People have personalized and customized their cars for, well, as long as cars have existed, and vinyl wrapping is one of the newest and coolest methods of getting the job done. If you are already thinking about how to convert your vehicle to a completely new color via vinyl wrap, then the next move is to find out what it’s going to cost and if it’s worth the money.
There are some distinct benefits to vinyl wraps over repainting your car, and also a few drawbacks worth considering. Below is an overview of everything you need to know about wrapping your car, plus how much it will set you back financially.
What Does it Generally Cost to Wrap a Vehicle?
The short answer is approximately:
- $1,500 – $3,000 for small, two-door vehicles
- $3,500 for a larger coupe and smaller SUVs, trucks, vans, etc.
- $5,000 and up for large delivery vehicles, RVs, trailers, etc.
Based on the size of your vehicle, the complexity of the wrap, and how much labor is needed, prices vary dramatically. For starters, the front and rear bumper covers on some cars are difficult to remove. Curved bodies or sharply creased panels, in particular, can require more work than smooth, flat ones. A two-door sports coupe would, as a general rule, be cheaper to cover than a four-door sedan of a similar size.
Wrap Colors & Options
A car wrap consists of several wide vinyl decals-the windshield, doors, fenders, roof, decklid, and bumper covers-that are added to each panel of your car. Each square inch of the body is covered by a wrap. None of the original colors of your car will be displayed anywhere on the outside. A wrap works much like a paint job in that way.
If correctly applied and properly maintained, a wrap won’t damage or change the paint of your car and can even cover it. It can be customised as well. There are different colours and glossy and matte finishes, much like paint. Chrome and metallic paint choices still exist. But because wraps are designed using a computer program, to give your car a distinct look, you can also choose from a seemingly endless number of graphics and designs. Would you like your ride to look like it was made from carbon fiber? No trouble.
The consistency and success of the wrap will be influenced by the state of your vehicle. It can make scratches, dents, and dings, just as noticeable as they would be if you were to paint over them without first fixing them. Corrosion or chipped paint can impede the proper sticking of the vinyl decals. If your car’s paint is peeling or suffering from visible oxidation, some stores will not apply a wrap or will not promise or guarantee their job. A wrap also won’t last as long as it would otherwise be applied to a weak surface. Depending on the environment and exposure to the elements, if your car’s paint is in optimum shape, figure that a vinyl wrap will continue to look its best for around four to five years. After that amount of time, it often becomes harder to extract.
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