Frequently Asked Questions
BIGIDEA Wraps is a Premier Digital Graphics and Wraps Company. BIGIDEA Wraps makes its mark on the industry with incredible attention to detail in its custom, one-off creations. They are known for their ability to Simulate Paint on High Performance Vinyl. BIGIDEA controls all aspects of production in house, from concept to reality. Many companies that utilize the skills of BIGIDEA provide them full latitude to create and implement imaging for their show vehicles, as well as applications for their Transporters and Commercial vehicles.
Bigidea Wraps Large-format printing technologies using solvent based inks and 3M Digital Media.
What is a Vehicle Wrap?
A Wrap is a large vinyl decal. It is applied directly over the original paint of the vehicle. The application of the Wrap allows you to change the car’s appearance in a very short period of time and in turn allows you to remove the Wrap, returning the vehicle back to it’s original condition in an even a shorter period of time, if it’s necessary!.
The BIGIDEA Wrap’s alternative to paint is not only more cost effective, but will provide more pop, detail and impact that paint cannot come close to. Whether you are a large corporation, advertising for a weekend, a company advertising your business for a few years or an individual that has a custom BIGIDEA Wrap created for your daily driver. A BIGIDEA Wrap will get you noticed!
Regarding Hard to wrap areas: The High Performance vinyl used for a BIGIDEA Wrap requires properly prepared surfaces to promote adhesion. On many vehicles, we will encounter painted surfaces that may not be conducive for that necessary adhesion and durability of the materials, such as door handles, hinges, textured surfaces, emblems, rubber, moldings, weather stripping, sliding windows, exhaust areas and some extreme convex and compound curves. Vinyl wrap material will NOT stick properly to rubber windows moldings. It is not recommended that these areas be wrapped. With this understanding it is up to the client’s discretion if they want to carver these areas of the vehicle.
We typically will not wrap rubber or plastic areas of the vehicle. It is important that you understand a Wrap does not provide for covering 100% of the vehicle, as some areas are not conducive to vinyl at all such as cracks, expansion joints and rubber seams. Some vehicles have indentations on bumpers and other areas that may distort the text if viewed up close. In most cases the images and message will look fine when viewed form the viewing distance of 10 feet away. The material manufacturers recommend a 1 inch gap in deep crevice areas to prevent material failure and insure correct adhesion. The materials used by BIGIDEA Wraps are of the highest quality from manufactures such as 3M and Avery and have been designed and tested for outdoor use, such as the utilization of inks and laminates with UV properties, to help prevent fading and cracking over time. The durability of wrap materials is 4-5 years outdoors.
How much protection do you need? BIGIDEA Wraps can offer a corporate look, custom look or the wildest ideas you can come up with, we also offer you a warranted protection. BIGIDEA Wraps uses 3M Graphics™ for a high-gloss off-the-showroom shine.
Vehicle Wrap Examples
Below are a couple vehicle wrap examples and pictures showing how good the visibility is through the vehicle wraps. We use a special way vision vinyl on the window so you can look out from the inside.
Pickup Truck wraps
Sprinter van wraps
Rear Window Visibility
Side Window Visibility
Vehicle Wraps vs. Paint
You might be wondering why you should go with our vehicle wraps over paint. We're glad you asked! Below are a several reasons why vehicle wraps are a better choice than paint:
- Less than 1/2 the Cost of Paint - our vehicle wraps are much less expensive than painting your vehicles to have the same effect.
- Better Vehicle Resale or Trade-in Value - our vehicle wraps actually help protect the vehicle's paint While they're on the vehicle and can easily be removed without harming the vehicle's finish. And when you are ready to sell or trade-in your vehicles, you will get much more money for your vehicles if they do not have your company's logos on the vehicles. If you had painted your fleet vehicles, either you or the buyer (dealership or end-user) is going to have totally sand down and repaint the vehicle in order to sell or use it. So in addition to the lower up-front cost of vehicle wraps, the overall cost for the life of the vehicle is also much less!
- Safer Driving with Better Visibility - the portion of the vehicle wrap that will cover your vehicle's windows is transparent from one side - allowing you to see out of the vehicle while keeping the sunlight from harming your vehicle's interior. You can hardly tell there is anything on the windows at all while you are driving - making it safer for the driver and other vehicles around! If your drivers are just plain horrible drivers, we're sorry, but we aren't going to be able to help them much!
