How Much Does It Cost to Wrap a Car?
All individual car wrapping services are different in prices. However, if you would like a rough estimated price guide on Wrap-Co’s quick car wraps, see below:
Full wrap: $3250+
Partial wrap: $1500+
Bonnet wrap: $350
Door handles: $60 each
What is vinyl wrapping?
The concept of vinyl wrapping cars has been around for many years but is becoming an increasingly popular and cost-effective way of giving your vehicle a cosmetic upgrade. If you are a car owner and feel like your car’s paintwork is looking a little on the dull side, but you do not want to commit to a new paint job that could cost thousands, then a vinyl wrap could be the perfect solution for you. In this blog, we’ll aim to give you a good guide on how much it costs to wrap a car.
Historically car vinyl wrap has been used mostly for advertising purposes. Businesses use wrap advertising primarily to make their cars or fleets of trucks stand out on the road. They would tend to use a vehicle wrap design based on their logo being displayed across their rear window, or even vinyl lettering that promotes their contact details and website across the side of a truck. This type of vehicle signage is still widely used, however, it’s now becoming increasingly popular with normal car owners that are looking for an alternative to a paint job.
Rather than using paint, car wrapping is the process of applying adhesive vinyl wrap film to any smooth surface on your car. When a car gets wrapped, first a coat of plastic vinyl is stuck over the paintwork. Then, if you are choosing a graphic overlay, measurements would be taken so that the design and finish are proportionate and match properly, followed by choosing the colour. Then, the vinyl layer is laminated to protect it from abrasions or scratches and UV damage. The final task includes preparing the surface of your car and ensuring each edge is cut to fit every single panel. It’s fairly common that people will opt for a full car wrap as this will completely cover and overhaul the original paint whilst also protecting it from the elements. Alternatively, you might opt for just a partial wrap. This type of wrap follows the same process, but as you’d expect only applies to certain areas of the car. Generally, a partial wrap would be opted for if you’re looking to add more style or personalisation to your car. It could be applying a carbon fiber look to your bonnet, all the way through to a window wrap or even just a door handle! Vinyl wrapping is not limited to just cars either, you could opt for a truck wrap, boat wrap or even on your motorcycle.
Not only is a vinyl car wrap cost effective, but it can be super customised however you want it and, it can also be easily removed if you do decide to change colours or sell your car in its original form. Due to its temporary nature, you will not need to notify RMS or equivalent and therefore, no paperwork is necessary to turn your car from plain white to a striking chrome wrap!
Trusted brands such as 3M, Avery and Hexis manufacture high-quality and durable vinyl. If you are looking to wrap your car at your local vinyl installer, be sure to ask the brands that they utilise to guarantee the longevity of your car wrap.
So, how much does it cost to wrap a full car?
Car wrapping cost is really dependent on your vehicle size, the type and of course on the vehicle wrapping company. On average a full car wrap will start from around $3000. However, if you are looking for a partial car wrap such as a bonnet or a roof, this will be significantly less in price.
The other thing to keep in mind is that by wrapping your car, you will save money in other areas such as paint and body maintenance. You no longer need to wax your car and vinyl can prevent your vehicle from minor scratches and chips that regular car paint cannot.
A car wrap can mimic expensive materials like carbon fiber or chrome paint that can be quite costly. If you have always wanted the carbon fiber look but could never commit to the expensive price tag, consider using vinyl wrap to replicate the look across certain areas of your car instead. The best part about a vehicle wrap is that it is completely removable. You do not need to replace an entire spoiler or skirt to revert back to its original look. Not only do you save money in the replacement car part, but you save money in the labour as well. One part may be equivalent, if not more than wrapping the entire car.
How Long Does It Take to Wrap a Car?
Again, depending on the size of your car, the time for installation will differ. Also, the complexity of your chosen design and vehicle type is a big factor. If you have a car with a number of angles and curves, it will naturally take longer to finish the vehicle wrap. If you are calling in the pro’s like Wrap Co. you may be looking at a 2 to 3-day turnaround to fit the wrap and then around 12 hours to let the wrap adhesive take hold properly.
This rest time will allow the film to completely adhere to your car. During the rest period, you shouldn’t drive the car either as wind pressure may impact the finish.
Getting your car wrapped with Wrap Co
If you are looking to completely transform your vehicle and need a wrapping service, contact Wrap Co. Not only do they use high quality materials from trusted brands, but they also provide a three-year material warranty for peace of mind. They take pride in their work and therefore, offer a one-year workmanship warranty as well. Once your car is wrapped, they will provide a full care pack and simple instructions to take care of your new wrap. So, how much does it cost to wrap a car? Give one of our specialists a call for an obligation free estimate!