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How much does it cost to wrap a car?

People have been customizing their cars for different reasons. One of the new and coolest ways to wrap your car is vinyl wrapping. Before entirely wrapping your car in a new color you should know what might it cost? Is the price worth it?

This is the point where we can help. Vinyl wraps have some distinct advantages over repainting your vehicle, also there are some disadvantages about worth considering.

Colors and Different wrap

A car wrap consists several vinyl decals which applies to every panel of the car like- the doors, roof, hood, decklid, fenders and bumper covers. It covers every square inch of the car body. None of your vehicle’s original color will show outside anywhere. A wrap acts just like an original paint.

If a wrap will be applied correctly and maintained properly, it won’t damage your car’s paint and can even protect it. It can also be customized. There are various colors, glossy and matte finishes like paint. There is also an option of chrome and metallic color. You can also choose from an infinite number of graphics and designs to give your car a different look and style because wraps are designed using a computer program.

Different vinyl wraps

  • Satin Chrome
  • Gloss aluminium vinyl wrap
  • High gloss vinyl wrap
  • Gloss metallic vinyl wrap
  • Super Gloss
  • Matte color shift metallic

Wraps don’t only offer a wider array of possibilities than paint, they also have an advantage that it can be easily removed- you essentially just peel them off. Wraps allow you to apply graphics colors and combinations that might be hard to create. For creating a business logo on cars or the companies that want to place advertisements, it is easy to use a wrap to do that, and it’s removable when you want to replace the vehicle. Clear wraps are virtually invisible so many owners apply them to the front ends of their cars to protect them from stone chips. 

Wrap Price Ranges

Wrap prices drastically depend on the size of the car, the complexity of the wrap, and how much labor is required. If the car size will be large, it will cost too much to wrap a car. There can be some complexity to wrap any car. For example, sometimes it’s hard to remove the front and rear bumper covers on some certain cars. Especially sharply creased panels or curvaceous bodies may require more work than flat and smooth ones. As generally, a two-door sports coupe will be cheaper to cover than a similar-size four-door sedan. 

For a full wrap roughly estimate can be between $2000 and $5,000. Car wraps start as low as $2000 for a small two-door, such as Fiat 500. Larger vehicles like a Ford Mustang or a Chevy Camaro, trucks and vans can start around $3500. Treatments such as a carbon-fiber-look vinyl adds more, and expect to pay extra for chrome treatments, which start at about $6000 and go up from there. The most exotic wrap jobs can go as high as $10,000 or more, depending on the difficulty, the materials, and the size of the vehicle. Wrapping inside the door jambs, for instance, can take an additional two days or more, which adds substantial time and, thus, cost.

Condition of your Vehicle

The condition of your car or vehicle can affect the performance and success of the wrap. If there will be any dents, scratches, and dings it will stick out. Corrosion paint may hinder properly sticking to the vinyl decals. Just as they would if you tried to paint over them without repairing them first. 

If your car’s paint is peeling from visible oxidation then some shops will not apply a wrap. Or they may not give any  warranty or guarantee for their work. A wrap won’t often last as long as it should be if it will be applied to a poor surface. If your car’s paint is in optimum condition then a vinyl wrap will keep going to look best for about four to five years, depending on the climate and exposure to the elements. Car wrap also becomes harder to remove after that length of time.

Before wrapping your car, the paint surface has to be as clean and smooth as possible. This process can take several days and generally begins with a thorough wash and detailing and might even include a power washing. This will help the vinyl decals adhere better.

Care Requirements

The area or atmosphere where you live can affect how much care you need to take of a wrapped vehicle. Baking sun and high temperatures can break down the wrap over time. Ideally, a wrapped car is parked under the cover of a garage or roof, at least it is protected from the elements with a car cover. As well as cold-weather states present challenges. Snowy areas that use salt on roads are hard on vinyl. If you don’t live in a harsh environment and the wrap has been applied professionally, it can last four or five years.

Removing or changing a wrap is generally an easy process. It can cost $500 but can be significantly more if the wrap has fused to the paint surface, in which case it won’t easily peel off.

Properly and correctly applied wrap can act as a big, protective cover and helps to maintain your car’s paint condition. You can find seemingly endless design options, with a variety of colors, graphics, and treatments on offers that can give your ride a unique look.

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