- Easy to Update - our vehicle wraps are easy to update. If your company's name, address, phone number, web site, slogan, or products change, it is much easier and less expensive to modify or update a vehicle wrap. If your information is painted on the vehicle, that is a different story - one which your accounting department isn't going to like to hear.
- More Creative Flexibility and Freedom - you have much more creative flexibility and freedom with our custom vinyl graphic wraps for a couple different reasons. Our auto wraps are created digitally and you can see the design before it's on the vehicle so you can makes any changes before it's final. If you have an artist's sketch, film, or other formats of your design already, we can convert it to a digital image, so that isn't a problem either. Because the vinyl graphics can go on your vehicle's windows without reducing visibility, your design can seamlessly cover virtually your entire vehicle - giving you more space and flexibility to get your vehicle's advertising message or custom design across!
Example of wrong install procedures and use of cheap materials.
In regards to vehicle wraps, There is nothing more true than.. " You Get what you Pay For". A vehicle wrap is exposed to the natural environment 24 hours a day year around. The Fast and Cheap solutions will end up costing you more in the long run.
This is what happens when you use the wrong type of lamination on a long term vehicle wrap. The sun will eat the lamination and the results is wrap that looks worn out. The sun will dissolve the ink on the wrap if you use the wrong materials. Of course this wrap is way over its life expectancy.
This is what happens when you use the wrong type of vinyl for a wrap. Vehicle wrap vinyl should be designed to go around curves and into tight curves. It you use the wrong vinyl then it will not perform well around complex curves. The end result is that the vinyl will crack.
The is an example of a bad installation. The installer did not match the image panels correctly. Look at the image edges around the neck. You can see that they did match the image correctly.
The is an example of a premature color shift in the window perf area. This happens when the printing is done on the wrong type of window perforated vinyl. This can also happen when the window material is not laminated correctly with UV lamination. The image will fade too fast on the window perf. vinyl if the correct materials are not used.
Find High Resolution images
Large Format Printing and vehicle wraps requires Hi Resolution Images, unlike
what you would find on a web page. We provide the following web site links as a convenience to our customers.
They are a good resource for finding superior quality stock photos and images that are
suitable for large format digital printing. If you want to use any of these images in your graphics project..
you will be required to login and purchase your high resolution images from that web site. We do not control the prices on these sites and they all very in price. We recommend Istock.com and 123RF.com for the best prices high quality stock images..
If you have artwork you want to send us please contact us so we can provide you with our Art Specifications document.
Design Related questions.
How much does Bigidea charge for design work? Bigidea is a full service design company. We are skilled design professionals with many years of education and experience in graphic design. We use state of the art design applications such as Adobe Illustrator and Photo shop. Designs fees start at $75.00 per hour for graphic design time. If Bigidea is going to print and install your vehicle wrap, Bigidea will charge you a flat fee of $300.00 for a typical vehicle wrap design. Some projects are larger than a typical van wrap and the design time may be higher.
Do I get to keep the design files? Since Bigidea wraps designs a majority of all our wraps, Bigidea uses the original large format design files for the purpose of printing and installing the large format wraps we produce in house. Bigidea typically does not design a large format wrap project for another wrap company to print and install. Bigidea reserves the right to keep all the original photo shop and illustrator files created for Large Format printing. These files include all original layered JPG and PSD files.
Can Bigidea also design my business cards and flyers?Yes, for a separate design fee, Bigidea will provide designs for business cards, flyers and brochures.
Can I use the design concepts that Bigidea created for another advertising media such as magazine print advertising and promotional flyers? Yes, once the Bigidea project is complete, the client may chose to purchase the design files from Bigidea on a CD so they can use it on another print advertising.
Can I purchase the design files so that I may use it for printing business cards and small flyers? YES, for a $30.00 fee Bigidea can provide you, with a flat 8.5 x11 inch PDF file of the original design once everything in paid in full on the current project. The small PDF file can only be used printing small business cards and flyers.
