Vehicle wraps can be an excellent way of transforming your car, truck, van, or other vehicle. You can use these wraps to make your vehicle stand out, but if you own a business, you can also use them to help advertise. Custom car wraps are a great way of grabbing people’s attention, especially since you don’t have to do anything special to advertise once your car is wrapped. Wherever you drive, you’ll be promoting your company.


There are two different types of vehicle wraps: full and partial. Which one is the right option for you? It depends on what your goal is and what you want your vehicle to look like. Let’s take a closer look at how these two options differ and how you can determine which one is right for you.


Why Install a Wrap?


There are several reasons why you may want to get a wrap on your car. If it’s your personal vehicle, adding a wrap is a great way of showing your personality and making your car look amazing. You may want your car to have a different color that simply wasn’t available from the manufacturer. However, a custom paint job is expensive. A car wrap can come in any color or colors you want, and it’s much more affordable.


Some people like to change things up fairly regularly. While adding a wrap won’t make your car brand new, it can give it a new look without spending a lot of money. If your car’s paint job isn’t looking so great, a wrap can give it the fresh look it needs. Wrapping your car in a fun color also makes it much easier to spot in a crowded parking lot.


For businesses, you may want to put your logo and contact information on your company van or other vehicle. You can add it to your personal car, too. While adding a decal with the company logo does help you advertise, a wrap is going to grab even more attention. You can add photos, additional graphics, and colors. It’s eye-catching, and that’s what you want when it comes to marketing.


How Do Partial Vehicle Wraps Differ from Full Wraps?

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As the names suggest, a partial vehicle wrap involves simply wrapping a part of the vehicle, while a full wrap involves wrapping every part of the exterior. A full wrap will apply the vinyl to the front, back, and sides, so it will cover the hood, the truck, the doors, the backsides of the mirror, and every other exterior surface except the wheels and the underside of the vehicle. For small vehicles such as cars and small SUVs, the wrap may cover the roof as well. For cargo vans and other large vehicles, though, the roof may not get wrapped.


In some areas, you can even apply a special wrap to the windows. Window wraps are designed to be one-way, so you can see out of them without any problem. However, in some areas, it’s illegal to apply a wrap to the windows, so be sure you know the law in your city.


A partial wrap, on the other hand, only covers a part of the vehicle. Typically, this includes the rear, part of the sides, and the hood. You may have a stripe on either side of the car that wraps around the rear and then goes up over the hood. Some people find that partial wraps look like a full wrap wasn’t finished correctly or that some of the vinyl has been removed. However, when designed and installed correctly, partial wraps can look amazing.


Which One is Right for You?


Now for the big question: which one of these types of vehicle wraps is right for you? It really depends on what you want the wrap for and what your plans are for the vehicle in the future. Here are some things you may want to think about when deciding on a partial or full wrap.


Are You Advertising Anything?


If you’re wrapping your car for personal use, you don’t need to be concerned with anything related to marketing. This means you can think about your wrap in terms of pure aesthetics. If you want to completely change the color of your car, you can go with a full wrap. If you just want some accent colors, a partial wrap works. You also don’t have to worry too much about design unless you’re adding your own artwork or something to the wrap. For personal vehicles, it really comes down to what you want.


If you are going to advertise, a partial wrap can be perfect if you simply want to include your business details and a logo. You can put the logo on the sides and the hood along with your contact information. The back of your vehicle can have your company name, phone number, address, website, and other details.


For those who want to really attract attention, a full wrap with bright colors, graphics, and logos can be more effective. However, you do have to be careful that you don’t overdo it. If your add so many colors and graphics, the actual message about your company can get lost. Being a mobile billboard is great, but you want to be sure it’s clear what you’re advertising.


Do You Want to Change Up Your Marketing Regularly?

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Marketing plans are typically laid out for a specific number of months before the products being advertised, the graphics, and other content are changed to keep it fresh. If you plan on changing the marketing message you have on your vehicle regularly, you may want to go with a partial wrap instead of a full wrap. This way, there’s less vinyl to remove and install. Changing up your car’s wrap every now and then certainly isn’t a bad idea if you have the budget for it, and you can stretch that budget by doing only a partial wrap.


How Much Money Do You Have to Spend?


The bottom line is that partial wraps cost less than full wraps because there’s less materials and time involved. If you have a small amount of money, a partial wrap may be the better option for you. It can still transform how your vehicle looks. For marketing purposes, you may want to look into vehicle decals instead of full wraps. These decals can often convey the same information without wrapping some or all of your vehicle. If you just want to add your company logo to your delivery vans, decals may be the better option. The professionals at TNT Signs can help you determine which option will fit your needs and your budget.


Do You Want to Change Your Vehicle’s Color?


Have you decided that your white car is just too boring and plain? If so, a full vehicle wrap will allow you to change that. With a wrap, your white car can become electric blue, deep purple, or any other color you can think of. Every surface with the old paint color is wrapped, transforming the vehicle.


Using a partial wrap, on the other hand, allows you to incorporate the current color of your car into the design. When installed by a professional, it’s very difficult to tell where the vinyl and the base color of your car meet. If you want to add stripes or pops of color to your car, a partial wrap is the way to go. If you want to change everything, you’ll need a full wrap.


How to Wrap Your Vehicle



The best way of installing a vehicle wrap is to reach out to an expert who understands how to print, cut, and install vinyl. It can be very easy to wrinkle or tear this material, especially if you haven’t wrapped a car before. One small wrinkle can ruin the entire effect of the wrap, and it can be costly to tear off a large sheet of vinyl and cut another one to fit. Experts know how to wrap cars so they look amazing without wasting material or time.


Call TNT Signs Today to Begin Designing Your Vehicle Wrap


Ready to transform your vehicle with a wrap? The team here at TNT Signs will help you design the perfect wrap, whether it’s a simple but unique color or something featuring graphics, photos, and your company logo. We want the final design to look perfect, and we’ll work with you until it is.


Once the design is done, we’ll print it on high-quality vinyl that will stand up to UV exposure, rain, hail, and other weather. This vinyl can last for seven years, often more. After it’s installed, there’s very little you need to do to keep the wrap looking amazing. Simply take care when washing your car. This means avoiding car washes that have brushes that actually touch the car. High pressure washing can also damage the wrap. As long as you avoid those things, your wrap will look great for years.


If you have a design in mind or want to explore vehicle wrap options, contact TNT Signs today at 707-528-8523.