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Vinyl Wrap Care Products & Information2018-07-10T14:49:41+00:00
DIY Manual2018-07-10T14:49:43+00:00
Accessory Application2018-07-10T14:49:43+00:00

Full Panel – How To2018-07-10T14:49:43+00:00

Contrasting Accents & Stripes – How To2018-07-10T14:49:43+00:00

Mighty Car Mods & Designer Wraps Collaboration Video2018-07-10T14:49:43+00:00

Can Designer Wrap Films be removed?2015-06-18T17:26:57+00:00

Yes, 3M Series 1080 Wrap Film is warranted to be removable for up to five years (warranted for three) after installation, providing the film has not been printed and no overlaminate has been applied. TeckWrap Film is rated for up to 2 Years in Australian conditions and should remain removable for that period. Heat and/or chemicals may be required. Some adhesive residue may be left on the vehicle, which can be easily cleaned off with a product such as 3M Adhesive Cleaner or Solvit Citrus Clean. When used, applied, maintained and removed according to the instructions, Series 1080 and TeckWrap should not damage an OEM paint finish upon removal.

Can I go though an automated car wash?2014-10-21T13:53:45+00:00

You can take the vehicle through a brushless car wash. Brush-type washes are not recommended as they can abrade the film and cause edges to lift or chip, as well as dull the film’s appearance.

Can I use a pressure cleaner when washing?2014-10-21T13:53:45+00:00

Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, a pressure cleaner may be used. Avoid water pressure exceeding 2000psi (14MPa).

How do I maintain the wrap film?2014-10-21T13:53:45+00:00

For detailed information click here.

Can scratches be removed?2014-10-21T13:53:45+00:00

Many surface scratches will disappear when exposed to the sunlight on warm days. Deeper scratches will not come out. Always use care to avoid scratching during installation, maintenance, use and storage of the applied film.

Will fingerprints show on the film?2014-10-21T13:53:45+00:00

The matte product may show finger prints, but they can be cleaned off after the installation is complete by saturating a clean, lint free towel with a 2:1 mixture of Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) and water or straight rubbing alcohol, and then wiping and drying the film.

Can I wet apply Designer Wrap Film?2015-06-18T17:29:16+00:00

No. Designer Wraps does not recommend or warrant wet installations for any film with air release channels.

Can I apply Designer Wrap Film to an older vehicle?2015-06-18T17:33:50+00:00

All wrap films, including Designer Wrap Film, should be applied to a “like new” vehicle finish for the best results. 3M’s warranty only applies to vehicles that have an excellent bond of the paint and its finish to the vehicle substrate. Any rust, bubbling, scratches, dents or other damage will be visible through the film, and such surface imperfections may damage the film or cause the film to fail.

Do I need to use an application tape?2014-10-21T13:53:45+00:00

This new film series features a dual cast construction that is 3.5 mil thick. It has just enough rigidity to allow easy installation without an overlaminate or application tape. Due to the film’s texture, application tape may not work well with cut and prespaced graphics.

What tools should I use for Installation?2015-06-18T17:37:12+00:00

Covered squeegee – The unique finish on Designer Wrap Films is sensitive to scratches and requires careful handling during installation. We recommend using a high density felt squeegee or covering the edge of a 3M™ Applicator PA1-G (gold) with the loop side of 3M™ Scotchmate™ Reclosable Hook and Loop Fastener – Loop portion SJ-35231. Heat gun – A heat gun, instead of a torch, must be used. A torch is likely to alter the appearance of the finish.

Are stripes in carbon fiber films normal?2014-10-21T13:53:45+00:00

Yes. All films in this series have some texture that is integral in creating these unique looks. The carbon fiber films have the most texture, which appears to have more depth, or texture, in certain lighting conditions, giving a striped look.

Can I print on Designer Wrap Films?2015-06-18T17:42:11+00:00

Designer Wraps do not recommend or warrant printing on this film. If printed, an overlaminate would provide protection for the ink, but could alter the appearance of the film. Customers who choose to print on the film must do so on a test-and-approve basis and assume all risk.

Can I use an over laminate?2015-06-18T17:33:00+00:00

Designer Wraps does not recommend or warrant using an overlaminate or clear coat on this film, which has an inherent texture that can be altered by an overlaminate. Customers may use only on a test-and-approve basis and where they are ready to assume all risk.

How to Clean Vinyl Car Wraps

It’s important to regularly wash a vehicle especially if it’s wrapped as you will want to remove any surface contaminants which could bond, etch or stain the perfectly smooth finish that the wrap provides. You [...]

How to wrap two colour bonnet stripes

Today we will be showing you how to create a two-toned stripe design on your bonnet using Designer Wraps. We’ll be applying a Matte Red Metallic and Carbon Fibre Black down the centre of this [...]

DIY Vinyl Stripes

Everyone knows the coolest car in town is one of those limited-edition, factory specials. Unfortunately the reality is, they’re typically not much more than a seat insignia, a set of re-styled wheels along with a [...]

DIY Factory Special

The use of exterior accents and stripes to denote a performance or special model has been the stock ‘n’ trade for vehicle manufactures since the advent of factory specials. The combination of Designer Wraps vinyl [...]

#Cubelife

My Nissan Cube is quirky, and with that in mind it was high time the worn and tired bonnet vinyl stripe was removed and updated. Little did anyone know this would be one of the [...]

R34 GTR Vinyl Stripes

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, guess the same can be said about style. This limited edition Skyline R34 GTR Nur Spec is owned by one of the staff members here [...]

Custom Striping

While racing stripes have been around since the Model T, most are just one colour, as multiple colours traditionally requires custom painting – making them quite a costly proposition. However with Designer Wraps in combination [...]

Knifeless Tape now available from MotorActive!

Knifeless Tape products are a purpose-designed range of cutting tools for 3M cast vinyl films. Used and recommended by 3M’s Advanced Installer Training program and now in partnership with them, Knifeless Tape offers all levels [...]