Let Us Help You Make An Informed Purchase
Here at Autokloak, we want our customers to be as informed as possible when making their decision to purchase a vehicle wrap. Vehicle wraps and graphics are an investment that you will have for 5+ years, so you should trust the people you’re working with and make sure they are doing the best possible job for you.
To help you make this decision and get a head start on your vehicle wraps and graphics project, here are some answers to questions that we hear all the time.
Design and Image Files
Before we print and install your wrap or graphic, we go through a proofing process with you. We make sure that you are satisfied with the design and quality of the text and graphics. As soon as you give us final approval of the proof we start producing your graphics.
There area number of ways to get artwork files to us. You can email the artwork as an attachment to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Upload it on our website through our secured link. Upload it to our dropbox storage area or bring it to us on a flash drive.
Vector or line format are the best types for us because of their ability to be scaled and reproduced without losing the quality of the image. Additionally, colors should be specified as CMYK, PMS, or pantone.
Please send artwork with 150 dpi, or a one-inch to one-foot ratio.
Vehicle Rear Window Graphics
A rear window graphic is usually made with either standard (cut) vinyl or vinyl. Cut vinyl would be used in the case of doing lettering along the rear windshield, without having a full design. perforated window vinyl is how you achieve the full design you don’t get from cut vinyl.
More commonly known as window perf, it has the same adhesive qualities of standard vinyl, however it has small holes in it that allow you to see out. On the inside the car will look slightly tinted, while on the outside everyone will see your design.
In both cases yes. With cut vinyl, the actual vinyl is taking up such a small amount of the rear windshield, you should be able to see almost as well as if it was there. With window perf, the holes are cut to a side where most of your graphic will be visible, while giving you enough vision to see out the back when you need to.
Lamination is apply a clear vinyl (laminate) to the graphic side of the printed vinyl. Laminate is used to protect the ink on the vinyl from scratches, keep it clean, and prevent UV rays from making the image on the graphic from fading.
If you are looking for long term, then yes, however short term graphics (~6 months) don’t need to be laminated. In the case of fleet graphics or for small businesses where you will have the same design on the graphic for a long time, it’s worth it to have the window perf laminated. Short term cases usually come up if you own a city bus with continuously changing graphics, or if you are promoting an event and will only want the window perf for a short amount of time.
Rear window graphics will stay on your vehicle for their warrantied time, and can then be removed. They can be removed using a heat gun to soften the vinyl and pulled off.
No. The smooth nature of glass allows for the vinyl to be removed easily leaving little to no adhesive residue if removed within the 2 year warranty period.
Absolutely. You should wash your car the day or the day before you bring your vehicle in for installation. Not only is there an additional cleaning fee of $100 if you don’t, but if you didn’t wash it at all, you’d have bits of dirt and debris under the vinyl that would stand out when the installation is completed. Avoid this problem, save yourself some money, and wash the vehicle.
Vinyl graphics stay on well when they are in use and come off easy when it’s time to remove. We use a head gun to soften the vinyl and then pulling the vinyl off from there. Because of the adhesive, it’s difficult to accidentally remove the vinyl, but simply to when you’d like to change it out.
It is possible if you use perforated window vinyl. Known more commonly as window perforation it is vinyl with holes in it that allow light to come in, as well as let you see out of. From inside the vehicle it should look like your windows are tinted, while on the outside you can see a printed graphic. In most states it’s illegal to have window perforation on the wind shield or on the driver or passenger windows. However, it is legal to have window perforation on the rear window shield or rear windows.
Vehicle Wraps and Graphics
A vehicle wrap is a giant sticker that can be customized with colors, images and designs that are applied onto the painted surface of a vehicle. This is done with pressure sensitive vinyl that is applied by 3M certified installers. Wraps can be installed on just about any surface, however we primarily see cars, vans, trucks, sprinter vans, food trucks and box trucks.
There are many benefits to wrapping your vehicle. To name a few, unlike a paint job it doesn’t affect the resale value of the vehicle, it doesn’t void a leased vehicle warranty, it costs much less and it looks much better than paint. Most importantly it will get your business noticed every time you have your vehicle on the road.
There are a lot of variables that go into pricing a vehicle wrap so it’s hard to give one universal number. The standard we give for budgeting is $20-$25 per square foot. However, sometimes a complex design can add to the cost.
The quotes we present to our clients are all inclusive of what you will see and get out of your vehicle wrap. We use high quality cast vinyl, the best color matching and management out there, over laminate to protect your wrap for UV rays and scratches, and 3M Preferred installers to ensure that your wrap looks amazing. If you are comparing proposals between companies, make sure to find out what materials they are using and if their installation and design fees are included in their bids.
Vehicle wraps usually last around 5 to 6 years, but can sometimes last up to 10 years. It really depends on the conditions the vehicle is driven and stored in. After the standard 5 years the wrap should come off leaving little to no residue returning the vehicle to its original color.
In most cases this shouldn’t be an issue. If you are worried about paint damage talk to your supplier and consider spot test before wrapping. If the paint is old and brittle or if you have a painted bumper, the vinyl may remove some of the paint in these cases.
Business Related Questions
3M SELECT GRAPHIC ACCREDITATION:
Autokloak strives for excellence from design to implementation and as a direct result of our commitment to excellence we have earned the title of 3M Select Graphic Specialist.
As dedicated 3M partners Autokloak can help you create and execute the perfect graphic solution you are looking for. When working with Autokloak you are entrusting your graphics to a 3M™ Select Partner with the ideal systems, hardware and software for the production and installation of MCS™ warrantied graphics.
Autokloak is recognized by 3M™ as a leader within the graphics industry that provides the 3M™ MCS™ warranty, which is the most comprehensive warranty in the industry. We provide in-house professional graphics design and the ability to execute large scale campaigns by offering national coverage.
Autokloak ensures all vehicle applications are installed by a recognized 3M™ Preferred Installer to ensure successful application.
Installing vehicles wraps and commercial graphics takes a tremendous amount of skill and training. All of our installers are certified or are in the process of achieving their 3M™ Preferred Installer certification in Canada and 3M™ Certified in the United States. Preferred installers are required to complete a testing program that is designed to demonstrate which graphics installers are the most skilled. The test is a grueling two-day written and hands on test, which includes the demonstration of knowledge and skills for an extensive list of applications. Being a 3M Preferred Installer demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the best vehicle wraps and graphics installation available.
All of our installers have completed this testing which allows Autokloak to offer the industry leading MCS™ warranty for most our installations.
Most of the time this shouldn’t be an issue. Make sure to review your lease or rental agreement to see if there’s any information about vehicle wraps, and consider reaching out to the company you are leasing from. Overall, this shouldn’t be an issue though.
Unlike a paint job it doesn’t affect the resale value of the vehicle. It doesn’t void a leased vehicle warranty, costs much less than a new paint job, easier to patch area if there’s an accident and it hides dings and scratches. Most importantly, because of it’s fully customizable nature, it will get your business noticed.
Laws will vary depending on your location, so make sure to review your local laws before applying rear window graphics to your vehicle.
Rear window graphics are 100% removable within the warranty period, they are fully customizable, cheaper than a vehicle wrap, don’t damage your vehicle like magnets can, are allowed in most leasing contracts, and most importantly, it draws attention to your vehicle to help get your company noticed.