Car wraps are an effective and affordable way to personalize your vehicle while also providing protection for the original paint. However, installing a car wrap can be a tricky and time-consuming process that requires attention to detail and proper technique. With over 25 years of experience, we have run into challenges and made mistakes along the way. We can confidently say that now, we have nailed down the car wrapping process and provide our customers with high-quality wraps, that last them years to come. Here are some of the most common mistakes when it comes to car wrapping, and tips to ensure that you avoid them from happening in the first place. Keep reading! 

Lack of surface preparation

One of the most common mistakes people make when installing a car wrap is failing to properly prepare the surface. Any dirt, grease, or debris on the surface can cause the wrap to bubble, peel or fail to adhere properly. Before installing the wrap, make sure to clean the surface thoroughly with a high-quality cleaner, and ensure that there are no traces of contaminants left behind.

Stretching the vinyl too much

Another mistake people make is stretching the vinyl too much, which can cause it to thin out and create visible lines or bubbles in the wrap. It’s important to use the correct technique when stretching the vinyl to avoid this. Start with small sections and gradually increase the stretch as you move along. Be sure not to over-stretch the vinyl as it can also cause the adhesive to fail over time.

Not using enough heat

When applying a car wrap, heat is a crucial element in the installation process. The heat helps the vinyl conform to the shape of the vehicle, creating a smooth and seamless finish. One of the most common mistakes people make is not using enough heat, which can cause the vinyl to lift or bubble. Always make sure to use a heat gun or torch to activate the adhesive and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.

Not trimming excess vinyl properly

After applying the vinyl, it’s essential to trim the excess material to create a clean and finished look. However, some people make the mistake of not trimming the excess vinyl properly, leaving visible edges or rough cuts. To avoid this, make sure to use a sharp blade and take your time when trimming the edges. If possible, use a wrap-cutting tool to ensure a precise and clean cut.

Rushing the installation

Installing a car wrap takes time and patience. Rushing the installation process can lead to mistakes and a less than satisfactory result. Take your time and follow the installation instructions carefully. If you’re not confident in your abilities, it’s best to seek professional installation services.


With all of that being said, installing a car wrap requires attention to detail, patience, and proper technique. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can achieve a seamless and professional-looking finish that will last for years to come. Remember to always prepare the surface properly, stretch the vinyl gradually, use enough heat, trim excess vinyl carefully, and take your time to ensure a successful installation. If you want a professional to get the job done, we’d be happy to take it over! Reach out to us today to get started.