TEMPE, AZ | PHOENIX, AZ
The Best Vinyl Wrap in the Business
At Apex Customs our certified installers are the best in the business when it comes to the professional installation of an automotive vinyl wrap. We can install vinyl wrap in any application, but our specialty is color change vinyl wraps, racing stripes, vinyl graphics, hood and roof vinyl wraps. Our installers have many years of experience working on everything from Semi Trucks to Ferrari's and Honda Civics. Whatever your vinyl wrap application is, we can deliver your project on time and on budget without complication.
At our Phoenix vinyl wrap shop, we put our reputation behind products that we know from our years of experience and expertise in the industry will deliver the performance, durability, and reliability you expect from your vinyl wrap investment. Avery Dennison and 3M Graphics are the two industry leading suppliers in the vinyl wrap business. They produce vinyl wrap that will consistently stand up to the elements, provide the UV and paint protection qualities vinyl wrap is intended to offer, and provide for safe removal that won’t damage your paint when it comes time to remove the wrap.
We only install top-rated vinyl wraps by Avery Dennison and 3M Graphics that are sourced directly from our authorized supplier. This helps us ensure that your vinyl wraps warranty will be fully enforced and stood behind the two largest companies in the vinyl wrap industry. It also helps us ensure that your vinyl wrap will look fantastic for many years to come and will hold up to the rigors of nature's elements. We want you to be satisfied with your investment and the most important element of that satisfaction starts with top quality vinyl wrap.
Before vinyl wrapping was introduced to the automotive industry, the only option for changing your car, truck, or SUV to a different color was to invest in an expensive paint job by a professional auto body shop. The re-paint process typically takes weeks, if not months, often degrades the resale value of your vehicle, and will typically cost upwards of $10,000 for a quality professional job.
Vinyl Wrap Services
Color Change Vinyl Wrap
Vinyl Racing Stripes
Vinyl Hood Wrap
Vinyl Roof Wrap
Side Mirror Vinyl Wrap
Luckily, thanks to advancements in technology, there is a new reliable and affordable option to change the color of your car without any of the downsides. Using large sheets of 3-4 mills thick vinyl wrap, Apex will custom wrap your entire vehicle in one of the many different colors, textures, or patterns offered by Avery Dennison and 3M vinyl wrap in a matter of days and at a fraction of the cost.
Located in Phoenix, we offer convenient full automotive vinyl wrapping services for Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Gilbert, Chandler and surrounding areas in Arizona.
What is Vinyl Wrapping?
Vinyl wrapping, also commonly referred to as vehicle wrapping, is the process of applying pressure-sensitive sheets of vinyl, available in any color or finish, to your vehicle’s painted surfaces by hand. Vinyl wrapping is one of the newest and most innovative products to hit the custom automotive world in years. It can be installed on everything from cars, trucks, and SUVs to boats, trailers, walks floors, furniture, and even electronics.
Vinyl wrap is essentially a big sticker or decal that will change the color and finish of your car, truck, or SUV while at the same time protecting the factory paint from stone chips, scratches, and fading. Vehicle wraps are designed to be installed in such a way that it looks identical to car paint, therefore you won’t be able to tell the difference between a wrapped car and a painted car. The primary difference between a vinyl wrap and traditional automotive paint is vinyl wrap is temporary so you can easily change the color and it won’t ruin your vehicle's residual value or warranties, it’s more affordable, and it takes significantly less time to install.
Vehicle wrapping results in a protective vinyl covering over the surface of your vehicle that is 3-4 mils thick which keeps your factory paint job safe from road debris and weather elements. When you are ready to remove a vehicle wrap, you can peel the vinyl off the surface of your car and provided you use quality vinyl materials by 3M or Avery Dennsion; your vehicle's factory paint will appear as it did the day you applied the vinyl wrap. Retaining your factory paint job is highly beneficial when you have a leased vehicle, or want to protect your cars paint to retain the residual value of the car, truck, or SUV when it’s time to trade it in our sell it.
How is Vinyl Wrap Made?
Vinyl wrap films are made for a few basic raw materials the primary of which is polyvinylchloride (PVC) polymer. PVS polymer is a plastic that has a relatively rigid property. When making vinyl wrap, PVC is combined with a plasticizer to make the film flexible, pigment to create the desired color of the vinyl, heat stabilizers, fillers, processing aids, and special additives which help the vinyl to achieve its UV absorber characteristics to improve UV radiation resistance. The raw materials used in this process change range in their level of quality which will result in the vinyl wraps durability rating.
