Wrapping with vinyl wrap film with no air-release technology is always tricky as the material tends to be aggressive. And it can be very challenging to wrap a roof of a vehicle.
Here are some tips that might help if this is what you are coming across:
Lower the surface energy
After a thorough cleaning on the roof, put masking tape along each of the four edges of the roof to lower the surface energy there. This will help you pick the film back up and finish the work when everything is done.
Secure the vinyl wrap film
Have the film set in position. Secure it on the roof with magnets. Try to leave just enough material on the two sides, making it as small as possible, because it can help you take better control of it.
Work on with just enough material
When the vinyl wrap film is secured in place properly, release part of the backing paper, leave yourself and your teammate just enough material to deal with. Flip the adhesive side over, and cut away the liner that you just released. Leave a little bit of the backing paper and fold it under the other side, which helps you release the other half of the liner more easily when you have to work on that side.
Pull away from the surface
When you squeegee down the material to the surface, use your free hand to pull the film away from the surface. Pull it away at a 45-degree angle towards the outside. This is crucial when working with aggressive film with no air-release technology. If you let it touch the surface, it can be tricky to pick back up, and you might damage the film during the process.
Work in sections
Take your time and work incrementally, applying the material evenly. Squeegee the whole film down section by section. Use a 45-degree angle stroke as you squeegee. Do not let too much of your squeegee glide through the film, though, or the material might wrinkle. When you nearly get to the end of the roof, pull the film away in a triangle shape. You can apply a little bit of heat to relax it, pull it gently to lock it, and finish up the work.
Finish the job
When the film is set properly, you can then pick it up on the four edges – With the help of the masking tape, it should be pretty easy. If you did not prep it with masking tape, it would be difficult to pick up an aggressive film, and you might even break it as you do it. Now, tuck the material properly to the sides, make your cut, and finish the work.
Following these steps, you should be able to get a high-quality wrapped roof with high efficiency. For more wrap tips, visit teckwrap.com