What better way is there to learn how to wrap a car in chrome than by using your own company vehicle? In 2012 after investing in a brand new Mercedes C63 AMG coupe we decided to wrap the car in silver chrome. Although chrome wraps are more popular nowadays back in 2012 they were incredibly rare due to the chrome vehicle wrap vinyl only just being introduced to the market by Avery, and the cost per SqM of the chrome vinyl being well over £150. Meaning a full chrome wrap on a car would set you back over £3000 in just material costs.
Well after much trial and error with this brand new chrome wrap vinyl we finally completed our C63 in its silver chrome wrap. It was incredibly popular with people stopping in the street to take photos of it and other posing next to it when it was parked up. Soon customers started enquiring about getting their cars chrome wrapped and seen we had used our chrome vehiclewrapping knowledge to install chrome car wraps on all types of cars, from a Maserati Gran Turismo to Toyota Yaris.
But our silver C63 AMG is where it all started, we’re one of the first companies in the UK to perfect the art of chrome vehicle wrapping thanks to it. It gave us a huge amount of knowledge about how the chrome wrapping vinyl works, what it can and cannot do and also an incite into its long term suitability on the UK roads.
At Wrapvehicles.co.uk we have always been keen on showing off our services, the is why all of our company cars are fully wrapped. Some of our cars are subtly wrapped in neat colours, to show off the range of colours we have available and illustrate how our car wraps can look like factory painted cars. But often we utilise our vehicle wrapping expertise to turn our company cars into mobile advertisements. As our company is all about car style, we don’t just go for big logos and photos on our company vehicle wraps, we tend to go for more interesting and innovative designs that showcase our design expertise and ethos of stylish cars.
One of our more recent company car wraps is this lovely arctic camo wrapped VW Golf R Mk7. We received this vehicle on lease and chose to wrap it in a custom camo pattern inspired by a design we had seen on an Audi RS6 Advant that became famous online.
The main body wrap for this car was based on a 3M satin white colour, we then printed directly onto this material using a HP latex printer. This gave an overall satin effect but allowed the inks used on the grey and black sections to offer more texture and depth. Usually a printed wrap like this would consist of a purpose made white print vinyl used as a base, with an over-laminated added over the top once the printing has been completed. But we like to be different and try new things, so opted for printing directly to a coloured wrapping vinyl instead. This gave us a chance to experiment with the latex printing process and see how durable it could be long term to print onto coloured vinyl, giving us the potential to create new colours and finishes by combining print, patterns and coloured wrap vinyls.
Although we didn’t quite get the durability we would have liked from this print process the colours came out great and the wrap was more than good enough to be used on our company VW Golf R.
To complete the wrap we used flat matte red wrapping vinyl to cover several pieces of trim on the cars exterior , giving it a great bit on contrast against the arctic camo pattern.
To finish things off we used the matte red vinyl to add logos and contact details to the car wrap and finish off the wrap, ready to get it out there on the road advertising our services.
Whether it is for commercial purposes or like this printed car wrap is for a special road rally/race, we can custom design and print a full body car wrap to suit your needs. This design was created for J.Davidsons Scrap Metal in Manchester, they took it to a banger rally from the UK to Morocco … Continue reading →