VINYL WRAP

TEMPE, AZ  | PHOENIX, AZ

Vehicle Wraps

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

  • Vinyl Graphics

  • Vinyl Pinstripes

  • Side Mirror Vinyl Wrap

  • Vehicle Wraps​

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. 

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Color Change Vinyl Wrap

Are you looking to change the color of your ride? Vinyl wrap is hands down the best option for a vehicle color change. When compared to other options for a vehicle color changes, vinyl wrap is more affordable, durable, and reliable and offers a range of color options that aren't available with any other product.

At Apex Customs Phoneix we specialize in car, truck, and SUV vinyl wraps. Our installers have years of experience and thousands of vinyl wraps under their best to provide your car an unforgettable look. Our installers will ensure there are no bubbles, tears, streaks, or wrinkles in your wrap. We have perfected the ability to minimize seams, tuck corners properly, and prep your vehicle before the wrap so your investment will last.  

Vinyl Racing Stripes

There's no better return on investment for a sports car than a set of vinyl racing Stripes. Racing stripes turn a plain Jane ride into an aggressive beast in a matter of hours. Aftermarket racing stripes give you more options than the standard factory stripes. Whatever you can imagine, our designers will make it happen. Single tone, single stripe, dual stripe, dual stripe with pinstripe accents, we've seen it all.

At Apex Customs Phoenix, our highly trained and experienced vinyl stripe installers will ensure your striping kit is installed with perfection. Racing stripes require skill and precision to get right. Unlike a full wrap, Racing Stripes have to be measured and laid with perfection so you don't end up with a crooked looking car or truck driving down the road. At Apex we have perfected striping kits so they are installed with accuracy giving your ride the aggressive look you've been dreaming of. 

Vinyl Hood Wrap

If you're looking for that two-tone look, a vinyl hood wrap is a great option. Vinyl hood wraps offer a unique look that not many cars on the road offer. A great option for sun damaged hoods, a vinyl hood wrap is a quick, affordable solution to restore your car's original beauty. 

At Apex Customs Phoenix, our installers have perfected the hood wrap. Hood wraps often require seams because the hood is larger than a single sheet of vinyl. A professionally installed hood wrap with look exactly like paint. The seams will be hidden in a way that nobody will be able to tell your hood is Vinyl Wrapped. 

Vinyl Roof Wrap

Vinyl roof wraps are common in the Phoenix Metro area. The desert sun does a good number on paint and a vinyl wrapped roof is a great way to bring your car back to life. Whether you're looking for a two-toned look, a matching addition to your hood wrap, or hiding your sun damaged roof, a vinyl hood wrap is a great option to give your ride an edge. 

At Apex Customs Phoenix, our professional installers can wrap your roof so that it looks like factory paint. Roof wraps can be notoriously difficult because they require a single large sheet of vinyl to be laid with perfection on the first run. On top of that, most modern roofs have antennas smack in the center of the clean sheet of vinyl. Inexperienced wrap shops and DIY'ers often run into a lot of issues with the antenna. You'll end up with seams and tears all around the antenna. Our installers will lay your roof wrap in such a way that you won't be able to tell it's been wrapped. 

Vinyl Graphics

Whether you're looking for a simple emblem overlay or complete business wrap, Apex Customs has you covered. With our state of the art vinyl plotting and printing equipment and expert designers, we can turn your vehicle into a moving billboard or subtle custom ride. 

Our installers and designers have wrapped semi trucks, buses, trucks, and even ice cream carts for clients from the NFL to the neighborhood corner store. Any vinyl graphics project you have in mind, we'll design, plot, print, and install your next vehicle graphic. 

Vinyl Pinstripes

Vinyl Pinstripes are making a comeback in a good way. With some professionally installed pinstripe accents, your ride can turn heads on every street your drive. Pinstriping can accent your car in a variety of ways. Whether you're looking to accent your racing stripes, add a subtle stripe down your side panels, or accent every edge of your car, we've got your covered. 

Vinyl Pinstriping is an art on its own. At Apex Customs Phoenix, our installers have completed a number of projects that have become the talk of the town. 

Side Mirror Vinyl Wrap

Need to add a little flair to your side mirrors or color match them to the color of the rest of your car? Vinyl wrapping your side mirrors is a great solution to spruce up those mirrors while also protecting them from the elements and road debris. Side mirrors are exposed to rocks and road debris more than most other parts on a car, truck, or SUV. It is common for side mirrors to end up with a rock of rock chips and paint damage, Vinyl Wrap can cover that damage or protect newer mirrors from receiving them in the first place. 

Side mirrors are a challenging part to Vinyl Wrap properly. They have a complex shape that makes is exceptionally hard to apply flat vinyl wrap sheets to. At our Phoenix Vinyl Wrap shop, we have the skills and expertise to wrap your mirror in a way that makes it look like factory paint. We've wrapped hundreds of mirrors and you can rest assured that your mirror will look fantastic when the job is completed by Apex Customs Phoenix. 

