Don’t Rush It

One thing I’ve learned in life: If you don’t take your time to do something right the first time, you will have to do it again. Why create more work for yourself? Having patience and taking the proper time can save hours of frustration and money too. Printing and installing vehicle wraps are no exception. Most businesses don’t have much time for their vehicles to be off the road and expect the job to be done in a timely manner. It is important to plan out the installation of a wrap and ensure the necessary amount of time is given for the wrap to properly “cure” before installation. Typically, a wrap should be printed and allowed to sit for at least 24 hours before lamination. This allows the graphic to properly dry and any solvents in the ink to “outgas” or be released from the print before sealing it with lamination. If the print is laminated too quickly there is a risk of the active solvents undermining the integrity of the lamination or the vinyl itself. Discoloration and accelerated deterioration are possible side effects of this rapid lamination. So it’s best to calculate and plan in advance the amount of time you will need to have a wrap properly installed without any issues. You will save yourself many headaches if you plan accordingly. We all know it’s no fun doing the same job twice.