Vehicles vary, and they can create different challenges for vinyl film installers. For example, a Jeep window can trouble some wrappers because of its molding. There is metal inside, so it is highly risky to take it off, which is frustrating if you are wrapping a light-colored car for a color change.
In this case, installers have to cut the vinyl wrap film with the molding around, which is particularly tricky, and there is a high chance of making bad cuts. This usually means a pricy re-wrap. But here is a way to fix the problem without removing the car wrap:
Clean the surface first
Whether you are fixing the bad cuts you made or asked to deal with the problem created by other installers, you should clean up the section before tackling it.
First, loose the top part of the window molding to get enough space to work around. Do it carefully to avoid bending the metal inside. You can use a plastic removal tool to pry it off.
Leave the good part
As soon as you have enough space between the loosed molding and the window, you can use a paper towel with alcohol to clean the edge. Then, clean the inside as well. Only deal with the part you need to fix. For those good areas that the vehicle wrap is well applied, you can leave them.
Prep for the renewal
Doing this can keep the vinyl film well on the surface. This is important for the solution because once the area is clean and dry, you will apply a black matte edge seal tape to it, which can perfectly blend into the molding. However, if the material cannot stick well in the first place, this solution will not work.
Hide it up
A black matte edge seal tape like Mold N’ Hold looks exactly like the molding. You can apply it to the area with poor cuts by running it from side to side (starting from the corner). Again, only deal with the problem part.
When doing it, match the tape with the bodyline, and do it symmetrically. You shall hide the lousy cuts underneath perfectly. Don’t forget to tuck the tape under the molding well after applying.
Then, use your squeegee to seal the tape. Again, starting from the corner. You should feed the edge seal tape to the base of the molding. Once the corner is done, your work becomes much smoother. Run your squeegee across the side to seal everything well.
If there is excess material, cut it and seal it again. And don’t forget to set the molding in place properly. This method is also suitable for a wrapped mirror with a rough edge (which can be caused by bad cuts or wrong application technique), simple and cost-effective.
But achieving a perfect finish in the first place is always better than trying to find ways to mend mistakes. Keep learning at teckwrap.com to avoid this kind of frustration.