thing how to read and
tackle fingers how to cover large areas quickly how to get rid of those pesky
bubbles when and how to do inlays and use knifeless tape and how to trim and
finish it off now I don’t think there’s a video like this out there on the
internet so if you’re newbie or this your first time rapping definitely watch
it from beginning to end we covered everything that we could and it is
thirty minutes but it’s thirty minutes well spent it’s gonna save you hours in
the garage if you want to go and check out one or two of all of these I have
time stamps each one of these down in the description check it out I hope you
enjoy this video subscribe like it and we definitely screwed up a couple of
times check this out okay guys this is pretty hard like that is our stuff yeah
but I think that we screwed it up by putting way too much of that juice on
yeah so with no further ado let’s get some bottle on this uh ski box boom now guys before we get started showing
you all the tips and tricks that we wish we would have known before we started
vinyl wrapping this car we’re gonna get into a couple of the tools necessary to
do a great job first you got to pick out a vinyl we used vivid premium plus vinyl
now the mistake we made is we didn’t order enough at the beginning this is
about 75 feet of total vinyl including the box so take that into consideration
when you order vinyl for your car first time I think we ordered like 45 feet
which was way less than adequate on top of that we screwed up a few panels so we
definitely needed way more than even 75 feet the second thing is you can use any
material you’d like Avery 3m as well as vivid all have great
reputations we love the vivid product and would use
it again so definitely recommend that another thing that you’ll need is
knifeless tape especially around like bumpers and other places where you want
to have a perfect cut an exacto knife is great for just making cuts but when you
want a perfect line or you have to go around an edge knifeless tape is the way
to go also this is a lifesaver its rapid TAC this we apply it right before we put
the vinyl down now we do wipe it off but it gets rid of everything on the surface
so you have a clean surface to work with and you don’t get little rocks or
anything that show up underneath the vinyl you can’t get them out you need a
squeegee you need an exacto knife isopropyl alcohol to clean the grease
before you hit it with the wrap attack as well as a trusty dusty
what is this trap heat gun yeah that’s right can’t do it without a heat gun now
all this stuff is linked down in the description so click down there by what
you guys need again this is all the stuff that we used now it’s time to get
rid of these stickers from a forty day trip get this thing all cleaned up so we
can show you guys all the tips and tricks that we wish we would have known
so one thing that you may not think of it this is your first vinyl wrap is
doing it under light now we put 911 our stripes under and then we wrapped over
and you can see it it gives it a really cool effect something it’s very subtle
yet its kind of unique so you might want to put stickers or something on
and do that before you actually put the wrap on but one of the things that we
did that really helped was we started to work the vinyl and get acclimated with
it so let me show you over here take some sort of scrap piece and put it
between here and here okay now what we want to do is we want to heat it up but
we’ll take a quick look at these imperfections in the vinyl this new
vinyl is so good that with just a little bit of heat this will go all the way
right so check this out eat it up eat it up eat it up look at
that disappears disappears now the second thing I want you to do is go
through and really work the stretch now watch this I can really mess with it
okay now watch this with a little bit of heat it goes right back and relaxes
okay so that’s the first thing the second thing is I’m going over to my
fender here and take this and you can see it’s totally screwed up but in a
second it’ll be perfect like this they get
really aqua mated with it so do something that has a little bit of
curvature like the front fenders now I laid it down and you can see these
fingers right here so this is something that what we were doing before is we
were taking the squeegee and just working them out and like totally
screwing this up but if you start looking the vinyl needs to be stretched
down this way so you always want to put a spot like this where it’s completely
flat and then pick it up with your hands and what we found is you get under to
where that finger is and then give it a little feet just a little bit you can
feel it on your fingertips and then lay it down with a squeegee you’d be able to
just it right out so what you’ll want to do is just start playing with the vinyl
play with the scrap piece set it back down you can see that there’s some some
bad spots here and all we’ll do is is hit it and watch it disappear just like
that also overheat it see how much temperature it’ll take before it
