If you’ve invested in a vinyl wrap for your commercial vehicle (or fleet of vehicles), you know how important it is to protect your investment. But sometimes accidents happen. Fortunately, vinyl wraps can be repaired. This article will explain the method we prefer for repairing damaged vinyl.
There are a few different ways to repair vinyl, and we typically stick with our “tried and true” method. Although some repairs can be patched, we only suggest replacing the entire panel where the damage has occurred. This ensures a nice, professional look with all seams hidden and no edges showing around the repaired areas. To give you an example, here’s a recent repair that we did for our friends at Gunner Kennels in Nashville, TN.
One of Gunner Kennels’ front panels on their wrapped trailer was damaged in an accident. The most unfortunate part was that it was located on a photo of the company’s namesake: Gunner. Needless to say, it was important for the damage to be repaired right away! Take a look at the photos above and below to see the afflicted area.
Shortly after the accident, the damaged piece of sheet metal and vinyl wrap were cut out which exposed the frame system and wood underneath. The trailer was taken to a body shop to fix the damaged metal.
When Gunner Kennels brought the trailer to us, the entire metal sheet was new and no longer wrapped in vinyl. Our challenge was to match the new vinyl as closely as possible to the older wrap, since it was installed more than three years ago. Our designer pulled up the old design files and did a color match to see how much fading had occurred. Fortunately the older vinyl was still in great shape, so very little adjustments were needed.
We printed the new vinyl and installed it on the trailer. As you can see from this photo, the replacement vinyl was a pretty close match. You have to look closely to tell that the wrap or trailer had any damage at all!
This was a pretty easy repair since the surface area was flat and the original vinyl had only slightly faded. Repairs can be a little more tricky on other vehicles, depending on the amount of time the wrap has been installed on the vehicle, as well as how much fading has occurred over time. However, as long as the original vinyl is in good condition and we have the original art files, we can typically find a good, workable solution.
If your vinyl wrap needs a repair, bring it by our shop. You can also give us a call at (615) 595-6564 or click on the button below. We would be happy to provide a complimentary consultation and estimate!
In addition to advertising wraps, we also offer custom signage, wall murals, window graphics, environmental branding, trade show displays, and custom projects. We’re located in Franklin, but we serve all of Middle Tennessee, including Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill, Columbia, and Brentwood. We look forward to hearing from you!