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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.
 

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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.

 

  • When high-quality vinyl wrap like 3M Graphics or Avery Dennison is used, it can be easily removed by a professional and not cause damage to your 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.

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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:

Longevity

In the best possible scenario, if you baby your PlastiDip and keep it out of the elements, it could last up to 3 years. Most likely, however, you’ll be very lucky to get a year out of your investment. Vinyl wrap, on the other hand, can last up to 7 years or more.

Colors and Designs

While PlastiDip has been releasing a variety of cool colors and mixes, the color and pattern options are still limited when compared to vinyl wrap. Vehicle wraps offer a plethora of colors, textures, and finishes that Plasti-Dip simply can’t match.

Durability

With PlastiDip you get what you pay for. When it comes to a vehicle that is exposed to harsh elements, chemicals from the road or gasoline spills when filling your tank, even bird droppings, PlastiDip just doesn’t hold up. Plasti-Dip is easily damaged by any number of things your car comes into contact with and will look terrible in no time flat. We’ve had countless customers leave with a new PlastiDip ride only to return days later with chips, streaks, fading, bubbling, you name it. Vinyl wrap, on the other hand, stands up to its durability claims.  

Ease of Removal

Removing PlastiDip from a trim piece or wheel is one thing, trying to remove Plasti-Dip from an entire vehicle is a whole different story. Peeling PlastDip off an entire car is labor intensive and in most cases, you’ll end up with scraps of Plasti-Dip in areas you will never be able to reach. Also to do it properly Plasti-Dip removal requires special chemicals which easily damage your factory paint if not carefully monitored. Vinyl wrap in contrast, is easy to remove in full sheets with little effort. You won’t risk cracks and crevasses that you can’t reach remaining full of rubber.

Attractiveness

Hands down a vehicle wrap just looks better than PlastiDip. Even with all the advancements in PlastiDip technology adding glosses and new colors, Plasti-Dip just doesn’t compete with vinyl wrap in the looks department. PlastiDip is difficult to apply properly without your final product looking splotchy and inconsistent. It’s difficult to get the spray pattern, timing, and layers just right to result in a great looking end result. With Vinyl Wrap, on the other hand, you get exactly what you expect. With high-quality vinyl wrap materials like Avery Dennsion and 3M and a professional installation, it’s difficult to not end up with a fantastic looking final product.  

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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:

Bubble, Bubbles, Bubbles

If you’ve ever tried to wrap something, you’ll be able to appreciate how frustrating air bubbles are. Cheap vinyl wrap is breeding ground for air bubbles. 3M Graphics and Avery Dennison have both developed sophisticated air release channel technology built into their vinyl wrap which allows the vinyl to breathe during installation. The air release features are invisible to human eye and will save you countless hours of frustration when performing a vinyl installation. There is nothing more infuriating than lying the perfect piece of vinyl on a large panel only to discover an air bubble smack in the center!

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are the second most frustrating challenge to overcome when performing a vinyl wrap installation. Wrinkles will ruin a good piece of vinyl leading to waste, cause lifting of the wrapping material from the vehicle, and cause ugly ripples and distortions in your final product. 3M and Avery Dennison have both developed vinyl wrap that is resistant to wrinkling and provides a thick enough material to reducing wrinkling effects. They also employ vastly superior heat capabilities which allow you to heat a piece of wrinkled vinyl wrap back into its original shape so it’s still usable. 

Cracking

Cheap vinyl wrap is notorious for cracking, especially when exposed to the harsh elements of the sun which Arizona has no shortage of. The materials used to manufacture cheap vinyl wrap will dry and crack under even mild sun exposure. This will leave your car, truck, or SUV looking cheap, old, and run down.  

Seams

When vinyl wrapping an entire vehicle there will be seams. Seams are part of the vinyl wrap process, there simply is no way to completely avoid them. Unlike cheap vinyl wrap, a high-quality vinyl wrap like 3M or Avery Dennison offers a thick, conformable material that makes it possible to hide seams in such a way that they aren’t noticeable unless you look very closely.

Tears and Ripples

When applying vinyl wrap, the goal is to get a tight stretch on the material to provide a smooth, glass like final product that looks exactly like paint. 3M and Avery Dennsion vinyl wrap is developed using the cast method and employing materials that allow it to hold up to stretching and manipulation. This allows you to pull, stretch, and conform the material to the surface of the vehicle without risk of tears, ripples, and color distortion.

 

Cheap Vinyl Wrap on the other hand, is prone to tears and ripples the minute you try to stretch it to apply it to the surface of your vehicle. It is also notorious for tearing after you have applied the vinyl wrap. Imagine you finish your Vinyl Wrap job, step back to take in its beauty and watch in horror as the vinyl starts to tear and lift away from the vehicles surface.