actually does get all crumbly like that so anyway that’s one of the first trip
sorry one of the first tips I don’t know it’s one of the two we’re now gonna
actually lay some glass here and give you guys an up-close-and-personal look
on how to do that so I’m gonna need trav if you have a friend get a buddy because
otherwise it’s really tough to lay glass by yourself now that you’ve had an
opportunity to play around with the vinyl and sort of see its limitations
what I can and can’t do how far you can really push it it’s time to lay your
first piece so to do that before before you can lay any sort of violet you’ve
got to measure it up and we came up with this trick I think it’s pretty widely
used it’s just using some painters tape you’re gonna want to put it a couple
inches off the edge you want about three inches at least off each edge we’re just
going to run a piece of painters all the way around keeping it tight to
the piece and rip it off we’re gonna do that for the length and the width see
the problem is this vinyl is wet obviously nothing on a car is flat for
the most part so to measure it accurately you’ve got to do something
that that takes account for the contours so the same thing on this side three
inches boom it’s just rough you can always go a
little over three inches just make sure you leave yourself a little bit of room
you’re gonna see why in the next step we’re gonna go ahead and put this up
against the rule of vinyl and get our first piece cut alright so now you and
your friend are gonna pull it out and then you’re gonna take that tape and
start at the end over there and what’s nice is Vivid has putting their name all
over so that then at the end of this tape here you can use that line so we’ll
use this premium line right here to be able to just cut straight down and then
we’ll be able to start wrapping alright guys so one of the things that
we did learn is that this rap attack says that you are supposed to lay the
vinyl wet with this stuff on it that is further from the truth what you want to
do is spray it down or spritz it and then you want to give it a good buff and
you actually want to lay down the vinyl dry now with it being wet which is what
we did earlier it did not work so make sure that you take a look and see what
the vinyl manufacturer recommends but for vivid vinyl Premium Plus we can
guarantee that you want to lay it down dry it’s a lot easier to work with that
way so I’m just gonna get this thing cleaned up real quick and then trap and
I are gonna lay some glass guys you guys can kind of use this vinyl now we
watched a bunch of like professionals doing vinyl wraps and like they laid it
down once and then it was like perfect that’s further from the truth as far as
like you can pick this up many times as you want lay it back down if it does get
it imperfection like there are some already here on this I know with this
type of vinyl right so I’m vinyls like chrome stuff like that like we’ve we
don’t know this is the only thing we have experienced with there supposedly
very very difficult to work with very little heat so your vinyl may vary a
little bit but as far as Vivid’s I like this color you really can kind of abuse
this stuff and when we talk about laying glass what is it exactly we’re trying to
do so what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna pick this up and kind of hold it like a
picnic table so all fours and pull it and then we’re trying to hit the crease
so you’ll be able to look at everything from like this ski box here just going
on the 911 to like this fender here you would look and see the flattest part of
the fender and that’s the part that you want to lay glass on so what melanne
glass means is it’s going to lay flat like glass and then you just lay it down
and then you’re gonna start working sections where with this rectangle here
we’re gonna work four quadrants so we’re gonna try to lay some glass real quick
which means we’re going to try the center part here and then we’re
going to activate some of the glue okay so we’re pulling it all fours pretty
hard pretty hard like pretty hard and we’re gonna lay it down nice alright
we’ve gotten a lot better at this since the first time we did it but this is
what it looks like guys so as you can see the center here there’s not a ton of
wrinkle marks like this right here now there are some on the sides and we’ll
work that but essentially what Trav’s going to try to do is lay a line across
here and then lay a line this way and you’ll see that in just a second but
right now he’s laying this because as you can see this has air in it so the
glue isn’t activated but right here this is where there’s some stickiness and
it’s going to be an anchor point for everything going forward so once we get
this situated the final step is to hit it with a heat gun which really
activates the glue so until you hit it with a heat gun and really activate that
glue it’s not going to totally stick it will come back up so we will show you at
the end how to activate that glue so that it’s not coming up so what we noticed is as trav was
