Q: What are some of the pros and cons of car wraps versus paint and why is it becoming so popular. I don’t know a lot about it and would like to gain more knowledge before I decide on what to do next with my car. Car wraps in Chicago are becoming more popular as people realize that they have control over how to customize their car to suite their personal taste.

I’ve got 8 minivans as company fleet vehicles at work and they are all wrapped. I’m surprised at how well it holds up, you can even take them through the car wash. I really don’t know much more about it other than it was roughly $20 grand U.S. to have all 8 of the Toyota Siennas wrapped. (by thisguy2007)

Wraps are used because they’re cheaper than a full respray, and allow for detailed designs. Once applied a wrap will protect the underlying paint and remove the need for waxing. Once you’re sick of the wrap it’s somewhat simple to remove and go back to the original paint, or apply a different wrap (compared to a full respray).The downside is a wrap won’t last as long as a maintained paint surface. (by b2bfg)

I second this. I looked in detail at getting my car wrapped and there are no downsides other than they only last 3-4 years. In fact it makes good sense to wrap a car anyway from new as it protects the orginal paintwork and when you sell it, you’re selling a car with two colors! It’s a few grand (double for details, double again for chrome) and a couple hundred to get removed (waived if replacing with new one). (by themanthatlookedback)

I feel I need to highlight this… “protects the original paintwork” If the car at any point had paint/body work done, and there is aftermarket paint on the car, a vinyl wrap will peel off the paint. (by decept)

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