The best vinyl wrap colours for visuals

Introduction

It is important to consider the different types of graphics when choosing a vinyl wrap. For example, one could choose a reflective vinyl if their vehicle will be used on highways. Choosing the colour scheme of your vehicle graphics is as important as choosing the right material.

There are a few methods you can use to create a successful colour scheme for your vinyl wrap. You can choose from contrasting colours, which stand out from each other, or choose the colours that match the same shades of the vehicle. You can also use a monochromatic design, which is based on one specific colour and has no contrasting shades.

What are vehicle graphics

A vehicle wrap and graphics are a great way to customise your car, van, bus, or lorry. You can choose from a variety of colours and designs to create the perfect look for your vehicle. Vinyl wraps are also a great way to protect your car’s paint job from scratches and other damage. There are 100’s of colours and finishes available to choose from, from a range of suppliers.

Vehicle graphics are usually made from a special vinyl film. These types of design can be applied directly to your car’s paint job, although the application process is different depending on what type of vinyl you use.

Vinyl images are usually custom-made for your individual needs, allowing you to choose the colour of the vehicle graphics. There are so many different colours and designs available that you can imagine. Whichever design you decide on will be applied to your car’s bodywork by professionals who know how important it is to get it right the first time.

Vehicle wrap vs vehicle graphics

This is a big decision to make as even partial vehicle wraps will cost a considerable amount of money. The size of the vehicle is also a massive factor in the overall cost of your car wrap or vehicle graphics. The amount of vehicle wrapping film required for the project will impact cost. Choosing specialist finishes for example a matte charcoal metallic or carbon fibre sheets finish, vs a classic gloss white or bolder gloss pink will also impact the price.

Choosing the vinyl colours for my design

When it comes to choosing the vinyl colours for your design, you have a huge range of options to choose from. You can select colours that will complement your vehicle’s paint job, or go for a completely different look with bright and eye-catching shades. There are also a range of textures and finishes to choose from, so you can really create a unique look for your car, van, bus, or lorry.

Here are a few examples of design ideas to help you get started:

Matte car wrap

Matte wraps give your vehicle a clean and sophisticated look while also protecting the paint from harmful scratches and UV rays. They’re available in a huge range of colours, including metallic finishes. Many vinyl suppliers provide matte wraps in black or white, allowing you to match the colour of your vehicle’s trim. You can also find matte wraps in a range of other colours, as well as specialised car wrap films for areas such as bumpers and bonnets.

High gloss vehicle wraps

If you’re looking for an exciting and stylish look for your vehicle, consider high gloss vehicle wraps. This is available in a huge range of colours, including chrome-like finishes. High gloss wraps are highly reflective and will reflect the colour of your car’s bodywork for an extra shine. You can also find high gloss vinyl in transparent finishes that allow you to add graphics over the top.

Textured car wrapping

Textured vinyls give your vehicle wrap a stylish and sophisticated look. You can choose from a wide variety of finishes, including carbon fibre and metal wraps. Many vinyl suppliers supply textured vinyl in black or white, allowing you to match them with your car’s paint job. Or if you want to create contrast between the two colours, consider buying coloured textured types of vinyl.

Carbon fibre car wrap

Carbon fibre wraps are a unique and stylish way to give your vehicle’s bodywork a sporty edge. If you choose this option, keep in mind that they’re not designed for full coverage – they’re best used as accents on parts of the car such as the bonnet, roof or mirror caps.

Split vinyl car wrap

By splitting your design up into different coloured sections, you can give your vehicle a striking multi-colour look. You can split the design between two, three or four colours. This effect is highly effective on vehicles made from chrome, silver, or white paint jobs since it brightens up the overall appearance.

Apply graphics over the top of the vehicle’s paint job

You don’t have to get a full wrap, partial vehicle wraps can be just as effective. You can choose from a variety of vinyls that allow you to add graphics over the top of your car, van, bus or lorry. These include:

– Decals

– Chrome stickers

– Metallic stickers

– Reflective stickers

There are also vinyls available in more creative designs, such as fire decals for the body of your vehicle. These come in hundreds of different colours so you can choose one that will look best with your paint job. You can even get designer car wraps that feature hand-drawn designs and stunning artworks.

Vinyl wrap colours
Vinyls

Vinyl materials brands

There are some massive players in the market who specialise in the manufacturing of high end car wrapping and vehicle wrap materials. Two of the biggest are Avery Dennison and 3M. Although they don’t produce the same colour ranges they both have large colour palettes available. Vehicle wrap materials are specialist and cheaper brands are not as good, this is often reflected in the cost.

Methods you can use to create a successful colour scheme for your vinyl wrap

When it comes to creating a successful colour scheme for your vinyl wrap, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are a few methods you can use to get started:

1. Consider the colour of your car’s paint job

If you’re planning on getting a full vinyl wrap for your car, van, bus or lorry, it’s important to consider the colour of your car’s paint job. The best way to create a cohesive look is to choose a vinyl wrap that compliments the colour of your vehicle. This will make the wrap look like it was designed specifically for your car. A stunning carbon fibre finish or matte metallic matte wrap would set up apart from the rest.

