Golf Cart Wraps: Avery vs. 3M

Blue golf cart wraps with black striping

Blue golf cart wrap with black striping

In an effort to find the very best single color, or “color change” wrap vinyl, we compared 3M and Avery car wrap products on two golf cart wraps projects.  Each golf cart received a color change wrap – one using 3M IJ180Cv3 and the other with Avery Supreme Wrapping Film.

The orange golf cart was wrapped with 3M and the blue was wrapped with Avery.  Both golf cart wraps had multiple layers.  In addition to the eye-catching orange car wrap film, Ron Davis Landscaping added their company name and slogan in matte black to the front and sides of the golf cart.  To add graphics to a color change wrap, we first apply the wrap film to the entire vehicle, then simply add cut lettering or other cut vinyl graphics on top of the wrap.  This makes placement much easier than printing graphics onto the full wrap itself.  Take wheel well graphics for example – adding a website or other text over the curve of the wheel is much simpler when you don’t have to factor in the curves and body lines of the vehicle when placing graphics in just the right spot.

The blue golf cart was a personal vehicle, and black striping added the finishing touch to this color change wrap.  The blue vinyl wrap paired with striping gave this old golf cart a much needed facelift.  By adding lettering, striping or other graphics to a color change wrap, you can make a statement or increase your marketing in a unique way.

Orange golf cart wraps with black lettering

Orange golf cart wrap with black lettering

Both car wraps turned out great, and are comparable when looking at the final product.  The main differences appeared during installation.

We found that the Avery car wrap vinyl was repositionable while the 3M is a more aggressive adhesive.  When a vinyl is repositionable, it allows for wiggle room during an install.  Being able to lift up the vinyl and reposition it to get placement just right without stretching or compromising the material makes a perfect vehicle wrap easier to achieve.

Both the 3M and the Avery vinyl are high-performance wrap films so they are highly conformable and last 5-7 years.  However, we also noticed the 3M material tended to curl at the edges and was more sensitive to heat, making it a little more difficult to work with during installation.  Although they are both great materials, Avery stands out as the more user-friendly of the two.

“We found we liked Avery the best.  3M materials are a lot thicker and don’t offer the ability to reposition that Avery does, so it’s not as friendly a material to work with,” Signs for Success production manager Denise Gillit said.  “We still use 3M for many vehicle wrap projects, but for color change wraps in particular, we choose Avery Supreme Wrapping Film.”  Signs for Success owner John Bogensberger added, “3M would only be used for a color change wrap if the client wanted a particular color not available in Avery.”

Here’s what Avery has to say about their film:

“Every automobile is a potential canvas…Custom paint colors can look fantastic, but they’re also costly and time consuming.  We developed Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film as a simple, fast and cost-effective way for drivers and businesses to accent, update or completely alter the appearance of a vehicle’s finish-while protecting the original paint job from chips and wear.”

The biggest advantage of a color change wrap is that you can change the color of your vehicle without affecting the market value.  Color change vinyl is not only great for changing up the look of your vehicle, it can make an older vehicle or paint job look brand new.  For businesses, color change golf cart wraps offer a uniform look among company vehicles, and colors can be matched to or paired with logo graphics.

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