Vehicle wraps and graphics are printed on large format printers. There are many styles and sizes of large-format printers that exist, but all offer similar results. When setting up graphics for printing, it is important for the production representative to have accurate measurements and pictures of the vehicle being wrapped. This will help set up files properly. At Market Your Car we try to set up and print all vehicle wraps for long-lasting products that appear painted on – we’re talking seamless precision. The way we do this by setting up individual graphic panels to fit on individual panels of your vehicle. This ensures the vehicle will appear seamless.
The vinyl used to print vehicle wraps and graphics is stored in 54-inch rolls. A door that is 40 inches wide will has the potential to waste 14 inches multiplied by the length of any given door panel. By setting up panels in this way, your vehicle wraps and graphics appear painted on with seamless precision. This also makes them last longer, as seamless finishes have fewer opportunities to bubble or rip. The more seams a wrap contains, the more crevises available for wind and water to lift and cause damage. Other companies begin printing at the front of vehicles, print 54-inch panels all the way down the vehicle. Although this can minimize waste, once installed on any vehicle, it will result in your vehicle having multiple seams on the side where graphics overlap.
Print quality boils down to proper maintenance. This includes cleaning large format printers and utilizing the proper settings on printing equipment. If large format printers are not cleaned and maintained properly, print nozzles become clogged. Although large format printers contain many nozzles that continue to print even when clogged, print quality will diminish over time. Large format printers print on a variety of media, making them very versatile machines.
It’s important to note that different types of media absorb ink differently. Therefore, printing representatives much choose correct printing profiles based on the media being used. A profile tells the printer to drop a specific amount of ink to achieve a certain colour. This varies based on the type of media being used. These profiles also have a resolution setting built-in which tells the printer how much ink to drop. The higher the resolution the more ink they drop which results in higher quality prints. While some companies choose print speed over quality, we choose quality. It may take us a little longer to print a car wrap. But it will look far better when printed and installed, and will stand the test of time!