Wrapping a Damaged Vehicle?

At Metro Restyling, we understand that your vehicle is more than just a means of transport; it expresses your personality and style. However, what happens when the car you wish to wrap has seen better days, with apparent coat damage, paint issues, or rust? This blog explores the complexities and solutions for wrapping a damaged vehicle.


Understanding the Challenges

The State of Your Vehicle

Before considering a wrap, it's essential to assess the condition of your vehicle. Damaged paint, deep scratches, rust, or a peeling clear coat can significantly impact the final result of the wrap. The imperfections not only affect the aesthetic appeal but can also compromise the wrap's durability.


Communication with Clients

If you're a professional wrapper, transparent communication with your client is crucial. They must understand potential risks, like further paint damage upon wrap removal and visible indentations post-wrap.


The Process: Dealing with Damage

Cleaning and Prepping

The first step is thoroughly cleaning to remove any wax, oil, or dirt. This process gives a clearer picture of the extent of the damage.


Addressing Rust and Paint Chips

Rust should be removed as much as possible, typically with a paper towel. Sanding is necessary to smooth edges for areas with paint chips or exposed sections. A scratch-less sponge or pad can ensure minimal damage to the surrounding areas.


Using Adhesive Promoters

An adhesive promoter becomes essential for damaged areas. It helps the vinyl adhere better to these compromised sections. Apply it evenly and allow it to dry per the product's instructions. Metro Restyling proudly offers the Pro-Bond Adhesive Promoter, a game-changer ensuring your wrap adheres perfectly, even on challenging surfaces. Or try out the new Pro Bond Adhesive Promoter Pen "Crush Swab"!

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Why Choose Pro Bond?

  • Enhanced Bonding: Pro Bond improves the bonding strength of self-adhering moldings and decals by up to 200%. This means a more secure and durable installation, which is crucial for vehicles with damaged surfaces.

  • Professional Grade: Trusted by professionals, Pro Bond is known for its reliability in facilitating perfect wrap installations.

  • Safety and Usage: Containing Ethyl Acetate, using a Pro Bond with adequate ventilation is essential to ensure safety during application.

Applying Pro Bond evenly over the cleaned and prepped damaged areas before laying down the vinyl wrap. This promoter acts as a bridge, enhancing the adhesive properties of the wrap, ensuring a stronger bond to the surface, and significantly reducing the risks of peeling or lifting, especially in areas where the vehicle's paint or clear coat is compromised.


Applying the Wrap

When applying the wrap, it's crucial to do it in one go without repositioning, as this can remove paint and damage the material. After application, using an edge seal pen can secure the wrap further.


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Limitations and Alternatives

When to Seek Repairs

In some cases, it's advisable to get the vehicle repaired before wrapping. Extensive damage, like large rusted areas or peeling clear coats, might need professional attention first.

Wrapping a damaged vehicle is challenging but not impossible. A successful wrap can be achieved with the proper techniques and understanding of the limitations.



Q: Can you wrap a car with damaged paint?

A: While it's possible, it's only sometimes advisable. Damaged areas can affect the wrap's appearance and longevity.


Q: What types of paint damage are unsuitable for vinyl wraps?

A: Deep scratches, orange peel textures, rusted metal, and peeling clear coats are generally unsuitable for wrapping.


Q: How does damaged paint affect the wrapping process?

A: Damaged paint can lead to issues like bubbling, creasing, and reduced adhesive effectiveness.

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