San Diego Car Wraps – KI Studios.
Car wraps are a very important part of our business. Unsurprisingly, color change wraps are extremely popular in our range of services followed closely by printed wraps and commercial wraps. See what sets KI Studios San Diego Car Wraps apart…
KI Studios is your premier San Diego car wrap installer and designer serving all of Southern California.
KI Studios is the premier San Diego car wrap shop. We stock hundreds of car wrap colors and finishes. We use only the highest quality, highest performing, cast vinyl materials by reputable brands like 3M, Avery Dennison and Oracal. If you can’t find the color you want in our suppliers’ color books, we will print it!
At KI Studios car wraps, San Diego facility we have been wrapping cars for over 15 years. We take pride in our quality and craftsmanship. Our long list of happy customers is a direct result of our experience and long track record of successful projects. When it comes to trusting us with your pride and joy, you can rest assured that we will exceed your expectations. There are many newcomers in this industry. This makes for many wrap shops and many installers with very little experience. If you love your car you will prefer to leave it in the hands of someone with the right experience to guarantee the best results.
Car Wraps – The best way to temporarily change your vehicle’s appearance
A car wrap is essentially a non-permanent way to change your car appearance. Yes, a car wrap that’s well taken care of will last many years, but even so it’s not considered permanent. Unlike paint, a vinyl car wrap will not permanently change the finish of your vehicle. That is the biggest benefit of wrapping your car. You can let your imagination run wild while knowing full well you can always go back to stock and preserve your car’s value.
For more details on the differences between a car wrap and paint read this story:
Wrap vs Paint – When to Wrap and When to Paint Your Car
Car Wrap Options
Let’s look at the car wrap options available to our local San Diego and SoCal customers.
There are generally just three types of vehicle wraps. Each type has a different purpose as well as different requirements for the end result. Let’s look at those different options to help you decide which is best your the look you’re after.
1. Color Change Car Wraps
This is the most popular type of car wrap that we do here in San Diego. It is also the most cost-effective as far as wrapping an entire car goes. A color change wrap is for you if you’re looking to change the outer color of your car to any color imaginable. The thing is that for the most part, this will be one solid color. Yes, you can add decals and stripes and such, but generally speaking, a color change wrap is one solid color.
The color you want will determine the brand of car vinyl used – as color gamuts vary slightly from brand to brand. We use the very best car vinyl brands in the world. In brief, the only thing you have to worry about it picking out a color. We’ll take care of making sure you get the very best product available today.
As mentioned, these types of wraps are usually a single color. That said, you can often choose gloss vinyl or matte vinyl if available in your chosen color. At KI Studios San Diego Car Wraps we have done every type of color change wrap known. We can provide you the service of a straightforward color change or even take it as far as you want. For example, we can wrap the door jambs and other hidden areas to give an appearance more close to factory paint. Layering stripes over the color change wrap. Printing a section of the wrap. You name it. Which brings us to…
2. Printed Car Wraps
Printed car wraps are getting more and more popular these days. Only select shops like KI Studios possess the equipment and knowledge to execute them properly. This type of vehicle wrap allows you to have any number of colors, design and text for your vehicle’s wrap. Because printed wraps add such possibilities, they are very popular as commercial wraps for cars, trucks and vans. Not every printed wrap is commercial. We have many clients that want intricate designs that can only be achieved with full-color printing.
Remember, not all prints are created equal. KI Studios San Diego Car Wraps printed car wraps are bright and full of life. This is because we use the very best equipment on the market from Roland and Graphtec. For protection and durability, we laminate our printed-vinyl before installing it. We print wraps for everything from cars, to vans, trailers, trucks, food trucks and more. Printed wraps are also very popular for race cars…
3. Race Car Liveries
Race cars are known for their uniquely colorful designs that help each car stand out at the race track. Oftentimes, these race car designs are referred to as liveries – or racing livery. Race cars also have sponsors, who’s logos need to be prominently displayed on them. Printed wraps are very common on race cars as it’s the most efficient way of creating such intricate designs, often with many colors and many logos.
Due to the fact that things change so fast in race teams, layering graphics over a wrap or over paint is very common. For this reason, many race car liveries use a combination of a printed wrap with layered decals. At KI Studios we can help your race car project or race team look their best with a custom-designed and installed racing livery. After all, you don’t want so much work and effort in your racing to go unnoticed because of a bland-looking car.
The design part is extremely important. Oftentimes someone has an idea for a race car livery design, yet the way it’s imagined ends up not transferring well to real life. It takes a very experienced and keen eye to make a design work for a car. Just because it looks good on paper or in your head doesn’t mean it will transfer properly to a car body.
At KI Studios we can help you achieve that look that you want. By using our design experience coupled with your idea for a design, we can created a wrap that will be impossible to ignore or forget.
Paint Protection Film
Clear bra and clear paint protection film can be considered a car wrap, specially if used to wrap the entire car. Oftentimes, to avoid showing the edges of a partial clear bra, a car can be wrapped entirely in clear bra. Also, if we use a matte paint protection film such as Xpel Stealth, the clear bra gives the impression of a vinyl wrap color change. This is because you can now take gloss paint and make it look matte. However, because clear bras and clear paint protection films are different enough from your standard car wrap, we have giving it it’s own department. Read more about clear bras and paint protection films here: Clear Bra Paint Protection San Diego
Proper decisions about dismantling before wrapping
Most of the time, car body panels do not need to be dismantled in order to wrap them. In most case, only the wheels need to come off to better access the panels around them. Very few cars and very few wrap projects require any sort of dismantling. When we do need to do some dismantling, we’ll hire a professional dismantler experienced in the brand and model of the car. This is the norm for high end vehicles such as Ferrari and Lamborghini.
One good example is the Lamborghini Aventador, which we have wrapped quite a few of. For full color changes, these cars require a bit of dismantling in order to tuck the vinyl deep enough to hide the original color. Every time, we a professional tech who specializes in the brand do it.
When wrapping around bumpers and inside door jambs, we use Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and even Bugatti certified technicians for removing and assembling body panels. This assures that your car leaves in the same condition it arrived, with a wrap that is going to last, with fully wrapped edges.
Don’t be fooled by rookie installers with the misleading claim to fame of completely taking your car apart to wrap it. More often than not this is completely unnecessary.
Vehicle Wrap Design & Print – International
Vehicle wrap design services available to customers around the world.
If you are not in San Diego, we can still design, print and ship a vehicle wrap kit to you or to your local installer. We will work directly with you to get the design you desire mocked up for your vehicle. All of our design and printing is done in-house. Kyle Isbell has been designing vehicle wraps for over 15 years, and is backed by degrees in art, graphic design, and marketing from San Diego State University and University of San Diego.
Once you are happy with your car wrap design, we will ship the printed product to you for a local installer to do the labor. This program allows any car enthusiast in the world to get a custom KI Studios printed wrap design without having to be in San Diego California.
One Place, Hundreds of Colors
At KI Studios Car Wraps San Diego, our specialty is and has always been, performance luxury vehicles and exotics. Our customers trust us with with their prized, and oftentimes priceless, automobiles. In our years in this business we have had the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most unique and amazing cars. The results are a wide gamut of designs, eye-catching colors and unique looking performance vehicles that are impossible to ignore.
Car enthusiasts in San Diego, car wraps are not all created equal. Stick with the experienced. Make your car a one-of-a-kind masterpiece today.
KI Studios San Diego Car Wraps is your premier choice for a vehicle wrap. For local installs, we cater to San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. For designs, stripes and printed vehicle wraps that will be installed elsewhere, we cater to the world.