walking down this line here there’s a bunch of imperfections I think you guys
can see him right there so he’s gonna actually hit it with some
heat because you want to get it when you see imperfection sorry you want to be
able to hit it with it off of the vehicle or ski box or whatever you are
wrapping so in this case we’re gonna pick it up and again you can see all the
imperfections right there see how he’s kind of abusing it and watch this guy’s and you can hit it pretty hard like I
said earlier you guys want to test how much heat this thing can actually take
but all those imperfections are literally disappearing it’s pretty
incredible stuff actually so look at that smooth as a baby’s bottom and now
he’s gonna do the same thing he’s gonna lay classify himself so he’s pulling
pulling pulling all right there we go and then he’s gonna continue the anchor
point down that way so now is a good opportunity to talk about squeegee
technique now your squeegee is gonna have a hard side and a felt side if it
doesn’t have that you’ve got the wrong squeegee used to make that happen the
hard side can damage this and it’s really for stuffing the final in two
places into tight crevices and stuff so proper squeegee technique first of all
you kind of want to put a bend in the squeegee take it and fold it a bit like
this to keep the hard edges from scratching the sides next you’re gonna
want to hold it at roughly a 45 degree angle and roughly a 45 degree angle this
way and sort of work like this now you can do straight lines but one thing that
we found that works particularly well at least with this final is to work 45 45
and then almost 45 again and sort of drag the squeegee along at an angle and
sort of shove the vinyl where it needs to go for some reason that technique
sort of helps us avoid these fingers now a perfect example of like a finger that
goes wrong is are these guys right here you can see that this is where the vinyl
just got too bunched up and it’s folded over itself it’s rock hard you can’t get
that out so we have to do is pick it back up you’re gonna keep it up in the
air you’re not gonna pull too hard on it if you if you pull while you heat it
you’re gonna get this to stretch out so you’re just gonna kind of keep it up off
whatever you’re wrapping take the heat watch
it’ll just disappear you can lay it back down now we’re gonna talk a little bit
about reading fingers we’ve ran into two types of fingers the first one being
something small like this so we’re gonna tackle this but before we do you have to
understand and read the vinyl which that means in this case this vinyl is bunched
up here and so we need to pull the vinyl away now a little bit of heat is
definitely going to help as well so what I found works best is you put
your hand under and you lift up past the finger give it a little bit of heat
you’ll see the finger disappear and then with the squeegee you just start laying
it down using the technique that trap told you 45 and 45 and all of a sudden
that finger is gone now the second finger that we ran into is a huge finger
now we call these the giant fingers and for a very good reason you can see that
autonomous irreal is bunched up and there is a huge finger this way so in
this case heats not going to be your best friend instead you need to pick up
the material and then readjust it so obviously the finger is going this way
so we need to pull the material this way from one another so I’m going to plug
this up there we go and then I’m just going to
start hanging it down and then with the squeegee just start working it again the
45-degree angle is what is going to get er done
now something really cool about modern vinyls is all of the ones worth their
salt have this some sort of pattern this one’s like a hexagon type pattern and
they call that air release and basically how it works is it it allows for all
these little channels underneath the vinyl and it gives the air a path to get
out so this is a pretty big bubble and we’ve already sort of locked all this
stuff down but something you can often get away with we’ll see if it works on
this one this bubble might be a little bit too big is you can actually push the
air together and then ultimately try to get it to lay down I think this one
might be a little too big we’ll see oh we got it completely gone so what just
happened there is all that air we pushed essentially it was pushed out through
these little micro channels inside the vinyl so if you ever run into a bubble
situation you can always try to lay it down that way first instead of having to
pick it all the way back up heat it up and then try to wrap it all the way back
down again bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble now guys we’ve been working this
pretty hard and we’ve gotten to this last spot and you can see there’s some
excess material here so what we’ve been doing is working at about a half inch
and then we’d have to lift back up and get all the fingers back out of it what
we found is that you can heat this up and make it feel kind of like balloon
consistency and then be able to lay it down now again if you’re using Chrome or
