Prepare To Perform: Best Practices For Trailer Wrap Pre-Installation And Storage

Prepare To Perform: Best Practices For Trailer Wrap Pre-Installation And Storage

3M research shows that a single trailer wrap can generate 16 million visual impressions per year! If you want to unlock that mobile marketing power, follow these 3 best practices for pre-installation and storage.

Identify The Best Areas On Your Trailer Wrap For Installation

Whether you’re wrapping your trailer for personal or commercial use, you probably want to choose a spot that guarantees great visibility. But that shouldn’t be your only consideration.

Trailer wraps suit some surfaces better than others, and the wrong choice could shorten the product’s lifespan considerably.

Most trailer wraps adhere particularly well to steel, aluminum, glass, melamine, and PVC. When possible, favor these surfaces for your trailer wrap installation, while avoiding:

  • Low-energy surfaces (polypropylene and polyethylene)
  • Grained or textured surfaces (e.g. parts of trailer mirrors or body trim)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Unpainted surfaces (e.g. trim or unpainted bumpers)

You should also avoid applying trailer wraps on rusted areas.

If you have any doubts about whether your chosen area is suitable, you have two options:

  1. Conduct preliminary substrate vinyl adhesion tests by applying a small stripe of vinyl, then evaluating its adhesion.
  2. Contact Universal Signs and Graphics for a free trailer wrap consultation. We’ll answer any questions you may have at no charge.

Wash And Prep Your Vehicle Before Your Trailer Wrap Installation

While it’s not the way we do business, there are some situations where you may be responsible for your pre-trailer wrap cleaning and preparation.

If that’s the case, wash, clean, and rinse the surface of your trailer with soap and water to remove any organic contaminants (bugs, sap, dirt, dust, etc) from the surface of the vehicle. Do not use any cleaners that contain waxes, as any wax residue will negatively affect your trailer wrap’s adhesion. Thoroughly dry the surface, paying particular attention to any ridges, recesses, edges, or seams where dirt can be trapped, as these provide crucial “anchor points” for the wrap.

Lights, handles, trims, and any other trailer accessories will also need to be removed before your trailer wrap application.

But if you’re getting your trailer wrap at Universal Signs and Graphics, just relax—we take care of it all for you!

Prepare Suitable Storage For After Your Trailer Wrap Is Complete

Trailer wraps should not be exposed to high temperatures. While daytime driving and a few hours of outdoor parking pose no problems, you should plan to store your vehicle somewhere where it is neither in direct sunlight nor in close proximity to heaters.

Trailer wraps should not be exposed to contaminants. Though our trailer wraps are strong and durable, it’s always a good idea to keep them clear of contaminants when possible. Storing your trailer wraps in dusty garages or out in the elements is a bad idea, as you’ll need to spend much more time on cleaning and maintenance.

Free Trailer Wrap Quotes In Montgomery, TX

Call 877-330-7532 or visit the Universal Signs and Graphics website to book a free consultation and get a trailer wrap quote today.

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