View Full Version : any ever done temporary vinyl wrapping of a car?

Ted Hoppe
07-30-2013, 12:00 PM
has anyone here wrapped a car before. I am considering doing this for the wife's newish kia soul to promote our travel toy for an upcoming travel trade show in Las Vegas in three weeks. We hope to be able to park it in front with some slight financial encouragement to the valet parkers and door men.... thoughts or experiences? I have been getting quotes for 5 to 11 dollars a sq foot for printing. I maybe installing to keep costs down but am inclined to let a professional do it.

Here is a prototype I was thinking on a Smart car to get a general idea.

07-30-2013, 12:07 PM

Ted Hoppe
07-30-2013, 12:10 PM
If i do it... there will be more wrinkles than an old age home!

07-30-2013, 12:28 PM
I've never had it done, but I had a vendor at a car show that did it. They did such a good job you couldn't tell it from paint.
Price sounds about right.

07-30-2013, 12:31 PM
^ +1.

Do NOT do it yourself. Let a pro handle it. If you are going to the trouble of hyping at this show, then it should make la buona figura as much as possible. Las Vegas is all about appearances.

Ted Hoppe
07-30-2013, 12:36 PM
^ +1.

Do NOT do it yourself. Let a pro handle it. If you are going to the trouble of hyping at this show, then it should make la buona figura as much as possible. Las Vegas is all about appearances.

Thats what i was thinking too.

John of Phoenix
07-30-2013, 12:38 PM
promote our travel toy for an upcoming travel trade showTed, what is a "travel toy"?

Ted Hoppe
07-30-2013, 12:47 PM
A toy which children travel with and are encouraged to interact with... not to be confused with other forms such as preferred eye candies, packable personal satisfaction appliances or anti social hand-held internet capable communication devices.

John of Phoenix
07-30-2013, 12:55 PM
Thank you, I'm a little slow on the uptake today. Clever idea, especially the Passport.



Ted Hoppe
07-30-2013, 01:24 PM
I might be way thing posting here but... We are trying to boost the energy of this cute venture. My darling wife who has worked hard on making a go of this thing for the last several years while lost her dad last year which knocked her down for a long while. I am hoping to help kick start her and her Chili project again with this as well as some new stuff we will be coming out with. Yeah, that dog has been nearly everywhere. It even has a booked ride with a good friend and world traveller on one of those Virgin Galactic space rides if Branson ever get those candles lit.

07-30-2013, 01:48 PM
If you have some mechanical ability you can do it your self, I assume this is just for the show and doesn't matter how well it comes out for long term. I've done quite a few screaming chickens on the hoods of Trans-Ams and it isn't actually as hard as you think.

Get a bottle of soapy dish water in a spray bottle and some rubber 3M squeegees. Spray down the surface, position the decal and start working from the center out. Don't do this in the sun or when it is hot. You want the soapy water to work for you and not evaporate. The important part is to have the decal positioned correctly, if you make a mistake and try and peel the decal up to restart it will stretch and cause all kinds of problems.

Start with a smaller decal and give it a try, if you fell overwhelmed then stop and regroup. There are tons of vids on youtube.

07-30-2013, 01:51 PM
soppy water? What's that?

07-30-2013, 01:52 PM
Ted, is that your concept for the design?

Ted Hoppe
07-30-2013, 02:17 PM
Good advice. Taking the wrap off without damaging the paint will be another trick later on down the road though.

Ted, is that your concept for the design?

Yes, that is the design concept. The Las Vegas thing is more about a luxury travel conference which we are attending and is really for her other business. I might tone it down but I think it needs to be fun and friendly. It would make a great photo op parked at the Bellagio porte-cochère wouldn't it?

07-30-2013, 06:50 PM
The graphic looks extremely busy to me. I can't discern what it's about from a distance at all.

Ted Hoppe
07-30-2013, 06:58 PM
There are numerous graphics from the issued passport, logo and dog. really not that many once placed on a car 1/3 larger.

The Bigfella
07-30-2013, 07:39 PM
Use a Ferrari and they'll let you park there. A KIA, probably not.