Can I buy the Large Format layered JPG and PSD files from Bigidea and have another company print and install the design? Yes, the client may choose purchase the large format files separately, ( after the Bigidea wrap is complete). These files are so large that they will not fit onto a regular CD. They must be sold on several mulitigig DVD disk. The average price for a DVD data disk with the original large format layered files range $300.00 -$500.00.
Why do I have to pay Bigidea to make a DVD date disk with the large format design files, if I paid for the original design already? The original design that you paid for includes the design time of a very specific project for a very specific application. "Your vehicle wrap". Also since Bigidea printed and installed the wrap, the design was created for this purpose for Bigidea to print and install Your vehicle wrap. This original limited design fee did not include royalty, free, full distribution rights of all original content created by Bigidea.
What else can you do? Bigidea can produce all types of advertisement graphics for your company. We can also provide a wrapped vehicle for special events with a full time driver. Just imagine your logo or identity everywhere. Trucks, trailers, banners, and buildings can all have the same corporate or graphic look to represent you or your product better than your competitors! It’s about presence, standing out in the crowd and getting noticed. It sells supports and promotes to everyone who sees it.
What is the resolution of a BIGIDEA Wraps print?
An apparent 720 X 720 DPi , we can print up to 1400 Dpi
Q. What if I don’t have any high resolution artwork?
A. High-resolution artwork is available and can be purchased through various sources. Providing you can purchase Royalty free artwork, you can then use it in all of your marketing material. We provide several links from our web site to a few popular artwork sites.
Alternatively, we can assist you in designing a complete wrap from concept to completion which includes dealing with all of the high resolution artwork. Once completed, we will also provide you with a disk of your artwork for future use. The cost of the design can range in price, depending on the time and complexity.
I want to photo/Image integrated into the design what size does the photo need to be?
For the minimum acceptable quality in print the photo needs to be at least 100 DPI at full size.
High resolution files become very large, do you have a way for me to send in my large format files?
Yes, we have a dedicated FTP server. The link to our FTP server is
To upload your large format print files click on the RED button to reach our dedicated FTP server for uploads.
Please contact us for the username and password to upload your large files.
Wrap Related questions.
A Wrap is a large vinyl decal. It is applied directly over the original paint of the vehicle. The application of the Wrap allows
you to change the car’s appearance in a very short period of time and in turn allows you to remove the Wrap, returning the
vehicle back to its original condition in an even a shorter period of time, if it’s necessary!.
A Vinyl adhesive wrap is not the same as a custom vehicle paint job. It simulates the look of a painted vehicle, but there will
always be evidence when viewed up close that this is a decal applied to the vehicles original paint. For example you will see the vinyl cut match lines. In some areas you will see the original color of the vehicle with the edges of the wrap material. Vehicle Wraps are not designed to be
viewed up close. They are designed to be moving bill boards for commercial advertising. The best distance to view a wrap is from 10-12 feet away where you can see the entire advertising message at
Vehicle Wraps are not permanent. The High Performance vinyl used for a BIGIDEA Wraps requires a properly prepared
surfaces to promote adhesion. Most original painted surfaces will stick well. Poor surface paint or repainted clear coats will
not allow the vinyl adhesive to stick properly and the adhesive may fail. On many vehicles, we will encounter painted
surfaces that may not be conducive for that necessary adhesion and durability of the materials, such as door handles,
hinges, textured surfaces, emblems, rubber, moldings, weather stripping, sliding windows, exhaust areas and some extreme
convex and compound curves. Vinyl wrap material will NOT stick properly to rubber windows moldings. It is not
recommended that these areas be wrapped. With this understanding it is up to the client’s discretion if they want to cover
these areas of the vehicle.
How does it look? when viewed from the recommended distance it looks great. If you have to touch it to see how we did it, we did a good job!
Can you print solid colors to make it look just like paint ?
