Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked this very vague question a lot and it is hard to answer without being given the correct relevant information. First you want to try checking our “pricing” page which was made just to answer this question. Getting straight to some general pricing, an average graphic advertisement wrap is about $2500 and the average color change paint replacement wrap is closer to $3600. Chrome wraps? Most chrome wraps start in the $6,000 range… yes, it’s that expensive! Chrome vinyl is the most expensive film and hardest to install. Want to just wrap your rooftop or hood? That can cost closer to $200-$450. Interior parts? $400-$800. All the chrome trim on the outside of your vehicle, $500 to $1200. These are all of course just a ballpark range and your price could be slightly less or possibly even more expensive.

Now lets get to some determining facts which most people leave out when contacting us. The make model and year of the vehicle being wrapped AND what type of wrap. Every vehicle is different as are most wraps. For example, a full size SUV would cost more than a compact 2 door sedan… but a full wrap on a compact sedan may cost more than larger cargo van which will not be wrapped on the bumpers or rooftop since in many cases it doesn’t make sense to wrap an area which is not visible. Plus, the cargo van has less windows than the compact sedan which means less cuts and the type of wrap would also make a difference. Graphic wraps for business advertising are generally less expensive than paint replacement film because, the detail required for a color change is much more extensive therefore requiring more material and more labor. For paint replacement film, the installation needs to be immaculate and that is where our expertise comes in. When we say “the average paint wrap”, we mean standard colors. Specialty films with texture like carbon fiber, brushed metal and leather can add roughly $800-$1000 to the price of a wrap, whereas Chrome or other exotic finishes can add anywhere between $2000 to $4500 to a wrap.

The timeline from the time you meet us to the time you drive away with your new wrap has many variables. Is the artwork ready for print? If so, we can have the graphics ready for installation usually within 48 hours. If the graphics are not ready, it could take anywhere from 1 day to as much as two weeks before we can have something that is ready to print. Once we can get you scheduled into out books for installation, Graphic advertisement wraps usually take 2-4 days to complete. Once we see your vehicle, we can give you a more accurate time frame for completion.

Depending on the size of the vehicle, the standard color change wrap take 4-5 days for installation… not taking into consideration how far out your appointment is scheduled.

Another question that has many variables. A standard color change wrap film usually has an expected outdoor durability of 7-12 years on vertical surfaces and printed graphic wraps have 5-7 years durability. The amount of sun and dew exposure plays a large part in the durability of all materials. Horizontal areas (such as the roof, hood and trunk of vehicles) which are exposed to UV rays and acid buildup from dust and dew will greatly be reduced down to about 1 to 3 years depending on color, finish and manufacturer. Perforated window graphics only have an outdoor durability of about 1 year. Matte and metallic finishes have the least durability while gloss finishes have the best outdoor durability. Factors which can greatly improve the life expectancy of the vinyl are, garaging the vehicle, washing it regularly, waxing gloss finishes (no carnauba waxes and nothing that requires a serious buff to polish up).

Yes, in many cases you need an appointment before we can take in your vehicle. On any given day, we could be booked out as far as 2 to 3 weeks before we can take in your vehicle for installation. In the event you have a smaller job such as a roof wrap or some vehicle letters for your doors, we can occasionally squeeze you in sooner than the first available appointment. The only way to know is to contact us and ask.

Maintaining your wrap is easy. The same way you would want to take care of a quality paint job, you would with a wrap. Hand washing is always best. You can go to a full service car wash station which uses actual humans to scrub your car. Avoid drive through car washes with those crazy spinning whips but you and also want to avoid touch-less car washes which use extremely high pressures. You don’t need to, but you can wax your wrap with using waxes recommended for leather and plastic parts and make sure they do not contain any Carnauba aka Palm wax, as the acid content in this type of wax doesn’t play well with vinyl. Waxing is recommended as it only improves the look and durability of your wrap. We usually try to stock a care kit made specifically for vehicle wraps so you can also buy care products directly through us.

If your wrap was professionally installed and removed, it should not hurt your OEM paint. In many cases wraps preserve your paint underneath. We have seen damage to vehicles for several reasons. Installer that are not trained or experienced can cause damage by cutting into your vehicle with a blade. Also if the installation was not done right it will cause premature lifting and then lead to failure of your wrap. Using the wrong or inferior wrap film cause cause damage to your wrap by either etching its adhesive into your paint finish or by ripping your paint off during removal.

We only use the best wrap films available by 3M and Avery and we are one of the few wrap shops in the area which hold multiple certifications from the manufacturers. The use of these films and our expertise in installation means that not only will you wrap last for years to come, but your new factory paint underneath won’t be damaged when you have your wrap professionally removed later down the road.

Yes, we can! We have multiple designers on our staff to help you modify an existing design or create a entirely new one. We can design a wrap according to your specifications or help you on the right path if you don’t have many specifications in the first place.

If you can feel a rough texture on your car surface, a vinyl wrap will not help since those imperfections will show through the vinyl. You will need some body work before we can wrap your car if there are dents and/or bumps. Rust and oxidation are a sign of failure and all these areas will show through if not right away, in the near future.

