I am not, by any means, an expert when it comes to vinyl wrap. But I want to share some facts about what it is and why people use it. First, let me define vehicle wrapping. Vehicle wrapping is a temporary way to transform the color and look of your car by applying large sheets of vinyl film to each car panel. It actually surprises me how many people assume a vinyl wrap is paint. In reality, many automotive enthusiasts choose to wrap their car instead of repainting it.
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Reasons People Wrap Their Car
Installing a vinyl wrap requires both patience and precision. Most people will happily pay thousands to get the job done because it’s a tedious task. THOUSANDS?! Yes, but even though the price for a vinyl wrap can range from $2,000 up to $5,000, it is still less expensive than painting your car. There are four main reasons people decide to vinyl wrap their car:
Lastly, vinyl wrap is used for racecars to display sponsorship or just for design’s sake. It’s the most efficient way to change a car’s design, especially because sponsors can change.
The first, most obvious, reason people get a vinyl wrap is to change the color or appearance of the vehicle. There are many colors and finishes available and while most people wrap their entire vehicle in a single color, some choose to create a design using multiple colors.
Some people choose to get a vinyl wrap to protect the factory paint. Getting a wrap is ideal if you plan on reselling your car in the future because painting it actually decreases its value. The wrap can easily be removed once it’s time to sell the car.
An overlooked benefit of having a vinyl wrap is the low maintenance. Although a glossy black car looks GORGEOUS when detailed, it can be extremely difficult to maintain. Especially if you live on a dirt road like I do. Cleaning a wrapped car is easy once you have the right detailing products and some microfiber cloths.
My ‘Rushing Riptide’ Vinyl Wrap
I love the factory World Rally Blue (WRB) paint on my BRZ because it’s the traditional Subaru color. However, I want to be unique so I decided to wrap my car because I can easily remove the vinyl if I change my mind later.
I knew I wanted to get a chameleon or colorflow vinyl wrap because the color changes based on the time of day and the angle you look at the car. I spent about three months debating between the purple/cyan or gold/green color combination. Ultimately, I chose Avery Dennison’s Rushing Riptide in a satin finish.
Of course my vinyl wrap was RUINED when I gouged my front bumper. Fortunately, I patched it with some leftover vinyl and now you can’t even tell it was damaged. If you’re thinking about getting your car vinyl wrapped and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Coen Hines says
So how did you wrap it since its a chameleon wrap, like once you do the hood or bumper then wouldnt your left fender and right fender not match up because youve already used the first few colors of the vinyl. For instance, when you wrap your bumper and hood blue, how does the blue fade into the fenders if you already used the blue on the hood
Chameleon wraps don’t have to match up like a patterned design since the entire wrap is one color throughout. You don’t have different colored vinyl for different parts since the color change is dependent on the lighting. I used the Avery Dennison ColorFlow film in Rushing Riptide and it didn’t matter which part was wrapped first. Hope this helps!
Travis Smith says
It’s great to learn that a vinyl wrap on your car can help protect the factory paint. My wife and I are wanting to get a new car soon and we were wondering how we can make sure the paint is protected from the hot summer sun. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should get the car vinyl wrapped.
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