something like that don’t do this you’ll probably put heat marks in it but you
should know that from the first tip that we gave you which is get to know your
vinyl so in this case I’m going to lift it up
inch pass where all these fingers are I’m going to hit it with quite a bit of
heat and then travel now you’re going to try to lay it down pulling away from the
fingers all the fingers right here so we’re going to pull the material this
way to be able to all right we got it so now I’m going to hit it with quite a bit
of heat you actually keep some tension on the vinyl as you do this so we’re
gonna hit it pretty hard all right I’m gonna set this bad boy
down and now we’re gonna pull pull pull and look at that you guys
glass that is one way that we found to really expedite the way that we’ve been
wrapping which it still takes forever a ton of patience at the end of the day
when you see all these fingers starting to form all you have to do is heat it up
and pull it down come on with that balloon consistency and you can see
right here travel is able to work it out a little bit and bam that is a way to do
it isn’t it well using all the tips and tricks that we showed you guys earlier
we’ve gotten most of the box done we got the top the top like third of the sides
as well as the front completed now we’re gonna tackle this back and it’s a very
complex shape so we want to give you guys a few minutes of just watching us
work together on how we’re going to tackle it essentially I’m thinking we’re
gonna start at the top get it some heat start laying it and you’ll start
watching us read all those fingers so now further ado guys this thing’s almost
broken I’ve been using it so we have to link to a better one really we’re very firm with that so this is a perfect scenario of we’re
probably the correct way to wrap this would have actually been to do what’s
called an inlay and that’s basically when you wrapped up this part first or
whatever the most complex part is on like a front bumper you do like the the
gills like the air ducts or the brake ducts you get that wrapped first then
you take some of that knifeless tape and you tape all the way around here and
that way when you take another piece of vinyl you sort of wrap the edge then you
can pull the tape and you’ve got the concave and it creates almost a perfect
seam that you can’t even hardly notice but what we’re finding is there’s just
so much tension and extra material and stress here there’s a good chance that
correct way to do this is an inlay no we’re gonna try to do it we’re gonna do
an inlay well guys kind of exciting news we’re
gonna show you guys how to do an inlay with knifeless tape so what we’re gonna
do is pull all this back and then we’re gonna lay a second piece there lay some
knifeless tape so we get to show you guys how to do that and then ultimately
knock it over and have a nice clean cut so guys we’re gonna pull that up and
then we’ll show you guys how to do an inlay portion of this in just a second
so a knifeless tape you want to leave a couple extra inches on either side so it
makes it super easy to work with and then you have something to hold on to
when you pull it you’ll notice in just a second when we show you how to cut the
inlay how that helps but I’m gonna follow the line and I’m trying to get
right under the crease essentially and I work a couple inches at a time try not
to put too much tension on it and off the other side alright so we cut
our inlay piece of material so now we’re gonna lay it on you just have to barely
go over the green line and then we’ll be able to cut it off protip by the way be very careful with
the heat gun as you guys can see I got a little tattoo who will branding there so
when you’re setting it down make sure that your arms not in the way because it
won’t burn it out of your arm so much easier so what this is proving
is that when you guys find a place that it becomes super hard to stretch the
material figure out if there’s a way to do an inlay because it becomes so much
easier doing it this way all right we’re gonna finish this up and I’ll show
you how to do the nyquist tape you want to leave a little extra necklace tape
because then what you do is you take your thumbs and pointer fingers and push
down on to get rid of that green so now it’s just the actual knifeless tape
stuff and then you’re gonna give it a nice little tug and as you can see it
cuts all the way around perfectly and all you have to do is take out the
little green stuff by just pulling it out like that and you are done with that
part of the inlay taking care of we’re gonna finish up these sides and we get
all the way back to the rear section here we’re gonna show you how we’re
gonna use knifeless tape again and create a perfect perfect seam between
the two that most people will hardly even notice alright guys so as trav was
saying for the inlay we’re gonna put some more knifeless tape and like the
first time we’re gonna keep a couple of inches passed so that you can easily
access the tape normally you want a half inch or less