We offer a 1 year installation warranty on most wraps. Our vinyl manufacturers each have their own vinyl warranty policy but the general rule of thumb is, if the manufacturer warranties it, we’ll warranty it.

There’s a lot of reasons if you have good existing paint… not so many reasons if your paint already looks like it needs some attention. Refer to our wrap pages for more information.

This information is intended for graphic designers or people with some graphic program knowledge. If you are unsure of any of these requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to speak with you or your graphic designer to help with this process.

Files should be created in RGB format using any design program. Please note that our printer automatically converts graphics to CMYK for printing. Providing art in CMYK may produce unwanted color shifting which we are not responsible for. All files should be full scale at the appropriate resolution. While artwork for a business card for example, is designed at 300 dpi at full scale… large format designs such as vehicle wraps and banners will be 72 dpi at full scale; anything larger and the file size will be too big. Our standard printer quality setting is 720×720 and printing a full scale file designed at 72 dpi can produce amazing detail and clarity. Vector files do not have resolution concerns, although their gradient and effects do and will need to be adjusted accordingly in the file settings.

File types we accept and recommend are .AI, .EPS, .PDF, .TIFF, .PSD, .JPEG; please contact us for anything other than these file types. You can either send your files to us by email, upload them onto our website or share them using any online file sharing site such as Dropbox.com

Remember, poor resolution art cannot be enhanced. Your image quality is dependent on the original resolution of your artwork. “Crappy in, crappy out.”

We do offer chrome wraps for vehicles but please note that chrome wraps start at $6,000 and go up from there. Installation is at least 5 to 6 business days for chrome finishes and we are usually always booked outwards of 2 weeks. We only use quality Avery wrap chrome vinyl which is currently the only conformable wrap vinyl available on the market. If you saw another brand online, or saw some pictures from a wrap shop offering an install for less, chances are high that the product is junk.

We can remove and reinstall individual panels for you. For graphic wraps, we keep your original wrap design file so we can reprint and reinstall any part of your wrap for you.

The best thing to do is stop by our shop for a quote. This will allow you to look at all the different colors and finishes available and also let us take care of a deposit to hold your install date and also order any material we might not already have in stock.

We sometimes are referred to as superheros or just “awesome people”… but occasionally even the best have their weaknesses. It is not recommended to wrap plastic parts especially textured plastics. There are a group of materials which are considered “low energy”, and unfinished plastics are at the top of that list. We also hate wrapping helmets or other ridiculously curvy or complex surfaces which can really push the materials capabilities to their limits. Most people think because the part is small that somehow it justifies being cheap… but honestly some of the most expensive parts to wrap are the smallest and we probably wouldn’t warranty the installation anyway. So leave your helmets, riding bicycles and motorcycles at home or buy some vinyl and try wrapping it yourself before you end up getting mad at us for not doing it for you. Dang, my fingers hurt just thinking of this.

Yes, we do wrap windows! In California (at the moment this is written at least), you can pretty much do anything to the windows behind the driver and passenger seats. We can use perforated vinyl or partial cut-vinyl decals to allow for visibility. We can also black out your back windows if you don’t care to see out of them.

No, we do not wrap car wheels. Sure, you probably saw a Youtube video of someone doing it or maybe heard it from a friend… but it is not recommended not only because it is much more expensive to properly do this installation than all of you think, but the durability of wrapped wheels just sucks. We can send out your wheels for powder coating though, and that stuff is tuff (expect on average between $500-$600 for a set of wheels powder coated).

Yes, we do vinyl graphics removal on vehicles and storefronts. We need to see your vinyl installation for quote as it depends on the quality which the vinyl is in as well as how it was originally installed. Vinyl removal is charged at a flat hourly rate. Please contact us with more information as well as any pictures if possible so that we can better help you. A few important key points to cover would be, how old, what type of vinyl was used and what condition is it now. You can upload images on our contact page as well.

We do occasionally perform on-site vinyl installations. It really just depends on the specific job and our current work load. Vinyl installation really needs a controlled work environment, not to mention that most installations can take several days. This is one reason that we prefer to do vinyl installations in our shop here in Fremont. If you have a standard vehicle wrap install, chances are that the additional costs for something like this will not add up. We rarely go off site to work but there are occasionally special instances where we need to accommodate an on-site vinyl installation. Please contact one of our staff members with the details of your request so that we can give you a quote.

We highly encourage that all of our customers shop around. Here at Vinyl ink, we understand that this is a big investment for most people and we value the trust that is built during each interaction. This is why we encourage you to shop based on quality of services and reputation  before you shop based just on price-point. Occasionally we are more expensive but many times we are not. Our main concern is to be fair and to ensure you receive the best service possible.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and unfortunately, thats something which is hard to come by in this industry. We are a fully insured, brick and mortar business, we own our own state of the art equipment and are one of just a handful of shops in the area which carry multiple installation certifications. We will waste more material and time in labor to ensure a better product, because it is the details that matter. Our amazing online customer testimonials on third party websites like Google and Yelp speak for themselves.

Give us a call or email us to discuss your next project. Even better yet, stop on by and say hello.