Beyond just the raw materials used to manufacture vinyl wrap, the manufacturing process, as well as the type of plasticizer that is used to create the vinyl wrap, has the biggest impact on the vinyl’s durability. There are two different processes that are used to manufacture vinyl wrap, casting and calendaring. Each of these processes results in a vastly different quality of vinyl film. In general, the casting process is the preferred method of manufacturing which results in higher quality films. The plasticizers grade used in the casting process is what determines the vinyl wraps flexibility. For pressure-sensitive adhesive films, monomeric or polymeric plasticizers can be used. Polymeric plasticizer is considered the higher grade material where monomeric is the lower grade which is also cheaper.
Benefits of Car Wrapping
Vinyl wrapping your car, truck, or SUV is not only risk-free, it provides numerous functional benefits over painting or dipping such as:
Vinyl wrap provides protection from stone chips, scratches, and abrasions to your vehicle's factory paint.
Vinyl wrap will preserve the original factory paintwork which is beneficial if your vehicle is leased and you want to add a custom look or you want to preserve the factory paint to keep your car, truck, or SUVs residual value maintained.
Vehicle wrapping is substantially cheaper than a traditional paint job.
Car Wraps will not devalue the resale value of your car like a traditional paint job.
Warranties and lease agreements remain valid with vinyl wrap unlike re-painting a car or truck which would void factory automotive warranties, put you in violation of your lease, and increase the cost of insurance.
When properly cared for and quality material is used, vinyl automotive wraps will wear as well as, or even better than traditional paint. Vehicle wraps will take a beating while protecting your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle's factory paint underneath.
Vinyl car, truck, and SUV wraps come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. 3M and Avery vinyl's offer a custom unique look that is almost impossible to reproduce with traditional paint. Avery and 3M both offer matte, semi-gloss, gloss, brushed steel, carbon fiber, metallic flake, matte metallic, chrome and even leather-like finishes.
With vinyl wrap, expensive, color-matching paint fees are unnecessary for scratches or accident vehicles. All you have to do when damage occurs is re-wrap the section that needs repair with a new sheet of vinyl.
When a car, truck or motorcycle is wrapped by our professionally trained installers, it is difficult to notice your car is wrapped and not painted. With our vinyl paint wrapping technique, the vinyl will literally look as if it was sprayed on.
With car and truck wraps, you can affordably customize parts of your car. You don’t have to wrap your entire car; using vinyl on just your hood, roof, mirrors, or trim is a common request.
Matte paint jobs are brittle and can chip easily while matte vinyl wrap is durable and harder to scratch.
Vinyl wrapping your car or truck will hide dings or scratches while offering a “freshness” to the look of your vehicle.
Vinyl wraps look incredible, you'll be turning heads left and right with your newly wrapped car, truck, SUV or motorcycle.
Vinyl Wrap vs Dip
Why Vehicle Wrapping is Far Superior to PlastiDip
We get the question daily, should I vinyl wrap or dip my car? Plastidip is considerably cheaper than vinyl wrap so if you’re looking for a color change for your ride, why should you pony up the extra cash for a vehicle wrap? The short and sweet of it is vinyl wrap is a far superior product to PlastiDip when it comes to car, truck, or SUV color changes. In fact, our shop stopped offering full vehicle PlastiDips due to the constant issues we saw our customers experiencing with Plasti-Dip.
PlastiDip gets a lot of attention these days because it is cheaper and easier to apply than vinyl wrap. While Plasti-Dip is a great option for the DIY car enthusiast who wants to change the color of his 1995 Honda Civic, it is a terrible option if you are looking for a truly custom car that stands out from the crowd.
Here are a few reasons why vinyl wrap is superior to PlastiDip and worth the investment:
Dangers & Pitfalls of Cheap Vinyl Wrap
Why Use Avery & 3M
We’ve all asked the question, why should I spend $800 in materials on 3M or Avery Dennison vinyl wrap when I can buy the same color and style on eBay for $200? A plethora of Chinese manufactured vinyl wrap has become available on sites like Amazon and eBay as well as a host of discount vinyl wrap supplier websites. We’re well aware of the cost difference, we get at least five sales calls and emails a week from manufacturers overseas trying to get us to carry their vinyl wrap. Unfortunately, the adage of “you get what you pay for” could not be truer when it comes to vinyl wrap.
It can be a difficult pill to swallow, spending considerably more money on vinyl wrap material for what seemingly is the same material. I mean it’s just a big sticker, right? How different could the materials really be? The truth is you might as well flush that $200 you dropped on a roll of vinyl wrap from a Chinese supplier right down the toilet. We’ve wrapped thousands of cars over the years and we can say with 100% confidence that it is not worth the time or money to wrap a vehicle with cheap vinyl wrap. Beyond the shortfall of the material, there is a real risk that you could be causing serious damage to your vehicle’s paint job.
So why is cheap vinyl wrap such a bad investment? Here are a few key factors to consider: