Creating vehicle wraps

Posted in: Vehicle Wraps- Jul 22, 2014 No Comments

There are four main steps to creating vehicle wraps: Designing, Proofing , Printing, and installing.


The design work is the longest part of the vehicle wrap process. It can take anywhere from 5 to 40 hours, depending on the complexity of the design and style of vehicle. Certain graphics may have to be specially cut and contoured to fit parts of the vehicle, which can take longer.


Once the design is ready, the vendor creates an electronic or printed proof of the wrap. It’s important to carefully examine the proof for any mistakes you find and immediately note any changes you want made to the final wrap before printing. Any changes you have after the wrap goes into final production can delay turnaround and add significantly to your costs. Read more »

Illuminated Signage

Posted in: News, Recent Work- Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

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Illuminated Signs & letters

Instasigns serves the Baltimore Metropolitan area for all types if electrically lit signs & letters.  We have seen a big increase in conversions from standard HO illuminated signs to LED to reduce energy & maintenance cost.  This project consisted of LED lit channel letters without a raceway to add some curb appeal.


Selecting a Wrap Dealer

Posted in: Articles, Vehicle Wraps- Feb 16, 2014 No Comments

Vinyl wrap vendors can range from companies that focus solely on creating and installing vinyl wraps to sign shops or graphic design companies that offer wraps as an additional service. Both can offer quality products and services, but companies that work exclusively with wrap typically have more experience. However, you may pay little more for that level of experience.

Wrap certification

When shopping around for the right vehicle wrap vendor, it’s important to find one that is certified by one of the top vinyl manufactures in the U.S. Manufactures like 3M , Avery, and Oracal – and distributors like Fellers that work with multiple brands of vinyl – provide certified training for vendors to ensure that they learn the best methods for applying vinyl wraps.


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Types of Vehicle Wraps

Posted in: Uncategorized- Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

Vehicle wraps are printed on sheets of cast or calendered vinyl. The primary difference between the two vinyl wraps is durability. Cast vinyl is better for long-term use of 1-5 years; calendar vinyl is appropriate for short-term wraps lasting just 3-12 months

Cast vinyl is a premium material that stretches easily to best conform to the vehicle’s surface. When brushed over with a clear laminate, cast vinyl provides a paint-like finish on cars, buses, and even boats.

In addition to increased flexibility, vendors prefer cast vinyl because the sheets don’t shrink much during manufacturing, and also because they maintain colors better during printing. However, cast vinyl wraps are considerably more expensive then calendered material and isn’t recommended if you need a vehicle wrap for less then a year.

Calendered vinyl has strong “memory” – it snaps back to its original form after being  stretched. This means it doesn’t conform as well to vehicles. It’s also difficult to match color. But calendered vinyl is much cheaper then cast material, and it can be produced in greater quantities. This makes it an acceptable solution for vinyl wraps lasting only a few months – especially if used on flat surfaces such as the side of a box truck – but not for long-term advertising.

Vinyl wrap methods

Vendors offer different methods for wrapping your vehicle, depending on how much surface area you wish to cover.
Complete wrap – Covers the entire surface of the vehicle. Includes perforated window film (known as “ window perfs”) that cover glass surfaces without impacting the driver’s visibility.
Half wrap – Covers half the sides of the vehicle and extends around the back. Half wraps may include a logo for the hood.
Window graphics only – Graphics printed on window perfs.
Vinyl lettering/spot graphics only – A simple inexpensive solution that may include 1 to 2 colors, a company logo, and /or a call to action on the side of the vehicle.

If you’re  unsure which wrap method works best for your vehicle, an experienced vendor can help. Read more »

Vehicle Wrap Prices

Posted in: Articles, Vehicle Wraps- Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

Vehicle wrap vendors typically provide straightforward pricing – either a rate per square foot or a fixed dollar amount for the entire project. With either pricing model, your car wrap prices should include the entire project: consultations, design work, materials, and installation.Full box truck wrap by Instasigns of Westminster, MD

Vendors typically charge $12 to $16 per square foot for cast vinyl material to wrap vehicles. Project complexity and total installation time dictates the total price. Simple installations on smooth, flat surfaces are less expensive, while vehicles with deep concaves or complex designs will push care wrap prices to the high end. Less expensive calendered vinyl cost about $6 to $10 per square foot.

