If you are looking to improve your car’s appearance, you have two main options: a new paint job or a vinyl wrap. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but a vinyl wrap is often more cost effective, faster and more durable than that custom paint job.
We’ll lay out everything you need to know about the world of automotive vinyl film, and by the end, you should have a clear picture of what to expect and what to keep in mind as you make your final decision.
Vinyl is durable, flexible and easy to work with, and there are as many different color and finish options as the vinyl film manufacturers can dream up. When properly applied, vinyl film can produce a finished vehicle that looks every bit as good as a quality paint job, while protecting the car’s value in the process.
Vinyl film is easy to care for as well. It requires just soap and water to clean it when it’s dirty. Additionally, because the vinyl itself is the protective coating, there is no need to apply clear coat or wax. It is also quite resilient, but if a vinyl panel does sustain damage, that piece of film can simply be removed and replaced much more quickly and cheaply than you could ever fix a paint job.
Applying a vinyl wrap to your car is also less expensive and less labor-intensive than a full paint job.
A seasoned professional can apply a high-quality vinyl wrap in about a day, with a bit of prep work beforehand. Once the job is done, there is no drying time required, so you’ll be able to drive your car home right away.