and again the knife this tape is gonna give it that really professional look
because it’s gonna cut super clean so try to keep the same distance between
the knife list tape wine and the inlay if you can and you’ll see once we’re
done you literally can’t tell that it’s an inlay and as you can tell you can barely tell
or can you tell okay trav and I have finally gotten the whole box wrapped now
the next part is trimming which again takes a ton of patience it’s going to
take just as much time as it took you to wrap the car you want to be very careful
and not cut off too much material always remember that this material does shrink
with heat so we’re gonna show you how to heat it up beforehand to minimize the
amount of shrink but when it goes out into the sunlight and bakes under some
hot Sun it’ll shrink as well so make sure that every cut is a little longer
than you think it should be now with that being said one of the first things
you need to do is clean the place that you’re gonna be laying the material if
it’s a real well or something clean it diligently use the isopropyl alcohol
then use something like the rapid tack and that should be cleaned at the
beginning because if you use wrap attack now the Queen on the inside of this box
to lay it it’s gonna get the vinyl wet and that will get rid of the adhesive
you don’t want to do that now the first thing I’m gonna show you is how to heat
it properly and then I’m gonna show you how to actually stick it and cut it so
let’s get to heating okay for this one guys what we’re gonna want to do is heat
up the material you can see it’s all crinkly that doesn’t matter since it’s
mostly gonna be cut off under but heat it up and stretch it kind of like that
balloon and then go under and you want to stick it about an inch so we keep the heat get it pretty warm all right and then
you take it you stretch and go under about an inch then you can take your
squeegee and just push it up against what that did is it activated the
adhesive so now it’s back there at least an inch so that then when we go to cut
it boom it’s like that again you don’t want any water or contaminants any dirt
or anything because that will not let the adhesive stick and you only get one
shot at that so again clean thoroughly I can’t stress that enough obviously okay
so first thing you need to do is activate the adhesive one more time Brad
there’s this there’s let’s say you’re going to put that right there there just
like literally above your first thing you want to do is heat it up get it
blistering hot and that’ll activate the adhesive and then with your squeegee or
my squeegee is you then want to hit it really push it up again it doesn’t
matter what it looks like cuz it’s gonna be shown and the last thing is take that
sharp knife and you want to do it as clean as you can so but a half inch to
an inch and you want to just slide it along and again you can just score it or
in this case we don’t really care too much about this box you cut it and then
peel it off and you can tell that looks a lot nicer than what we had going on
before so that’s how you finish it if you’re doing a ski box or any other
flips or anything like that right here is a handle now you can’t push the vinyl
in so instead what we’re gonna have to do is cut just along the outside now if
you scored the vinyl rather than put the razor down super hard on it you actually
won’t cut anything under it so that’s why you always want to have a super
sharp razor first thing we’re gonna want to do again the vinyl shrinks we’re
gonna heat it up and then we’re gonna cut just along the outside edge so
there’s a couple millimeters of vinyl okay so I heated her up now I’m gonna
take the plastic side of the squeegee and really push it down and you can see
how I’m getting it all the way and again you’re working with vinyl so you can
press pretty hard and you’re not gonna damage anything now next thing is I’m
going to take the razor and cut just on the outside this is pretty tough to do you got to
have a smooth hand if we did it correctly you won’t even be able to tell where the vinyl ends and where the
handle begins so there we got that and now I have take the plastic side again
because it leaves a little bit of the vinyl up and I push it down into that as
much as possible all right so the final tip we have for
you guys is to post heat your vinyl so after you’ve done all your trimming
everything is completely done you’re gonna heat the vinyl up pretty hot
vivid vinyl says at 90 degrees Fahrenheit that’s when the vinyl will
hurt we’ll go back to uses its memory function it’ll it’ll smooth all this
kind of stuff out so somewhere probably around 90 degrees is what you’re aiming
to do what that does is it fully activates the adhesive and they stir you
get a really really good bond alright guys there you have it those are all the
tips and tricks that we wish we would have known before we vinyl wrapped this
car is our first car ever hopefully you found this video super helpful let us
know in the comments if you know any other tips or tricks that we missed out
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