Well it depends on how you look at the wrap. Paint is a smooth liquid spray application, where a vinyl wrap is printed onto a vinyl material using a high resolution large format inkjet printer. An inkjet printer print head passes over the vinyl 8 times to create a 1 inch area of coverage and will never print onto the vinyl with the same smooth characteristics of a smooth liquid sprayed paint job. Most car paints look completely smooth when get up close to them and look at the paint from 6 inches. If you walk up to an inkjet printed wrap and look at it up close at 6 inches you will see evidence that it has been printed using an ink jet printer. In most cases if you look at the wrap up close at 6 inch's you will see what is called banding. This is a term to describe the horizontal print passes that occur during the printing process. This is mostly apparent on solid colors with not effects or texture in the design. Since most wraps are designed to be viewed as a moving billboard for advertising purposes this is not a major issues for most clients and is considered an acceptable condition with vehicle wrap used for commercial advertising. Paint is also consistent in its color saturation. When you paint an entire car with a solid color you will get a smooth consistent color on the entire surface. When you wrap a car with a printed vinyl the color may shift slightly between 52 inch panels and also the color may shift slightly in certain areas when the installer has to heat the vinyl to make the vinyl conform to complex curves. This color shift on complex curves is mostly apparent when solid coverage colors are used in the wrap. Again, These conditions are typically accepted as a limitation of the vinyl wrapping process and is an acceptable condition for commercial vehicle advertising where the advertising will be viewed on a moving vehicle from a standard viewable distance of 15 feet or more away from the vehicle.
How do you prepare the vehicle for a new wrap.
All vehicles should be delivered to Bigide free of any road grime and grease. Do not clean the vehicle with any wax based detergents. Simple soap and water is great. We do our best to clean your vehicle before we wrap it , but we are not a car wash service. the cleaner the vehicle is before we wrap it, the better the vinyl will stick once applied.
We do the following:
We clean Clean all hidden areas where
the graphic may be tucked or wrapped.
Immediately before graphic application,
wipe the vehicle with a recommended solvent
cleaner and clean, dry, lint-free toweling. We try to make sure The vehicle surface temperature is at least
• The ambient air temperature is between
60°F and 100°F.
In concave channels, we apply a thin layer
of primer over most of the area. On convex
surfaces, we apply a thin layer of primer at the
outer edges of the curve. • We Allow the primer to dry for five minutes, then we apply the vinyl wrap material.
Does a vehicle wrap look like a paint job? yes, when you look at it from 10 feet away it will look like paint from a distance.. If you stand up close to view it then you will see evidence of the seams and that it is a vehicle wrap .
How do I wash my new wrapped vehicle?
It is best to hand wash your wrapped vehicle. In general, avoid power washing. Brushing windows and the use of a rear
defroster will cause no damage to your window wrap. Also we recommend not using the rear wiper as the blade may
damage the graphics over time.
Can you us vinyl lettering on a vehicle wrap? Yes, die cut vinyl lettering is used all the time vehicle wrap. In most cases the client is not advised of what areas will have die cut letters. These decisions are made during the installation. In most cases the client is only concerned with the overall project, not the individual components of how it was put together. It is much more precise for the install placement of certain items such as website address, phone numbers, etc. This can be done by wrapping the vehicle with the full vinyl , then in a few locations on the wrap we die cut vinyl graphics and place the graphics using critical placement. This die cut vinyl has the same warrantee as the vehicle wrap material.
Will Bigidea install material that is provided by the client? Yes, but....In general, we prefer to install the materials the we provide because we have more control over the quality of the materials being installed. Also we can not warrantee the materials part of the job if we did not provide the materials. We will warrantee the install part, but not the materials if we do not provide the materials. Even though the material manufacture may be the same if anyone buys the the raw material, allot of things get added to the materials by the printers before the install get to install it. for example.. What type of ink is used on the material and what type of lamination that is being used, make a big difference in the quality sometimes.. These can be factors out of our control if the material is not provided by Bigidea.
If something fails on the wrap after it is installed and we did not provide the materials, then how do we know if the product failed due to the materials, prep or due to the installation.
Most end users want to deal with one company if they have warrantee issues and it make the resolution process a whole lot easier if there is only one company to go to in the event of a problem resolution.
Is there a cost savings if the client provides the materials? No really ..
Bigidea buys hundreds of yards of vinyl per month and we have negotiated wholesale rates on materials from the manufactures. We can typical match or beat any written estimates on qualified name brand materials. This coupled with the fact that we can not warrantee client provided materials.. it makes since to get the job done by Bigidea with materials and labor.
Will the material damage my paint? BIGIDEA Wraps use only the finest High Performance Vinyl. This 3M Graphics material is designed to be removed without damaging the paint. However, you may want to be careful if you have an aftermarket non OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) paint job. Bigiea is not liable if during the installation of a wrap the clear coat of the car begins to peal off. Original painted vehicles will not have any problems with the clear coat pealing off.
