What is a Wrap?

Wrapping a car is the practice of completely or partially covering a vehicle with with vinyl. Vehicle wraps have been used by businesses to turn their vehicles into a mobile billboard for quite some time, but with recent advancements in the vinyl industry, prices of vinyl wrap films have reduced and a variety of new colors and finishes have been introduced to the market. Not only can you use these vinyls to change the color of your vehicle but you can also change the texture and finish of them as well.

What are the Pros of Wrapping a Vehicle?

  • Significant Exposure – According to studies from the Traffic Audit Bureau for Media Measurement (TAB), a vehicle wrap can generate 30,000 to 70,000 views per day.
  • Long Lasting – Applied wraps typically last three to five years, allowing you to get the most for your investment.
  • Protects a Vehicle’s Finish – A wrap can help preserve a vehicle’s finish without hurting the resale value. Some customers even purchase one-color wraps in lieu of repainting their vehicles.
  • Easy Removal/Repair – A professional installer can cleanly remove a wrap and eliminate all traces of the installation. If you need to make changes to an existing wrap, the installer only needs to replace individual panels.
  • Exclusivity – Get the full benefits of advertising your business without sharing space with other advertisers (as you would with promotional mailers or rotating billboards).
  • No Bidding Process – You’ll have no competition with other businesses to advertise in prime locations.
  • Increased Visibility For Frequent Drivers – Mobile advertising becomes increasingly more valuable for companies that put vehicles on the road frequently (such as delivery services or bus companies).

How Durable are Vehicle Wraps?

It depends of climate and outdoor conditions. Typically, vehicle wraps are printed on sheets of cast or calendared vinyl. The primary difference between the two vinyl wraps is durability. Cast vinyl is best for long-term use of 4 to 7 years; calendared vinyl is appropriate for short-term or flat surface wraps lasting just 3 to 5 years.

What are the Different Types of Vehicle Wraps?

  • Full Wrap – Covers the entire surface of the vehicle. Includes perforated window film (known as “window perfs”) that covers glass surfaces without impacting the driver’s visibility.
  • Half Wrap – Covers half the sides of the vehicle and extends around the back. Half wraps may also include a logo for the hood.
  • Window Graphics Only – Graphics printed on window perfs.
  • Vinyl Lettering/Spot Graphics Only – A simple and inexpensive solution that may include 1 to 2 colors, a company logo, and/or a call to action on the side of the vehicle.

How Do You Clean a Vehicle Wrap?

To increase the lifespan of your wrap, you should always hand wash your vehicle. Using high pressure washers can decrease the life expectancy of your vehicle wrap.

File Uploads

How can I send you photos of my vehicle or design files for my Wrap?

We are currently using WeTransfer for file delivery. This is a free service, does not require any sort of account and can accommodate file sizes up to 2GB.

What are the steps to send files?

  • Go to http://wetransfer.com
  • Select the file(s) you want to send by clicking on the “+”
  • Enter Info@CharlestonWraps.com in the “Recipient’s email” field so we will be notified that you have sent a file.
  • Fill in your own email address
  • Write a description in the message box. Helps us identify the files and what project they are for!
  • Hit the ‘Transfer’ button, and the files are uploaded to the WeTransfer cloud. You are done!

What file formats are accepted?

  • .AI – Adobe Illustrator
  • .EPS – Encapsulated Post Script
  • .PSD – Adobe Photoshop
  • .PDF
  • .JPG

When sending us vector files, be sure to change all text to outlines to avoid font issues.

How does WeTransfer work?

Once the file(s) have reached us, you receive a confirmation email. When the file(s) is downloaded, you get an email that notifies you that we have received your files successfully. Easy as that!!!