After three years and thousands of miles of driving, this wrap has, let’s say, served its purpose and then some. This fortunate customer may have avoided thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, such as chips and scratches, that are frequently encountered when traveling long miles on the Texas Highway system, by adding a vinyl wrap to their vehicle. Due to the customer’s frequent back-and-forth driving between Dallas and Austin, the vehicle has seen plenty of things, including blown tires, sand, and pebbles. Most of the time, the wrap has kept up well, but vinyl can only withstand so much washings at drive-through car washes and extended periods spent traveling.
The same “failing” wrap problems that affect most other cars can also affect Range Rovers in three specific locations. This occurs when your vinyl peels off or dissipates.
First, let’s talk about car door handles. Hand oil and repeated opening and shutting of the doors cause wear and tear on the vinyl. Like any vinyl or sticker, it expands and loses its adhesive properties the more you handle it. Other than hand washing your vinyl-wrapped cars and reducing your stress levels wherever you can find availability on your car, there isn’t much you can do to help with this.
The second is abrasion and scratch damage. If you’ve ever had a car, you know that it can happen and that’s why this vinyl can help you avoid spending a lot of money on repairs. Vinyl wrap can help protect your paint from small scratches and chips since it contains PVC, a tougher-density plastic. However, it is not a perfect solution. If typical scratches and dents have damaged the glue on the wrap, it will start to come off. However, if the wrap stays intact, you may turn this into a money-saving tool! It must be repaired if severed or detached, otherwise it may develop worse rendering a larger portion of your vehicle uncovered.
Third, we encounter the wheel well. The adhesive may fail due to continuous sand and debris chipping and peeling away at the inside of your tire base. We saw that the wrap on the Range Rover Sport started to break where scrapes or abrasions on the wrap attached to the inside of the wheelbase after the vehicle had been driven thousands of miles. If the wrap is not properly adjusted, it may lead to severe problems on your vinyl over time and contribute to further breakdown when driving on high-speed highways at large distances. Wear and tear is imminent, find what works best for you to preserve your wrap life!
Conclusion – After three years and extensive driving on the Texas Highway system, a vinyl wrap on a customer’s vehicle has provided protection against damage like chips and scratches. However, the wrap has started to show signs of wear and tear due to factors such as hand oils on car door handles, abrasion and scratch damage, and continuous sand and debris in the wheel well area. While the vinyl wrap can help prevent some damage, it is not immune to wear and may require repairs if it becomes detached or damaged. Proper maintenance and care are essential to prolong the lifespan of the wrap.