How long does it take for installation of a BIGIDEA Wraps?
The application process in many cases takes no longer than a day or two for full wraps and partial wraps can be done within one day. Its not a good idea to rush the install process many things can go wrong. Also Begin reserves the right to take an additional day for issues such as transportation and weather conditions.
Why do you laminate?
Be very careful when your search for estimates on vehicle wraps. The proper way to print and install a vehicle wrap is to laminate the prints before you apply it to the vehicle. After the prints are dry, we wait 24 hours so the solvent ink can completely cure, After the ink has cured for 24 hours we install a 2mm 3M vehicle wrap over laminate onto the prints to protect them for the harmful UV sun UV rays. If you do not laminate the prints, they will fade color within one year of the wrap. We found out that there are several companies in South Florida that provide wraps at very low prices, but they are not laminating the prints. Be very careful of this because your wrap will look horrible with in 12 months and you will have wasted your money.
The real vehicle wrap lamination such as the 3M 8518 over laminate also protects the expensive prints from any road grime and scratching.
Also laminated prints are safer to wash the car than wraps that are not laminated.
Is liquid Lamination OK?
Be careful with liquid lamination. There are companies applying liquid lamination to vehicle wraps because it is cheaper than over laminates and it may not be safe for your prints. It depends on what type of liquid they use and also the amount of liquid that is used on the prints. Liquid lamination is better than nothing for uv protection, and it’s cheaper than actual over laminate, but it is not as durable as an actual over laminate film. Also some liquid lamination will fall off with some car wash cleaning solvents.
By far the recommended professional procedure for wrap protection is over laminate film. We use 3M and Avery over lamination on all of our wraps.
How much does a wrap cost?
Great question! We get asked this question at least 5 times a day. The truth is each vehicle wrap is unique. Information from you is the key to a proper estimate.
Several factor effect the price of a wrap.
1. the complexity of the vehicle shape. Some vehicle shape are harder to wrap than others.
2. the vehicle size and amount of vinyl used.
3. it design is needed then the cost of the design time.
4. any additional prep work they may be needed o produce a great looking wrap.
Generally the cost for a partial can run from $500 - $2500
A full wrap can run from $2000-$5500, depending on the size of the vehicle.
The size of the vehicle and the curve complexity plays a big part in the overall cost of the job.
Also long term vs. short term wraps can make a difference in the price because sort term material cost around 25% less than the long term 3M vinyl material. Beware of low price quotes that say they are using good materials and they are actually using the cheaper materials on your vehicle wrap.
What is the cost made up of? (6 parts):
• Design Time: This is the number that is variable as most clients want custom design and this requires very specialized attention to detail the average design can take as little as 5 hours to some of our most complicated taking 40 hours and the average is 10 hours.
• Materials: This number is predicated upon the amount of gross square footage needed to accomplish virtually seamless coverage of the intended area of wrap.
• Setup: This number is the most stable and only occurs when a design file needs to be setup for print. This number will occur every time a file needs to be formatted for print.
• Print: Print costs are included in the material costs and again is predicated upon the gross square footage.
• Lamination: Is included in the material costs.
• Contour cut (plotter). This fee occurs when the graphics need to be precision cut to follow body panels. A partial BIGIDEA Wrap would be an example that has a plotter fee.
Do you wrap the front windows ( driver and passenger ) ?
It is illegal to cover the front driver side glass. In some cases the police may also stop you for covering the passenger side glass. The reason is the police need to see into the vehicle. In some cases they client may insist that the passenger side is wrapped in the design and Bigidea will wrap it with the disclaimer stating the client is responsible for any issues regarding the coverage of the front windows.
Can you apply vinyl over plastic / rubber moldings such as rubber window trims and plastic door handles?
The wrap material that is used for vehicle wraps, does not stick very well to plastic or rubber parts such as window trims, side plastic moldings and plastic door handles. It is advised that these areas NOT be wrapped with adhesive vinyl. Initially the vinyl will stick , but over a short period of time such as a few months, the vinyl will fall off these areas.
What can cause a wrap to fail or fall off over time?
