Q: How does SCS Wraps charge for printing projects?
A: Printing is based on square footage. Generally speaking, we will quote your project based on the amount of vinyl used and time estimated to install the wrap or decals. All printing projects require a 50% down payment, along with a final payment upon delivery.
Q: When working with third party designs, what format should I deliver the files in?
A: Generally, we use PDF, EPS or AI (adobe illustrator) files. These are most common due to the workability of the artwork thus preventing pixilation.
Q: How do I determine the cost of a vehicle decal or wrap?
A: All vehicle decal and wrap printing is based on square footage. Installation and application is quoted based on the difficulty and amount of surface being applied.
Q: Can I provide my own design or can SCS do that for me?
A: Both options are available, however it is important to remember that your decision to wrap a vehicle was done with advertising in mind. We are experts at developing dynamic graphics that your audience will capture within the 3-second window for moving billboards. If you decide to design the wrap yourself, we have vehicle templates available along with skilled graphic designers to assist with any questions you might have.
Q: Is wrapping a vehicle the only service you provide for large format printing?
A: Not at all. We are capable of wrapping anything you can imagine. Store fronts, buildings, ceilings, gondolas and tractors. If the surface will accept the vinyl adhesion it’s fair game.
Q: What’s the difference between a ½, ¾, and full wrap?
A: 1/2 Wrap includes the entire rear of the vehicle and 1/2 way up the vehicle, with the option of a hood logo. Our 3/4 Wraps include the entire rear of the vehicle while coving ¾ of the way up the vehicle to the front doors and generally includes a hood logo. Typically, a Full Wrap includes the entire surface of the vehicle with roof depending on the vehicle and the client’s preferences.
Q: How long does a wrap take?
A: The wrap process for a custom wrap varies on how long it takes based on the vehicle and material being used. Some materials go on easier and faster than others. Sometimes vehicles have much more intricate parts to remove and wrap. That being said, the entire process from conceptualization to install can take from 3 days to 3 weeks.
The process begins with a consultation with you to discuss all this prior to wrapping your vehicle. Generally, if a wrap shop tells you it’s gonna cost X amount and will take 2 days without seeing your vehicle or discussing the items listed on this page, you might want to think twice.
Q: What do I need to know when dropping my vehicle off for installation?
A: Ensuring the vehicle is clean and dry prior to delivery will avoid any additional labor charges to be incurred.
We recommend you design your document at no less than 1/4 of the final size, and no more than 1/2 of the final size.
For example: A 24″ x 36″ poster could either be designed on a page size of:
- 12″ x 18″ document (1/2 final size) and requires a 200% enlargement
- 8″ x 12″ document (1/3 final size) and requires a 300% enlargement
- 6″ x 9″ document (1/4 final size) and requires a 400% enlargement
This is simpler than it may sound at first. Just take the final size you require by 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 to determine the document size.
Image resolution: For best results the output size of images should be at least 100 dpi and preferably 150-200 dpi. Check this by dividing the dpi of the original image by the percentage (as a decimal number) of the enlargement.
Example: if your original image is 200 dpi and you require a 250 % (that is 2.5) enlargement then
200 dpi/2.5 = 80 dpi in the final image. Slightly under optimal resolution so you should use a 300 dpi original.
300 dpi/2.5 = 120 dpi in the final image.
Your Image is 42.003″ x 156″ @ 11.301 ppi that is roughly 1200% the original size. The final print will be pixelated but then again there is no avoiding some pixelization when you enlarge any raster file that much. Our suggestions would be to find high quality image with at least a 300 dpi.
Q: What kind of material do you print stickers on?
A: Arlon 3mil DPF 4560GTX
• 3 mil gloss white calendered vinyl.
• X-scape technology- for air release.
• Grey tinted adhesive designed for opacity to directly cover existing graphics or dark substrates.
• Permanent, pressure sensitive adhesive.
• 5 year outdoor durability.
Q: What kind of laminate do you use?
A: Arlon 3420 Gloss
The primary purpose of lamination is to provide abrasion protection for your prints. Lamination is a must for vehicle wraps and stickers because they will endure cleaning and road debris as well as weather elements. Laminating window film will stop water and dirt from collecting in the holes, preserving visibility. Lamination will increase the thickness of the print, making it easier to handle.
• 3 mil gloss calendered laminate.
• Reduces surface glare.
• 5-year outdoor durability.
Q: Do I need a permit for my sign?
A: That all depends, however should a permit be needed, SCS will assist you in every way possible in obtaining the proper documents.