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What is a vehicle wrap? Is it paint?

Vehicle wraps are hi-performance vinyl coverings that are applied directly to your vehicle. They can often be mistaken for custom paint jobs. 

How effective are vehicle wraps?

Surveys conducted have proven that, in a large metropolitan area like Phoenix, a wrapped vehicle can generate between 30,000 and 70,000 impressions daily. Drive it to and from work and park it in high visibility areas to maximize your advertising dollars. Fleet vehicle advertising boosts name recognition 15 times greater than any other form of advertising. 

Does it matter what color my vehicle is?

No, vehicle wraps are not translucent; you will not be able to see through them. If you are doing a partial wrap our designers can work with you to make sure the vehicle color works with the design. 

It looks like there are graphics on the windows, will I still be able to see through the windows?

Generally, window wraps are printed on a perforated vinyl that allows you to see through the rear and side rear windows. Some clients opt for covering their windows with regular vinyl for privacy purposes.

Does Cortez Visual have a monthly payment plan?

No, but we do accept major credit cards. 

I want a vehicle wrap on my car, how do I get started?

Call our office to schedule your vehicle wrap consultation or click here to request a quote. We require a 50% deposit prior to proceeding to production. 

Will the wrap damage my paint?

No. A vehicle wrap, when applied and removed correctly by a professional installer, does not damage your car’s paint. The materials we use are formulated with removable adhesive that will not harm your car’s paint. In fact, many people find that wrapping their vehicle can assist in keeping a higher resale value on the vehicle due to the protective benefits of the wrap. 

Can I take it through the carwash?

Certainly. You can wash it just like you did before it was wrapped, but it is not recommended that you use wax. We recommend brushless car washes.

What if I dent my car, can my vehicle wrap be fixed?

Yes, we keep all our production files handy and we can easily replace the damaged pieces or panels of your wrap.

Will my vehicle wrap peel or fade?

A permanent vehicle wrap is guaranteed not to fade, crack or peel for 36 months on vertical surfaces and 12 months on horizontal surfaces.

Do I have to wash my vehicle before the installation of my wrap?

Yes. All vehicles must be washed thoroughly and free of wax, oil, and armor-all type products. Our installation team will examine the vehicles surface prior to installation to ensure it meets our standards. Any vehicle that isn’t to our standards will be addressed accordingly. This may subject the project to delays and additionals costs. 

Why a vehicle wrap? Why not just advertise in newspapers or magazines?

A: Combine the total that you or your company spends on advertising each year and compare those costs to the cost of a vehicle wrap. Factor in that a wrap lasts between 2-5 years and, within that time, will be seen by millions. In addition, there are no monthly fees, maintenance or renewal charges. You buy it, you own it! 

Will you wrap the roof?

Some vehicles the roof is included in our quote. Generally roofs are not wrapped (vans, trucks or SUVs), unless it is requested by the customer. 

Will you provide color and art proofs prior to printing?

Yes. We will not print anything until you are completely satisfied with your design and have physically approved the design and color proof. 

Can you wrap plastic, fiberglass, or chrome?

A painted plastic bumper can be wrapped without any problems. In the case of fiber-glass, un-painted plastic, rubber or chrome bumpers, application of vinyl on these areas are not recommended or guaranteed to adhere for the duration of the life of the wrap. 

What if I plan to change my company logo or phone number in the future?

This is not a problem. We can print and install graphic overlays, so that information may be removed or replaced if you need to change or update your car wrap. 

How many vehicles have you wrapped?

We have been wrapping vehicles for nearly 20 years with a sum total over eight thousand! 

What makes an effective wrap?

Aside from the technical hurdles of creating an effective vehicle wrap – the most crucial part of a vehicle wrap is the design. 

Can you wrap the mirrors?

In custom wrap applications we do what is necessary to make the wrap look perfect. Because mirrors have tight compound curves, seaming is required. In non-custom wrap applications the mirrors are not typically wrapped or quoted because of the cost. 

Environmental Graphics FAQ

What is an Environmental Graphic?

Environmental graphic design uses visual aspects to embrace interior and exterior spaces and uses multiple design disciplines to transform them into unique environments that communicate a message. Simply put, environmental graphic design creates environments for visitors. 

What's an example of an Environmental Graphic?

Environmental graphics can consist of: Wall graphics, Floor/Ground Graphics, Window Graphics, Building Wraps,and P.O.P displays. [/toggle
There are no size minimums or maximums. We can produce graphics to any scale.

What is a wall graphic (also known as a wall mural)?

Wall murals are large, scenic graphics applied to the wall much like wallpaper. Murals consist of panels. Murals are typically applied much like traditional wallpaper, with wallpaper paste. In some scenarios where the mural is to be removed, an adhesive backed vinyl can be used.

Can I place a wall graphic on brick?

Yes! This is one of our favorite substrates to install on. We have materials that can be worked into the nooks and crannies of brick. The end result is impressive and is often mistaken for a custom painted mural.

I want to put graphics on the floor, will it be slip resistant?

Yes! We laminate our floor graphics with slip resistant textures that ensure a long wear as well as slip resistance.

Can we wrap my store front windows?

Store front windows are a very popular choice for adding a billboard to your building. We can install a see through vinyl so you and your customers can still see out!

Artwork Submitting / Requirements FAQ

What are the recommended file/artwork upload specifications?

Acceptable Formats : EPS (Encapsulated Post Script), AI (Adobe Illustrator), PDF (Adobe PDF), PSD (Adobe Photoshop), JPG (High Resolution JPEG), TIFF (High Resolution TIFF). When submitting these files be sure to convert all fonts to outlines or curves.

Vector Files : Line art is scalable to any size, it never loses resolution and the image stays clean and crisp. Because of this, it can be submitted at any size that is in proportion to your final print size.

Raster Files/Images : Depending on the resolution and pixel base, images like PSD, JPG, TIFF becomes blurry when enlarged. If submitting these files please follow the guidelines below:

  • 100% scale (full size output) at 100 dpi
  • 50% scale at 200 dpi or higher
  • 25% scale at 300 dpi or higher
  • 10% scale at 600-1200 dpi recommended

Do you require bleed?

Small Format Printing : 1/8″ total bleed. Example: a 3.5″ x 2″ final print size should be setup to 3.625″ x 2.125″.

Large Format Prints (Walls, Windows Etc) : 4″ total Bleed. Example 120″ x 96″ final print size should be setup to 124″ x 100″

Banner Prints : Banners that don’t require hemming or pole pockets can be setup to size without bleed. See below for other requirements.

  • Banners that require a pole pocket generally require 8″ of total bleed.
  • Banners that require the edges to be hemmed will need to add 2 inches of total size. (1″ fold and hem)

How do I ensure my fonts will look correct?

If you are submitting vector files, please ensure the fonts are made into outlines. If you submit raster images you do not have to worry about fonts.

How do I ensure colors are what I'm looking for?

Our printers are calibrated accurately to print the right colors. Our products are printed in CMYK and we will make every effort to match the color of your design. In rare cases some colors might have some variation. This will not be considered production error. We will not issue refunds, nor accept returns for misunderstandings due to color, depth or tone. We are not responsible for differences, either real or perceived, between the appearance of the product on your screen and the final printed piece. We will address this situation case to case basis. Please make sure to inform special instruction if you are very specific on a certain color.

Note: It may be advisable to request a color sample prior to completing a full run of prints.

How do I achieve crisp photographic images in a large format print?

To achieve a high quality print, you must use high quality images. Stock photography services may be used to purchase high resolution images if professional photography isn’t an option.

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