In most cases of vinyl lifting, if it is a materials problem the lifting will present itself in the first few weeks after the initial installation. In most cases it is advised that the vehicle wrap be fixed so that the vinyl does not continue to peal back and become contaminated. It is not uncommon to see small areas of the wrap lifting soon after the installation is complete.
Several factors can effect the vinyls' adhesives ability to stick to the vehicle surface. Here are a few..
If the surface is not prepared properly before the wrap then the adhesive can fail to stick overtime.
Extreme temperatures can effect the vinyl adhesive. Very Cold or Very Hot temperatures.
Extreme humidity in the air during installation can effect the adhesive.
Dust in the air during installation.
Improper installation procedures such as stretching the vinyl beyond its limits during installation.
Improper heating of the material during the installation.
Can I install BIGIDEA wraps myself? This is a very good question! Please be patient on this description! Determining your skill level in working with vinyl applications will help you determine your ability in applying such an exclusive decal by BIGIDEA. The majority of BIGIDEA graphics and decals are produced on pressure sensitive media and is intended to be applied as a dry installation. This material is considered reposition-able. What this means is the material is NOT as aggressive(less sticky) on initial tack as other vinyl products (very sticky stuff). For example: A typical decal/sticker you may have worked with in the past was so aggressive when it initially touched the intended surface it could not be repositioned without being damaged. This is not the case with BIGIDEA material.
You’ve put stickers on. However, this isn’t just a sticker.
BIGIDEA Bombs Away bullet hole design from 2”to 12” inches and possibly a bit larger in diameter,” you could do” But a Burner Rocker Panel Partial application we recommend to be professionally installed to make sure you your design will compliment the car and not the trash can! This opinion does not take everyone’s skill level into consideration, were providing for a successful application only!
Q. Will you pay me to drive someone else’s advertising?
A. No. Our company charges businesses to wrap their company vehicles.
Q. Will a vehicle wrap damage my vehicle’s paint upon removal?
A. No. In all of our experiences, the only time a vehicle’s paint may be affected is in the case of a poor repaint job. Factory paint, in 99.0% of instances, is not affect by our wraps.
Q. Will you wrap a leased vehicle?
A. Yes, like any other vehicle, the wrap can easily be removed without any damage at the end of the lease.
Q. How long will a wrap last on my vehicle?
A. Our wraps will normally outlast the vehicle. You can expect your wrap to last 5 years or longer, providing you are careful about power washing.
Q. How do I care for my wrap?
A. Hand washing is best. Avoid high pressure washes and be careful never to use an ice-scraper Sweeping off windows with a soft broom and rear defroster will cause no damage to your window wrap.
Q. What’s the difference between a ½, ¾, and full wrap?
A. 1/2 Wrap includes the entire rear of the vehicle and 1/2 way up the vehicle, and includes a hood logo.
3/4 Wrap includes the entire rear of the vehicle and 3/4 way up the vehicle, and includes a hood logo.
Typically, a Full Wrap includes the entire surface of the vehicle with NO roof being wrapped.
Q.Do you wrap the roof?
A. Full wraps DO NOT automatically include the roof wrap. The additional cost of labor and materials to wrap a roof can range from $150.00 for a small car, up to $400.00 for a Cargo van roof wrap. Most clients do not wrap the roof of their vehicles. They only pay for the roof wrap if it is a marketing and advertising requirement that the message be seen and read from above. All roof wraps are in addition to the 4 sides wrap cost.
Q. What is the approximate time frame expected for installation once the design is approved?
A. This type of work you don't not want to rush. This is when mistakes happen and quality can be an issue if you rush this type of work. The prints take time to print and the ink has to dry before we can laminate the prints. After the prints are ready to install the installers can begin the installation. You do not want to rush the installers because this type of work is all done by hand and it takes time do install the vinyl with perfect placement. From the time that the design is completed and approved by our client, a wrap can be printed and installed within 7-10 days. In some cases it can all be completed in 5 days after the design is approved. If you ask us to print, laminate and install in under 5 days, Bigidea will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions due to an extreme rush time dictated to us by the client and placed on our installers.( We are the experts and Bigidea will determine what is considered to be a rush )
Q. What kind of resolution is required for artwork files, and which type of files do you accept?
A. For vehicles, it is important to finish with a resolution of no less than 75dpi at full size. We can accept almost any file type (PC or Mac) and prefer the format to be in line-art, such as .eps files.
