Wrap removal is the process of removing the film that was placed over the original paint of a vehicle. A car may be partially or fully wrapped, so the length of the removal process depends on how much surface is covered.

Tools needed for chrome wrap removal

In order to do the job perfectly, you will need:

  • A sharp tool
  • A heat gun
  • Adhesive remover
  • Cleaning solutions

In case you don’t want to spend money on all of these tools and substances, and also don’t want to waste time with the process, you can bring your car over to Tinting Chicago.

Why should you remove the car wrap?

There are various reasons why people are choosing to take down the old wrapping, including:

  • The film has started to peel off
  • The film is damaged or faded
  • You are bored of it and want to return to the original paint
  • You want to resell your car
  • You are bored of it and want to change it with a new one
  • The company branding has changed
  • The promotion advertised on the wrap has changed

How to remove a vinyl wrap?

The basic steps you need to take are:

  • Clean and prepare the surface
  • Have the right environmental temperature
  • Heat the vinyl
  • Remove the vinyl

But things are definitely not as easy as they sound, and this is a complex process where you have to pay close attention to not scratch the original paint or leave adhesive residue behind. That’s why it’s best to get the help of a professional. 

Does removing wraps damage paint?

We’ve all heard horror stories about paint damage caused by removing vinyl wraps. The first thing is that there may be something wrong with your paint. If you have just recently had your car painted, or if it’s been sitting around in the sun for months, years or even decades, the paint may not be in the best shape and it may come off together with the wrap.

That’s why a wrap should always be applied on paint that is in perfect condition. In this case, removing the film does not damage your vehicle’s paintwork at all.

There is some preparation required before you remove your vehicle wrap, but it’s not too difficult. If you follow the instructions and use good quality products, you will be able to remove the vinyl wrap without damaging your car. Or even better, leave this job to a professional. The technicians at Tinting Chicago are always ready to assist you with chrome removal or application.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to remove chrome wrap?

This answer depends on several factors, including what kind of material is used for the wrap and how much damage has occurred. The process of removing chrome wrap doesn't differ too much from standard paint removal or repair jobs. Depending on your knowledge level (and time), you can choose to do this yourself or hire an auto body shop to do it for you (such as Tinting Chicago).

How long does a chrome wrap last for?

The short answer is that there are no guarantees when it comes to chrome wrapping, but the good news is that the average lifespan of a wrap is 5 years. If you have a newer car, you have a lot less to worry about. If you have an older car, you may want to consider keeping an eye on any rust spots that might appear.

Where can I get chrome wrap removal in Chicago?

Tinting Chicago is here to help you with all of your wrapping needs, including the removal of old or damaged wraps. We will make sure to get the job done perfectly with no adhesive residue, and then we can apply a new wrap if that’s what you want. We have a wide variety of colors and finishes to choose from. Find us at 3621 N Harlem Ave, 2720 W Grand Ave, and 1402 N Rand Rd Palatine, or call us at 773-455-0467, 312-212-0493, or 773-714-8100.


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