While the simple answer to the question “Can car wraps be repaired?” is “yes”, the severity of the damage caused to the wrap will determine how comprehensive the repair job is. At Wrap Guys, we understand that accidents happen. That is why our team of custom vinyl wrap experts are always available to answer any questions you might have or to help repair damage to your car wrap.
How to Repair Small Scratches on a Vinyl Car Wrap
Small scratches on a custom car wrap can often be repaired with a vinyl patch. While this is something that you may be able to do on your own, having the wrap repaired by your vinyl wrap company will ensure that the patch looks flawless.
The basic steps that go into repairing a small scratch on a vinyl car wrap are:
1. Clean the Damaged Area
Using a mix of soap and water, carefully clean the damaged area with a microfibre towel. Make sure to remove any debris, wax, or grease from the area before performing any type of bodywork, as these substances can affect how the vinyl patch adheres to the vehicle.
2. Remove Damaged Vinyl Sections
While the damaged area is still wet, use a sanding block with wet sandpaper to remove the damaged vinyl sections from the vehicle. Only place light pressure on the block and sand horizontally. Once the damaged vinyl has been removed, clean the area again and dry it down with a microfibre towel.
3. Apply the Vinyl Patch
Measure out a vinyl patch that is large enough to cover the damage, as well as overlap with the existing vinyl wrap. Once you have the right size vinyl patch, remove the backing and use your fingers or a squeegee to start applying the middle of the vinyl. Working your way up and down the patch, make sure to remove any air bubbles. If you are having a hard time, consider heating the vinyl with a heat gun or hairdryer to make it easier to stretch.
4. Adhere the Vinyl Patch
Once the vinyl patch is fully applied, use a heat gun or hairdryer on any stretched surfaces, such as curves or creases, to help the vinyl wrap adhere to the vehicle.
Vinyl Wrap Repairs After a Car Accident
If you have been in a major vehicle accident, it may still be possible to repair your custom vehicle wrap. In the event that the damage on your car has to be repaired and repainted, make sure to ask the auto repair technician how long the paint needs to cure. While you may be able to drive your car once the paint is dry to the touch, the paint below the surface needs time to harden and bond to the vehicle before your car wrap can be repaired.
If you would like to learn more about how car wraps can be repaired, or if you are interested in one of our vehicle wrap services, please contact Wrap Guys at 604-996-6389 or by filling out a form on our website.