Q. What type of warranty is provided on the wrap?
We get asked this question allot because this industry is full of fly by night sign shops that claim they offer warrantees but when an issue arrises they are no where to be found. We have been in business for over 10 years and I can say that we have had 2 or 3 issues with warrantee over this time period.
Bigidea Wraps warrantee our installations for at least 4 years.
In its most basic interpertation, the vinyl material warrantee is based on the vinyl manufactures warrantee. Each manufacture has a seperate stated warrantee and these warrantee documents are freely available on the web from the specific manufactures. For example.. 3M offers a 4 year warrantee of their wrap materials exposed to vertical surfaces. Avery offers a 4 year warrantee and Oracal offers a 4 year warrantee.
Most of these manufacture warrentees are only vaild if the printer uses inks on the vinyl manufactures approved list of OEM inks. BigideaWraps only uses manufacture approved OEM INKS and materials for vehicle wraps.
The major vinyl manufactures set the warrantee polcies in our industry regarding their vinyl products. Most of these vinyl manufactures do not warrantee the vinyl for more than 1 year when it is exposed to direct sunlight on a horizontal surface, for example such as a roof or a hood. They know that these horizontal exposure areas will get beat up the most by the heat and the sun exposure. Window perf materials also not holdup to the sun as well as solid vinyl so there is only a 2 warrantee on window perf vinyl.
Now does that mean the wrap in going to fall apart in 3 or 4 years? NO. We have vehicle wraps on the road that we printed and installed 7 years ago and the wrap still looks fine on the vehicle.
Will bigidea Wraps warrantee our labor for 4 years? YES
If the the vinyl peals or begins to fall off before 4 years will Bigidea Wraps fix it? YES
If the vinyl fades of changes color dramaticaly in 4 years will Bigidea Wraps reprint and install it ? YES.... but hoods can not be warranteed the same as the rest of the vehicle because car hoods receive direct sunlight and the engine temperature can cause the wrap material to crack before 4 years. So hoods are an exception to the 4 year warrantee when it comes to vinyl maufactures.
More info on warrantee.
The vinyl that is applied to original vehicle paint on a vertical application..( the sides and the back of the vehicles) is warranted against adhesive failure and image quality for up to 4 years using 3M vinyl. 2 to 3 years for other types of low cost vinyl. On Horizontal exposure such as roofs and front hoods.. the sun can damage the prints allot faster so the warrantee is up to 2 years on those area. The window perforated material is warranted for up to 2 years.
If we only print the graphics and client performs the installation, Bigidea will only warrantee the materials, not the installations.
If we only perform the installation and the client provides the materials, then we will only warrantee our installation part. 4 years.
Q. Does Bigidea do Wrap Removals?
A. Yes. We can remove the wrap if needed. All removals are quoted separately. Wrap removal can be very time consuming we charge by the square feet and by the hour for the labor. bigidea can not be held responsible for any paint damage or existing striping damage when we do a removal. Since we do not know the integrity of the existing paint job or the condition of the painted clear coat or the condition of any existing decals. Bigidea can not be help liable if during the removal of the wrap the clear coat is peeled back with the wrap. In some cases if you have existing vinyl stripes under the wrap ( such as an RV that has striping) or a bus, we can not be held liable if portions of the stripes get removed during the wrap removal. Over the years of sun exposure prior to the wrap the striping adhesive can become weak and in some areas the striping will come up as the wrap is removed. Bigidea does not use and steel or metal knives during the removal process. Most vinyl material manufactures.. including 3M.. do not guarantee clean resolvability of vinyl that has been installed on a vehicle for more than 4 years. In some extreme cases when the wrap has been on the vehicle for more than 5 year the wrap may no longer be removable so the vehicle may need to go to a body shop to be sanded and repainted. Bigidea is not an auto body shop.
Q. Can you wrap anything other than a vehicle?
A. Yes. We have wrapped buildings, windows, storefronts and machinery, tables, chairs, guitars, laptops, etc. Providing that the surface to wrap has enough adhesion for the vinyl, a wrap is possible.
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