2. Decide on a colour scheme

Once you’ve chosen a colour for your vinyl wrap, it’s time to choose additional colours that will complement it. You can choose two or three different types of colour to create a cohesive colour scheme. To create some contrast, you might want to choose some contrasting colours for your vinyl wrap design. For example, if you have a red vinyl wrap for the body of your car, consider choosing some metallic silver decals. Bold colours are great if you want your vehicle to really stand out from the crowd, bolder gloss pink or burnt orange, but these colours are not for everyone.

3. Use accent colours

To make your vehicle stand out, consider choosing an accent colour for some of the vinyl decals or graphics you apply over the top of your car’s paint job. For example, if you’re applying green vinyl to the sides of your car, consider using metallic blue stickers for trimming on the mirrors or red stickers for the bonnet. This will give your vehicle an added level of style and flare.

4. Stick to one or two colours when you apply graphics over the top of your car’s paint job

If you’re adding vinyl decals or wraps over the top of part of your car, van, bus or lorry, it’s best to choose one or two colours for the design. This will ensure that the finish of your vehicle’s paint job is not compromised, and it will give you a simple, refined look.

5. special colours or effects

The use of specials colours like a flip finish can look stunning in the sun. A carbon fibre finished used on specific areas of the vehicle can enhance the overall finish. Don’t be afraid to use a matte finish for your car wraps. Most of the main colours are available in a matte version as well as gloss finishes.

What areas of the vehicle can I apply graphics

If using a cast vinyl (car wrapping) specific material, the limits are endless. Very high end car wraps will have every component fully wrapped. But the cost of this can be massive and extremely complicated. An example could be the use of a carbon fibre textured material used to wrap your wing mirrors. Or maybe interior dashboard fascias for that really cool look.

What colour vinyls are available for my project

If you’re looking to add some graphics or vinyl decals to your car, there is a range of colours and finishes available to choose from. You can find a range of vinyl in different colours and textures. Some popular options within the colour range include:

Solid colours

Metallic colours

Textured finishes

Mirror effect

Flip colours

Special effect finishes

Designer wraps

Glossy finish

Matte metallic

Carbon fibre textured material

If you want your vehicle to stand out from the crowd, consider getting a designer car wrap that features unique hand-drawn designs or stunning artwork. You can have a graphic designer create a custom design for your vehicle’s vinyl wrap.

A matte wrap can look stunning, when appied using specialist vehicle wrapping film. The list of options is simply endless so make sure discuss in detail with your designer.

Design

The visual appearance of your graphics is vital to maximise your exposure. At the design stage make sure you consider how the graphics will work on your vehicle, car wrapping is very different to a van wrap. If you are looking to cover everything even the wing mirrors, ensure you have agreed costs before spending time on the design. A vehicle wrap is great for the longterm assuming you keep the vehicle for a period of time.

Conclusion

Vehicle wraps can give your car, van, bus, or lorry a whole new look. You can choose from a variety of colours and designs to create the perfect look for your vehicle. Vinyl wraps are also a great way to protect your car’s paint job from scratches and other damage. There are 100’s of colours and finishes available to choose from, from a range of suppliers. When it comes to creating a successful colour scheme for your vinyl wrap, there are a few things to keep in mind. Vehicle wrapping is a great choice, but it simpy may bot fit your budget.

FAQs

What if I damage the vehicle or its involved in an accident?

Nobody wants to find their vehicle wrap has been damaged, but it does happen. Most insurance companies will cover you as long as you have disclosed this at the time of taking out the policy. If your car wrapping is a colour change, you need to let your insurance know asap.

Will my vinyl change colour over time?

The simple answer is yes, all vinyls will change over time due to UV. This tends to be more obvious on a gloss white for example which will yellow. Gloss metallic, carbon fibre, matte metallic or even a dark grey would be less obvious.

Can I have my windows tinted?

Window tinting is fine, but has to be done within the legal requirements. You are not allowed to tint your front window.

Can I remove the vinyl?

Car wraps can be quite complicated to remove, but yes you can remove the vinyl when required. The type of vinyl applied will impact how easy the vinyl is to remove. Cheaper vinyls will often take considerably longer to remove. The finish shouldn’t impact the removal either, gloss finishes should be removed in the same way as a carbon fibre finish. The vinyl is completely removable, but be prepared for a few hours work.

Do you have colour charts to look at?

Yes, we have full colour charts for all options and finishes available on request.

Can I mix different finishes together?

It is quite common to mix a classic gloss with a matte metallic. You could even use a carbon fibre with a glossy finish if required. This is applicable for car wraps or any vehicle type.