Although graphics on windows of vehicles is now quite a common sight, it has only been prevalent in the past few years since vinyl became common for use on vehicles. Vinyl was perhaps first used on vehicles in order that advertising words, phrases or graphics could be placed on vehicles as part of a business’s marketing strategy. This started after it was realized that these advertisements were easier and cheaper to be made using vinyl as opposed to painting on a vehicle. Although in some instances whole vehicles could be covered in vinyl graphics, if the vinyl was perforated so that sight could be permitted through in one direction, it could also be used on the windows of a vehicle perhaps making it more of an attention grabber than graphics would be if placed elsewhere on a vehicle.
It was perhaps in part at least, the introduction of window graphics that prompted the first people to start customizing their private cars using vinyl. It did not take long after that for car owners to realize that wrapping a car in vinyl had advantages other than for advertising or customizing vehicles. As mentioned, the use of vinyl was easier and cheaper than painting and so some car owners began to wrap their cars instead of painting them which saved them money and yet could present at least just as impressive results.
Once some cars had been wrapped it became apparent that those car owners who owned the wrapped cars received other bonuses for doing so, apart from having made an initial saving in improving their car’s appearance. One benefit from wrapping their cars which was quickly apparent was the less maintenance which was needed in order to keep the car looking as impressive as they wanted. Whereas with paint they would have had to polish their cars regularly in order to maintain their color and brightness, with vinyl wraps just regular washing with soap and water would present them with equal results.
Later it was discovered that wrapping a car can provide even more benefits as the vinyl used was tough, proving itself to be tougher than paint and therefore not susceptible to chipping. Regardless of what colors the vinyl was, neither would it fade in harsh sunlight which was perhaps the main cause for painted cars to need repainting fairly frequently, perhaps as often as every 3 to 5 years. As vinyl did not easily chip nor fade, vinyl could last as long as 10 years without needing to be replaced.
As these benefits of wrapping cars are starting to become better known, an increasing number of car owners are opting to wrap their cars instead of painting them and saving them money in doing so. The relatively new idea of wrapping cars is offering car owners the opportunity to have a wider range of colors to choose from when determining how their car should look and also provides great opportunities for customizing them differently and perhaps even uniquely.