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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Wrap Your Car, and Why it’s Better Than Traditional Car Paint
Over the years, we have noticed an increase in requests for vehicle wrap services. This is because car wrapping is becoming increasingly popular. Therefore, we have decided to create a list of reasons why you should consider car wraps. You may have seen cars on the street that caught your eye and made you wonder, ‘Wow! What kind of paint is that?’ More often than not, it was just a beautiful vinyl wrap.
There are two main segments in vehicle wrapping:
- Style wraps (like color change: such as black matte, silver matte metallic and many other options) and
- Advertising (where businesses advertise their services with logos, phone numbers, and graphics that can cover an entire fleet of cars).
Regardless of the purpose, here are the top 10 reasons why you should wrap your car, and why it’s better than traditional car paint:
1. Fix that old, oxidized damaged paint!
After years of weather exposure, the original car paint may start to crack, fade, and develop blemishes due to temperature fluctuations, exposure to UV radiation, and other factors. With older cars, it may not be worth the expense of repainting, even if you opt for the cheapest service available, as this may not significantly improve the car’s resale value. Moreover, a low-quality paint job may result in paint drips, uneven spray, color matching issues, and other problems, making it crucial to consider a range of factors when deciding on a course of action.
Fortunately, car wraps are an excellent way to restore an older vehicle’s appearance at a lower cost than repainting. Additionally, the final result will likely look much better than a poorly executed paint job. So, if you want to enhance your car’s appearance without breaking the bank, consider a car wrap as a cost-effective and visually appealing solution.
2. Exotic new look
Wrapping your car is definitely one of the most inexpensive ways to stand out on the streets, car shows, and race tracks. Among the many reasons to wrap your car, the most important one is the vast array of options to choose from:
- Textured (carbon fiber, brushed metal, leather)
- Color shifting
You want to stand out from the masses? Then car wrapping is the answer.
With special vinyl, we can create logos, racing stripes, and decals that can be applied to the car without ruining the original OEM car paint, thereby keeping its resale value intact. Here’s a list of color options and finishes from vinyl manufacturers such as Avery or 3M (Check the images at the bottom of the page for color samples.)
3. Advertise your business and create brand awareness
Probably one of the most important reasons to wrap your car if you run a business is that your company’s vehicle or fleet is constantly exposed to thousands of potential customers every day, whether being driven on the streets, highways or parked. Your van or small car surface can generate millions of impressions a year. According to recent surveys by advertising companies, a well-designed vehicle wrap can be more effective than an expensive TV or radio campaign. Your logo, along with a strong suggestive image and contact information, can increase your brand awareness and generate new leads. If you’re on a budget, our knowledgeable wrap designers can tailor a solution that requires less printing and installation, resulting in a lower cost.
If you’re planning to sell your car or trade it in to a dealership or a private party, they will try to spot any scratches or imperfections on the original car paint and offer you less than what you’re asking. However, when you wrap your car, you can preserve the original OEM factory paint while giving it an awesome new style. Car wraps are perfect for those who are looking for temporary solutions or like to change things up often. Car paint, once applied, cannot be easily removed or reversed.
5. Easy to replace and fix
If your car is wrapped and the door gets scratched, it’s easy to remove the vinyl and install a new sheet, usually for under a hundred dollars, depending on the size and location of the damaged area. The vinyl will first protect the original car paint from scratches, minimizing the damage to some degree. If you had to repair the paint instead, a body shop would have to fix the scratch with special filler, wait for it to dry, and then spray the new paint over a larger area that extends beyond the damaged part to blend the colors perfectly. With a wrap, the job can be done within an hour, depending on the damaged part.
6. Your dream color
If you’re looking to buy a used car, you may find a vehicle in perfect condition with the features you want, but it might not be the color you like. A cheap paint job can cost around $2,000, and a decent paint job can cost up to $3,500. With vinyl, however, you can get the color and finish you’ve always dreamed of at a fraction of the cost.
7. Much easier to resale
If you’re planning to sell your car, changing its style is one of the quickest ways to make it more desirable to potential buyers. At our shop, we have many dealership customers who bring in cars with less desirable paint jobs to wrap, and after leaving our shop, these cars get sold within days. Additionally, the vinyl wrap can protect the original paint of newer cars, helping to preserve the resale value of a used car with fresh factory paint.
8. Paint Protection
Protect your fresh, OEM factory paint with vinyl wrap. Get the color you absolutely love while keeping the original factory paint protected from tar, scratches from road debris, grime, and chemicals. Even regular car washes can leave swirl marks over time, and the only way to remove them is with a professional buffing job, which can cost up to $1000 depending on the vehicle. Vinyl can help prevent these issues and protect your car’s paint. When it’s time to remove the vinyl, the fresh factory paint will be in perfect shape right underneath it.
9. Matte wraps look better than Matte paint
Here are some additional reasons to wrap your car: We’ve compared matte vinyl vs. matte paint, and in most cases, you can’t tell the difference. You’ve probably seen matte paint jobs, but are you sure that’s what they were? With quality vinyl film like Avery and 3M, and our team of professional installers with 10+ years of experience, your wrapped car will look even better. When installed correctly, vinyl wrap will always look perfectly smooth and free of discoloration or the uneven blotchy results that paint can have.
10. You’ll get a lot of attention
Ultimately, whether you’re wrapping your car in a fancy, unique color and finish or simply using it as a means of advertising your business, the end result should always be attention-grabbing and able to turn heads wherever you go. We hope this information has helped you understand the reasons why wrapping your car is a better option than painting it.