Special requests – like rush delivery, proofs printing to the actual vinyl, or changes to the design post- proof – can add significantly to your total costs.

If your vendor provides a flat rate for the complete wrap, the costs typically vary based on the size and type of vehicle:

-Cars, compact SUV’s – $2,000 to $3,500
-Large SUV’s, vans, box trucks, Hummers – $3,000 to $5,000
-Buses, train cars, tractor trailers – $5,500 – $8,000
-Vinyl lettering, spot graphics, window graphics only – $250 to $600


Note that the above prices are estimates for high-quality cast vinyl, which is best for vehicle wraps lasting one year or longer. If the vendor uses calendered vinyl for shorter – terms wraps, expect your costs to drop by 40% to 50%. Read more »

Vehicle Wrap Pros and Cons

Posted in: Vehicle Wraps- Jan 11, 2014 No Comments

It’s important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of vehicle wraps before making a purchasing decision.

The primary benefit of using car wraps is that they provide the lowest cost per impression of any advertising method. Both the American Trucking Association and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (a nonprofit group that tracks advertising statistics) indicate that vehicle wraps cost about $1 per thousand impressions (CPM). Compare that to $2 CPM for static billboards or $12 CPM for a one-day quarter-page newspaper ad, and it’s not wonder that the vehicle wrap industry is steadily growing.

This potential exposure for your business can be valuable, but comes at a cost. Quality vehicle wraps start at $2,000 to $3,000 and can increase, depending on the size and model of the vehicle and the design you choose.

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Etched Glass Film

Posted in: Uncategorized- Oct 03, 2013 No Comments

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The Beauty of Privacy

The possibilities with decorative film will help you add privacy to private spaces while making a bold design statement. You can replicate the premium look of sandblasted glass, create unique patterns, add color, or intricate layered designs – all without sacrificing natural light or aesthetics. It’s the perfect balance between function and style, making it ideal for almost any application.

The Value of Flexibility

A fraction of the cost of designed or etched glass, Instasigns decorative film can be custom cut to virtually any design, and is often installed in less than a day. It is virtually maintenance free, resists fingerprints, and can be cleaned as you would any other window. As business needs or design tastes change, window film can be easily replaced.

Pop-Up Canopies

Posted in: Articles- Jul 26, 2013 No Comments

Pop-Up Canopies are a great way to promote you business while offering protection from the sun, rain or wind. Whether your pop-up canopies are used as trade show exhibits, at sporting events, at the beach, for a company event, or for special promotions, we offer a commercial grade EZ pop-up canopy tent application for your trade show exhibits.

These canopies are a standard size and are available in 6 colors or full printed options.  Telescopic legs snap into place offering a range of heights.  This lightweight system includes a protective dust cover to use while in storage. The  Instant Deluxe Canopy is a great, no-fuss solution for outdoor spaces. Use at craft fairs and festivals, outdoor sporting events and any other outdoor function. The manual crank in the center assures the peak raises to its maximum height and locks in place. Each canopy comes with a white, PVC-backed polyester top that covers a generous Space. Choose from the heavy-duty steel frame or the lighter weight aluminum frame depending on the usage.

Our pop-up canopy tents are an excellent way to provide shade during outdoor and indoor events and take less than ten minutes to assemble.  For a full line of our display please visit our gallery here.

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New Team Member

Posted in: News- Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

Instasigns welcomes Scott to the team. Scott has been serving the sign and graphics industry since 1989. He has over 10 years experience with vehicle wraps with an innate eye for accuracy.

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Cut Vinyl Graphics

Posted in: News- Jun 20, 2013 No Comments

Many times we find the traditional cut vinyl graphics look much cleaner than vehicle wraps. Clean Sweep, a local company, did just that by using a combination of standard & reflective vinyls to attract visibility during the day and also at night. Fresh, Simple, Clean looks can go a long way.

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