Vehicle Graphics FAQ

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Want your vehicle to turn heads? Advertise 24/7? Not sure what’s involved? Here are a few answers to common questions.

What are vehicle graphics?


A wrap is created by printing brilliant latex inks onto specialized vinyl. We laminate it for longevity, then apply it with pressure and heat, to large sections of the vehicle. Wraps cover the underlying paint so they can change the entire look of the vehicle. They’re a lot of fun and highly customizable. You can even cover windows with perforated wrap vinyl. It shows your design on the outside, but you can see through it from the inside. Ask us about color shifts, pearl, matte finish, metallics, or textures.


Lettering is done by cutting the designs out of a long-lasting, solid colored vinyl that is then transferred precisely onto the surface of your car, usually on the doors, rear, or windows. It’s a cost-effective way to use vinyl to customize your vehicle without everything that goes into a full wrap.

We can do full wraps, partial wraps, and combinations of wraps and lettering. As a custom sign shop, it’s our job to help you create exactly what you want.

How long do vehicle graphics last?

Most vinyls are guaranteed for two years with reasonable care. In our experience it can last much longer, especially if you care for your wrap properly.

Can the vinyl be removed, and will it damage my paint?

Wraps can be removed and will not damage your paint, as long as the paint is in good condition at the time of wrapping. Most people find that the wrap protects the underlying paint.

Can you create a design for my vehicle or fleet?

You better believe it. We’ll work with you to create the design that speaks your message best. If you can dream it we can create it.

How much does a vehicle wrap usually cost?

It depends! (You knew that, right?) Square footage, design, complexity of the install, all contribute to the cost. We are happy to offer what works for your budget.

How long does it take to install vehicle graphics?

A large van will take about 2 days, where a small van or sedan would take a day. If you have graphics on your vehicle already that need to be removed, we’ll account for that in our time estimate.

How do I care for a wrapped vehicle?

Don’t wash a freshly applied graphic for at least the first week. Never power wash. Hand washing is best, but you can run it through a car wash if you wish.

Call Signwave at 631-761-9292 or stop by and see us.

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We’d love to answer your questions in person and get you started with a beautiful vehicle wrap today!

82 Bridge Road • Islandia, NY

Not sure you’ve found the right supplier?  read: 5 Clues You’ve Picked The Right Sign Company For Your Vehicle Graphics Project

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