Have you ever fancied changing the color of your car but not wanted to pay someone to spray it and be worried about the consequences and not being able to change it back? Vinyl wrapping might be the one for you.
If you’ve never heard of vinyl wrapping, all the cool kids are doing it, come on, you don’t have to wrap the whole thing, just do the wing mirrors.
No but seriously, it’s become very popular to have your car wrapped because it provides a lot of benefits to the car and you can change the color to literally anything you want. No stress no hassle.
In this post I will go over what vinyl wrapping is, the benefits / cost and some of the best brands.
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What Is Vinyl Wrapping
It really is what Is says on the tin. It is wrapping your car in vinyl, a bit like shrink wrap. It’s used to change the color and protect the paint of the car without causing any damage.
Vinyl wrapping doesn’t even have to be applied to the whole car, but you can do it in sections. Maybe you just want to Carbon the roof or protect the bonnet or even just change the color of the wing mirrors. The combinations and possibilities are endless.
There are 3 main reasons you might want to cover your car in plastic vinyl:
- Change color
- Clear protection
- Customized advertising
Color changing your car is simple with this as a layer of vinyl over your car will instantly give it a better look from standard. It also allows you to use colours that would not normally be on the car like matte or gold, whatever you chose.
To clear protect the paint is always a good idea if you like the color already as this will help prevent stone chips and other damage. Just imagine it as a barrier against the outside world.
You might see most vans on the road with logos and other branded things across the side. Customized adverts don’t have to be of British Gas though, you can put any design or logo on your car if you want. The possibilities are endless.
Benefits Of Wrapping Your Car
If you’re toying with the idea of a wrap but you’re still a bit uncertain, just go over in your mind whether you would pay for a respray at a few thousand for a color you don’t know what it’s going to look like OR you could find a color you like, have it installed and if you want to change it, it comes off and you can replace it.
Other than color changing, if you have a respray there are no protection benefits, unlike wrapping which is another layer of your paint. If you do damage the wrap, like a stone chip or scratch it or someone paints on it, you can just take it off and get a new one. Probably not that simple, but it’s better than respray.
One major benefit of wrapping is it is personal to you. The main reason you went into car modifications in the first place, to be unique. So what if some bozo doesn’t like your Slammed Audi A3 or doesn’t appreciate a Tom and Jerry Wrap, it’s your car, it’s unique, you don’t have to answer to anyone. Make it your own.
Best Brands For Wraps
There are a few different brands that are used to wrap a car and wherever you go to get it wrapped will probably use one of the top brands in wrapping. There aren’t many, but make sure they are using one of these quality products.
Although the brand is important because it needs to be a good quality if your going to have it on for a few years, it’s more about who is installing it. Make sure you get a professional with a good solid reputation. You don’t want back street joe doing it, because if done wrong it can ruin the look of your car.
These brands have great longevity too, so expect one of these to last 5 years plus, meaning you might be planning to change your car before the wrap needs changing.
So when looking for a place to get wrapped, make sure they are using quality vinyl and they have a good reputation, so you get a fantastic finish you can show off!
What Does It Cost?
There are a number of factors to keep in mind when getting a quote for your car. Like how big is your car, is it going to need loads of material? Are you color coding door handles? Are you only doing the roof? Who are you going to for your wrap.
Most professional are around the same price range and some are competitive, but to give some rough numbers, expect to pay a minimum of £1,000. This might not get you the full works though and might leave your handles and other little touches. Each quote will be different.
If you want a better finish and you want it all doing, we recommend spending between £1,800 and £3,000. This will give you a good wrap, good quality of finish and get your car covered. You can’t be cheap when it comes to wrapping, you get what you pay for.
If you really want a top quality, all bags in, looking dope, spend between £3,000 to £5,000 and get the best money can buy. Although this is optional and you don’t have to go this far, but if you are wrapping a £100k Land Rover, you might want to think about putting a bit of money into it.
So yes, you can do it on the cheaper side but we recommend just paying that little extra, taking into consideration the reputation of your fitter and the size of your car. Just ask around for a quote today and see how yours compares.
The Hardest Desicion Is What Color
This really is the toughest choice to make. If you’ve made your mind up to wrap and you have a quote and you have the money to go for it, it’s now all about what color to go for. Just pick something you like. Your fitter might make recommendations.
You could go matte, satin, gloss, pearlescent, Carbon, brushes metal, clear, chrome. The possibilities are endless. Just have a look at all the options, pick something you like and see what it would look like on your car. That’s the beauty of car wraps, you can try before you buy.
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